Explore with Us

The Wake Forest Summer Exploration Program is a hands-on STEM learning experience that allows middle school students to choose their own adventure!


The Summer Exploration Program application is live. We will be operating on-campus for Summer 2022.


Ignite Curiosity

Engage in a program led by WFU staff and explore topics of interest. Apply your knowledge through workshops, labs and simulations.

Choose Your Own Adventure

The curriculum includes hands-on activities and simulations that allow students to dive deeper into STEM topics.

Globe with Airplane

Cultivate Community

Build friendships with like-minded peers from all over the world and learn alongside Wake Forest University undergraduate mentors.

“I was particularly impressed with the career professionals who joined the sessions and were active in the field. The fact that you had folks from Microsoft and Minecraft were especially engaging for my son. I also appreciated the hands-on project to build a game and then present it. The course has been terrific.” Celeste, Parent of Explorer, Summer Exploration Program 2021

Adventure is Out There. Choose Yours Today.

STEM Exploration

Explorers will leave no stone unturned as they explore the world of chemistry, math, climate change, engineering and more with Wake Forest University staff!

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Medical Mysteries

Prepare to solve mysteries of medicine. Grab your magnifying glass and get ready to investigate epidemiology, infectious diseases, and more!

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Sports and Science

Calling all athletes and sports fans! Dive into topics related to health and exercise science while learning how to improve sports performance and prevent injuries.

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Engineering and Robotics

Unlock your passion for robotics, engineering, computer science, and more! Learn the process behind programming and developing your favorite games and robots.

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Sustainable Gardening: STEM from the Roots

Roll up your sleeves and embrace the outdoors as you explore the science behind sustainable agriculture in the Wake Forest Campus Garden.

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NASA Astro Camp

Blast off with hands-on activities that are out of this world! You will discover topics including astrophysics, engineering, earth and planetary science, and more!

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Academic Leader Paul Demonstrating the Laser Cutter in the Waker Space
STEM Exploration Student Showing Off the DNA They Collected During the DNA Lab
Screenshot of Makey Makey Lab Academic Leader Paul's Screen During the Lab
Makey Makey Lab in Which Students Learned About Energy and How You Can Power a Circuit with Items like Jello
Screenshot of Academic Leader Abi Presenting to Students about DNA
Screenshot of STEM Exploration Student Reviewing His DNA During the DNA Lab

Next Steps

Apply Now

  • Step 1 – Discover the adventure that’s best for you!
  • Step 2 Apply! Submit our online 2022 Summer Exploration application.
  • Step 3 – Explore with us. Join us for an exciting week on-campus.