STEM: Science of Summer Program
North Haven School District
Grade level/Age Range of Students in Program: Open to all students in grades 6-12.
Total enrollment: 42 students.
Primary Student Needs Program is Designed to Address
In this interactive, hands-on program, students learn how to design, test and experiment with items and devices on themes related to the summer, e.g., 1) strategies of how to survive in the wilderness; 2) the chemistry of ice cream and exploration of how to make it; 3) the engineering of a wide range of equipment from water crafts to roller coasters.
This is a high engagement program that allows for student choice while promoting team collaboration and problem solving. There is a defined structure that promotes student creativity, communication, knowledge building, development of negotiation skills and team work while designing and building projects related to summer. All areas of the sciences are incorporated, including physics, chemistry, biology as well as mathematical skills.
A highly qualified science teacher begins by building upon the background knowledge of students in relation to theme projects. Student teams are then challenged to engage in interactive, hands-on activities connected to summer themes. The teacher acts both as a facilitator of knowledge building and a student-centered researcher as she moves from group to group providing individual and group feedback. Student choice is promoted. In addition, student negotiation skills are developed as students collaborate on the approach they will take to a project as well as the resources they will use.
Classes are held at North Haven High School. They begin on July 19th and end on July 28th. There are two separate sessions held on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 8 AM – 10 AM and 10:30 AM – 12:30 AM. (6 classes in total). Students from grades 6-8 attend the earlier session; students from grades 9-12 attend the later session
Parents are responsible for transportation to and from school.
Staff Selection/Recruitment Procedures
A highly qualified science teacher from the high school science department stepped forward to design the summer program. Her vision, passion and knowledge base made her a logical choice for the position after a general posting was made.
Student Selection/Recruitment Procedures
The program is open to all students in grades 6-8. Teachers in the science departments at the middle school and high school levels help to market the program.
Melinda McKenna, Assistant Superintendent | mckenna.melinda@northhaven schools.org