STEM Leadership & Environmental Conservation

Our Immersives provide experiential learning with students having close collaboration with master level faculty as well as peers who are equally passionate about the topic. Immersives generally range from one week to two weeks in length. The students’ immersion in the topic of study over the course of a day is long enough to provide a depth of knowledge and skills building in the targeted areas. We have some exciting offerings this year that range the gamut across three major themes: Art and Design; STEM Leadership & Environmental Conservation; and Theater, Movement and Music.  Look at the description that follows for more information about STEM Leadership & Environmental Conservation. Immersive programs include opportunities for health and wellness activities where students participate in team-building games and get a sampling of athletics offerings in tennis, fencing, archery, yoga and golf.

STEM Leadership & Environmental Conservation

Two Week Immersive, Lunch and Supplies Included

  • $1490
  • July 19 – July 30
  • 9:00 AM – 1:55 PM
  • Grades 5-9

We’ve built this program in STEM Leadership and Environmental Conservation with a number of exciting goals in mind. STEM is so much more than Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. It is the universal framework we use to understand, communicate, create knowledge and lead. It is also an opportunity to directly connect and shape the world around us.  Over these two weeks we’ll focus on environmental conservation, assistive technology, and biotechnology with the intent to not only raise awareness of issues impacting the world but to also grow and prepare the next generation of STEM and conservation leaders. Participants will consult with outside STEM experts as well as explore engineering and design tools to address different challenges through a social justice lens.

The first week entails examining STEM leadership through discussions with leaders in STEM fields, learning the basics of a variety of tools and techniques that students will have available to them, and building empathy, problem-solving skills, and resilience through design thinking challenges.  At the end of the week, students will have unstructured Genius Hour time to take a deeper dive into areas of interest.

The second week centers around students expressing more  autonomy as they work in small groups to define and solve a real-world problem in one of the three areas of focus: environmental conservation, assistive technology, or biotechnology. Participants will take turns being their group leader and tasked with running group meetings, delegating, and following up on key work.  Topics such as conflict resolution, data literacy, communication, and presentation skills will be covered in workshop sessions.  The week concludes with a project showcase.  

We’re excited to perform with you live this summer! Cultivate your musicianship skills and connect your passion for performing with a side-by side experience with sought-after performing artists.  

Students will immerse themselves in chamber orchestra rehearsals, sectionals, and private lessons. Students will have the opportunity to share a solo piece in the performance class and gain insights into various musical topics in the seminar workshop. The week will culminate in the Grand Finale Concert, which will feature the students and faculty performing various chamber orchestra pieces and is open to family and friends.

Program designed to:

  • promote STEM literacy & leadership with:
    • action-based leadership development in STEM with hands-on, problem-based design challenges 
    • real-world application areas of conservation, assistive technology and biotechnology
    • addressing the phenomena of social justice, diversity and differences in engaging change and sustainability
  • cultivate hands-on learning through community action projects, which may include: 
    • written reports, community ordinances and resolutions, digital media campaigns, online events, producing blogs or other written materials, and more. 
    • experiential learning opportunity that facilitates growth in STEM literacy, project management, community organizing, and other leadership development skills.
    • CAD & 3D printing, microcontrollers, coding, and forensic analysis.
  • build agency in young leaders to become the inventors, scientists, and engineers who will make the world a better place in fun and creative ways
    • Conservation: Learners will explore the rapid changes that are occurring in our economy, to our natural resources, and throughout our society
  • devise solutions to address world environmental challenges, from clean water and clean air to wildlife conservation and climate change
  • practice ways to advocate for better policies that protect natural resources/spaces
    • Assistive technology: Learners will consider ways in which technology can  increase accessibility to those with different needs, such as by 3D printing braille signs or using a simple microcontroller to make a communication device for a nonverbal person.
  • Biotechnology: Learners will discover the ways in which modern biotechnology can help scientists gain a better understanding of the world and will amplify and compare DNA via PCR and gel electrophoresis.

STEM(L&L) Daily Schedule Week 1:

  • 9:00-9:50 am  Workshop 1
  • 9:50-10:00 am  10 Minute Break
  • 10:00 am-10:50 am  Workshop 2
  • 11:00-11:50 am  ATHLETICS
  • 11:55 am-12:45 pm  Lunch Break
  • 12:55 – 1:55 pm Workshop 3/Genius Hour*

*Workshop 3 Mon-Wed/Genius Hour Thurs-Fri

STEM(L&L) Daily Schedule Week 2:

  • 9:00-9:50am  Workshop 1
  • 9:50-10:00am  10 Minute Break
  • 10:00am-10:50am  Workshop 2
  • 11:00-11:50 am  ATHLETICS
  • 11:55 am-12:45 pm  Lunch Break
  • 12:55 – 1:55 pm Community Action Project Work/Showcase