STEM Camp at Wheelock College
For more information or partnership opportunities contact:
Dr. Ellen Faszewski
A STEM Career and College Awareness Experience
June 26-July 2, 2013
Wheelock College and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) are partnering to offer a one-week STEM camp for 20-25 rising 10th grade Boston Public School students.
The fundamental role of the camp is to introduce middle school students to STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) concepts through a combination of classroom experiments and field experiences at Boston-area companies that include science as an integral part of their businesses.
The purpose of STEM Camp is fourfold:
- To offer motivated Boston Public School (BPS) students an opportunity to explore Boston area scientific companies and organizations
- To increase awareness of and to promote STEM careers
- To expose BPS students to a college experience
- To establish community partnerships that foster science education and the Wheelock community
The STEM Camp Experience
Home base for STEM Camp will be the Department of Mathematics and Science on Wheelock College's Boston campus. Each day of camp will include both a field experience and a related classroom lab activity. Campers will meet at Wheelock and travel to one of our partner companies for a field experience, which will include an interactive presentation and tour by science professionals. Campers will eat lunch at or near the site, then return to Wheelock, where they will continue the day's science theme and engage in hands-on activities that reflect that morning's field experience.
The academic environment at Wheelock will provide an appropriate facility for scientific experiments. Perhaps just as importantly, it will also give students an introduction to college life. One afternoon of camp will include a tour of Wheelock's classrooms, resource center, dorm rooms, library, theater, campus store, dining hall, and other campus buildings. Students will also have an opportunity to speak with Wheelock undergraduates and a faculty member.
The STEM Camp Team
STEM Camp is run by an outstanding team of education professionals from MGH and Wheelock College. The site coordinators are Amanda Walsh, Program and Curriculum Manager for the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, and Christyanna Egun, Director of Boston Partnerships at the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement. Dr. Chuck Fidler, Wheelock College assistant professor of physical science, will serve as the faculty advisor. The camp will also have two Wheelock undergraduate students serving as camp counselors to assist in the day-to-day operations.