We're excited to head to Providence, RI today to promote Summer Pre-College programs at NABT15, the annual conference of the National Association of Biology Teachers. Today and tomorrow we'll be chatting with biology teachers, handing out UMass Summer Programs swag (yo-yo's, as always, plus frisbees) and generally brightening up the exhibit hall.
We'll also be throwing a few live tweets out as we go along, but most importantly, we want to take this opportunity to highlight some of the exciting pre-college STEM programs for high school students we're offering here at UMass Amherst for Summer 2016.
1. Summer Engineering Institute
The Summer Engineering Institute is a multi-faceted program that allows students to explore how engineers envision creative, practical solutions that benefit the everyday lives of people and the communities in which they live. Students will be exposed to selected topics in chemical, civil, computer systems, electrical, environmental, industrial, and mechanical engineering. Full description
2. Energy & Sustainability
What is energy? What is Fuel? What is electricity? How do we store it? How do we measure it? How do we transform energy in one form to another? These questions will be answered through a mixture of brief lectures and lots of laboratory experience. Once students are able to answer those questions, they will develop their own experiments to illustrate and expand upon current renewable energy sources. Full description
3. Forensic Chemistry
Do you love crime shows? Do you love science? Have you ever wondered “How do forensic scientists do that?” If so, then the Summer Pre-College Forensic Chemistry program at UMass Amherst is perfect for you! This program emphasizes current scientific techniques in the areas of forensic chemistry and biology. Students will learn and apply the scientific principles behind the crime-solving techniques used by real forensic scientists. Full description
Each program is taught by UMass Amherst faculty members and introduces high school students to college-level coursework through a blend of lectures and hands-on learning in modern, state-of-the-art labs. Check out the full list of program offerings here.