STEM I - SPARK: Life on Campus
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STEM I students are supervised throughout the program by a team of carefully selected Residential Advisors (RAs) who live in residence halls with the students and chaperone them throughout the entire day. An average student/RA ratio of 12:1 guarantees that students will receive the personal attention they need. The RAs are trained specifically to support this program by two Residence Directors, the STEM Community Director and Program Director.
The RAs lead floor meetings several times throughout the program and facilitate community building among their cluster of STEM I students. RAs are not only supervising the safety of your STEM I student, but they are there to be a resource to the students and serve as role models and mentors.
In addition to the RAs, 2 Residence Directors and a Community Director oversee supervision of all STEM I students and serve on call 24 hours a day, seven days a week while the program is in session.
Students live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms and dining halls. Students are assigned to double occupancy rooms on single-sex floors with single-sex shared bathrooms. Students will be randomly assigned to another STEM I student no more than 6 months apart in age. Rooms provide typical college furniture, and do not have central air conditioning (one fan per student is provided).
Students must abide by a 10:00pm curfew—after 10:00pm, students must be in their own rooms for the remainder of the evening. Lights-out is 10:30pm.
Extended housing beyond Friday, July 28, 2017 is not available for STEM I students.
STEM I is a full two-week residential program. Students are not allowed to leave the program to visit family or other activities. In the event of an emergency, special requests will be considered. It is important for your students continued success that they remain fully immersed in the program.
As STEM I is a Pre-College program, roommate requests are not encouraged. A main goal is to connect with new friends and we want all STEM I students to enter the program at the same place and experience meeting new people. If you would like to request a roommate, the STEM I program will accept and consider requests, only, if parents of both students send an email requesting each other to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meals & Snacks
STEM I students eat together in one of Brown’s dining halls, under the supervision of Residential Advisors. Residential staff escort students to the dining halls, classrooms, and activities. All main meals are served in Brown’s dining halls or students are provided with bagged lunches. If your student has food allergies or dietary restrictions, please complete and submit the Disability, Medical, & Dietary Request Form per the instructions listed. This form must be obtained, at a minimum, two weeks prior to the start of the program.
Breakfast: 7:30am – 8:30am
Morning Snacks: around 10:00am
During class time, there will be one or two breaks where instructors will give out snacks.
Lunch: 11:30am – 12:15pm
Afternoon Snacks: around 3:00pm
Dinner: 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Students should regularly fill their water bottles and bring them to class and all of their activities.
Unstructured Time & Informal Activities
The STEM I program is condensed, and there is limited free time. However, supervised activities from which students can choose will occur several times over the course of the program. These include going to local stores (like bookstores, pharmacies, etc.), going for ice cream, playing recreational games (ball, Frisbee, etc.), or doing more educational activities such as inquiry or STEM activities. The RAs will join the students, chaperone them to their destinations, and supervise them there.
A Typical Day in the STEM I Program
Students attend classes on weekday mornings and have two extended course days for further exploration or field trips. In the afternoons and on weekends, a range of activities are scheduled, including field trips, community building activities, hands-on STEM challenges, and research talks. Social activities are planned for the evenings.