STEM in the City Summer Program
Program At a Glance
Dates: July 16-27, 2018
Who: Students entering 8th or 9th grade in Fall 2018
Where: Boston University's Wheelock Campus, 200 Riverway, Boston MA 02215
Cost: $500/week or $900 for two weeks
EARLY BIRD DISCOUNT! Register before April 1 and pay just $475/week or $850 for two weeks
Registration is now open!
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History of STEM in the City Summer Program
STEM in the City was founded in 2015, under the leadership of Dr. Ellen E. Faszewski, Professor of Biology at Wheelock College. Over the past three summers, the program has provided numerous opportunities for middle age students to explore and learn about various areas in STEM. We are now excited to announce that with the recent merger of Boston University and Wheelock College (active on June 1), the STEM in the City 2018 Summer Program will officially become one of Boston University's summer programs. The 2018 program will still be directed by Dr. Faszewski and her staff, and will be housed on the Wheelock campus, located at 200 Riverway, Boston, MA.
Dates: July 16 - July 27, 2018
This fun and innovative annual summer program 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.
Register for any of the following one- or two-week options:
- Week 1: July 16 - July 20, 2018. The week's focus is environmental sciences and health sciences
- Week 2: July 23 - July 27, 2018. The week's focus is marine sciences and space sciences
- Full Program: July 16 - July 27, 2018
Program runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., with drop-off starting at 8 a.m.
Who: Students entering 8th or 9th grade in the Fall of 2018
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
During the program, 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 classrooms, residence halls, library, theatre, dining hall, multicultural center, and other campus buildings. Also, students have the opportunity to participate in discussions with college students, faculty, and staff.
STEM in the City 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
Students 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 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.
2018 STEM Focus Areas and Field Trips
(Sites are tentative and may change.)
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-program survey, 70% of students said their interest in STEM increased.
The STEM in the City Summer Program Team
STEM in the City is run by an outstanding team of education professionals, led by Dr. Ellen Faszewski, Professor of Biology.
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 2018 is $500 per week ($900 for Full Program), 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 Online Registration form.
** If you prefer, you may download and complete our 2018 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 student's name in the notes section, to Wheelock College, 200 Riverway, Boston, MA, 02215, Attn: Ellen Faszewski/STEM Program.