Middle School Program

All academically motivated students in grades 7 & 8 who have a passion for science are welcome. Please note that these sessions are in high demand and we cannot accommodate all students. 

About the Middle School Program

The Middle School Science Circle has a class size of 24 students. Sessions will be held Tuesday nights from 6:30 – 8:pm on Stanford’s campus. The fee for the Middle School Program is $375 per quarter. The program fee is due to smaller class size and more hands-on activities for the Middle School Program. The program will be offered throughout the academic year with each academic quarter representing a different science theme. Students must apply each quarter. 

Note: Given the heavy demand for the limited available space, students are admitted via a lottery, and applications will only be available for a short period of time. If a student is not admitted in a particular quarter, we will not be able to reevaluate our admission decisions.

Dates

The Stanford Science Circle runs during the Stanford academic year, with 10 sessions each quarter. We do not offer a summer quarter.

Fall 2016 Quarter
Dates: September 27– December 7, 2016
Tuition: $375

Winter 2017 Quarter
Dates: January 10, 2017-March 14, 2017
Tuition: $375

Spring 2017 Quarter
Dates: April 4, 2017 - June 6, 2017 
Tuition: $375

Tuition

The fee for participation is  $375 per quarter for the Middle School Program.  This fee covers expenses for session leaders, website maintenance, administrative costs, and use of the Stanford University facilities.  Please note that financial aid is available and that we will not exclude students due to financial hardship, so please let us know if the fee would cause financial difficulty for your family. 

Spring 2017 Quarter: Environmental & Earth Sciences. 

This Spring's theme is “Environmental & Earth Sciences." The sessions will be held from April 4 to June 6, 2017. The courses will be led by sevral different Stanford Post-Doctoral instructors.

Week 1: April 4

  • Title: Studying Causality with Experimental Design
  • Instructor: Chris Miller 

Week 2: April 11 

  • Title: Fundamentals of Matter: Atomic Structure
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 3: April 18

  • Title: Accounting in Chemistry: Electron Configuration
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 4: April 25

  • Title: Building in Chemistry: Molecules & Bonds
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 5: May 2

  • Title: Living Organisms in Chemistry: Macromolecules
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 6: May 9

  • Title: How the Brain Works: Action Potentials
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 7: May 16 

  • Title: Climate Change and the Carbon Cycle
  • Instructor: Virginia Selz

Week 8: May 23

  • Title: Exploring Climate Science Data
  • Instructor: Virginia Selz

Week 9: May 30

  • Title: Introduction to Microbiology
  • Instructor: Sarah Bauer 

Week 10: June 6

  • Title: Complex Systems in Everything
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky

Winter 2017 Quarter: Physical Science and Engineering 

This Winter’s theme is “Physical Science and Engineering." The sessions will be held from January 10 to March 14, 2017. The courses will be led by 3 different Stanford Post-Doctoral instructors.

Week 1: January 10 

  • Title: Studying Causality with Experimental Design
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 2: January 17 

  • Title: Fundamentals of Matter: Atomic Structure
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 3: January 24 

  • Title: Accounting in Chemistry: Electron Configuration
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 4: January 31 

  • Title: Building in Chemistry: Molecules & Bonds
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 5: February 7 

  • Title: Living Organisms in Chemistry: Macromolecules
  • Instructor: Chris Miller

Week 6: February 14 

  • Title: Object Hacking: Understanding and Remixing Products pt1
  • Instructor: Nik Martelaro

Week 7: February 21 

  • Title: Object Hacking: Understanding and Remixing Products pt2
  • Instructor: Nik Martelaro

Week 8: February 28 

  • Title: Principles of Bioengineering
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky 

Week 9: March 7 

  • Title: Bioengineering Proteins
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky 

Week 10: March 14

  • Title: Bioengineering Neurons
  • Instructor: Konstantin Kaganovsky 

Fall 2016 Quarter: Biological and Medical Sciences

This Fall’s theme is “Biological and Medical Science." The sessions will be held from September 27 to December 6, 2016 by course instructor Chris Miller, Stanford Post-Doctoral student.

  • Week 1: September 27, Scientific Method & Clinical Trials
  • Week 2: October 4, Cell Cycle & Cancer
  • Week 3: October 11, Central Dogma & Mutations
  • Week 4: October 18, Central Dogma & Mutations
  • Week 5: October 25, Genetics & Artificial Selection
  • Week 6: November 1, Evolution & Natural Selection
  • Week 7: November 8, Blood Composition & Transfusions
  • Week 8: November 15, Heart Physiology & Disease
  • Week 9: November 29, Brain Anatomy & Function
  • Week 10: December 6, Brain Scans & Technology