STEM Camp at Wheelock College
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Dr. Ellen Faszewski
A STEM Career and College Awareness Experience
Wheelock College and Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH) partner to offer a one-week STEM summer camp each June for 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 is the Department of Mathematics and Science on Wheelock College's Boston campus. Each day of camp includes both a field experience and a related classroom lab activity. Campers meet at Wheelock and travel to one of our partner companies for a field experience, which includes an interactive presentation and tour by science professionals. Campers eat lunch at or near the site, then return to Wheelock, where they continue the day's science theme and engage in hands-on activities that reflect that morning's field experience.
The academic environment at Wheelock provides an appropriate facility for scientific experiments. Perhaps just as importantly, it also gives students an introduction to college life. One afternoon of camp includes a tour of Wheelock's classrooms, resource center, dorm rooms, library, theater, campus store, dining hall, and other campus buildings. Students also have an opportunity to speak with undergraduates and faculty from Wheelock and other College of the Fenway, as well as members of the Academic Advising and Admissions offices.
Students in the camp are part of MGH Youth Scholars program. Public Schools represented in the 2014 program included Chelsea, Revere, EMK Academy, Newton North, and Boston Prep.
The STEM Camp Team
STEM Camp is run by an outstanding team of education professionals from MGH and Wheelock College, led by Amanda Walsh, program and curriculum manager for the MGH Center for Community Health Improvement, and Dr. Ellen Faszewski, Wheelock College professor of biology.