Frequently Asked Questions Expedition: Bio–A Summer Science Program for Middle School Students

 

Q. WHAT IS Expedition: bio?

Reimagined for 2018!

With the emergence of novel education platforms and resources, Whitehead Institute is thrilled to launch a new iteration of its popular summer science program for middle school students.

Delve deeper into the amazing biology that thrives in the world around us during a two-week, fully immersive experience where curiosity meets real world science. And no question is off-limits!

Through hands-on activities both inside and outside the classroom, interactive laboratory modules, and discussions with scientists, rising 7th and 8th grade middle school students will learn how methods from the fields of ecology, genetics, chemistry, and bioengineering are used to answer some of the most challenging questions in the life sciences today—and have an awful lot of fun doing it! 

Two two-week sessions of the same program will be held July 9-20 and August 6-17 in 2018. Each session will cover the same content, so students should only apply for one session.

 

Q. WHAT IS THE DAILY SCHEDULE?

Doors open for daily registration at 8:45 a.m., with formal activities commencing promptly at 
9:00 a.m. Programming concludes at 4:00 p.m. Monday– Friday, and ending at 1:00 p.m. on the second Friday of both sessions (July 20 and August 17).

 

REGISTRATION

Q. WHO CAN REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP?

Registration is open to middle school students entering grades 7-8 in the fall and requires parental consent. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.  

Two two-week sessions of the same program will be held July 9-20 and August 6-17 in 2018. Each session will cover the same content, so students should only apply for one session.

 

Q. HOW MANY STUDENTS PARTICIPATE IN THE WORKSHOP?

25 students per session are accepted into the program.

 

Q. HOW MUCH DOES THE WORKSHOP COST?

$1000 per student. $500 is due at registration, and the remainder ($500) is due June 1st. Tuition assistance is available for students who demonstrate financial need through scholarships sponsored by the Amgen Foundation and Sanofi Genzyme. 

 

Q. WHAT’S PROVIDED?

Morning snack and lunch, professional science instructors, a professionally designed curriculum, field trip fees, and all lab materials necessary for a fun, educational, and memorable experience.

 

Q. WHEN IS PAYMENT DUE?

$500 is due at registration, and the remainder ($500) is due June 1st. 

 

Q. IS TUITION ASSISTANCE AVAILABLE?

Tuition assistance is available for students who demonstrate financial need through scholarships sponsored by the Amgen Foundation and Sanofi Genzyme.  Online application is now available.

 

Q. IS HOUSING PROVIDED FOR STUDENTS?

Because most attendees live in the greater Boston area, Whitehead Institute does not arrange for student housing. Out-of-state students or those wishing to stay nearby during the workshop may find accommodations within walking distance of Whitehead Institute at the Boston Marriott Cambridge and Kendall Hotel.

 

Q. MAY PARENTS ATTEND OR SERVE AS CHAPERONES?

While we appreciate their interest in the program, space constraints prevent us from allowing parents to take part.

 

Q. WHAT IF I’VE REGISTERED BUT CANNOT ATTEND?

Registration for the workshop is non-refundable and represents a commitment to attend all ten days of the program. If due to an unforeseen emergency, a student should need to cancel, please contact tremblay@wi.mit.edu to notify us of the absence and/or discuss further.

 

FOOD AND SAFETY

Q. WHAT MEALS ARE INCLUDED? WHAT IF A STUDENT HAS A FOOD ALLERGY?

Morning snack and lunch are provided every day. If a student has a food allergy, please alert us ahead of time so that we can help accommodate that student's needs.

 

Q. HOW DO YOU PROTECT STUDENTS DURING THE DAY?

Students are supervised 100% of the time by at least one adult. Amy Tremblay, Public Programs Manager at Whitehead Institute will oversee the group each day, while two professional scientists and teachers will lead each of the daily activities. Students are released ONLY to parents or legal guardians at the end of each day’s session.

 

Q. WHAT SHOULD STUDENTS WEAR?

Students are required to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants or knee-length skirts or shorts. Those who do not adhere to this requirement may be asked to forgo some of the daily activities.

“As the father of two girls who are both interested in science, I have seen the lack of creativity and inquisitiveness in traditional public school settings when it comes to science. For Yonah, you made science interesting and fun. She loved the program and the camaraderie, she asked more questions about meiosis than I could answer, and she came home happy and fulfilled. We cannot thank you and your staff enough.”

Parent of a participant

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