Science Enrichment Program for Middle School Students Offered at FDU
Madison, NJ (December 5, 2006)—The Stars Challenge, a science enrichment program designed to nurture students’ passion and curiosity about science, will be offering classes for talented 6th and 7th graders on Fairleigh Dickinson University’s College at Florham campus starting in January 2007.
The classes give students an opportunity to work in small groups under the guidance of top creative teachers. Class members will learn how to use science and technology to tackle real world problems and make a positive impact on society. Applications for the program, which can be found at www.starschallenge.org or by calling 973-543-9149, are due by Tuesday, December 19.
The program offers two grade-specific classes that will run from January through April. Environmental Forensics, designed for 6th grade students, will be held on Wednesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., beginning January 24. In this class, students will be able to work in teams to investigate environmental issues by analyzing geological, biological and chemical indicators of stream health. Team members will locate possible pollution sources using digital maps and design tools for cleanup.
Introduction to Experimental Design, developed for 7th grade students, will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m., beginning January 23. Students will select a topic of personal interest and will design and conduct a meaningful experiment. They will learn how to organize, analyze and communicate their findings, and will present their results to a scientific audience. Use of sensors, data logging software and computer interfaces will be taught throughout the learning experience.
For more information on the courses and to register, please call 201-692-7013 or visit www.starschallenge.org.