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Quincy College to offer summer science courses for middle school students

Posted by Jessica Bartlett  March 14, 2012 05:01 PM

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Quincy College this summer will open its doors for the second year in a row to middle school students wishing to expand their science education.

The Science Summer Experience provides students entering the seventh and eighth grades with the opportunity to learn about microbiology, biotechnology, health science and other science-related courses taught by Quincy College instructors.

With several recently installed state-of-the-art science laboratories, the opportunity is ripe for students to come and engage with Quincy College faculty to advance their education.

“We’d like to foster science exploration in today’s younger generation,” said Matthew Sullivan, Science Lab coordinator and natural sciences instructor at the college. “Middle school students are taking their first steps in deciding the direction of their futures, so we’d like to introduce them to the wealth of career and internship opportunities in the life sciences.

“Through Science Summer Experience, students are preparing themselves for a future in science as they look forward to high school,” Sullivan said.

The Experience features six science-themes sessions from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. during the week of Aug. 13.

Activities include solving a murder mystery, complete with fingerprint lifting and evidence college; exploring what the eye cannot see with microbiology; testing local air, water and soil for a “green” environmental program; and mixing chemical potions to explore explosions.

Professors will also help students perform DNA extractions, and learn about the anatomy and health of animals.

The program is open to any and all middle school students in Massachusetts and includes a trip to the MIT labs.

The cost is $300 per week; scholarships are available.

For more information, please contact Matthew Sullivan, Science Lab Coordinator, at 617-984-1763.

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