Summer Learning Academy (SLA)

WiSTEM Virtual Summer Camp

About SLA

The Summer STEM Learning Academy is a 2-month virtual learning experience during June and July for rising high school 10th, 11th, and 12th graders and recent high school graduates of any gender. The experience is designed for participants to explore STEM professional skills including mindfulness in design, design thinking, presentation skills, and more through:

  • weekly SLA informational newsletters aligned to digital badge content (one per week throughout June and July)
  • weekly Role Model Monday Webinars (Mondays 12-12:45 pm CT throughout June and July)
  • 4 digital badges that advance STEM skills and add to your STEM resume (see badge information below)
  • end of camp celebration for participants, family members, and teachers with UT Austin admissions presentation

Participants spend 2-4 hours weekly on asynchronous camp activities.

Digital Badges

Week 1 Learning Badge: Explorations into Mindfulness – This badge earner has developed an understanding of mindfulness concepts and techniques and has learned how to apply mindfulness practices for various situations. The individual has an understanding of how to further develop focus and self-awareness. Badge earners can use these skills as a foundation for further study in mindfulness and apply mental and emotional management in any career path they choose. This badge takes about 3 hours to complete.

Week 2 Knowledge Badge: Design Thinking Practitioner Badge – Throughout this 2-hour course, you will learn the theory of Enterprise Design Thinking from experts and see real examples and earn the Design Thinking Practitioner Badge.

Weeks 3 and 4 Knowledge Badge: Data Science 101 – Data Science 101 Level 1 badge will help you understand the possibilities and opportunities that data science, analytics, and big data bring to new applications in any industry. This is a 3-hour course.

Weeks 5 through 9 Learning Badge: Professional Skills – (see course alignment to weeks below) – This badge earner understands key skills for professional success and core soft skills needed in the workforce. This knowledge of skills and behaviors includes: creating and delivering presentations; using agile approaches for working professionally to deliver quality work and experiences to customers; collaborating effectively with teams; communicating with impact; dealing with challenges in a controlled and focused manner, and solving problems and implementing solutions.

  • Week 5: Present with Purpose
  • Week 6: Collaborate Effectively
  • Week 7: Interpersonal Skills
  • Week 8: Deliver Quality Work with Agility
  • Week 9: Solving Problems with Critical and Creative Thinking

These ~8 hours worth of courses will help you with key skills to transition successfully from high school to a STEM major in college and into a STEM career.

Who Should Apply?

SLA is for rising high school 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students (students who will be in 10th, 11th, or 12th grade year beginning August/September 2024) and recent high school graduates (class of 2024 high school graduates).

Students in 9th, 10th, 11th, or 12th grade of high school at the time of registration are eligible to apply.

Registration Information

Registration fee: $200 per camp paid by May 8, 2024 12:00 p.m. (NOON) CT

$50 cancellation fee per camp through May 15, 2024 12:00 p.m. (NOON) CT
NO refunds after this date

Limited scholarships are available and may be requested as part of the registration process

Registration Opens: January 2, 2024
Registration Deadline: May 8, 2024, 11:59 p.m. CT
Participants will be sent an invoice via email within 10 business days of registration.
If you have requested to be considered for a scholarship, notification of acceptance will be sent on May 1st.
Deadline to complete additional registration forms, and pay the registration fee: May 15, 2024, 12:00 p.m. (NOON)


Registration for Summer 2024 is CLOSED!

Registration for Summer 2025 camps and academies will open January 2025.


Day Camp Information

Use this webpage to learn more