Pre-College STEM Programs

The Pre-College STEM Summer Youth Programs introduce STEM disciplines and careers related to the food and agricultural sciences to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors (ages 15-17). The two components are Discovering STEM in ACES and USDA Ag Discovery.

Summer Programs

Students enjoying a trip to a local Caterpillar facility.

Students in the new Discovering STEM in ACES Program work together in teams based on their area of interests over two virtual weeks of lectures, virtual hands-on activities and demonstrations conducted by ACES staff and students.

Discovering STEM in ACES

High School students learning about horses.

The USDA Ag Discovery program engages students in a special three-week experience focused on biosecurity.

USDA Ag Discovery Program



​​USDA Animal
and Plant Health
Inspection Service

Corteva Agriscience


Caterpillar, Inc

Tyson Foods, Inc.


John Deere

IFT - Institute of
Food Technologists