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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.

 

Information about the 2017 program will be available in March.

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 2016. 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.

 

2016 Dates and Courses

 

Dates Classes Location Grade levels
 July 11-15 xSTREAM Adventures **Closed** Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 6-8
Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems **Cancelled** Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 9-12
July 18-22 Forensics Institute of Bridgewater **Closed** Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 6-8
So you want to be a what? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences ** Closed**
 
Bridgewater Campus
 
Entering grades 9-12
 
July 25-29 Whale of a Mystery **Closed** Bridgewater Campus Entering grades 6-8
Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems **Closed** 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 – 2:30 PM: Classes in session
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Extracurricular science activity
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!

2016 Courses and Course Descriptions

xSTREAM Adventures (Entering grades 6-8)

Water. It is a basic biological need and one that we take for granted.  Yet, that perfectly clean-looking stream may not be so clean. If you love the outdoors and care about the environment, then come and join us for x-STREAM Adventures.  Here you can venture into the world of water and see how land use impacts the physical, biological and chemical composition of a local New England river.

Have you ever wondered what is in the water flowing by your neighborhood or in the stream in which you take a refreshing dip to cool off? Middle school students are invited to apply for this exciting week-long adventure. Participants will investigate how land use may impact the physical, biological, and chemical composition of a local New England river. They will also discover a variety of conservation strategies that can be applied in their own communities to conserve local river systems and to encourage stewardship. Using investigative sampling techniques, participants will conduct fieldwork as teams to collect and identify aquatic bugs and to analyze water samples for bacteria counts, chemistry and flow rates. Participants will conduct laboratory research, create a PowerPoint presentation, and present their findings in an open public forum. If you care about the environment and are ready to explore, this is the adventure for you!

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.

Whale of a Mystery (Entering grades 6-8)

Imagine that you have just been hired as a Junior Scientist for the Bridgewater Animal Forensics Institute (BAFL). Only a day into your training, an important case arrives. It is up to YOU to help determine if the tissue samples sent from a field agent are those of illegally hunted, endangered whale species!

During this exciting hands-on class, participants will use investigative laboratory techniques to solve a mystery related to the hunting of endangered Cetacean species. Students will work in teams to determine if a sample of "whale meat" is from an endangered species that has been sold illegally in a foreign fish market. Participants will learn about the natural history of these amazing creatures while they conduct laboratory research using state of the art technology and techniques, including protein extraction, quantification and gel electrophoresis. The results of these studies will be used to develop a presentation, which will be showcased at a public session for our "congress."

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

During this week-long program, students will have the opportunity to explore biotechnology procedures used in industry and research and their real world applications.  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 and performing gel electrophoresis of DNA STRs (short tandem repeats), a process commonly used in forensics for identification of individuals. This program is perfect for anyone interested in biology and biotechnology and will be sure to set you apart when it is time to apply for college.

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. 
 

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

Please note that you do not need to take Biotech Career Rotations I before you can take Biotech Career Rotations II. However, if you were enrolled in Biotech Career Rotations I during the summer of 2015, please enroll in Biotech Career Rotations II.

In this intensive, week-long course, students will explore how biotechnology impacts our lives across a wide range of disciplines.  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 and conduct experiments used in hospital laboratories to test for disease and quantify the viral load of a patient. 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, Cloning and Enzyme Linked Immunnosorbent Assays (ELISA). This program is perfect for anyone interested in biology and biotechnology and will set you apart from your peers when it is time to apply for college.

 

2016 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. Limited scholarships are available to students who demonstrate significant financial need and academic merit. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff.

2016 Scholarship
 A limited scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and significant financial need. To apply for a scholarship, students must first register using the scholarship registration option, and submit a complete scholarship application by May 20, 2016. A scholarship registration payment of $25 per class will be due at the time of registration. If the student is not accepted into the class,the registration payment will be refunded. A complete application consists of a student scholarship registration, a student application, a teacher evaluation and a financial information form. If you prefer to submit a paper copy of the complete scholarship application, please contact Maura Whittemore at mwhittemore@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2575 or download the forms here.

2016 Financial Policies/Refund Policies
Full payment is due at the time of registration. A full refund will be issued if written cancellation is received prior to  June 30, 2016. After June 30, 2016, final payments will be refunded at 50% until the Friday prior to class start. After that, no refunds of final payments will be issued.

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

 

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