Program Information

The Stanford Science Circle is suspended for the 2020-2021 academic year. We encourage you to explore our other academic enrichment programs.

Grades 6–8 Circle Details

At Stanford Science Circle, local students in grades 6–8 have the chance to pursue their interest in science in a community of peers. Through hands-on activities, students can enrich their education by exploring new topics in a range of science fields.
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2020 Winter Quarter: Engineering and Bioscience

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Two courses will be offered in Winter 2020: Engineering and Bioscience.

During the Engineering course, engineers will translate their knowledge of how small-scale structures turn material behavior into vital real-world applications. Students will explore structure, processing, and property relationships, from manufacturing, analysis, and applications to cutting-edge fields.

The Bioscience course will consist of a combination of mini lectures and discussions. By the end of the course, students will be able to discuss a range of topics in biology, medicine, history, and technology. The instruction will provide an overview of many specialized topics in bioscience research and treatments including therapy and intervention.

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2018–19 Academic Year

Fall 2018: Biomedical Sciences

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Session Details

There will be ten sessions, meeting on Tuesday evenings.


This fall Science Circle participants will have the opportunity to explore the exciting field of Biomedical Science, which combines the fields of biology and medicine. Participants will engage in interactive lectures and hands-on activities while learning about human and animal biology, chemistry and physiology, and how all of these fields impact the health of organisms. 

Winter 2019: Earth & Environmental Science

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During this course, students will explore a range of fields of study that focus on the environment, tackling questions related to how land, sea, and other natural resources are used. Students will develop their knowledge of environmental science through lectures and experimental design. Working through the scientific method, students will acquire the tools to begin to explore and understand the environment on both a local and global scale.

Spring 2019: Principles of Engineering

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During this course, students will be exposed to the principles and major concepts of engineering in the 21st century, and the emerging interdisciplinary approaches to the field. Students will explore how technology and innovation are applied to solve some of our most challenging problems in society through hands-on and interactive activities.

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