Exceptional Pre College UX Design Program for High Schoolers at California Polytechnic University

For a better future

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Course Description

Learn to apply design principles and ethical considerations to the decision-making process to design the best user experience for mobile digital products.


California, San Luis Obispo

What's Included

Residential Students:-Includes: all meals, lodging, excursions, academic course, weekend excursions Excludes: optional airport pickup and drop off service (available for an additional fee)Commuter Students:-Includes: lunch, academic course, excursions, programming from 9am to 5pm, Monday-Friday Excludes: lodging, breakfast, dinner, weekend excursionsExtended Commuter Students:-Includes: lunch, dinner, excursions, academic course, programming from 9am to 8pm, weekend excursions

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Age Range 14-18 Years
Duration 2 Weeks
Start Dates 6/23/2024 till 7/7/2024
Weekly Course Hours 27 hours

Located right off Highway 101 on the beautiful Central Coast of California, students will get a chance to experience why the laid-back locals of San Luis Obispo (known by most as "SLO" and pronounced "slow") consider it to be one of the happiest cities in the US. With over 80 miles of dramatic California coastline, awe-inspiring green landscapes, stunning rolling hills and vistas, students will get to experience why learning by doing at Cal Poly attracts tens of thousands of students every year.

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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.


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.


Cal Poly Campus Dining is focused on serving a variety of delicious options to fuel our campus community. You’ll find everything from authentic Mexican to Mongolian rice bowls to good ol’ American flavors. Whatever you are in the mood for, you’ll get the extra satisfaction knowing that Campus Dining is committed to local fresh sourcing and other sustainable practices.

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San Luis Obispo, CA

There are are nearly 23,000 students who attend Cal Poly SLO in a town of 269,000 people. The campus is home to 6 different colleges that are focused on Cal Poly's Learn by Doing ethos. The campus has 9,178 acres of land and is the 2nd largest campus in California and one of the largest in the nation. San Luis Obispo is on California's famous Highway 1, halfway between Los Angeles and San Francisco. The city lies in a town nestled between rolling hills and the California coast. SLO, as it's commonly known, enjoys a perfect Mediterranean climate year-round that runs on average around 70 degrees F, with mild and pleasant summers. The town is sheltered by volcanic peaks and surrounded by protected open spaces, vineyards, agriculture, and ranch land. Students will enjoy access to mountain trails for hiking, the nearby Morro Bay beaches for kayaking and paddleboarding, and the infamous SLO Farmer's Market in downtown.

Morro Bay

Known as the Gibraltar of the Pacific, Morro Bay is a neighboring coastal city that is known for a giant rock formation called the Morro Rock ("Morro" is Spanish for "hill"). The rock sits within Morro Bay State Park and is home to lagoons, trails and a bird-rich saltwater marsh. It is home to excellent beaches and a number of tourist attractions along the shoreline and the streets closest to the Embarcadero, including restaurants, shops and parks.

Ravine Water Park

Ravine Water Park in beautiful Paso Robles, CA featuring the Calypso Bay wave pool, winding lazy river, and a bunch of super fun water slides like the 7-story high Thunder Run and the Quadzilla, a 5-story supersponic liquid track to help students beat the summer heat!

Track-Specific Excursions

Each academic course may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience. Excursions may include: touring local businesses, meeting local law enforcement, exploring the Cal Poly student-managed commercial printing and digital enterprise, University Graphic Systems (UGS), visiting the Robert F. Kennedy Library, and more.

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Residential students that purchase an airport pick-up and/or drop-off service travel through San Luis

Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP).

  • Pick-up on the FIRST day of the program

For students who purchase an airport transfer through Summer Springboard @ Cal Poly, 

please use the following guidance when booking your arriving flight to SBP airport:

  • **San Luis Obispo Regional County Airport (SBP) **

  • SBP Pick-up Window: flight arrives ​between 11am-3:30pm

  • Depart for campus at 4pm

  • Approximately 20 minute drive to campus

  • Drop-off on the LAST day of the program

For students who purchase an airport transfer through Summer Springboard @ Cal Poly, please use the following guidance when booking your departing flight from SBP airport:

  • SSB drop-off at SBP at 10:00am: flight departs SBP at 12:00pm (noon) or later. If a flight is booked late in the afternoon/evening your child will not be accompanied by a SSB @ Cal Poly staff member while waiting for their flight to depart.

Students who do not purchase airport transfers with Summer Springboard @ Cal Poly may fly into the following nearby airports and arrange their own travel to/from campus: San Luis Obispo County Regional Airport (SBP) (approx. 12 min drive time to campus); Los Angeles International (LAX) (approx 4 hour drive time to campus); Santa Barbara Municipal Airport (SBA) (approx 1-2 hour drive time to campus); San Francisco International Airport (SFO) (approx 4 hour drive to campus), or, San Jose International Airport (SJO) (approx 3 hour drive to campus).

  • Please use a rideshare or shuttle service to/from Cal Poly SLO campus. To location: Muir Hall, 1 Grand Avenue, Bldg 107, San Luis Obispo, CA 93405.

  • Check-in and Check-out will take place inside Muir Hall. Please look for signs directing you to the parking area. Summer Springboard @ Cal Poly will have tables and large signs inside Muir Hall for check-in and check-out.

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Lesson Plan

 Learn about and apply ethnographic research methods to understand an end-user's needs in mobile product design.  Work in groups to create multi-platform, user-centered mobile application products using Figma design software.  Build user interfaces that aim to enhance the user experience of mobile digital products across devices and platforms.  Explore the cross-disciplinary nature of UX Design from creating an idea through mobile web page design prototype. There are nine 3-hour class sessions over the two-week course. During week one, students have class from 9am-12pm, Monday - Friday. During week two, students have class from 9am-12pm Monday through Thursday. Wednesday afternoons are dedicated to additional academic time (excursions, speakers). Students will tour the University Graphic System (UGS) - the in-house student-run print business. Students will have the opportunities to meet and interact with UGS managers (junior or senior GrC students) and see the print and finishing equipment in operation and workflow. Students will spend a majority of their time working in the Cal Poly labs working on their hands-on project design.


Additional options

  • Unaccompanied Minor Airport Drop Off ($145.00) Required for students if they sign up for the unaccompanied service voluntarily with the airline, or are required to by the airline because of age

  • Airport Pickup ($95.00) Airport pickup at designated time and place 

  • Airport Drop Off ($95.00) Airport drop off at designated time and place 

  • Unaccompanied Minor Airport Pickup ($145.00) Required for students if they sign up for the unaccompanied service voluntarily with the airline, or are required to by the airline because of age

  • Application Fee ($99.00)



Session Dates

Wonderful! Good News! You are not going to pay the full fee today, just a small deposit. After paying today, you will first get an enrollment form, and then receive a booking confirmation.

2 Weeks Full Board
Start 6/23/2024
End 7/5/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $4,998.00
2 Weeks Full Board
Start 7/7/2024
End 7/19/2024
Duration 2 Weeks
Price $4,998.00

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