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Outreach Programs

Workshops/Seminars

Nanotechnology Summer Institute for Middle School Teachers

July 21 - 25, 2014

This one-week Institute teaches middle school teachers about nanotechnology research and the underlying physical concepts that apply to the science classes they teach. Daily sessions focus on inquiry-based modules providing teachers with materials that explicitly address California’s 8th grade physical science content standards. Participants receive stipends and Continuing Studies Credits.

Stanford Science Circles

The Stanford Middle School and High School Science Circles are academic enrichment programs for students in the Stanford area who are interested in the sciences. Activities take place in the evening during the academic year.

 

Geoscape Bay Area for Earth Sciences Teachers

You are invited to a workshop for Earth science teachers about Earth sciences in the San Francisco Bay Area. Learn about current scientific research and understanding of the local geoscape.  This workshop is to enhance your skills, confidence, and knowledge of Earth sciences and invigorate classroom instruction, aligned with California State content standards. You will be taught to use to the Quake-catcher Network which turns your classroom computer into a seismometer.

Stanford EXPLORE: A Lecture Series on Biomedical Research

July 7 - August 1, 2014
Stanford Explore is an exploratory series covering the basic fundamentals and current research areas represented by the five Institutes of the Stanford School of Medicine (Immunology, Neuroscience, Cardiovascular Medicine, Regenerative and Stem Cell Medicine, and Cancer Biology) as well as research areas in Bioengineering and Genetics. Participants are encouraged to sign up for all 4 weeks but may also sign up for just 1, 2 or 3 weeks.

Stanford Summer Teaching Institute

July 15 - 18, 2014

The Stanford Summer Teaching Institute is a collection of short courses focused on the development of effective instructional practices for a variety of content areas and grade levels.  Cost:

$550/person (includes lunch and parking) $450/person for teams of 3 or more*

 

Discovering Medicine @ Stanford

August 6 - 7, 2014

Discovering Medicine @ Stanford is offered by the Stanford Medical Youth Science Program (SMYSP) for high school sophomores and juniors who are preparing for a 4-year college and have a serious interest in pursuing a health or medical career. The program is interactive, with small group workshops, and direct interactions with a variety of health professionals from the Stanford Hospitals & Clinics and the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System hospital, as well as faculty, staff, and students from the Stanford School of Medicine. There is a $750 program fee to attend.

Stanford Math Circle

The Stanford Math Circle (SMC) is a weekly gathering of high school (or younger) students working on problems involving complex and advanced mathematical topics, guided by mathematicians and educators.

Surgical Anatomy for High School and Pre-Med Students

July 14 - August 1, 2014

This three-week course (half days) is for students considering careers in a variety of procedure-based medical fields, such as surgery, dental surgery, and nursing. It may also be of interest to students who intend to study biomedical engineering, occupational or physical therapy, sports medicine, or to become EMTs/paramedics.

Field Trips to a Haptics and Robotics in Medicine Lab

The Collaborative Haptics and Robotics in Medicine (CHARM) Lab offers field trips and demos/presentations in local K-12 classrooms and on campus. The CHARM Lab creates robots and human-computer interfaces that use haptics in order to improve human health, safety, and quality of life. The word haptics refers to the sense of touch. Applications of our research include:

  • Robot-assisted surgery
  • Simulation and training
  • Rehabilitation
  • Prosthetics

Youth Leadership Conference at Stanford's Asian Liver Center

The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four day residential conference at Stanford University. High school students (including those entering high school Fall 2014 or those who just graduated Summer 2014) from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation. The 12th Annual YLC will take place in early August of 2014.

There is a $325 fee to participate (some financial aid available).

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Science Conference

March 14 - 16, 2014
The Stanford Pre-Collegiate Science Conference 2014 aims to highlight current research from the perspective of Stanford scholars as well as the incredible work being done in science by young scholars across the country. Conference features will include, but not limited to, hands-on activities, presentations by Stanford faculty and staff, student contributed talks, roundtable discussions, professional and student panels, and student scientific poster exhibit. There is a $400 registration fee.

SIMR Bioengineering Bootcamp

June 15 - August 6, 2015

SIMR Bioengineering Bootcamp is a hands-on design experience in bioengineering for high school students. Students attend lectures on a diverse set of bioengineering research topics and work for 2 full days a week only (Tues/Thurs) for 8 weeks on a real-world biodesign project which addresses a medical need.

Inspiring Future Scientists through Shadowing (IFSS)

August 4 - 15, 2014

Inspiring Future Scientists through Shadowing (IFSS) is a two-week long summer program for high school students hosted by the chemistry department at Stanford University.  Participants shadow graduate student mentors as they pursue cutting edge chemical research in the laboratory.  This is an exciting opportunity to experience the day-to-day life of a professional chemist while learning about the important questions that are being pursued by researchers in the department!  At the conclusion of the program, participants will present what they have learned to their peers.  Participants will also have the opportunity to attend a panel discussion led by graduate students on the topic of making the transition from high school to studying science at the undergraduate (and graduate level).

 

Office of Science Outreach

How To Learn Math

July 14 - September 28, 2014
This free online course offers important new research ideas on learning, the brain, and math that can transform students’ experiences with math. The course is primarily for teachers and parents and others who may help students with math. It consists of short videos interspersed with various thinking tasks—such as reflecting on videos, designing lessons, discussing ideas with peers in the class—to promote active engagement. The class features videos with leaders in education such as Carol Dweck, author of mindset theories, and Sebastian Thrun, CEO of Udacity.