Summer STEM

Two students work on assembling an electronics circuit for a remote control vehicle. Students in the Rube Goldberg class prototype  components with cardboard and cups before 3D printing final parts. Summer STEM students test a gear for an elevator in the Rube Goldberg machine. Microcontrollers and breadboards used by Summer STEM students to assemble electronics. Alternative energy students prepare a viscosity test in a safety hood. Sustainable and green energy students test prototypes to gather energy from wind.

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Summer STEM 2021 registration will open in at the end of January 2021.

Summer STEM will offer three and six week programs for current high school freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors in design, engineering and hands-on problem-solving. Class projects will cover topics from current problems in civil, chemical, electrical, and mechanical engineering. Students gain knowledge in an engineering field and guidance to address a real-world problem by designing and engineering a solution.  Students who attend the program and successfully complete the assignments will receive a certificate of completion from The Cooper Union.

Three and six week sessions.

Monday through Thursday, times vary by class

In person and online workshops

Example Class Projects: 

  • Design and Drawing for Engineering
  • Environmental Engineering
  • Robotics Crash Course
  • Smart Technology and Urban Agriculture
  • Digital Logic Design
  • Biomedical Engineering 


  • High school students that will be in 10th, 11th or 12th grade during the 2021-2022 school year can enroll.

Note: Acceptance or rejection to the Cooper Union Summer STEM Program does not affect entrance to Cooper Union’s undergraduate program. However, your performance in Summer STEM may be  considered if you apply to the undergraduate program.

The Cooper Union Pre-College STEM program is supported through generous donations from the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation, John Ben Snow Memorial Trust, New York Building Foundation, and The Henry Sterne Trust.

  • Founded by inventor, industrialist and philanthropist Peter Cooper in 1859, The Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art offers education in art, architecture and engineering, as well as courses in the humanities and social sciences.

  • “My feelings, my desires, my hopes, embrace humanity throughout the world,” Peter Cooper proclaimed in a speech in 1853. He looked forward to a time when, “knowledge shall cover the earth as waters cover the great deep.”

  • From its beginnings, Cooper Union was a unique institution, dedicated to founder Peter Cooper's proposition that education is the key not only to personal prosperity but to civic virtue and harmony.

  • Peter Cooper wanted his graduates to acquire the technical mastery and entrepreneurial skills, enrich their intellects and spark their creativity, and develop a sense of social justice that would translate into action.