Program Overview 

STEM for Rising 9th and 10th Graders is a residential two-week program for students from around the world who are passionate about the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects. Students choose one disciplinary area to focus on from a wide selection of STEM courses. Each two-week course consists of rigorous academic content, laboratory or field exercises, and a specifically designed project that enhances the academic learning and extends the students’ knowledge. The program culminates with a Presentation of Learning (POL) on the last day of the program where families are invited to join the instructors and students for a project showcase. The work the students generate could form the beginning of a portfolio of work for use in a future college admissions process. Projects should include elements that articulate the importance of effective science communication to prepare the students for future academic success.

Teaching in the STEM Program
Instructor Checklist

Course Duration Two weeks
Total Number of Courses 13-15
Disciplines Covered Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
Required Instructional Hours Three hours each morning and two extended days per week
Daily Class Meeting Times
  • 8:30am-11:20am Monday-Friday
  • 12:30pm-3:05pm twice per week
Office Hours Minimum of 4 per week, in-person or virtual
Out of Class Work for Students Students should expect to work a total of 12-15 hours over the two weeks out of class on relevant material that contributes to their academic project
Teaching Support Based on enrollment numbers, instructors may be eligible for support staff including Teaching Associates or Teaching Assistants
Additional Student Interaction Opportunities Lunch on the first Monday to discuss the academic project and lunch tickets are provided for instructional staff to join students in the dining halls once per course
STEM Meetings (Mandatory)
  • STEM Welcome
  • Instructor Orientation and/or STEM Program professional development workshops
  • Curriculum meetings (between 1-3 hours, based on prior STEM program teaching experience)
  • Debrief/evaluation meetings as the program is running with the Program Director or Curriculum Coordinator
Professional Development Opportunities
  • Inclusive teaching workshop in the spring
  • Office hours with Program Directors
  • Pre-College summer welcome event in May
Program Director Abbey Aevazelis

STEM Instructor Checklist

The following checklist is a combination of course administration logistics and action items that you will need to be familiar with beforeduring, and after your course. Throughout the summer academic season, you will be prompted with friendly email reminders to guide you through key milestones and deadlines.

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