Every summer has a story. Make yours STEM.

What do you aspire to be when you grow up? A doctor? A scientist? An engineer? An innovator? STEM- science, technology, engineering and mathematics- is the future. Join us this summer to discover the endless opportunities that STEM has to offer through a six-day experiential program on the campus of Wake Forest University. Spend your time collaborating with fellow middle school students to combat a zombie apocalypse through hands-on learning of topics such as epidemiology, sustainability, hydrology and neuroscience. 

What You’ll Experience

Topics Covered 

  • STEM
  • Neuroscience
  • Epidemiology 
  • Sustainability
  • Hydrology 


Hands-On Learning  

  • Soil Sample Analysis 
  • Develop a Water Purification System 
  • Zombie Brain Dissection
  • Build a motion detector  
  • Drone Technology
  • Engineering a delivery system
  • WFU Campus Garden
  • WakerSpace


A Day in the Life of an Explorer

  • 8:00am-9:00am Breakfast
  • 9:00am-9:30am Morning Mission Meeting: How did this outbreak start?
  • 9:45am-10:45am Content Session 1: Intro to Neuroscience 
  • 10:45am-11:45am Content Activity 1: Zombie Brain Dissection: dissect an “infected” brain to determine the cause of zombie symptoms and behaviors 
  • 12pm-1:00pm Lunch & Zombie Protection Agent Training: Zombie Freeze Tag
  • 1:15pm-2:00pm Content Session 2: Intro to Disease Epidemiology 
  • 2:00pm-3:15pm Content Activity 2: Scavenger Hunt: interview recently infected patients, trace disease evidence and collect data across campus  
  • 3:30pm-4:15pm Zombie Survival Kit Construction: Scientific Research
  • 4:30pm-5:30pm Free Time 
  • 5:30pm-6:30pm Dinner
  • 6:30pm-8:30pm Evening Activity: Karaoke Night 
  • 8:30pm-9:30pm Prepare for Bed 
  • 9:30pm Lights Out  

At a Glance

Program Week Options
  • June 14-19, 2020
  • June 21-26, 2020
  • July 5-10, 2020
  • July 12-17, 2020
  • Rising 7th Grade through Rising 9th Grade
Program Location
  • Winston Salem, NC
Program Length
  • 1 Week Session
Program Tuition
  • $2,350, need-based scholarships are available to those who qualify


Day or Overnight
  • Overnight