Saint Columbkille STEM Academy

At Saint Columbkille Partnership School’s Summer STEM Academy, students will deepen their understanding of STEM concepts through hands-on lab, fieldwork, and engagement in the engineering design process. The academy curriculum is based on the Next Generation Science Standards. Each week will end with a capstone field trip, which may include the Boston Harbor Islands, BC’s Weston Observatory, and local corporate and university biotech and engineering labs.

Click here to register for the 2018 Summer STEM Academy.

WHY STEM?

STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) is important because it pervades every aspect of our lives. High quality STEM experiences develop critical thinking skills, increase science literacy, and enable the next generation of innovators. STEM education not only equips students with the tools they need to succeed in a highly technological future, but also provides exciting experiences they will remember for many years to come.

PROGRAM INFORMATION

A six week summer program focused on real-world, hands-on learning for students entering grades 5 – 7 takes place at Saint Columbkille Partnership School.  The program runs from Monday – Friday from 8AM to 4PM (extended day option until 5:30PM).  The session fee is $300 (add $15/day for extended day).  Financial assistance is available due to the generosity of the Rabbi Abraham Halbfinger and Charlesview Charitable Fund. Please contact stemacademy@stcps.org to request financial assistance.  Registration deadline is April 14, 2018.

Session 1: July 9 – July 13

Session 2: July 16 – July 20

Session 3: July 23 – July 27

Session 4: July 30 – August 3

Session 5: August 6 – August 10

Session 6: August 12 – August 17

2018 STEM Academy Themes

Space Exploration

In this week-long camp, students will explore their interest in stars, planets and space travel. During the camp, they will build a robotic model of the Curiosity Mars Rover and conduct mock missions on Mars, explore space mythology from around the world and much more!

Forensic Crime Lab

Do you want to learn the science behind some of your favorite shows? During camp, students will take fingerprints, compare ink components and work as a team to find evidence, take data and solve mysteries all week long!

Maritime Adventure

 For thousands of years, humans have been traveling the sea for exploration, trade, and conquest. Throughout the week students will explore our maritime history by 3D printing their own boats, become a mock underwater archeologist and discover a sunken wreck, explore maritime cartography and navigation and learn about the environmental issues surrounding our oceans.

Archeology

Explore the history of the human experience by studying a variety of ancient cultures and the technologies that they created. This week students will 3D print artifacts, explore a simulated dig site and determine what the geology of the terrain reveals, decrypt ancient hieroglyphs and text and design a mini museum exhibit to house all of their finds.

Food Science

Cooking is both an art and a science! This week students will learn the science of cooking by creating tasty treats by constructing solar ovens and exploring the thermodynamics of ice cream and also learning about the nutritional value of the food that we eat.

Aviation

Get ready to take flight and explore the skies above! This week students will explore the physics of flight, design and 3D print their own rockets to test, engineer parachutes and much more!

For additional information, please email stemacademy@stcps.org.