Online STEM courses designed for high school students

Case Western Reserve Pre-College STEM Programs

Do you see yourself one day being part of the science, technology, engineering, or math fields? These online STEM courses, designed for high school students ages 13 and up, have been created for this purpose. We offer exciting topics ranging from computer science, engineering design, and origins of the universe, covered in-depth, through online coursework. You’ll learn from Case Western Reserve University instructors with the support of mentors. These courses are available year-round, and the online format allows you to study anywhere, anytime, while working at your own pace.

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Program Dates

Multiple two- and four-week sessions


For students ages 13+



Current Courses Available

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Neuroscience and Medicine: Inside the Brain and Nervous System

Think of your brain as the command center of your emotions, bodily functions and nervous system. How does it transmit messages to keep everything running? What happens when a neurological disorder appears? What are some of today’s advanced treatments for neurological disorders? These questions are at the heart of neuroscience. In this course, you’ll discover the basics of how neuroscience informs exciting developments in medicine. If you are interested in science, medicine, psychology or other STEM-related subjects, don’t miss this educational adventure. Learn through engaging video lessons by Case Western Reserve University instructors Barbara Kuemerle, PhD, and Ashley Nemes-Baran, PhD.

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Engineering: From 2D Sketch to 3D Model

Do you like to build things? Are you interested in the techniques engineers use to go from two-dimensional sketches to three-dimensional models and finished products? Would you like to learn skills that can serve as a basis for a future in video game design, architecture, robotics, civil or mechanical engineering? This course is an ideal way to get started. Learn through engaging video lessons by Case Western Reserve instructors Ainsley Buckner and Jason Bradshaw.

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Computer Science: An Introduction to Digital Technology

Excited by the world of digital technology? Start building your foundation now. It begins with understanding how the computer works, inside and out. You’ll build webpages, learn languages, and start thinking algorithmically. This course is a must for anyone considering computer science in college, or preparing for a future in the ever-growing field of technology. Learn through dynamic video by Case Western Reserve Professor Harold Connamacher.

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Astrophysics and Evolutionary Biology: The Origins of Life

How did the universe begin? When did life enter the picture? Why do some species survive, while others perish? Delve into the history of the cosmos. If you're thinking about a future in STEM, medicine, or even the law or business, you'll acquire a working knowledge of the most basic questions about how our universe and life evolved. Learn through engaging video by Case Western Reserve instructors, Dr. Patricia Princehouse and Dr. Glenn Starkman.

Course formerly known as, "Astrophysics and Evolutionary Biology: The Origins of Life".

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How You Will Benefit

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  • Online courses are available throughout the year—pick a STEM subject that fits your passion and your schedule
  • Suitable for high school students ages 13 and up so you can start exploring science, technology, engineering, and math early on
  • Experience what it’s like to take a course designed by Case Western Reserve University instructors while you’re still in high school
  • Lessons by instructors and professors are delivered through videos so you can tune in whenever your schedule allows—the ultimate in flexibility
  • Receive guidance from a mentor who can support you and answer questions as you deepen your learning experience
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Case Western Reserve University

3 Learning Advantages Designed for You

Final Project

All STEM courses culminate in a special final project that allows you to:

  • Demonstrate what you've learned in a presentation
  • Get feedback from your mentors on your work
  • Choose from a variety of topics covered in your course to show what you’ve learned 
  • Use any media you prefer—text, video, photography, PowerPoint


You’ll receive guidance from a mentor who can answer questions and provide support throughout the course. You can expect:

  • Encouragement and direction on all assignments
  • Inspiration, motivation, and confidence to help you succeed
  • Brainstorming to help as you prepare for your final project

Flexible Learning

Study anywhere, anytime at your own pace. You can expect:

  • 100% online learning, works with your schedule
  • 20 to 25 hours of total instruction and course work, including engaging multimedia simulations and curated assignments for which you will receive guidance and support
  • Learn through dynamic video lessons. Tune in anytime that works for you
  • Engage with students from around the world

How to Apply

It’s easy. No transcripts or letters of recommendation are required. Our application will ask you to provide the following:

  • Basic contact information for you and your parents or guardian.
  • Why you wish to take this course. You can tell your story through writing, video, photos — any media you prefer.

Note: Please submit all application materials in English.

Begin the guided process. It should take only a few minutes of your time to answer the questions.

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Frequently asked questions

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We offer need-based pre-college program scholarships in each cohort to students who need assistance with the program cost. The scholarship application is a part of the overall program application. 

If you would like to be considered for a scholarship but you: