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Educating girls in grades 5-12 to Think Critically, to Lead Confidently, and to Live Honorably

STEM Summer Institute

STEM Summer Institute (SSI) is Harpeth Hall's premier research-based STEM program where girls use the engineering design process to solve real-world problems.

Harpeth Hall's STEM Summer Institute, offers select middle school and high school students the opportunity to solve real-world problems as they create, build, and test their own prototype solutions. Imagine finding a way to create and supply hand-washing stations to communities in need or designing a better birthing bed to help with safer infant deliveries for women in Kenya. The STEM Summer Institute brings together girls from schools all over the Nashville area who apply to participate in a true integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

This year, students will learn about and put their creative minds together to address a challenge facing our Tennessee community. Students will conduct their own research and visit local labs to engage in conversations with a diverse group of women in STEM. Then they will engage in the hands-on work of designing and constructing their own solutions. At the end of camp, students will present their research projects to a team of STEM professionals.

STEM Summer Institute 2023

STEM Summer Institute 2021

STEM Summer Institute 2022


Students who attend the STEM Summer Institute proudly represent their schools. Prior STEM experience is not necessary; however, we want students who are eager to learn, willing to think creatively, and who want to work as a team. New students must provide a teacher recommendation. Acceptance is granted on a rolling basis. Scholarships are available.

Questions? Please email Jennifer Webster, STEM Summer Institute program director.