• At The Shoulders of Giants (TSoG), we believe that becoming a scientist is more than just an occupation – it is a state of mind. Our programs challenge our students to rise to the occasion and become the best versions of themselves that they can be. We do not expect our students to simply remember and reproduce content in our programs - we expect them to acquire tools and apply them. This requires students to truly think, and, in the process, exercises a muscle which does not always receive attention in school. Although this can be intimidating at first, science and engineering are skills, and like all other skills, you must practice them diligently if you wish to become proficient.

    To become a practitioner of science and engineering is to step out of the classroom and into the laboratory. At The Shoulders of Giants, you will find a welcoming laboratory culture that will encourage you to approach science and engineering with the same passion and intensity with which you might approach a sport, a musical instrument, or your favorite hobby. With time and practice, our students grow as young professionals under the guidance of our faculty. In this environment, students embrace their role as good citizens of the scientific community:

    • Seeking opportunities to learn from all people, places, and experiences encountered.
    • Studying for the sake of self-improvement, not to compete against others.
    • Recognizing that hard work and practice are essential for mastery of any skill.
    • Respecting the role that science plays in all aspects of our lives.
    • Applying their knowledge and skills to improve the lives of others.

    No matter their age or background, there is something of value at The Shoulders of Giants for everyone. Through our rigorous summer programs, year-round Mentorship Program, and ongoing educational outreach, we hope to have the opportunity to share the thrill of scientific discovery with you.

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  • The Shoulders of Giants offers challenging, immersive programs designed to provide high school students with the knowledge and skills needed to make informed decisions about their future career paths. Through hands-on activities and guided instruction, students are exposed to exciting, cutting-edge fields.

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  • The Shoulders of Giants is proud to offer world-class science and engineering mentorship. These year-round, hands-on programs are designed to provide middle and high school students with a broad foundation of practical, analytical, and problem-solving skills that span the breadth of technical disciplines.

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  • The Shoulders of Giants exists to share the thrill of scientific discovery! From day trips to public expos, our mission is to bring opportunities to experience science and engineering first-hand to all students of all ages. Click here to find a free public event near you!

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  • Mastering the Art of the Stupid Question

    One of the things that I am most thankful for is that I am surrounded by friends and family who are willing to participate in nearly continuous conversations about our students, our programs, and our curriculum. My wife is a part of at least half of these discussions, and, despite her lack of technical expertise, cares just as deeply about the outcomes of our students as I do. Rather than letting her background stand in her way, Mrs. Foland uses her perspective as an advantage, often providing me with insight that I may have missed while getting ‘lost in the weeds’ of technical details (as engineers sometimes do). This insight frequently comes in the form of a gentle reminder of how something may sound through untrained ears. By asking questions, Mrs. Foland reminds me what I can expect non-scientists to know and not know. It is not uncommon for her questions to be the very same ones asked by my students, should one be bold enough to raise her hand during class. [...]

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  • TSoG Co-founder Kirby Drake Featured for Sharing Patent Law Expertise

    Few people have contributed as greatly to the mission of The Shoulders of Giants as has co-founder and current TSoG vice president Kirby Drake. An intellectual property attorney by day, Ms. Drake has been volunteering her time to help us share the thrill of scientific discovery since 2013. Most recently, Ms. Drake was featured by her law firm, Klemchuk LLP, for her work sharing a crash course in patent law with our Mentorship class. Ms. Drake's presentation was made as part of TSoG's successful Summer Lecture Series, a collection of soft-skill focused workshops offered to Mentorship students each summer. First started in summer 2016, the Lecture Series has become a fast favorite of many high school students seeking to become more well-rounded in such diverse areas such as project management, public speaking, and résumé building. From the article:  DALLAS – Klemchuk LLP, a leading intellectual property (IP), litigation, and business law firm, [...]

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  • Upcoming Event Highlights



    Newton Expo

    [All] 5:45pm - 6:30pm - Come see the progress made by our Newton students in BIO / EE 2301 - Human Physiology and Biomedical Electronics! Open to the public - stop by before our Holiday Party!



    Holiday Party / Open House

    [All] 6:30pm - 9:30pm - Join us for food, fun, and awards as we celebrate the end of the year with our TSoG friends and family! Click here to RSVP!

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