Computational Science Course

Are you a college or advanced high school student 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. 

ELIGIBILITY

Rising 10th–12th graders. Completion of Algebra II is recommended.

LOCATION

Mies Campus

PERKS

  • Earn two college credits
  • Participants are admitted to Illinois Tech as non-degree students
  • Participants who perform well may request a letter of recommendation
  • Enhance your resume by adding academic university experience
  • Explore possible college majors by delving deeply into a variety of topics

Course completion does not guarantee admission to Illinois Tech degree-seeking programs. 

Why Computational Science?

Come experience Computational Science at Illinois Tech and learn why it was ranked a Top 50 Summer Program in the country!

What will you learn in the Computational Science Course? 

  1. Basic implementation of Mathematica code. 
  2. Problems in number theory. 
  3. Manipulate data such as data in astronomy and biology. 
  4. Generating fractal images and random walks. 
  5. Using Mathematica to solve optimization problems. 
  6. Using differential equations to model and solve problems in science and engineering 

This program is capped at 20 students to allow our participants to have an individualized experience. Students will be housed in double rooms within our State Street Village residence hall with our summer program interns. 

Sample Daily Schedule

8 a.m.Breakfast 

9 a.m.—noon: Instruction with Dr. Kiah Ong

Noon—1 p.m.: Lunch 

1—4 p.m.: Project time with Illinois Tech graduate student

4—6 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer intern

6—7 p.m.: Dinner 

7—10 p.m.: Activities and downtime with Illinois Tech summer intern

10 p.m.: Residential hall check-in for the night

Sample Weekend Activities: Beach day on Lake Michigan, Navy Pier, Millennium Park, Chicago White Sox game and more

Sample Weekday Activities: Game night, Bowling at Illinois Tech Bog, and gaming at the Esports arena

Questions?

For more information, email precollege@iit.edu