Construction Science and Management - Rising 9th-12th Graders

Commuter and Residential options are offered.

  • Commuter Rate - $550
    • Arrival on campus from 8 am - 9 am, departure from campus from 3:30 pm - 4:30 pm.  Student/parent/guardian provides transportation.
    • Course days run Monday through Friday.
    • Lunch is included.
  • Residential Rate - $950
    • Arrival on campus from 3 pm - 4 pm on Sunday, departure from campus from 8 am - 10 am on Saturday.
    • Includes full Summer Scholars experience, meals, and lodging.


This course is an exciting introduction to the built environment.  Construction management combines concepts from the engineering, design and management disciplines in order to effectively and efficiently build a project from, quite literally, the ground up.  Students will learn about emerging technologies along with critical soft skills (e.g., conflict resolution, communication, critical thinking, etc.) for managing the wide range of participants involved in the construction process. Student teams will engage in competitive hands-on projects, office and plant visits, and jobsite visits to projects under construction on Clemson campus.

Upon completion of the course students should be able to:

  • Understand opportunities and career paths available in construction management and associated industries.
  • Identify key players involved in a construction project and understand their respective roles. 
  • Understand the major milestones critical to typical construction projects.
  • Understand development of a simple project estimate and schedule.
  • Function as part of a team to accomplish a shared objective.

The tentative content for this course include:

  1. An introduction to emerging technologies (BIM, drones, laser and 3-D printing) and their use in construction.
  2. An introduction to team building through hands-on activities involving estimating and scheduling.
  3. An introduction to experiential learning through working on a Habitat for Humanity service project.
  4. An introduction to construction processes, safety, and key field players through a plant tour and jobsite visits.
  5. An introduction to construction management and key players working in the office through office visits.

Required Materials:

o   Close-toed hard-sole shoes/boots

o   Long pants and shirts with at least 4-inch long sleeves

o   Basic calculator with trigonometric functionality


This course is offered in Session Five (July 5-11).

Course Leader: Shima Clarke, Ph.D.