Summer STEM Courses & Course Schedules

From photography and graphic design to chemistry and anthropology, there's something for everyone at the summer STEM program.

Summer STEM Course List

2022 Course Schedule will be posted in Mid-February.

See our 2021 courses below to get a sense of what to expect.

Anatomy

Ever thought of becoming a doctor? Learn the basic anatomy and physiology that all doctors must master. Watch animal dissections, learn the structure of the human skeleton, and conduct at-home experiments using your own body!


Instructor: Dr. Shayna Wrighten or Ms. Kris Amatuli (depending on week)
Grade Level: Rising 8th & 9th

Anthropology

Are you interested in knowing how humans developed to look the way we do, or how a forensic anthropologist can identify a person by only their skeletal remains? Are you curious about foods, languages, music, religions, clothing, and games from different cultures around the world? If so, this class is right for you! 

We will touch on the four subfields of anthropology: cultural, linguistic, archaeology, and biological over the week. You will gain introductory knowledge in the field of anthropology as a whole through virtual museum exhibits and collections, videos on food and sports around the world, language apps, footage of archaeological sites, and by studying 3D skull models to look at human evolution.

Instructor: Dr. Kiley Molinari
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Chemistry at Home

What makes glue sticky? Why is some plastic flimsy when other plastic is sturdy? What makes blue jeans blue? Chemistry at Home will answer all of these questions (and more!) by studying materials we see in the world around us.

In this course we will look at the chemistry of materials, investigate their structure and composition, and learn about the processes to create and use them. We will use hands-on experiments to explore adhesives, dyes and a variety of polymers. 


Instructor: Dr. Daisy Bourassa-Dowd
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th or 8th, 9th & 10th (depending on week)

Data In the Cloud

Have you ever wanted to learn about databases, structured and unstructured text, schemas, SQL, DBL, and DML? Of course not, because that is boring! In this class, you will use an artificial intelligence engine to classify images, interactive maps to display data, and a web portal to simplify it. We will create forms to collect information, dashboards to display it, and forums for discussions. 

Whether it is managing a space station or a lemonade stand, students will create simple applications with hands-on projects. At the end, we will make everything available through a smartphone app and nobody needs to know there is a database underneath it all. No programming required.

Instructor: Mr. Mark Bailey
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Engineering Around Home

Do you like to design cool things? Do you want to change the world? Discover the engineer within you by using online software, doing hands-on activities, and learning about different types of engineering. 

Participating students will need a computer that can run the Bridge Designer software.

Instructor: Dr. Dimitra Michalaka
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Experimental Photography

Jump into the world of experimental photography by using the camera, light sensitive materials, and post-processing techniques in non-traditional ways! Use everyday items to transform your photos into unique works of art. This photography course merges art, science, and technology by exploring basic camera functions, accessible photo manipulation software, and creative photo-based processes. 

Participating students need to have a camera (DSLR or Mirrorless preferred; point and shoot, prosumer, or smartphone are just fine), a tripod or something to stabilize the camera, and a way to get the image from the camera to the computer (cloud service, connection cables, or card reader). Additionally, students need a computer that can run the program PIXLR.

Instructor: Mrs. Julie Mixon
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

French Language & Culture

f you’re taking French in school now or will start soon, this class will give you a crucial leg up! We’ll demystify French grammar and phonetics – spoiler alert: it’s not as hard as people think – and find out the best (mostly free) places to get French-language news, music, literature, film, television, recipes, and more. 

We’ll learn about the fascinating places on every continent where French is spoken and see some of the amazing art of the Francophone world. 

 

Last but not least, we’ll try our own hands at some of the visual and acoustic art forms we discover.  By this course’s end, all students will be poised to take ownership of their own French learning, and they’ll be in great shape for future experience inside or outside the classroom!

Instructor: Dr. Antonio de Ridder
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Graphic Design

Are you creative? Do you like to solve problems? If so, design might be in your future. This class will explore graphic design through the stages of the design process, from the original concept sketches to a final design of pixels on the screen. You will learn the basics of Graphic Design by applying the design process to exercises that you create. Use sketching and drawing to get your ideas out of your head and onto your computer. 

Participating students need access to a PC or Mac computer. Programs will not run on Chromebook or mobile devices such as phones or tablets. A mouse is also recommend for easier control over application tools. Participating students will need a computer that can run FireAlpaca 2.4.4Inkscape 1.0.2Scribus 1.5.6.1Brackets 1.14.2

Instructor: TBD
Grade Level: Rising Rising 6th & 7th

Marine Biology

Why do so many people love the ocean? How have animals adapted to live in a salty, watery world? How do humans impact the ocean and the life it holds? What can we do to make sure the ocean is healthy for generations to come? Dive into these topics and more as we explore the 70% of our planet covered by water.

Instructor: TBD
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th or 8th, 9th & 10th (Depending on week)

Rockin' Robots

Have you wondered how robots work and are changing the ways we live, work, and play? Explore the world of robots, write your own code, and program an mBot! By programming its sensors, RGB LEDs, buzzers, and motors, you will give life to your smiling bot. 

Participating students need access to a computer that can download and run mBlock.

Instructor: Ms. Allaire Doussan
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th

Programming with Python

Note: This Class Is Currently Full

Have you ever wanted to learn how to write computer code? Join us to conquer the basics of computer programming in the Python language using the IDLE integrated development environment. This is an introductory course, and no previous programming experience is required. 

Participating students will need a computer that can run Python software (https://www.python.org/downloads/).

Instructor: Ms. Sharon Gumina
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Science & the Law

Note: This Class Is Currently Full

Do you have a love for science, but also an interest in the world of law? Explore the intersection of these topics, along with potential law careers for those with a scientific background. In this course, you will research ethical and legal controversies surrounding cutting-edge discoveries. Become lawyers, witnesses, and jury members in interactive mock trial sessions, draft contracts, and review patents. 

Explore the legal elements of crimes such as larceny, manslaughter, robbery, and evaluate the scientific evidence that can support a criminal conviction. Strengthen your analytical and logical reasoning ability and gain confidence in your writing and public speaking skills.  This is an introductory course which focuses on basic trial procedures, the structure of the legal system, rules of evidence, contracts, constitutional and technology law. It's ideal for anyone who has ever thought about a career in the law.

Instructor: Mrs. Charlotte Lomnicki
Grade Level: Rising 8th, 9th & 10th

Sports Science

Do you love anatomy and physiology? Do you have a passion for sports or fitness? If you answered yes, then Sports Science might just be the class for you! By using applied anatomy and physiology to study what happens to our body under normal conditions, we will discover how your body responds to exercise, the causes of fatigue, and the science of recovery, all while having fun!

We will also study proper bio-mechanics and investigate what could happen when our body doesn’t work the way it should. You can even apply what you learn to make yourself a better, smarter athlete! 

Instructor: Ms. Kristine Amatuli
Grade Level: Rising 9th & 10th

STEM's Greatest Hits

Calling all STEM enthusiasts and explorers of science! Let your imagination and creativity inspire you as we take you on a journey exploring some of STEM’s greatest hits! If you’re curious about how stuff works, this is the course for you! Throughout this week-long adventure, you will do hands-on activities and experiments to explore the chemistry behind ocean acidification, create your own LED swag, extract DNA from a strawberry, and so much more! Get ready for a STEMtastic week!

Instructor: TBD
Grade Level: Rising 6th & 7th