Computational Science


Rising 10th–12th graders (ages 14–17); students must be at least 15 years old to stay on campus; completion of Algebra II and an interest in fast-paced coursework is highly recommended


Mies Campus

Program Description

Are you an advanced high school student who is interested in science, math, and computation? Learn about these topics in exciting and unconventional ways by enrolling in Illinois Tech’s Computational Science course for high school students. The course will integrate math and science, with computation as a unifying concept.

Using real-world tools such as Mathematica, students will learn how to take an idea or question and find ways to formulate it for a computer. The course consists of hands-on activities and minimal lecturing. At the end of the program, students will acquire better computational thinking, a skill that is critical in an increasingly technological world.

Students who successfully complete the course will receive two credit hours of college credit for the course SCI 111. This course may be applied to the Illinois Tech curriculum as an elective. 

Learning Objectives:

  • The following are the main objectives of the course
  • To understand and implement an algorithm
  • To find patterns and make conjectures
  • To appreciate the power of visualization made possible by modern computation tools
  • To solve problems in science and mathematics using computation tools

Sample Daily Schedule

8 a.m:. Breakfast (only for residential students)

9 a.m.–noon: Instruction with Associate Teaching Professor Kiah Wah Ong

Noon–1 p.m.: Lunch 

1–4 p.m.: Project time with Illinois Tech graduate students

4–6 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer interns (only for residential students)

6–7 p.m.: Dinner (only for residential students) 

7–10 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer interns (only for residential students)

10 p.m.: Residential hall check-in for the night (only for residential students)

Sample weekend activities: A beach day at Lake Michigan, visiting Navy Pier, visiting Millennium Park, taking in a Chicago White Sox game, and more! (only for residential students)

Sample weekday activities: Game night, bowling at Illinois Tech’s The Bog, and gaming at the Esports arena (only for residential students)


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