STEM Impact Series

  • July 2018
  • Rising 7th to 9th Grade
  • $1295

The Biotech Project

July 15-20, 2018

Join us this summer at Episcopal High School for a week-long immersion into the exciting world of Biotechnology! Students explore this cutting-edge and expanding field the best way: through hands-on projects, interactive lab work in Episcopal's state-of-the-art Baker Science Center and at several of D.C.'s world-class research facilities and biotech companies. Access to and the use of the gadgets, top-line technology, and research facilities not only provides the opportunity for students to deepen their understanding of biotechnology and its principles, but also captivates and inspires their passion for the field.

The camp not only explores the principles and fundamentals that make up the "Central Dogma of Molecular Biology," it also leverages hands-on experimentation and access to the cutting-edge technology and gadgets of many of today's most advanced biological research into an ongoing passion for the field. By the end of the biotech experience, students will be able to bridge their interactive experiments to how they can positively impact the world around them - and will have seen first-hand these applications and their impact on genomics and medicine. View program activities

Brad Kovach

Faculty

Brad Kovach

Science, Washington Program Sustainability Coordinator

Brad teaches chemistry and physics during the school year, and serves as the Washington Program Concentration Advisor for Sustainability. Prior to his career in education, Brad conducted cutting edge, high-throughput research in genetics at a biotech start-up. Brad brings this passion for cutting edge technology to his classroom teaching, focusing not just on the current state of biotechnology, but on the future direction of the field and its tech.

Interested in more than one week? Check out our D.C. Discovery Weekend.

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The Engineering Simulation

July 22-27, 2018

Hands-on and design-focused experimentation and experience bring the principles of engineering to life, expanding students' passion for and deepening their knowledge of engineering. In Episcopal High School's state-of-the-art laboratory space, students will use their engineering design skills along with the scientific method to solve real-world engineering problems. Led by Episcopal High School faculty, our curriculum and hands-on experiments will enhance students' problem-solving skills in preparation for actual challenges in the world today.

Through design, modeling, prototyping, and testing, students learn firsthand the principles of design and engineering. The experience includes working in teams within constraints to build, test, and iterate on their prototypes to explore the first principles of engineering. When we move off campus, these young engineers will explore the Smithsonian, the world's largest museum and research complex. The week will culminate in a chance for families and friends to visit campus and examine student designs and prototypes.

Scott Pohjola

Faculty

Scott Pohjola

Science, Innovative Teaching Resource Coordinator

After receiving his degree in mechanical engineering from Texas A&M, Scott went on to earn his master's in secondary school science education. At Episcopal, Scott teaches physics and engineering through hands-on learning, including in Episcopal's state-of-the-art fabrication lab, which includes laser cutters and 3D printers. Scott brings this same hands-on and design-focus approach to the Engineering Simulation this summer through collaborative and experiential learning centered around designing, building, and trial testing engineering models.

Interested in more than one week? Check out our D.C. Discovery Weekend.

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The Fun Never Ends

Because many students want to explore multiple programs, our D.C. Discovery Weekend allows students to unwind and explore the region through outdoor adventures and local events.

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