Be a Scientist!
- Grades 2-3
- Science and Engineering
What can astronomers learn from black holes? How do engineers decide on the best bridge designs? How do marine biologists know that dolphins are smart? Learn how scientists answer big questions and solve world problems by designing and conducting your own hands-on investigations in biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and more. As ecologists, you and your classmates may experiment with ways to stop soil erosion. As chemists, you might work in teams to learn how fireworks use metals to produce different colors when they burn. You’ll question and hypothesize; identify and manipulate variables; observe, measure, and record data; analyze and interpret results—and you’ll leave this course thinking like a scientist.
Typical Class Size: 12
- Construct plans for an original experiment using the scientific method, including statement of the question or problem, variables, controls, hypothesis, procedures including sketches/diagrams, data collection methods, and tools that would be used
- Generate criteria for a successful lab experiment that considers potential limitations and solutions
- Collect, organize, and analyze lab data in tables and graphs, looking for patterns and trends that defend a conclusion using evidence to support or refute the hypothesis
- Research and discuss three major branches of science, and describe their similarities and differences
Summer Dates & Locations
Testing and Prerequisites
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Cost and Financial Aid
- Nonrefundable Application Fee - $50 (Waived for financial aid applicants)
- Nonrefundable International Fee - $250 (outside US only)
Financial Aid is available
We are committed to serving all talented youth regardless of financial circumstances. Financial assistance is available based on need.
Please acquire all course materials by the course start date, unless noted as perishable. Items marked as “perishable” should not be acquired until the student needs them in the course. If you have questions about these materials or difficulty locating them, please contact [email protected].
Course Extras (Lab fee info, etc): Lab fee: $145
About Science and Engineering at CTY
Explore space and our planet
In our Introduction to Astronomy course, we’ll visit a nearby observatory or planetarium, see what the cosmos looks like through various spectra, and immerse ourselves in the science and technology that bring the universe closer to home. In Marine Ecology, we’ll visit local wetlands and tidepools, observe flora and fauna, collect water samples and analyze them for clues about their health and humans’ impact. And in The Global Environment, we will explore the human impact on our environment and generate proposals for addressing climate change.
Bond over chemistry
Our chemistry courses help you see the world differently, starting at the atomic level. The Edible World gives budding chefs and science lovers a glimpse into the chemical reactions that happen when we make food, and the chemical makeup of meals and treats we eat every day. In our Crystals and Polymers course, we’ll synthesize slime, grow rock candy, and isolate strawberry DNA to learn about the molecular structure of naturally occurring gems and human-produced plastics. In Chemistry in Society, we’ll consider how the chemicals in products can both enhance and degrade the world around us; produce biodiesel in a lab to understand alternative fuels; and prepare aspirin to learn about the healing and toxic properties of pharmaceuticals.