The middle of summer is one of the best times of the year for American high school students.

There's a long break, warm days, time with friends and plenty of sun.

Oh, and there are also summer workshops that give students the chance to go to college campuses and get a glimpse of what they can expect from college.

On this summer edition of On Campus Radio, we'll take a look at two of these workshops and why they've become such an important part of the high school experience.

First, we'll go to the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, where a two-week program in July for music students draws participants from across the country.

Then, we'll head over to MIT where an engineering program for high school students lets them work on projects with their peers under the direct supervision of MIT instructors and student mentors.

Finally, we'll talk to a group of former students at Boston Latin School who helped develop an Advanced Placement climate science class and a curriculum for elementary school students to help educate them about the impacts of climate change.

You'll hear all of that, plus all the latest higher ed news on this episode of On Campus Radio.

On Campus Radio airs the last Sunday of each month at 8 p.m. on 89.7 WGBH.
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Correction: An earlier version of this article misidentified the organization that hosts a two-week program for music students. The name of the organization is the Boston Conservatory at Berklee. This article also mistakenly indentified who supervises high school students at MIT's summer engineering program. In fact, it's MIT instructors and student mentors.