The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education

Summer Science Academy

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The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University offers hands-on science courses for students entering grades 6 - 12.

Summer Science Academy for Students Entering Grades 6 - 12 in the Fall of 2020

The Summer Science Academy offers one-week science courses for students entering grades 6 - 12 in the fall of 2020. 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 course. Students in the middle school courses will also participate in extracurricular science activities. All courses focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. 

For an early registration discount of $50 off, REGISTER HERE by March 20, 2020. 

For a 5% discount on each class when registering siblings or one student for multiple weeks in a single transaction, please use promotional code “Multi” at checkout. Discounts are not applicable to scholarship or partnership registrations.Only one 5% discount will apply. Discounted rates are available for children of BSU faculty and staff. Please contact for additional information.

2020 Dates and Courses



Entering Grade Level

Registration Deadline

Supplemental Forms Due

July 6 - 10

Create and Innovate: Make your Mark
at the BSU Makerspace

Grades 6 - 8  

June 15, 2020

June 19 ,2020

Forensics Institute of Bridgewater

Grades 6 - 8  

June 15, 2020

June 19, 2020

Pathways to Medicine

Grades 9 -12

June 15, 2020

June 19, 2020

July 13 - 17 

A Whale of a Mystery

Grades  6 - 8

June 22, 2020

June 26, 2020

Cancer in Context

Grades 9 -12

June 22,  2020 June 26, 2020



Course Descriptions

Create and Innovate: Make your Mark at the BSU Makerspace (Entering Grades 6 - 8)

Create, invent, tinker, explore and discover! This innovative one-week class in the Bridgewater State University ThinkTank will introduce students to the makerspace experience. Students will participate in hands-on problem solving, design challenges and robotics using a range of machines and technology, including 3D scanners, TinkerCAD and laser cutters. Join us this summer and learn how to turn an idea into a reality!

Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (Entering Grades 6 - 8)

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 DNA fingerprinting. At the end of the week, you will present your findings as an expert crime scene technician at a public session for invited guests. 


Whale of a Mystery (Entering Grades 6 - 8)

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” sold illegally in a fish market is from an endangered species. Participants will learn about the natural history of whales while they conduct laboratory research using biotechnology 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 invited guests.


Cancer In Context (Entering Grades 9 - 12)

Students will explore the many questions related to cancer. How does cancer occur? How does cancer progress? How is cancer diagnosed? How is cancer treated? Students will explore these questions within the context of 6 “patients” and their different cancer diagnoses. Students will have the opportunity to perform experiments such as microscopy, gene microarray and gel electrophoresis. They will also complete activities and case studies relevant to understanding cancer along with an investigation of career options.

Pathways to Medicine (Entering Grades 9 -12)

In this course, students have the opportunity to explore a variety of medical occupations through video, readings, and most importantly through practicing related skills. They will gain knowledge of the education and skills required in a variety of medical pathways. Students will learn how to give simulated injections, perform dissection, and practice suturing. They will also have the opportunity to perform and analyze the results of a variety of diagnostic tests such as histology, urinalysis, microbiology and pathology.


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

Schedule and Fees

Students entering grades 6 - 8 
The program fee of $400 per week is due at the time of registration

Monday – Thursday
8:30 AM – 4:00 PM: Class in session
8:30 AM – 2:30 PM: Class in session
2:30 PM – 4:00 PM: Final Presentations – Friends and Family are welcome!

Students entering grades 9 - 12
The program fee of $500 per week is due at the time of registration. 

Monday – Thursday
9:00 AM – 4:30 PM: Class in session
9:00 AM – 3:00 PM: Class in session
3:00 PM – 4:30 PM: Final Presentations – Friends and Family are welcome!

Please Note: The registration fee covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. Seats are limited and filled on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to cancel a course due to low enrollment.


A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and significant financial need. For information, application, and teacher evaluation forms visit our Financial and Scholarship Information page 

Refund Policy

Full payment is due at the time of registration.

  • A refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received more than one month prior to the start of the course.
  • A 50% refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received less than one month but more than two weeks prior to the start of the course.
  • There will be no refund issued in the event of cancellation within two weeks of the start of the course.
  • For the Winter Science Academy only: In the case of inclement weather, a refund will be issued at a per diem rate of $68.75

Additional Information

At Bridgewater State University, we strive for a sense of community that maximizes teaching and learning relationships and promotes personal and professional growth. In order to ensure that the Summer Science Academy can achieve its educational mission, participants are expected to actively participate in the learning process in a safe and respectful manner. Students are expected to be able to work cooperatively as part of a team.

Conduct that is disruptive or in violation of the rights of others, including, but not limited to, hazing, bullying, verbal or physical harassment, intimidation and bias in any manner or media, will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action, which may include: a warning, consultation with parent/guardian, or in cases of serious or repeated behavioral problems, dismissal from the program as determined in the sole discretion of the University. Should a participant be dismissed from the program for any reason, tuition or any other program-related expenses will not be refunded.

Courses will take place in BSU laboratory-classrooms and other locations, including outdoors. Students are expected to adhere to safety guidelines, including, but not limited to wearing closed-toe shoes, use of safety glasses and use of equipment and reagents only as directed. Eating, drinking and applying cosmetics are prohibited in laboratory spaces. Participants must be dressed for an academic environment. Long hair should be tied back.

Outdoor activities include safety concerns such as exposure to sun, sunburn. and possible exposure to bee stings, insect bites, poison ivy, oak, and sumac. Participants in outdoor activities should bring and apply bug spray and sunscreen.  Additional safety information specific to each course will be provided to participants prior to the start of the program.

Once registration is completed, we will provide additional forms via email.  

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