A summer “Science and Technology Institute” is being launched by Nauset Regional Middle School. The program will run for three weeks from August 4th through August 21st. Nauset students from ages 11 to 14 can sign up for the new program. The Institute will operate four days a week from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at a cost of $255 a week.
Intense Learning Experience
A review of the Institute’s curriculum promises three weeks of intense, high-energy learning.
In Week 1 student will spend two days studying object-oriented programming and designing a game that demonstrates how Cape Cod’s ground water is impacted by various pollutants. As a way to introduce how engineering affects coding, students will spend the next two days building robots using the Lego Mindstorm robotics kit. Learners will program the robots to complete simple tasks.
The second week has the students building underwater robots and using them to take samples of local water sources. Using mounted, waterproof cameras, the students will program the robots to capture footage of the local area around the water source. Students will video throughout their field study to record their initial opinions of the environmental impact of human behaviors. The robots built during this week will be kept by the students at the conclusion of the Institute.
Video production is the focus of the final week. Students will create short Public Service Announcements on the importance of taking care of the environment, using footage gathered throughout the Institute. Videos will be aired on local public access channels.
New Confidence in their Abilities
Nauset Middle School principal Dr. Maxine Minkoff told CapeCodToday.com that “students will leave with new confidence in their abilities to effect change and motivation to continue increasing their technology and science skills.” Participants will have created environmental awareness games, robots capable of collecting water samples, spreadsheets to analyze their data, video public service announcements and a brief documentary video. Students will take home their Lego robots to share with others and inspire them to participate in future programs.
The Orleans Pond Coalition will feature students from the program in their Water Festival this fall. Students will receive Certificates of Completion from the Institute, recognition by the Nauset Regional School Committee and the opportunity to share what they learned with their classmates during the school year.
How to Enroll
Students age 11-14 are eligible to attend the Institute. Priority is given to Nauset students, but vacant seats may be occupied by students outside the Nauset region. Tuition is $255 per week. Students are encouraged to attend all three weeks to experience the full program. The program flyer and application are available at the school’s website.
After learning about the Institute, this reporter is tempted to take the course himself.