STEM Academy - Rising 7th-9th

STEM TOHOThis fun-filled learning experience is unique to Clemson University. You will share class time with students from Japan who are here to sharpen their English language skills and learn more about the communication trends of the American teen. Scholars will choose two half-day courses from the course offerings listed for the desired session.

This exciting program offers students a chance to learn about a college subject and participate in social and cultural events on and off campus with students from TOHO Academy.



Intercultural Communication

Learn the various communication styles of people of other cultures-- not only languages, but also differences in communication codes such as gestures and facial expressions. You will share class time with students from Japan. learn about Asian foods, cartoons and comic books, and teach them about high school prom and class rings.

Course Leader: Lindsey Dixon


  • Discover microscopy, including the study of eukaryotic and prokaryotic cells
  • Examine different prokaryotic cell shapes and perform a bacterial Gram stain
  • Culture bacteria, observe colonies, and perform an antibiotic sensitivity test
  • Examine DNA separation and quantification via agarose gel electrophoresis
  • Animal dissection and the anatomy and physiology of various specimens are also covered
  • Collect samples during a field trip and then observe and identify them microscopically
  • Study blood typing, essential in crime scene investigations and paternity cases

Course Leader: Donna Weinbrenner

Biotechnology, Health, and Society 

In this one-week course, students will explore the concepts of biotechnology. The camp will allow students the opportunity to look at how biotechnology couples biomolecular and cellular processes to develop products and technologies that help improve the health of our planet and, ultimately, our lives.

In this course, students will:

  • Learn how DNA evidence is used to identify criminals and to exonerate the falsely-accused
  • Genetically modify bacteria to make them glow in the dark
  • Explore how genetically-modified organisms are used to make pharmaceuticals and other products
  • Learn about immunity and antibiotic resistance
  • Collect and analyze spectrophotometric data
  • Explore the nervous system and discover how injury and disease can wreak havoc on our brains

Monday - Criminal justice and DNA evidence

Tuesday - DNA Isolate and Bacterial Transformation 

Wednesday - Infectious Disease

Thursday - Spectrophotometer

Friday - The Amazing Human Brain

Course Leader: CULSOC Instructors

Civil Engineering

This week-long course explores the many aspects within the field of Civil Engineering. Students will learn about topics such as construction management, structural design, wind engineering, transportation, and materials testing through various hands-on projects. Students will build models of bridges and buildings, tour the Clemson wind tunnel, and see demonstrations of the firing missile cannon showcasing the connection between everyday weather (wind) and the structures we inhabit. There, they will also see and learn about natural hazard research which is only conducted at a handful of universities in the United States. They will be introduced to the concept and applications of sustainability in order to understand how Civil Engineering affects human wellbeing and quality of life.

Course Leader: Claire Dancz

Human-Computer Interaction through Eye Tracking 

During this one week course, students will learn about Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) by conducting short hands-on eye-tracking experiments. HCI is a Computer Science discipline focused on studying human factors in computing. Eye trackers are devices that unobtrusively allow recording of how we devote visual attention to the world around us. By capturing eye gaze when we look at computer screens, web pages, smartphones, airplane cockpits, ATC screens, etc., we gain insight into how we visually work with these interfaces.

After a brief review of eye-tracking applications in Psychology, Marketing, Packaging Science, Industrial Engineering, as well as Computer Science, students will focus on designing and executing short eye-tracking experiments. The course will be conducted at Clemson's eye tracker classroom housing 20 trackers from Gazepoint. Organized into small teams, students will participate in and conduct basic experiments leading to final team presentations of their results and experiences.

Course Leader: Andrew Duchowski

Session Choices

Session 7

Session 8

Intercultural Communication Intercultural Communication
Biotechnology, Health, and Society Biology
Civil Engineering Human-Computer Interaction through Eye Tracking

If you choose to join us for both weeks of STEM Academy, then you are eligible for a discounted weekend stay rate between sessions!