Where do grade-school girls launch rockets, design roller coasters and analyze chocolate? … At the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), which offers eight summer workshops for elementary and high-school students.
The workshops, sponsored by the Center for Pre-college Programs at NJIT, are designed to encourage academically talented students - many of whom are girls and minorities - from post-4th to post-11th grades to pursue education in science, math, engineering and technological fields. The Center, established in 1978, is the oldest and largest summer program of its kind in the state.
Editor’s Note: Applications can be ordered by calling the Center at (973) 596-6507. Applications are also posted on the center’s website: www.njit.edu/precollege.
The workshops offered this summer are as follows:
The Women in Engineering and Technology Initiative-FEMME Program is designed to enhance post-fourth through post-eighth grade girls’ math and science achievements while developing their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills and enhancing self-esteem and self-confidence. The workshops offered this summer are environmental - fourth grade; aeronautical - fifth grade; mechanical - sixth grade; chemical - seventh grade; and biomedical - eighth grade. The program dates are July 7 – Aug. 1, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Eligibility: Female students completing fourth through eighth grade. Tuition is $700.
FEMME Academy, an intensive one-week residential summer experience, is designed for post-10th and post-11th grade female students. The program increases girls’ awareness of educational and career options in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. The program dates are July 21 - July 25, 2003, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Eligibility: Female students completing 10th or 11th grade. Tuition, which includes room and board, is $500.
The Pre-Engineering Program (PrEP) is a four-week project designed to provide post-6th grade students with an introduction to various disciplines in engineering. This program gives students an opportunity to enhance their mathematics, science, communications and technological achievements, and to develop their problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The program dates are July 7 – Aug. 1, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Eligibility: Male or female students completing sixth grade. Tuition is $700.
The Algebra Prep Program (APP) is a four-week preparatory project for post-seventh and post-eighth grade students who will be enrolling in Algebra I in Fall 2003. The program is designed to prepare these students to successfully complete Algebra I, a cornerstone of the secondary-school mathematics curriculum, while encouraging them to choose advanced mathematics and college preparatory courses in high school. The program dates are July 7 – Aug. 1, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Eligibility: Male or female students completing seventh or eighth grades who are ready to enroll in Algebra I. Tuition is $700.
The Introduction to Chemical Industry for Minorities in Engineering program (IChIME) is a four-week project designed to give post-eighth grade minority students an opportunity to increase their understanding, awareness and participation in the fields of chemistry and chemical engineering. The program includes formal classroom work, laboratory activities, projects, seminar sessions and field trips. The program dates are July 2 – Aug. 1, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Eligibility: Students completing eighth grade who are black, Hispanic, Native American or Native Alaskan. Tuition is $350.
The Urban Civil Engineering Summer Institute (UCESI) is a five-week program designed to provide post-ninth grade students with a unique exposure to the profession of civil engineering. Students are introduced to engineering through challenging classroom and laboratory activities. The program dates are June 30 – Aug. 1, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Eligibility: Students completing ninth grade. Tuition is $350.
The Engineering Physics Prep Program (EPPP) is a nontraditional approach to the study of physics designed for post-10th and post-11th grade students. EPPP helps students succeed in high- school physics, a cornerstone of the engineering curriculum. The program dates are June 30 – Aug. 1, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday - Friday). Eligibility: Students completing 10th or 11th grade who are ready to enroll in physics. Tuition is $350.
EXplore Careers in Technology and Engineering (EXCITE) is a four-week project designed to encourage post-7th grade students to learn about careers in technology and engineering. Students will also receive test-preparation training for the Grade Eight Proficiency Assessment (GEPA) test in language arts, literacy, mathematics and science through intensive nontraditional approaches to test taking that utilizes innovative methodologies, techniques and strategies that will help students become “smarter test-takers.” Program dates are July 7 - Aug. 1, 2003, from 9:30 a.m. to 3:45 p.m. (Monday-Friday). Eligibility: Male or female students completing 7th grade. Tuition is $700.
And all students who complete FEMME 7, EXCITE or Algebra Preparatory can also take 10 free GEPA preparatory sessions that will start in September 2003. The sessions, held on Saturdays, are offered to students entering eighth grade as of September.
The Center for Pre-college Programs was established to increase access to scientific and technological fields among traditionally underrepresented populations and to improve the teaching of science and mathematics in secondary and elementary schools. The Center annually serves more than 3,000 elementary and secondary students, their teachers and parents in a variety of programs.