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PCCM Princeton University Materials Academy (PUMA)

The Princeton University Materials Academy Summer Program for high school specifically targets students from under-served communities and young women. Students spend three weeks learning about materials science innovations from leading scientists in an intensive course each summer. The course framework consists of inquiry-based, hands-on labs and project-based learning, supported by lectures and interaction with PCCM faculty and graduate students. The students work with the faculty on current research projects; therefore the curriculum is different every year based on the changing research interest of our faculty. PUMA is the only program on campus that is strictly science oriented. This intensive program targets truly underprivileged, disadvantaged high school students – especially those who have a good chance of success with the right encouragement – to give them a full immersion in science. During the summer 2016 session, eighteen high school students from Trenton interacted with Princeton faculty and students and learned about materials science and battery research.

Education Program Type: 
Kindergarten-Grade 12 (K-12)