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 2019 Summer STEM Academy!


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.


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 to request financial assistance.  Registration deadline is April 12, 2019.

Session 1: July 8 – July 12: A Pirate’s Life for Me!

Avast ye landlubbers! Ready yourself to sail the high seas just like the Buccaneers during the golden age of pirates! Learn to navigate on the open seas, launch your own seaworthy crafts, 3D print treasure, and learn about life on a pirate ship. Are ye ready, me hearties?

Session 2: July 15 – July 19: Code Name: Spy School

Enter the world of secret agents and spies! Locate assets, unlock secret codes and ciphers, 3D print your own secret gadgets, and help your allies complete clandestine mission while learning about the science and technology of the world’s top secret organizations. Agent, do you accept your mission? 

Session 3: July 22 – July 26: STEM + Art

Explore the intersection of STEM and art.  Become technical storyteller creating your own stop motion animation, explore geodesic domes and engineer architecture structures  If you can imagine it, you can make it a reality.

Session 4: July 29 – August 2: Investigating the Natural World

Learn about the different habitats around the globe and compare them the ecosystem along the Charles River. Discover how our choices impact the environments and 3D print your own bioinspired planter! Grab your compass, binoculars and walking shoes, we are going to explore the great outdoors!

Session 5: August 5 – August 9: Looking into the Past

Step into the past and trace the progression of life on earth! Dig for dinosaur bones, recreate cave paintings, engineer ancient technologies and explore ancient. Finish up the week on a simulated archeological dig and recover lost artifacts!

Session 6: August 12 – August 16: Game Design

Level up this week and learn how to engineer and code your own video games and controllers, design an 8-bit sprite to 3D print and playtest your games. Dominate the leaderboard and rise in rankings when you pitch your designs to local game developers!

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