Summer Institute


The STEM Summer Institute for Girls was created in 2011 as a model STEM summer program for girls.  After 5 years as a program for rising 9th through 12th graders, we added rising 7th and 8th graders in the summer of 2016.  Our aim is to bring together girls from schools all over the Nashville area for an opportunity to model true integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics in a domain that is naturally appealing to girls – serving other girls in a global setting.  Each year the STEM Summer Institute tackles a different authentic problem.  This year, we are honored to partner with The Gifft Hill School in St. John US Virgin Islands.  The island of St. John was devastated by hurricanes last fall, and many of the schools remain closed.  The Gifft Hill School, despite being heavily damaged, opened its doors to any student who wanted to attend in order to help children avoid missing a year of school.  Our projects will have a direct impact on the students at Gifft Hill School.


Participating in the STEM Summer Institute is an honor and students who have attended proudly represent their schools.  Each year, we aim to create a group of students from a variety of schools who work together with a common goal.  Therefore, the STEM Summer Institute does require an application and a recommendation from a teacher.  Acceptance will be granted on a rolling basis, so please consider applying as soon as possible.  Prior STEM experiences and school transcripts are not necessary – but students who are eager to learn, willing to think creatively, and want to work in a team are the best fit for the Institute. Ability to participate in the Institute for the entire time is expected, as student groups will work on the same project for the duration of the Institute.


The 9th-12th grade Institute will run June 11-22, 2018 and the 7th and 8th grade Institute will run June 18-22, 2018.  The institute will run from 9-4 each day.  Lunch and snacks will be included. Scholarship money separate from other Harpeth Hall camps is available for the Institute on an as needed basis.

Please use the menu to the left to access the applications and flyers.

Research results for this program indicate that the student participants leave the camp with a better understanding of what engineering is and have increased self-efficacy in STEM.  A later studiy also indicates that the parents of our participants have an increased knowledge of what engineering is and improved attitudes towards engineering.  Read more about it here:

Chukwurah, C, SS Klein-Gardner.  STEM Summer Institute: A Model Program for STEM Integration for Girls.  In J. Koch, B. Polnick, and B. Irby (Eds.) Girls and Women in STEM Fields: A Never-Ending Story.  Charlotte, NC: Information Age Publishing.  2014.