Super Summer Science Search (S⁴)
The Super Summer Science Search (S⁴) is a science competition for middle school students we host annually in the summer. Students will solve a problem in the field of or using Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, or Mathematics (STEAM). S⁴ is managed by the Teen Advisory Council and has been operating for the last 12 years. The goal of the competition is to...
introduce students to the application of STEAM that they learned in school to real-life
develop students' hard and soft skills including, but not limited to, essay writing, video creation, creativity, ideation, teamwork, research, and communication
act as a precursor for middle school students who are interested in pursuing STEAM in further
Regardless of students' background in STEAM, S⁴ is a great opportunity for students to participate and explore STEAM through hands on experience!
S4 2023 Participant
"I learnt about the different problems in this world. Using STEAM can really help that. You can code apps, talk in public, and do so many things to help the earth."
Past Winning Projects
Below are some of our past winning projects!
Some of the past S4 prompts for your reference
Identify a problem/area where we can be more environmentally friendly &
use STEAM to craft an original product or solution to conserve natural habitats or resources at a local/individual level
Plastics are commonly used in our daily lives -- whether it be plastic bags from a grocery store, milk jugs or boba cups. Identify an issue with plastic waste and craft a solution using STEAM in one of the following areas: recycle, reduce, reuse, or innovate.
Research one type of disability and use STEAM to come up with a creative solution that will give people with that disability greater access to their surroundings or benefit their life in some way.
Pandemic in Cupertino
Craft a solution centered around S.T.E.A.M. that will help mitigate a specific issue faced by a specific demographic from the City of Cupertino in the wake of this global pandemic.