STEM in the City Summer Camp
Camp Dates: July 17 - July 28, 2017
Register for any of the following one- or two-week options:
- Week 1: July 17 - July 21, 2017. The week's focus is environmental sciences and health sciences
- Week 2: July 24 - July 28, 2017. The week's focus is marine sciences and space sciences
- Full Camp: July 17 - July 28, 2017
Camp runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.,with camp drop off starting at 8 a.m.
Who: Students entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall of 2017
Where: Wheelock College, Boston, MA
Cost: $500/week or $900 for two weeks. Tuition includes t-shirt and daily snack.
Early Bird Discount: Register before April 1 and pay just $475/week or $850 for two weeks.
A Highly-Rated STEM Career and College Awareness Experience
This fun and innovative annual summer camp features excursions to Boston-area companies, organizations, or field sites that highlight a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines and a related classroom lab activity led by Wheelock College math and science faculty and staff and additional STEM professionals. During the camp students explore a variety of STEM-related careers and the educational pathways needed to attain those careers. In addition, they are introduced to college life and academics through campus tours featuring Wheelock's classrooms, residence halls, library, theatre, dining hall, multicultural center, and other campus buildings. Also, campers have the opportunity to participate in discussions with college students, faculty, and staff. Home base for STEM in the City Summer Camp is the Department of Mathematics and Science on Wheelock College's Boston campus.
STEM in the City Camp participated in Boston After School and Beyond (BASB) and Boston Summer Learning Community, the city's largest and most diverse network of summer learning programs to date. As part of this program, we were evaluated and rated as a top performer among other summer programs in:
- Organization of activities
- Nature of Activities
- Staff building relationships and support for individual youth
- Youth relations with peers
- Staff promotion of engagement and stimulating thinking
- Level of youth participation
"Strengths of the program include participant diversity, stellar pedagogy, clear goals, well-aligned curriculum, and exposure to lots of STEM role models."
-Boston After School and Beyond (BASB) External Evaluation
The key goals of STEM in the City are:
• To increase STEM content knowledge and skill development
• To increase awareness of and to promote STEM careers
• To expose middle school students to a college experience
"A major goal accomplished in this program was to familiarize teens with what it would be like to attend college. My son really benefited from the positive and informative presentations, discussions, and tours about college... And seeing the life of a college student through the tour was great. Now that it feels more familiar to him, he can be more excited about the idea of going to college."
-Parent of STEM in the City student, summer '15
Campers explore a variety of subjects in a relaxed and creative setting that allow them to develop and strengthen their interest in STEM fields while building bonds with their peers. Over the course of the program, students expand their viewpoints and knowledge of STEM, and apply their new skills in a real-world setting by participating in Citizen Science. For example, students can use the Science Educational Tool WhaleNet 2.0. WhaleNet, created at Wheelock College in 1993, allows students to contribute to actual research programs of marine mammal research. Students can become involved in a variety of ways including: submission of photo-identification pictures for the catalog, traditional water testing, data analysis, mapping, and evaluation of established research protocols. The majority of students in 2015 agreed that learning about STEM topics impacts how they view the world, and indicated the reasoning skills needed to understand STEM concepts can be applied to everyday life.
2017 STEM Focus Areas and Field Trips
Environmental Sciences and Health Sciences
- Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center
- Waterworks Museum
- Blue Hills Reservation/Observatory
- Koch Institute for Integrative Cancer Research at MIT
Marine Sciences and Space Sciences
- Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University
- Citizen Science Activity - WhaleNet
- Zephyr Education Foundation
In a post-camp survey 70% of campers said their interest in STEM increased
The STEM in the City Summer Camp Team
STEM in the City is run by an outstanding team of education professionals from Wheelock College, led by Dr. Ellen Faszewski, Wheelock College professor of biology and co-chair of the Mathematics & Science Department.
Other Wheelock team members include:
Carie Cardamone, Assistant Professor of Astronomy
Galina Dobrynina, Associate Professor of Mathematics
Lisa Lobel, Assistant Professor of Biology
Mare Parker-O'Toole, assistant director of the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
The cost for STEM in the City 2017 is $500 per week ($900 for Full Camp), which includes a t-shirt and a daily snack. Register before April 1 and pay our Early Bird Rate of just $475/week or $850 for two weeks.
How to Register
- Complete the STEM in the City Summer Camp Online Registration form.
(If you prefer, you may download and complete our 2017 Paper Registration Form - pdf.)
- After registering, you will be prompted to pay the registration fee. Payment must be received by July 1 to guarantee your child's spot in the program. You can pay in either of two ways:
- ONLINE: Pay electronically using a credit card (we accept Visa, MasterCard, or Discover) through Wheelock's Cashnet Online Payment System.
- By Check: Mail your check (made payable to "Wheelock College") with your camper's name in the notes section, to Wheelock College, 200 Riverway, Boston, MA, 02215, Attn: Ellen Faszewski/STEM Camp.