School for Scientific Thought (SST)

The School for Scientific Thought (SST) is a Saturday program for high school students in grades 9, 10, 11 and 12.  We are offering this program in Fall and Winter Quarters at UCSB. Each session meets 3 consecutive Saturdays 10:00am-2:00pm on the UCSB campus.  The SST classes introduce students to concepts in science that extend beyond the typical high school science classroom – from nanotechnology to reverse engineering – and relate these concepts to “the real world”.  A pizza lunch and campus tour will be provided each Saturday session. There will be no homework and no examinations.

The SST instructors are outstanding young UCSB scientists and engineers who are engaged in doctoral or post-doctoral research and want to share their enthusiasm for science, and their expertise in current research, with high school students.

In addition to the excitement of learning concepts involved in current science and engineering research, high school participants in SST gain access to the university setting and to scientist and engineer role models. SST places motivated students from various local and regional schools in direct contact with each other, allowing relationships to develop based on mutual interest in the sciences.

SST will continue to be offered free of charge.  We hope you can join us!

Important: The UC Office of the President has established a systemwide vaccine policy that requires all employees and students to be immunized against SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, before they will be allowed in any UC facility or office or to participate in-person in any UC program. Organized field trips to campus should be limited to children who have been fully vaccinated. Visits for children who are not fully vaccinated against COVID-19 should not be allowed at this time. Additional details are available on the UCSB website.