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.
Students in a chemistry lab as part of the Summer STEM program. Photo by Chris Taggart/Cooper Union

Students in a chemistry lab as part of the Summer STEM program. Photo by Chris Taggart/Cooper Union

Sustainable and green energy students test prototypes to gather energy from wind.

SUMMER STEM 2022 Application is closed.  

Three Week In Person Program for 9th and 10th graders

  • Choose from: Computer-Aided Drug Design, Biomaterials Design, or Next- Gen Construction Materials
  • See SUMMER STEM 2022 Courses for descriptions.
  • Session 1:  July 11- 28,  Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 3 PM
  • Session 2:  August 1 - 18, Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 3 PM

Four Week Virtual Program for 10th and 11th Graders

  • See Machine Learning description.
  • This class is for students with precalculus or calculus.
  • July 11 - August 8, Monday - Thursday, 1 - 4 PM EST

Six Week In Person Program for 10th and 11th Graders

  • Choose from Data for New York, Design and Drawing for Engineering, MakerXR!, Racecar Research, or Robotics Crash Course.
  • See SUMMER STEM 2022 Courses for descriptions and more information.
  • July 11 - August 18, Monday - Thursday, 9 AM - 3 PM

STEM Scholars Internship Opportunity for Students that:

  • Attend a New York City School
  • Complete 10th and 11th Grade in June 2022
  • Apply for a 6 week session
  • Requirements vary by program see more information and application

Learn more about SUMMER STEM

Read the Summer STEM FAQs for information about cost, financial aid, and more.

Hear about Summer STEM from past students and staff: What is Summer STEM? Video.

See SUMMER STEM 2021 Student Portfolios:

Downloadable Summer STEM flyer

Questions about SUMMER STEM?  Email

  • 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.