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.

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.  The session fee is $280.  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, 2017.

Session 1: July 10 – July 14 Energy, Forces and Matter: Investigation of energy transfers, energy sources, machines and motion

Session 2: July 17 – July 21 Aquatic Environments and Water Resources: Exploration of the chemistry of water, the importance of water to ecosystems, human impact on water sources and relationships between water and energy

Session 3: July 24 – July 28 Civil Engineering and Infrastructure: Investigation of human structures over time, adapting infrastructure to the environment, and green solutions for growing populations

Session 4: July 31 – August 4 Environmental Engineering: Study of urban development, its impact on the environment, and the effects of earthquakes

Session 5: August 7 – August 11 Biomedical Engineering: Examination of human anatomy, pharmaceutical development, DNA, prosthetic engineering and more, here in the medical capital of the world

Session 6: August 13 – August 18 Robotics: Study of the fundamentals of building and programming robots, the functions and possibilities of robotics and similarities between artificial intelligence and humans

To register for the 2017 Summer STEM Academy, please click here.

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