June 27, 2021 - July 9, 2021

July 11, 2021 - July 23, 2021


San Luis Obispo, CA

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Spend two weeks living in campus, taking fascinating hands-on workshops with Cal Poly faculty, prepping for college admissions, and exploring the beautiful California coast.
Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021
Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021
Residential Tuition: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)
Extended Commuter Tuition: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)
Commuter Tuition: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)

Academic Courses

California Polytechnic State University (Cal Poly) is ranked among the top 10 colleges for Engineering, and is the #1 ranked public undergraduate college in the western United States.

Cal Poly has earned this recognition through its unique Learn by Doing philosophy.

Learn by Doing is a deliberate process whereby students acquire knowledge and skills through active engagement. Classes emphasize active-learning methods and include a high proportion of laboratory and field work. Activities both on and off campus provide opportunities to apply classroom theory to real-world solutions.

Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) are hot topics in the world of cybersecurity today. Imagine that your program can tell the difference between invasive weeds and vegetables so that a robot can go through a field and only applies herbicide to weeds. With the help of this artificial intelligence course for teens, tasks like this will become a reality this summer. This course covers basic artificial intelligence and machine learning basics and their applications using computer programming, data sets, statistics and more. Students are exposed to state-of-art AI concepts and tools using Cal Poly’s unique Learn by Doing approach.

Biology & Medicine

This course offers a fast, fun and enjoyable way to learn the basics of human anatomy and physiology. It provides a strong foundation for students interested in careers in kinesiology, anatomy and physiology, physical therapy and sports medicine.

An overview of basic body systems, including structure and function of major organ systems, bone and muscle groups, and interactions between organ systems. Each class will have a Spotlight on Medicine, looking at substances and medicines used to treat different ailments. A field trip to a local hospital provides access to people working medical careers. On the final day students will give ‘capstone’ presentations about a biology or medical topic of their choice. Students will be able to choose their topics, and work together during class time to prepare a presentation to share.

Learning Objectives 

  • > Explore human organ systems and system components, their functions and common dysfunctions
  • > Visit a hospital and interview people working in medical fields
  • > Compare common medicines and their effects on human health
  • > Engage in meaningful communication with others about issues associated with human health and disease.
  • > Gain awareness and familiarity with the human body, health and medicine — for life!

Business & Entrepreneurship

Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.

Excursions at Cal Poly – Students will visit the HotHouse, a joint project of the County of San Luis Obispo, the business community, and the Cal Poly Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship, to nurture innovation and new business ventures. Students will have the chance to learn from real world entrepreneurs and innovators.

Civil Engineering

For students who enjoy both inventive and practical skills, civil engineering can be a rewarding career. Case studies will be presented to highlight the role civil engineers play in the well-being of society and a discussion of career options. 

The mission of the Civil Engineering Program at Cal Poly is to prepare its students for successful careers in civil engineering by providing a high-quality, practice-oriented education that emphasizes design project experiences, hands-on laboratory activities, and teamwork.

Ethics of Technology

Technology continues to profoundly shape how we relate to one another, see the world, and accomplish our goals. As several recent controversies have prompted society to question the wisdom of Silicon Valley and technology firms, this hands-on workshop for teens will investigate the ethics of technology.

Graphic Design

This workshop covers the essential aspects of branding through effective design and delivery. The topics include identifying brand personality, market and user research, designing with the consideration of color, shape, fonts, and tactile elements, designing for corporate businesses, such as business cards, stationery, banners, packaging, and other promotional items. The outcome of the course is to produce a style guide for the chosen brand.

Mechanical Engineering

Cranes are machines that play a vital role in the various engineering applications and construction industry because they have enough power to move materials of various weights upward, downward and horizontally. Come explore mechanical engineering through the use of cranes at the Summer Springboard program at Cal Poly.

Mechanical engineering is the largest department at Cal Poly with more than 1,250 undergraduates and is ranked as the second-best undergraduate focused mechanical engineering program in the country by U.S. News and World Reports.  The state-of-the-art laboratories and machine shops are integral parts of our curriculum and give students unique Learn by Doing opportunities to become successful and resourceful professionals in their fields.

Psychology of Social Media

There is a growing literature in psychology and ethical philosophy on the impact of the ‘new’ interactive environment of social media. Of particular interest are two effects: (i) its effects upon us as individuals, and (ii) its effects upon our ability to relate to one another. In this psychology of social media workshop for high school students, we’ll come away with an appreciation of the psychological and social challenges with present trends which make online environments a primary place of human connection.


Robots and automation are being used to improve productivity across industries such as agriculture, warehouses, and rehab centers. The purpose of the robotics summer program for teens is to expose students to this exciting area with lots of opportunities. Hands-on electronics, programming, and fun projects are the key elements of this summer course. You will expect to get your hands dirty on wheeled robots (line following robots), robotic arms (UR5 robot, delta robot), sensor and data processing, and some basic control system concepts.

Excursions may include research facilities on the forefront of the latest technology innovations at Cal Poly.

Web Design

In this hands-on academic workshop, we will explore critical thinking and decision making process that goes into website design. We will HTML5 and CSS3, with the best practices in the industry, to build an accessible, responsive website.

Activities & Trips

San Luis Obispo is an ideal home away from home. Known as the “Happiest City in America,” SLO is a classic college town with stunning natural surroundings, plenty of sunshine and a wide variety of restaurants and outdoor activities. Highlights include paddle boarding in Morro Bay, a ropes course adventure and a SLO Blues minor league baseball game.

San Luis Obispo, CA

Set between rolling hills and the Pacific Ocean with perfect weather year-round, San Luis Obispo is home to a charming downtown center, award winning restaurants and a vibrant cultural scene.

Amazon Cloud Innovation Center

Cal Poly has the world’s first university-based cloud innovation center powered by Amazon Web Services. The Digital Transformation Hub has been created to accelerate digital transformation in the government, education and nonprofit sectors through the application of cloud technologies.

SLO Blues Minor League Baseball

What better way to enjoy the summer than with a baseball game? The SLO Blues are a wooden bat, Summer Collegiate Baseball Organization that competes yearly from the end of May through August.

Morro Bay, CA

Morro Bay is a coastal city in California known for Morro Rock, an ancient volcanic mound at the end of Morro Rock Beach. This seaside destination serves as the backdrop to an abundance of year-round activities like boating, kayaking, surfing, golfing, hiking and biking.

Student Life

  • 8:00am


  • 9:00am

    Academic Course

  • 12:30pm


  • 1:30pm

    Recreational Activity or Academic Excursion

  • 3:00pm

    Enrichment Elective

  • 5:00pm

    Commuter Students Depart

  • 6:00pm


  • 7:00pm

    Evening Activities

  • 8:00pm

    Extended Commuter Students Depart

  • 10:30pm


Your home with Summer Springboard @ Cal Poly will be actual university dormitories located on the edge of this vibrant and beautiful campus.


Just like a college student at Cal Poly, students share a dorm room with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay at Cal Poly. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.


All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Cal Poly summer program for high school students.

Campus Director, Amy Lepp

Amy is a native of Central California and a proud Cal Poly Mustang! She received a B.S. in Recreation, Parks and Tourism Administration from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo and an M.S. in Student Affairs and College Counseling from Fresno State. Her professional career has consisted of working in higher education as an academic counselor and college success instructor. Amy is passionate about working with teens and facilitating experiences that foster self-awareness and discovery. She is so excited for the opportunity to share her love of Cal Poly and the university experience with Summer Springboard!


Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

The university is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.


Named after the famed local area code, 805 Kitchen provides Cal Poly with a contemporary dining experience, satisfying its hunger for local, fresh, sustainable, nutritious and delicious fare served in an atmosphere that embraces the lifestyle of the Central Coast. Conveniently located in the University Union neighborhood, it features five unique food platforms and a rotating menu that includes sustainable and allergen-free options and a variety of authentic cuisines.

This program is run in partnership with Cal Poly Extended Education. Instructors are Cal Poly faculty and provide access to the same facilities that Cal Poly students enjoy.