Pre-College Programs

Exploring STEMM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine)

General Information

2019 Session Dates

  • June 24-25 (females only) 
  • June 27-28 (males only) 
  • July 1-2 (co-ed) 

Registration is now open for 2019.

The Office of Pre-College Programs in conjunction with the College of Science and Mathematics and Computing and Telecommunications Services (CaTS) are pleased to offer:

Exploring STEMM—Enriching Minds Through Science 2019.

Students who are selected will participate in a variety of STEMM disciplines over a two day period. Students will spend one night on campus under the supervision of Residential Assistants. Student MUST be residents of Ohio.

  • Students will arrive on campus at 8:30 a.m. and spend two days studying the STEMM disciplines. Students leave at 4:00 p.m. on the following day. Parents/guardians must pick up their children by 5:00 PM.  Pick ups after 5:00 will be charged $10 for every five minutes past 5:00.
  • Exploring STEMM is for rising 7-9 grade students. Due to the high interest in this program, and repeated courses, this program is for NEW students only. Those students who attended Exploring STEMM 2017 or 2018 are not eligible for summer 2019.
  • Exploring STEMM is partially funded by Wright State University and is offered at the low cost of $25 per student. Only Ohio residents are eligible to apply. Once your child is accepted into Exploring STEMM, they are unable to receive a refund! Students who are enrolled and fail to show the day of the event will be charged an additional $30 to cover room and board costs.
  • Early registration is encouraged—enrollment is limited.
  • To register apply online. Students must have a Nomination letter completed and have paid the $25 fee in order for the application to be processed. Nomination letters are emailed to the teacher of your choosing during the online process. Make sure you know the correct email address of the teacher. 
  • Confirmation materials will be emailed once a student has been accepted. In order to be accepted, a student must have completed the application, paid the $25 fee, and had a teacher (non relative) complete a nomination letter through the online system.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within three weeks of receipt of a completed application.
  • Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis. This program will fill quickly, early registration is encouraged. 
  • Parents are invited to attend the Demonstrations of Chemistry in Our Lives program at 2:15 p.m. on the second day. Information will be available at check-in.

Once accepted into Exploring STEMM

  • Roommate requests can be made by emailing with the names of students wishing to room together. (Requests must be received by June 1.)
  • If a parent needs to cancel their child's registration, they may do so by emailing with their child's name, the parent's name, and the dates they were registered. If this is submitted by June 1, 2019, the $30 no show fee will be waived. There are no refunds on the $25 application fee.


Exploring Human Anatomy
This hands-on Anatomy Lab experience provides a great opportunity for students to further their understanding of human anatomy. Students are presented with an overview of the structure and function of the major organ systems of the body by viewing human organs which are healthy and diseased. 

Exploring the Nanoworld of Precious Metals
What do your athletic socks, bandages, iPhones, and electronic devices have in common? You may not see them, but they are there: tiny silver nanoparticles in the size range of 1/100,000,000th of a meter of 1/100,000th of the human hair width. During this session, students will gain an understanding of the “nano” size range, will synthesize gold and silver nanoparticles, and will become familiar with their applications.

Game Show Statistics
In a game show format, teams of students will compete in Monte Carlo simulation games. These games are based on data science and probability applications that explore statistical and probability reasoning.

DNA and Forensic Science
This module will introduce students to various methods of analyzing potential crime scene evidence and interacting with DNA. They will have the ability to isolate their own DNA from fruits, and compare DNA samples to identify criminals. Students will also have the opportunity to take their DNA isolates home.

What's the Cloud, and Why Can't I Delete My Stuff?
Learn how information from your devices travel the web, where the information goes, what happens when it gets there, and why everything you have ever sent is still around.

Demonstrations of Chemistry in Our Lives
Although not always apparent, chemistry is involved in every aspect of our lives Explore the difference in chemical versus physical changes. Discover the principles behind the use of combustion reactions (fires and explosions). From food to medicines, air to water, metals to polymers, and artworks to automobiles, we live in a chemical world. If it isn't chemical it can't be anything. 

Falling Waters
Learn about engineering at Wright State. Participate in a project to build a parachute that will safely drop water from the 3rd floor landing without a spill. Compete with other teams to see whose parachute is the most successful.

Living on Campus

All Pre-College residential participants will live in the Woods Housing Complex. Room assignments are made randomly, unless a specific roommate is requested. The rooms are designed to house two or three participants. Each residence hall room features bunk beds, student desks, wardrobes, a microwave oven, small refrigerator, and a sink. Each room has a semi-private attached bathroom.

Each floor has a lounge with cable television. Laundry facilities are available in each building. 

A recreation area adjacent to the residence hall features sand volleyball, full-court basketball, and picnic areas. 

All participants must bring bedding and linens. All beds are twin extra-long.

Participants in any of the science programs should bring a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, and closed toe shoes for lab work. 

Residence hall rooms should be locked at all times. Participants are responsible for their own belongings, money, and room key. In addition, participants are responsible for any damages that occur to the residence hall room and other university property. Pre-College Programs will seek restitution for damages. A fee of $40 will be assessed for lost room keys.

Since participants are very busy, it is often difficult to contact them while they are on campus. Telephone messages can be left with the Pre-College Office at (937) 775-3135 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Messages will be delivered to participants at meals unless immediate contact is necessary. After-hours, emergency contact information will be provided at check-in.

Packing Checklist

  • Clothing: 
    • T-shirts and sweatshirts
    • Two pairs of shoes
    • Jeans or long pants
    • Shorts
    • Sweater or light jacket
    • Umbrella or raincoat
    • Underclothing
  • Linens/Bedding:
    • Linens-Twin extra long two single bed sheets
    • Pillow and pillow case
    • Blankets and/or sleeping bag
    • Washcloth and towel
  • Toiletries:
    • Toothbrush/toothpaste
    • Shaving supplies
    • Comb/brush
    • Soap and shampoo
    • Sanitary products
    • Deodorant
    • Tissues
    • Cosmetics
    • Prescriptions or medications
    • Sun block
    • Insect repellant
  • Miscellaneous:
    • Watch and alarm clock
    • Sunglasses
    • Spending money
    • Snacks
    • Calculator (science/math programs)
    • Pens and pencils
    • Spiral notebook
    • Camera
    • Clothes hangers


In order to provide a quality pre-college experience for all, each participant is expected to adhere to the following rules of the program and of Wright State University:

Residential Participants

  1. Participants are expected to treat all other participants with respect and demonstrate an appreciation of diversity. Violent, abusive, or harassing behaviors are grounds for immediate dismissal.
  2. Participants will be prepared and on time for all scheduled activities.
  3. Absolutely no alcohol, smoking, or illegal drugs are permitted. Violation of this rule will result in immediate dismissal and possible criminal charges.
  4. Participants are not allowed to have automobiles on campus.
  5. Participants are prohibited from leaving the campus of Wright State University, except in the event of a curricular field trip or medical emergency.
  6. Participants are not permitted to have visitors during their stay.
  7. Members of the opposite sex are not permitted to occupy the same dorm room at any time of day.
  8. Participants are not to leave their rooms after "lights-out," except in the event of an emergency.
  9. Participants are responsible for the keys assigned to them. Participants will keep their rooms locked at all times and will carry their keys with them.
  10. Participants are responsible for their own personal belongings, clothes, and money.

Any infringement of these rules may result in participant's immediate dismissal from the program.

Required Form(s)

Additional form(s) must be completed at check-in. If the student is not arriving with his or her parent and or legal guardian please contact the office of Pre-College Programs ahead of time to complete forms.  Authorization to Dispense Medication Form will be completed at check-in.


Well-trained, dedicated, and caring best describe the Pre-College staff. The administrative staff is responsible for all program logistics and supervision of residential staff.

The residential staff, that lives on-campus with the participants, is composed of a coordinator, assistant coordinator, and residential assistants (RAs). Members of the residential staff are graduate and undergraduate students who have experience working with young people. The main function of the residential staff is to provide orientation, guidance, and support to program participants.

Members of the residential staff are available 24 hours a day to assist participants in having a positive pre-college experience. Each RA will provide leadership to a small group of participants. RA groups will meet several times a day to review the daily schedule, address any interpersonal challenges, and assess the physical and emotional well-being of each participant.

Residential staff responsibilities include:

  • Supervising participants
  • Assisting with course projects
  • Being a positive role model
  • Providing leadership in emergency situations
  • Getting to know each participant
  • Creating a positive environment
  • Dealing with discipline issues
  • Completing CPR/First Aid/AED training and pass required background check

Parents will have the opportunity to meet the members of the residential and administrative staff during check-in. If you have any special concerns or questions, please speak with the residential assistant who assists you during check-in.