“The STEM Institutes exist to build STEM confidence and competence, inspiring passion in all students through quality, rigorous, exploratory programs.”
2016 STEM Institute Information:
Thank you for considering the STEM Institutes. We are currently working on hiring staff and creating classes for our summer 2016 programs. Registration will open the end of February.
ELEMENTARY STEM INSTITUTE: June 6th – 10th and June 13th – 17th, 2016 (Students entering Grades 4 & 5 Fall 2016)
MIDDLE SCHOOL STEM INSTITUTE: June 6th – 10th and June 13th – 17th, 2016 (Students entering grades 6-8 Fall 2016).
MIDDLE/HIGH SCHOOL STEM INSTITUTE: June 6th – 10th, 2016 (Students entering grades 7-9 Fall 2016).
OCEANOGRAPHY: BERMUDA (parent/mentor/child workshop series) Learn about marine systems at the Bermuda Institute of Ocean Science with Preston staff. DATES: June 27th – July 2nd, 2016. This camp is for students entering 6th-9th grade summer 2016. (space now available)
HIGH SCHOOL VOLUNTEERS: June 6th – 17th (link to application coming soon)
The need to revamp American education, especially in math and the sciences, has been widely reported for over half a century. Study after study has shown that our students are not achieving in these subjects at a level comparable to the students in other parts of the world. Without a first class education in math, technology, and the sciences, American students face a difficult future and dramatically lower standard of living as adults. The staff at the STEM Institutes believe that STEM offers a creative solution to the nagging problem of achievement in these subjects. In “Rising Above the Gathering Storm: Energizing and Employing America for a Brighter Economic Future Executive Summary”, Patrick Gonzales, et. al. makes the following statement.
STEM education is about social responsibility. Solutions to major world problems have their roots in science and engineering. The problem of poor indoor air quality in underdeveloped countries was addressed by CSU with a high efficiency, wood-burning stove for example.
Middle level students are natural scientists. The 2010 Lemelson-MIT Invention Index found that, “An overwhelming number of respondents wish they knew more about STEM in order to create or invent something.” Students see science and technology as the source for the tools of change and they want to do something with their lives that makes things better for others without a motive for personal gain.
Without high-quality, knowledge-intensive jobs and the innovative enterprises that lead to discovery and new technology, our economy will suffer and our people will face a lower standard of living.