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Rensselaer offers a number of summer opportunities that expose schoolchildren to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.
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Preparing the Next Generation
As the school year comes to a close around the country, more than 500 (and counting) elementary, middle, and high school students from the Capital Region and beyond are planning to come to Rensselaer to experience a different kind of vacation that encourages them to pursue science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) disciplines.

Rensselaer continues to build a national network of K-12 pipeline partnerships within the Institute and beyond that focus on identifying, nurturing, and providing educational development of women and underrepresented minority groups. Several programs planned for the summer will offer students an opportunity to get ahead in school, and a give them a chance to experience college/campus life.

At the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp for middle school children, students will focus on investigating the origins of life on Earth and the conditions that lead to the formation of habitable planets in our own and other solar systems thru New York Center for Astrobiology, which is part of the NASA Astrobiology Institute (NAI). The center is based within the School of Science at Rensselaer. From June 14-26, students will work alongside engineers and scientists to conduct experiments as well as participate in highly interactive projects and demonstrations, attend classes and weekly field excursions, and interact with guest speakers, which will include former NASA astronaut Bernard Harris.

More than 400 middle school children from Yonkers and New York City will participate in two one-week residential sessions on campus that include class classroom study, interactive experiments, group projects, and a final presentation delivered to a panel of judges. The program is coordinated by Rensselaer’s Dean of Students Office through its Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships, in collaboration with participating school districts and the Title I- School Improvement, New York State Education Department.

Other programs planned by the Dean of Students Office through its Pipeline Initiatives and Partnerships will include Preface, a two- week residential program for talented high school sophomores and juniors; and the Science & Technology Entry Program (STEP), designed to assist disadvantaged middle school students and those from minority groups under-represented in STEM and health-related professions to pursue careers in such fields.

During the month of July and August, seven LEGO® Robotics Engineering Academy programs and one VEX Robotics Engineering Academy program, developed by the Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education (CIPCE), will be offered. Several of the programs will be led by Rensselaer undergraduate students. To date, more than 215 students including groups from the Emma Willard Girl Summer Program, North Albany Academy, Shenendehowa, and Ballston Spa school districts, along with middle school children from around the Capital Region, will use LEGO MINDSTORMS™ robot technology to design, construct, and program robotic solutions to perform complex engineering challenges.
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Inside Rensselaer
Volume 3, Number 6, June 12, 2009
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