Step into STEM: Workshops & Mentoring for First Generation College Students

Are you interested in pursuing science, technology, engineering or math? Kickstart your journey by learning how to make the most of your undergraduate career. Participating in Step into STEM, will give you the opportunity to learn how to succeed in college and to meet first generation scientists. Download/Printable flyer.

Meetings will held virtually from 3:00 PM to 4:30 PM. There is no cost to attend. Sign up here to attend any or all three workshops. You will receive the zoom link with your confirmation.

Who is eligible?
High school juniors, seniors and college students with parent(s) who never received a bachelor’s or four-year degree (or higher) from an accredited college or university.

Workshops:

Wednesday, April 14, 2021
How to Write a Resume and Personal Statement
Esther Leonard, Assistant Director of Career Education, Boston University

Wednesday, May 19, 2021
Making the Most of Your College Experience
Monica Capras, Woodwell Climate Center and Ashley Reaume, University of Central Florida

June 16, 2021
STEM Career Panel
Sarah Howdy, Mass Audubon, additional panelists TBA

Meet the Facilitators: 

Claudia Mazur is the first person in her Polish family to receive a college degree and pursue a Ph.D. In college, she participated in many research internships, which led her to a career in science. Currently, Claudia is a Ph.D. Candidate at Boston University and the first NOAA Margaret A. Davidson Fellow at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve.

 

 

 

 

Samuel Domingues is originally from Sao Paulo, Brazil and the first in his family to earn a bachelor’s degree in the United States. Just last year, he was awarded the first minority student internship at WBNERR researching the impact of climate change on salt marsh habitats. Samuel is currently looking into graduate school to further his passion and commitment to the natural sciences

 

 

Price: $0.00

Date: 04/14/2021

Available Spaces: Unlimited

Estuary Adventures - Session 1

July 5-9, 2021

Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6

Young scientists in this program will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes. They will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor ground water, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts to the bay. They will play games to illustrate natural cycles, and get to know the plants, algae, and animals in and around Waquoit Bay. Students will wade in the shallow waters and marsh creeks to find estuary creatures, and dig into studies of rocks, soil, water, and sunlight.

(Full-day Program $295/week)

Price: $0.00

Date: 07/05/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Bayside Buddies-AM Session

July 12-16, 2021 morning session (9:00am – noon)

Half day sessions for students entering grades 2-3

Children will get wet, muddy, and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and basic scientific investigations. They will learn to identify and observe living and non-living elements of nearby woods, fields, marshes, and waters of the bay, make and record observations, use instruments to record environmental conditions, and learn about the fragile nature of these environments. Children will learn about local plants and wildlife, and practice “collect, observe, and release” procedures to help them become responsible estuary stewards.

(Half-day program $175/week)

Price: $0.00

Date: 07/12/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Bayside Buddies-PM Session

July 12-16, 2021 afternoon session (1:00pm – 4:00pm)

Half day sessions for students entering grades 2-3

Children will get wet, muddy, and inspired while exploring the habitats and wildlife around Waquoit Bay through games, crafts, and basic scientific investigations. They will learn to identify and observe living and non-living elements of nearby woods, fields, marshes, and waters of the bay, make and record observations, use instruments to record environmental conditions, and learn about the fragile nature of these environments. Children will learn about local plants and wildlife, and practice “collect, observe, and release” procedures to help them become responsible estuary stewards.

(Half-day program $175/week)

Price: $0.00

Date: 07/12/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Women In Science

July 19-23, 2021
Young women entering grades 7-9
In this week of hands-on activities, young women will receive inspiration and support as they meet women scientists who will describe their career paths and projects. Students will conduct field research alongside WBNERR staff and visiting scientists, and use a variety of instruments and technologies to gather and record data from the marshes, fields, forests, and waters of Waquoit Bay Reserve. A highlight of this session will be the boat trip to Washburn Island and overnight on Reserve property, where the students will leave their cell phones behind as they explore local ecology and hike the trails. An afternoon lesson on shell fishing and an evening campfire will round out the day and set the stage for them to spend the night with their teachers and classmates. The session is sure to provide plenty of fun, build confidence, and offer a look at potential careers in science, technology, and engineering.
(Full-day Program $295/week)

Price: $0.00

Date: 07/19/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Estuary Adventures - Session 2

July 26-30, 2021

Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6

Young scientists in this program will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes. They will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor ground water, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts to the bay. They will play games to illustrate natural cycles, and get to know the plants, algae, and animals in and around Waquoit Bay. Students will wade in the shallow waters and marsh creeks to find estuary creatures, and dig into studies of rocks, soil, water, and sunlight.

(Full-day Program $295/week)

Price: $0.00

Date: 07/26/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

TIDAL Quest: Teens Investigating Diversity of Aquatic LIfe

August 2-6, 2021

Full day session for students entering grades 9-12

Do you love science, technology, and figuring out how things work? Join a small team of students spending a week in the field while conducting environmental monitoring projects with Waquoit Bay Reserve scientists. Students will discover the latest technologies used locally to study climate change and sea level rise, monitor wildlife and examine plant communities, and look for ways to solve environmental issues while socializing with other teens and developing questions to investigate. Participation in this session may help determine a career path or boost a college application.

(Full-day Program $295)

Price: $0.00

Date: 08/02/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

STEM Adventures

August 9-13, 2021

Full day session for students entering grades 6-8

Students will design and create exciting take- home projects using the engineering design process in the classroom lab and in a variety of habitats nearby. They will draw on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills to build, test, and redesign their projects, which will be based on real-life problems and challenges. They will learn about renewable energy and the many ways to capture and harness sun, wind, and water power. Throughout the session, interactive games and water activities will keep the interest level high and the kids cooled down.

(Full-day Program $295)

Price: $0.00

Date: 08/09/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

Estuary Adventures - Session 3

August 16-20, 2021

Full day sessions for students entering grades 4-6

Young scientists in this program will explore Waquoit Bay Reserve using a variety of instruments, from hydrometers to projecting microscopes. They will conduct investigations based on research projects in the Reserve, monitor ground water, test water quality, observe wildlife, and learn to recognize human impacts to the bay. They will play games to illustrate natural cycles, and get to know the plants, algae, and animals in and around Waquoit Bay. Students will wade in the shallow waters and marsh creeks to find estuary creatures, and dig into studies of rocks, soil, water, and sunlight.

(Full-day Program $295/week)

Price: $0.00

Date: 08/16/2021

Address:
Waquoit Bay Summer Science School
Waquoit Bay Reserve
Waquoit, MA
02536 Map and Directions

Available Spaces: 0

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