Monday, January 11, 2016

Science Academy Offered During February Vacation


The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is offering its CASE Science Academy, a four-day program for students in grades 6-8 during the February and April vacation weeks.

The Winter Science Academy featuring the Forensics Institute of Bridgewater will run Tuesday, Feb. 16 through Friday, Feb. 19 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center.

The Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (FIB) is a hands-on class in which students act as crime scene analysts. As new employees at FIB, students expect training on crime scene investigations to be exciting, but never this exciting as only a day into training a senior scientist employed by FIB mysteriously disappears, and it is up to the student to determine what happened.

Working with senior scientists, students will learn how to collect and analyze fingerprints from a simulated crime scene, perform blood type analysis and get closer to solving the mystery using DNA fingerprinting.

The Spring Science Academy will feature Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge on Tuesday, April 19 through Friday, April 22 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Students will image themselves as climbers preparing to summit Mt. Everest. What kind of obstacles will they face? How will they overcome them and survive this journey? During this weeklong program, students will design materials necessary to overcome the challenges of conquering the mountain. Hypothermia, carrying the necessary supplies to camps, and altitude sickness stand in the way.

It is up to participants to use creativity and problem-solving skills to achieve this ambitious goal to summit Everest and experience the beauty and wonder of standing on top of the world.

A program fee of $325 covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. The registration deadline is one month prior to the start of the course. Seats are limited and filled on a rolling basis.A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and significant financial need.

Please contact Maura Whittemore at mwhittemore@bridgew.edu or 508.531.2575 for more information.

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