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Summer Science Programs

The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is excited to offer hands-on science classes for students entering grades 6-12.

 

Registration for the 2017 program will open March 1, 2017.

Summer Science Academy for Students Entering Grades 6-12

The Summer Science Academy offers one-week science classes for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2017. This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.

Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected class. Students in classes for grades 6-8 will also participate in extracurricular science activities. All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class.

 

2017 Dates and Courses

Dates Classes Location Grade levels
 July 10-14 Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 6-8
So you want to be a what? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 9-12
July 17-21 Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 6-8
Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems
 
Bridgewater Campus
 
Entering grades 9-12
 
July 24-28 Forensics Institue of Bridgewater Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 6-8
Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 9-12

Location
Classes on BSU’s main campus will be held in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center, located at 24 Park Avenue in Bridgewater.

Class schedule for students in grades 6-8
Monday – Thursday
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Classes in session
Friday
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Classes in session
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Final Presentations – Friends and Family are welcome!

Class schedule for students in grades 9-12
Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Classes in Session
Friday
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Classes in Session
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Final Presentations – Friends and Family are welcome!

2017 Courses and Course Descriptions

Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge (Entering grades 6 - 8)

On top of the world! Imagine yourself as a climber preparing to summit Mt. Everest. What kind of obstacles will you face? How will you overcome them and survive this journey? During this weeklong program, students will design materials necessary to overcome the challenges of conquering the mountain.  Hypothermia, carrying the necessary supplies to camps, and altitude sickness stand in the way.  It is up to you to use your creativity and problem solving skills in order to achieve this ambitious goal to summit Everest and experience the beauty and wonder of standing on top of the world. 

So you want to be a what? Exploring careers in medical sciences (Entering grades 9 - 12)

Everyone has heard of a medical doctor, but what about a laboratory animal technician? Pathologist? Physical therapist? Histotechnician? Are you interested in careers in the medical field but not even sure what some of these job titles mean or the type and length of school required for each? In this weeklong course, students will have the opportunity to explore various career options in the medical field. Activities will include solving medical mysteries, a blood laboratory, and heart dissection. Additionally, students will hear from a variety of practitioners in different fields biomedical science. This program is perfect for anyone interested in medical practice or research and will be sure to set you apart when it is time to apply for college. 
 

Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology (Entering grades 6 - 8)

Come join us where history meets science at the water's edge! Ever wonder what causes shipwrecks, and how scientists explore, study, and map them and other artifacts under water? Now you can find out! This program teaches the concepts, methods, and technology used in the field of maritime archaeology -- and applies them to real-world, hands-on experiences like documenting an actual shipwreck!*

Please note that students access shipwrecks from the shore and will be in water no deeper than 2-3 feet.  All students will wear waders provided by the program. Outdoor activities are dependent on weather and conditions.  

Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems (Entering Grades 9 - 12)

During this intensive week-long program, students will have the opportunity to explore biotechnology procedures used in industry and research and their real world applications. Students will “rotate” through clinical, research and development, food and drug, and forensics applications of biotechnology. Activities will include making bacteria glow in the dark with green fluorescent protein (GFP), determining if “Doritos” are genetically modified (GMO) by using PCR (polymerase chain reaction) to assay for a GMO marker “diagnosing” a patient, and performing gel electrophoresis of DNA STRs (short tandem repeats) to identify the perpetrator in a crime scene. This program is perfect for anyone interested in biology, medicine and/or biotechnology and will be sure to set you apart when it is time to apply for college. Please note that you can take Biotech Career Rotations I if you took Biotech Career Rotations II in the summer of 2016.

Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (Entering grades 6 - 8)

As a new employee at the Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (FIB), you expect your intensive training on crime scene investigations to be exciting, but you never thought it would be THIS exciting.  While training on the various crime lab biotechnology techniques, a live case is delivered and F.I.B. needs YOU to help determine what happened!

Have you ever watched Crime Scene Investigators and wondered what really happens to the evidence at a crime scene and how that evidence is used to solve the crime? Join us in a week-long adventure into the life of a crime scene analyst!  Working with Senior Scientists, you will learn how to collect and analyze fingerprints from a simulated crime scene, perform blood type analysis and get closer to solving the mystery using the cutting edge technique, DNA fingerprinting. At the end of the week, you will present your findings as an expert crime scene technician to our "jury" so they can determine if your lab analysis and scientific evidence is sufficient for the case to go to trial.

Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world techniques to answer real-world problems (Entering Grades 9 - 12)

In this intensive, week-long course, students will explore how biotechnology impacts our lives across a wide range of disciplines related to health and the environment. Students will learn about and conduct experiments routinely used in food and water safety labs to identify bacterial contamination, design and implement assays to identify genetically modified foods, conduct experiments used in hospital laboratories to test for viral disease and quantify the viral load of a patient, and perform experiments to detect and compare unique proteins in fish (Proteomics). During these exercises students will gain not only theory, but have the opportunity to carry out such advanced molecular techniques as Polymerase Chain Reaction (PCR), Gel Electrophoresis, Enzyme Linked Immunnosorbent Assays (ELISA), spectrophotometry, computer database searches (BLAST) and create computer-generated phylogenetic trees. This program is perfect for anyone interested in biology, medicine and/or biotechnology and will set you apart from your peers when it is time to apply for college. Please note that you do not need to take Biotech Career Rotations I before you can take Biotech Career Rotations II. 

2017 Fees
  • Classes for students entering grades 6-8. The program fee of $400 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials.
  • Classes for students entering grades 9-12.The program fee of $490 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials.

The fee does not include lunch or transportation. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff. Registration is on a first come first serve basis.

Note: If a participant has previously attended a class, they will be unable to register again for the same class.
You will be receiving an email regarding all necessary paperwork

2017 Scholarship

A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and significant financial need. For more information on scholarships and how to apply please click here.

Completed scholarship applications for the 2017 Summer Science Acaemdy are due by: April 1, 2017. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so submit applications promptly.

For information regarding finanical policies/refund policies, please click here.

Summer Science Academy faculty and staff undergo background checks in accordance with Bridgewater State University’s Policy to Protect Minors and Prevent Abuse.