Wheelock College's STEM in the City Camp Launched Successfully!

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A STEM Career and College Awareness Experience for Rising 8th and 9th Graders

Each day of this fun and innovative annual summer camp features both an excursion to a Boston-area company, organization, or field site that highlights a variety of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines and a related classroom lab activity. In addition, campers explore college life and academics through campus tours and discussions with college students and staff.

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 week, students expand their viewpoints and knowledge of STEM. The majority of students in 2015 agreed that learning about these topics impacts how they view the world, and indicated the reasoning skills needed to understand STEM concepts can be applied to everyday life.

Fast Facts from the 2015 Camp:

  • 26 students participated in the full week of camp (20 boys and 6 girls)
  • 18 cities and towns from across Massachusetts were represented
  • Upon completion of the camp, 70% of student survey responders said their interest in STEM increased; the remaining students maintained their level of interest

Field Trips and STEM focus areas:

STEM Camp field trips
Photo by Celeste Cruse on board the "Islander" in Vineyard Sound

The STEM in the City Summer Camp Experience

Home base for STEM in the City Summer Camp is the Department of Mathematics and Science on Wheelock College's Boston campus. Campers meet at Wheelock and are introduced to a STEM topic. Daily activities then include field trips, led by STEM professionals, and hands-on activities that relate to the field experience. Campers eat lunch at or near the site, then return to Wheelock, where they explore a variety of careers and the educational pathways needed to attain those careers.

Blue Hill ObservatoryThe academic environment at Wheelock provides an appropriate facility for STEM investigations. Perhaps just as importantly, it also gives 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 also have an opportunity to speak with undergraduates and faculty from Wheelock and faculty from other institutions throughout the Colleges of the Fenway, as well as members of the Academic Advising and Admissions offices.

Blue Hill Observatory Photo by C.F. Cooper

The key goals of STEM in the City are:

  • To increase STEM content knowledge
  • To increase awareness of and to promote STEM careers
  • To expose middle school students to a college experience

See a sample schedule of a day at STEM Camp

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
  • College student counselors


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