Does you middle school student LOVE science? Do they enjoy doing science activities at home or dream of pursuing science as a career? All interested Middle School students will be invited to a lunchtime information session on Wednesday, February 13 at lunch to preview science opportunities available this Spring and summer. Please contact Mrs. Sheehan for more information on any of these programs.
- Big Bang STEM/SCIENCE Fair – sponsored by the Archdiocesan Catholic Schools of Excellence, this traditional science fair will be held on April 6 at Totino-Grace High School. Each Catholic school can send up to 3 teams of 2 students to present their projects and have a chance to win prizes and learn from their peers. Mrs. Sheehan and Mrs. Paulsen will mentor any 6-8 grade students who wish to participate by offering an after-school program in experimental science beginning Feb. 19.
- Cool Chemistry – The University of Minnesota offers a one day chemistry camp for girls in 7th and 8th grade on April 13 sponsored by WISE (Women In Science and Engineering). Students will work with female graduate students from the department of chemistry along with chemistry professors in doing fun chemistry experiments in Smith Hall. Applications are available online or from Mrs. Sheehan and Mrs. Paulsen.
- STEPS – A one day program for 6th grade or 8th grade girls in engineering at the University of St. Thomas. Five one day camps are offered from June 17-21. Registration is free but is done by a lottery system. Registration is done completely online and is open now until March 19.
- Wolf Ridge weekend – All middle school students are invited to experience a weekend of science in the North Woods with Mrs. Sheehan, Mr. Hickel and Mrs. Pfiffner at Wolf Ridge Environmental Learning Camp on May 10-12. Registration information will be sent to students email accounts next week.
- Summer Prairie Ecosystem Research Program – A new summer program for 8th grade students that will immerse them in a biology research experience sponsored by the Seeds of Change organization that also runs the Upper School Costa Rica research program. Students will be led by veteran science educators to conduct research on monarch butterflies in the Spring Peeper Meadows of the University of MN Arboretum. This is an opportunity for students to learn field research techniques and develop skills in experimental analysis with their own research project. The program runs for a total of ten days from June 24-28 and July 15-19. The application deadline is March 1 with only 20 students accepted. This is an amazing and unique opportunity for this age group of students.