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Sophomore sabbatical online

Picture of Sophia Pink.Sophia Pink loves school. But in ninth grade, she grew frustrated with the rigidity of her schedule. “I wanted to take a break from the typical routine to focus on projects that I was really excited about and engaged in,” she says.
So, with the support of her parents and her school, Sophia, who lives in Washington D.C., spent her sophomore year taking writing, pre-calculus, and chemistry with CTYOnline....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Beyond the book

Kelly_ChangTextbooks line the tables of Kelly Chan’s Chemistry in Society classroom at CTY Bristol, but she and her classmates are too busy learning to open them.

Monday they learned about plastics and polymers. Tuesday was metals, and the class did three labs. Tomorrow they will study food science, and bags of snacks await their attention in the lab .

With engaging discussions each morning led by instructor David Shellhamer and lab experiments each afternoon, the class uses textbooks only occasionally for reference.

It’s an entirely different way of learning from the lecture and memorization approach that she’s accustomed to at her school in Hong Kong, and Kelly, 15, is thrilled...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Learning for the love of it

Mike_MartinAt CTY, which Mike Martin attended for four summers in the 1980s, he discovered a place where he belonged. He took his first writing workshop, fed his intellect instead of hiding it, and made friends. “The program might have been responsible for every good thing I believed about myself during the dark years of childhood,” he says...Read more about this Awesome CTYer.

Discovering his way

Eureka_profile_01Caleb Smith has long been captivated by the hands-on learning aspects of science.

As a CTY Center Scholar, he fostered his interest through genetics and genomics courses and spent this summer conducting research in the Johns Hopkins Center for Epigenetics, which is led by Dr. Andrew P. Feinberg.

“At CTY there are unlimited possibilities for science,” he says.

One of his greatest lessons came from his CTY genetics instructor, who reminded Caleb’s class about the importance of focusing not just on results, but also on the process of discovery.

“Now when I face an obstacle in the lab or things don’t work out as planned, I remember science is not just about the end result. It’s about the journey.”

CTYer takes prize for aiming to protect lives

CTYer Sahar Khashayar’s story shows how powerful tools developed by humans could combat a terrifying force of nature. 

BroadcomMoved by the devastating loss last year of 19 firefighters in the Yarnell Hills wildfire in Arizona, Sahar, from Laguna Niguel, Calif., engineered a device combining temperature and gas sensors, along with an infrared sensor and processor board to detect heat, smoke, and infrared radiation that are the markers of fire. Sahar, 14, then programmed the device to trigger a message to a Bluetooth device if the markers signaled danger....Read more about this Awesome CTYer.