One-Week Summer Day Program for Pre-High School Students

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This program is for rising 6th-8th graders interested in diving into the exciting world of chemistry!  Chemistry Science Fair draws students in with a series of exciting hands-on labs. Specific labs will vary year to year and in accordance with the interests of the students. Some labs borrow from science fair projects utilized in recent competitions. Here are a few examples:

-Polymer Chemistry: In this experiment, students will learn about polymers used in sports equipment and toys, such as Silly Putty, Silly String, and Legos.  They’ll also examine recycling of polymers used in consumer packaging.  

-Chemistry of Art: Students examine the chemistry of colors, pigments, and dyes. 

-Chemistry of Cooking: A perennial favorite course where students explore the chemical reactions used in cooking and get to eat their masterpieces!

-Forensic Chemistry: Students solve forensic mysteries by examining fibers and trace materials. 

-Science of Illusion: Students use disappearing ink, conduct a magic trick where an egg “magically” passes through a bottle, and fluids that change color when shaken.

NOTE: This one-week summer course is a day program only, and enrolled students are not eligible for residence on campus.   Classes run from 9AM-3:30PM and extended day programs are available until 5PM at no additional charge.

Students do an experiment in the Chemistry Research three-week summer program


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Student does an experiment in the Chemistry Research three-week summer science program

Students break away from hands-on research to engage in competitive activities, completing science bowl type questions and activities related to knowledge of chemistry.  Film clips of famous chemists inspire our budding scientists.  We also cover career paths in chemistry. 


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