STEM in the City Summer Camp
Our 2016 STEM Camp was held Monday, July 18, 2016 - Friday, July 29, 2016 (9 a.m. - 4 p.m. with informal STEM Activities starting at 8 a.m.).
Campers could register for any of the following one- or two-week options:
- Week 1 (July 18, 2016 - July 22, 2016)
- Week 2 (July 25, 2016 - July 29, 2016)
- Full Camp (July 18, 2016 - July 29, 2016)
Who: Students entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall of 2016
Where: Wheelock College, Boston, MA
Cost (includes lunch and a snack): $400 per Week/$800 for Full Two-Week Camp
A STEM Career and College Awareness Experience for Rising 8th and 9th Graders
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 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, theater, 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.
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.
2016 STEM Focus Areas and Field Trips
(Photo at right by Celeste Cruse on board the "Islander" in Vineyard Sound)
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
- Boston Harbor Cruise Whale Watch
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, Mathematics & Science Department
- Galina Dobrynina, associate professor, Mathematics & Science Department
- Mare Parker-O'Toole, assistant director of the Earl Center for Learning and Innovation
2017 camp registration information will be available in the winter.