Clemson University (CU) is a leading public research institution located in Upstate South Carolina. CU’s website states, “At Clemson, we believe in the value of hard work, and we pursue that work tirelessly. We believe that our collective calling as a University is to change lives, change perception and, through our work, to change the world.”
As part of its mission, Clemson University offers a wide variety of a-la-carte online courses that anyone can take. Course titles include Everyday Math, Introduction to PC Troubleshooting, and Medical Terminology. They even have a class on how to Homeschool with Success!
In addition, the Clemson University Science Outreach Center inspires and empowers young scientists through hands-on labs, camps and activities.
Homeschool Science Days
On Homeschool Science Days, Clemson University lab instructors lead homeschool students through a mini-lesson and hands-on science laboratory investigation in a real science lab! Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Science Outreach Center has temporarily suspended all in-person activities. However, the Virtual Summer Camps were a great success and Virtual STEM Club begins on September 28!
Virtual STEM Club
Clemson University’s Virtual STEM Club will engage students through six unique STEM Club sessions – Density, Water, Sound, Flight, Engineering, DNA – each with two live instructors present. Each session is offered multiple times throughout a two-week period to accommodate the diverse schedules of each student. For example, Session #1 on Density is offered multiple times throughout the Sep 28th-Oct 9th time range. Session #2 on water is offered multiple times throughout the Oct 12-23rd time range etc. Sign your child up for the date/time that works best for each session. The deadline to register for the Virtual STEM Club is Wednesday, September 16, 2020. “This deadline provides us adequate time to ship STEM Club supplies to your home!”
The Summer Scholars Program
Clemson offers a Summer Scholars program for middle and high school students who want to learn more about life in a college setting. Rising 7th-12th grade students up to age 17 will enjoy this one-week introduction to college subjects while being immersed in the culture of Clemson University. The university expects participating students to be responsible and exhibit self-control and portray excellent character. The Summer Scholars program also offers Fall opportunities to help high school students develop the skills necessary to pursue their passion. This is a great time to explore careers that interest you—especially if your school doesn’t offer these types of career exploration courses.
Learn with Clemson University Instructors this Fall!
Attention STEM students! Join us for the Fall Scholars program featuring two live synchronous Saturdays + asynchronous pre-work presented by Clemson University instructors at our lowest prices yet! Synchronous courses are live online courses that are conducted in real-time, while asynchronous courses are made up of prebuilt course components that students complete on their own time. Choose from the following in-demand STEM courses from the College of Behavioral, Social and Health Sciences:
Crime Scene Investigation – Students will be introduced to the methods and science that underpin forensics including document, audio, and video analysis; DNA, fingerprinting, fiber, hair and blood splatter analysis; as well as crime scene investigation. Students will learn how to evaluate evidence and the process of identifying the dead as they master the role of forensics and forensic psychology. The course will be concluded by letting the students use anthropology and archaeology to solve a case. By using biological profiling, documenting and analyzing the evidence, as well as facial reconstruction to identify the dead, students will be able to identify the victim from a crime scene.
Nursing and Health Promotion – This course examines the need for the development of health promotion/wellness initiatives to improve the lifestyle practices of individuals and communities. Emphasis is placed upon the health and environmental patterns that promote or interfere with health attainment and risk reduction. Using a project-based learning approach, students will develop a health promotion project based on the standards outlined in Healthy People 2020 and an assessment of need. This course is best suited for students interested in pursuing health-related career occupations.
Molecular Toolbox for Research and Medicine – This course is a part asynchronous (1 – 5 hour), and part synchronous (2 – 5 hour, Saturday) course. It is designed for high school students to learn different techniques applied in scientific research and medicine, so that you will have your own “molecular toolbox” to draw from, for your own scientific research proposal project. During this course, students will explore different contemporary molecular techniques, experience reading current technical journals, and design a novel research proposal using these techniques.