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

 

Q. WHAT IS Expedition: bio?

This week-long program, held during both July and August, offers middle school students the opportunity to explore the amazing world of basic biology.

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

 

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 3:00 p.m. Monday– Thursday and at 1:00 p.m. on Friday.

 

REGISTRATION

Q. WHO CAN REGISTER FOR THE WORKSHOP?

Registration is open to middle school students entering grades 7-8 in the fall. Registration, opening online at 12:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 5, 2017 requires parental consent. Students are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis.

Three sessions of the same program will be held Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14; Monday, August 7 - Friday, August 11; and Monday, August 14 - Friday, August 18. 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?

$650 per student, due in full at time of registration. 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?

Payment is due in full at time of registration. 

 

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. 

 

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 five 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 Officer at Whitehead Institute will oversee the group each day, while two professional scientists and teachers associated with Science From Scientists 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.

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