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The pre-college program provides talented high school students with the opportunity to enroll in about 300 courses ranging from Art to Zoology. About one third of these courses are in STEM disciplines. The courses meet daily for 3 hours and are one to three weeks in length. Diverse students from all around the USA as well as from abroad apply. The courses are taught by Brown faculty, adjuncts, and graduate students. While some of these pre-college courses are shortened versions of 100 level introductory undergraduate courses offered at Brown, others are on more unique topics. Although the courses are not for credit, all involve tests, exams and/or papers. Instructors evaluate student performance via a course performance report indicating their strengths and successes as well as weaknesses and areas in which they need to direct more attention. The program exposes high school students to the opportunity of an independent living situation where they can interact like-minded peers and learn to be self sufficient. Overall the objective is to prepare high school students for the intellectual, social, and personal demands that they will encounter as first year undergraduate students studying at a selective college or university.
This is an initiative of the Swearer Center which offers in-class and after school mentoring, tutoring and enrichment to support the academic needs of high school students at Hope High School.
This is a globe initiative to elevate the awareness of the scientific breakthroughs in the field of brain and nervous system research. The Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is held each year in March. At Brown, faculty and students conduct presentation and hands-on activities in local school to engage students and teachers in fun activities about neuroscience.
This is an initiative to show public high school students the excitement of science through lessons geared toward real world phenomena, applicable learning, hands-on demonstrations, and experimentation. The program is structured so that Brown undergraduates teach and mentor several students over the course of the semester to encourage the formation of strong bonds.
|Animal Adaptations||Evolutionary Adaptations|
|Intro to Neuroscience||Neuroscience|
|Playing with Gravity||Gravity, Forces, Energy, Kinematics|
|The Duality of Light||Waves and the Particle/Wave Theory of Light|
|The Loop de Loops in our Body||Feedback Systems|
|The RNA World||Central Dogma/RNA|
|Weather and Atmosphere||Earth Science|
The Ladd Observatory is integrated into the Rhode Island Science curriculum, and is the site of frequent field trips by students from area schools. Over 3000 students, parents, and other visitors participate in its active public science program. Tours are given on clear Tuesday nights, as well as during the day. Attached to Ladd is the newly renovated Transit facility, the nation’s only publicly accessible transit observatory that allows visitors to see first-hand how time is measured through astronomical observation. It has provided open house and outreach activities almost continuously since its opening in 1891. It has served as the time setting/keeping station for Rhode Island, and during World War II was used to train Navy pilots in navigational techniques.
This is an after-school mathematics initiative aimed at helping middle school students get excited about learning mathematics and working with computers. The goals of Learning Exchange are to foster the development of real-world applications for mathematics skills, promote computer programming literacy and engage students about mathematics and computers.
Math in Motion is an initiative of the Swearer Center. Through this program Brown undergraduate students enagages Elementary School students in the excitement of Mathematics.
NSP strives to increase the presence, performance and retention of students from groups who are underrepresented in STEM concentrations. NSP runs a variety of programs including Catalyst, a science pre-orientation program; PAL, a mentoring program for science students; and NSP Open Study, semi-structured group study time.
In partnership with MET school, OLEEP facilitates the development of high school student leadership by connecting experiences in the wilderness and in the city. Through one-on-one mentoring, weekly workshops in the school and community, and camping, backpacking and ropes course trips, the program develops individual awareness and skills as well as a community in which Brown and MET students learn from each other.
Inner Space Outer Space is a freshman seminar that explores topics on the frontiers of physics, particle physics, and cosmology. The course culminates with Brown students bringing hands-on, interactive lessons on a variety of topics into local high schools. In the past, students have conducted lessons in classrooms at Hope High School, School One, The MET, and Lincoln School.
Project ARISE: Advancing RI Science Education: The goal of ARISE is to provide teachers with resources to implement an inquiry-based curriculum in their classroom and to improve the understanding of the relevance of science to everyday life. We also support teachers as they integrate high–level concepts in molecular and genomic biology, neuroscience and physiology into their curriculum. STEM teachers from elementary through high school participate in the ARISE Professional Learning Community and high school teachers participate in a mobile lab program. The program was developed with NIH funding and currently is funded by the Rhode Island Board of Governors for Higher Education.
Hands-on afterschool lessons to get elementary students to enjoy science and build critical thinking skills (at William D'Abate and Asa Messer Elementary Schools) Providence Science Outreach (PSO) sends Brown students into Providence elementary schools to organize hands-on science projects with kids. Volunteers try to ignite interest in science by showing children that science is exciting, fun and useful. By serving as role models and organizing simple experiments, volunteers show children that anyone, regardless of gender, ethnicity, or age, can succeed in science. Projects have included building bridges, growing plants, testing electricity, and making ice cream. Volunteers teach in teams of four or five, going to the same site weekly.
The Robot Block Party is a celebration of National Robotics Week held on the first or second weekend of April at the Pizzitola Center at Brown University. Organized by Rhode Island Students of the Future, a non-profit organization that engages kids in science, technology, engineering, and math through robotics, and the Humanity-Centered Robotics Initiative at Brown University, the Robot Block Party showcases how robots are used in education, research, work, and play.
Brown’s Science Center Outreach (SCO) is a state-of-the-art clearinghouse for all science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) related outreach and education efforts at Brown. We promote science awareness by supporting Brown faculty and students, as well as K-12 educators, who are developing STEM-related educational outreach programs.
SPARK is a program for talented middle school students who seek to spend one or two weeks at an Ivy League university. Although the admission to the SPARK program is competitive, once admitted, the program is held in a non-competitive fashion. The 13 courses of the SPARK program are intended to expose students to the intellectual concepts and processes of science topics of general interest. The courses are inquiry based and experiential. Students conduct their own experiments, learn science through guided inquiry, and engage in critical thinking. They learn science in a constructivist manner, which means that they first focus on the basics of the subject area and then build up their knowledge in a logical and stepwise manner until they reach a deep understanding of the more complicated concepts. In addition to spending three hours per day in classes, the students take part in extra-curricular activities where they interact with students from other courses. The extra-curricular activities consist of field trips, other more general science experiments, and lectures on diverse topics. SPARK students live in university dorms, share their living space, and learn to respect others. In addition to learning science, the objective for those students is to build confidence and ensure readiness for high school.
A free, four week summer camp for rising tenth grade girls who are interested in engineering.
This program allows Brown’s STEM graduate students to work closely with Elementary, Middle and High schools by conducting weekly science lessons at different K-12 schools. Brown graduate students from STEM departments including Geology, Physics, and Engineering lead classroom and after-school activities in several elementary and high schools in Providence. The graduate students engage Providence students in hands-on, inquiry based activities designed to increase students' understanding and interest in science. This program also seek to support training and paid summer internships for Providence teachers and students to participate in research projects with Brown graduate students and faculty projects with Brown graduate students and faculty.
The Brown CubeSat team is building a nano satellite, EQUiSat, that will be launched by NASA in 2017. EQUiSat will contain a panel of LED lights that will flash as bright as the North Star during nighttime passes, and transmit a radio signal audible via HAM radio. The CubeSat team is looking to reach out to local schools, after-school programs, museums, and summer camps to engage students with EQUiSat and outer space. The team is developing lesson plans for elementary, middle, and high school students.
The Community Health Clerkship is an applied learning experience (required course clerkship for 4th year medical students) designed to develop in Brown University medical students the knowledge, skills and perspectives of community health necessary to become a complete, competent physician. The clerkship fosters an informed sense of social responsibility and develop the skills needed to become strong patient advocates and community leaders. For the past few years, The MET School in Providence has served as a field experience placement. Past project topics include sexual harassment in schools, HIV/AIDS prevention, and school-based preventative health.
The Leadership Alliance is a national, academic consortium of more than 30 leading research and teaching colleges and universities whose mission is to develop underrepresented students into outstanding leaders and role models in academia, the public and private sectors. The distinctive feature of the Leadership Alliance is its core activity – mentoring across critical transitions along the academic pathway. The Summer Research Early Identification Program (SR-EIP) takes place at more than 20 Leadership Alliance research institutions across the country and provides fully paid, competitive summer research internships for undergraduate students interested in pursuing a PhD or MD-PhD degree. The Leadership Alliance National Symposium (LANS) is the national networking site and serves as the culminating event for the Leadership Alliance SR-EIP participants, faculty mentors, administrators and Leadership Alliance alumni. In addition to undergraduate presentations of their summer research, LANS provides skill building and career enhancing workshops tailored to the needs of SR-EIP participants and Leadership Alliance alumni at successive stages of their academic pathway: undergraduate, graduate and advanced graduate degree. Together, the SREIP and LANS ensures a structured program of research, networking, and mentoring that prepares young scholars from underrepresented and underserved populations for graduate training and provides an integrated exposure to research and academic careers in a supportive, mentoring environment. Learn more at: www.theleadershipalliance.org
The Sheridan Center supports Brown University's long-standing commitment to excellence in teaching and learning through broad range of programs, services, activities and resources for the Brown teaching community.
This is a different kind of independent research experience, introducing undergraduate researchers to the dynamic interface between environmental scholarship, policy, and practice. Student-faculty-practitioner teams develop research projects to meet shared objectives – directing scientific discovery into channels that will inform current and future management choices.
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