Three-Week Summer Engineering Program
This multiple award-winning program covers the fundamental biological knowledge necessary to develop medical technologies and devices. Students go over biochemistry, materials chemistry, and scientific reasoning. Students work with DNA via extraction and transformation into bacteria, as well as practice 3D design and 3D printing. Teens discuss current breakthroughs in, and also ethics and societal implications of, biophysics, biotechnology, and biomedical engineering. Jeremiah Johnston, who earned his Masters of Science in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry from Yale University, returns to lead this program every year. Last year, Jeremiah and students from the program visited A Step Ahead Prosthetics, and Boston University’s Biomedical Engineering Department!
This is a competitive admissions summer research program designed for teens. Residential students at the Longwood Medical Area must be rising tenth graders or above. Students at the Dana Hall location may be rising eighth graders or above.
SUMMER 2021 DATES:
Session 1: June 21- July 9, 2021
Dana Hall – Wellesley, MA
Session 2: July 12- July 30, 2021
Longwood Medical Area – Boston, MA
Student research groups designed and 3D printed their own prosthetic devices. Students also studied and researched treatments for glaucoma. They proposed a roadside test to determine THC intoxication. Teens also designed a device to deliver insulin to type-I diabetics in a discreet way (via an Apple-watch-like insulin pump), and explored ways to design bioplastics for patients who need straws in straw-free locales.
In a final group project, students researched a medical, human need, and proposed a technology to address that need. In addition to this, teens designed an experiment demonstrating that a claim of their technology works. The project culminated in a class presentation.
Last year, students went on tours of Step Ahead Prosthetics–a leader in prosthetic treatment and design–as well as Boston University’s Biomedical Engineering Department.
Students have also visited The Karp Lab where they studied modern bio-engineering and regenerative medicines.
NOTE: COVID will impact field trips. We cannot guarantee any given field trip will run as in past years or at all.
Jeremiah Johnston earned his B.S. in Biochemistry and Molecular Biology from Gettysburg College and later went on to Yale University, graduating with an M.S. in Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. While there, he began teaching at the Yale Pathways to Science Summer Scholars Programs. He also worked as a teaching fellow in biochemistry at Yale.
‘Our projects were hands on and collaborative so we got to learn how to work together on a variety of engineering design challenges. Jeremiah and Jen both pushed us to think creatively to solve our own problems rather than telling us the answers right away. They gave us helpful advice and were willing to give up their extra time to help anyone who wanted it.’
‘Each lecture and lab helped me understand a new subject. Jeremiah and Jen were both amazing and committed teachers that put in extra time and effort.’
‘I loved the group project. Jeremiah had an enthusiasm that lit up the room.’
‘The program taught me a lot about biomedical engineering and also a lot about science in general. Jeremiah was also a terrific teacher and the content was great.’
‘This program was really fun and engaging. BME is great to learn about gene editing, mechanical implants and much more. Jeremiah is extremely qualified and taught a lot. I really liked how Jeremiah was teaching us so that we could learn a lot while not just giving us answers.’
BioSTEM Award, 2018, J&J • Top Summer Science Program, 2011-2019, NY Times/ThoughtCo.com • Top Robotics Program, 2017, RoboLoco • Best Medicine Program, 2018, ParentMap • Top Biomedical Engineering, StockTalk.com •
Top 101 Summer Camps & Programs, How-To-Learn.com • Top Biomedical Engineering, 2017, InsiderMonkey.com
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