Episcopal Summer Institute
Academic overnight camps for middle schoolers located at Episcopal High School in Alexandria, VA

STEM Impact Series

  • July 2019
  • Rising 7th to 9th Grade
  • $1295
The Engineering Simulation

The Engineering Simulation

July 7-12, 2019

A week of hands-on design, modeling, prototyping and testing will bring the principles of engineering to life during The Engineering Simulation. Using Episcopal High School's state-of-the-art laboratory space, students will apply their engineering design skills along with the scientific method in an experiment-based curriculum. This program is designed to enhance students' problem-solving skills in order to tackle real-world challenges and will culminate in a showcase for family and friends to visit and examine the students’ designs and prototypes.

Meet the Faculty

Kacey Meaker

Kacey Meaker

Science, Washington Program Sustainability Coordinator

Kacey leads the Robotics program and helps with Science Olympiad program at Episcopal High School. She has also taught at St. Margaret’s School in Tappahannock, Virginia, and previously served as an associate professor at Randolph College, as well as working as a teacher for the San Quentin Prison University Project. She brings a hands-on and design-focused approach to the Engineering Simulation through collaboration and experiential learning.

Activities may include:

  • Working in teams within constraints to build, test and iterate prototypes to explore the first principles of engineering.
  • Utilizing Episcopal’s Baker Science Center and Fabrication Lab to participate in a bridge building competition and to design and build Rube Goldberg machines.
  • Applying multiple concepts include programming, robotics, flight and functional engineering.
  • Visiting the Smithsonian Institution, the world’s largest museum and research complex.

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

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The Biotech Project

The Biotech Project

July 14-19, 2019

Explore the cutting-edge and rapidly expanding field of biotechnology through hands-on projects and interactive lab work in Episcopal's Baker Science Center as well as several of D.C.'s world-class research facilities and biotech companies. Access to top-line technology, gadgets and research facilities will provide students with the opportunity to deepen their understanding of biotechnology and its principles, while further inspiring their passion for the field. By the end of the week, students will be able to bridge their interactive experiments with how they can positively impact the world around them and present a portfolio of work.

Meet the Faculty

Brad Kovach

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 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.

Activities may include:

  • Hands-on projects based on real-life concepts such as genomics, immunology and pharmaceutical therapies. Students will extract own DNA and try gel electrophoresis.
  • Site visits to Children’s Medical Hospital and Georgetown Medical School with technology professionals focused on the expansion of molecular biology.
  • Investigating various techniques and technologies within the state-of-the-art Episcopal High School facilities, including 3D printing and DNA experiments.
  • Testing, researching and summarizing a portfolio of work in the final project event.

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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Arts

Through daily freewriting and structures exercises, students will work to develop, shape, draft, refine, and finish an original piece of writing.

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Sciences

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.

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Students will use problem solving and engineering design skills to tackle a real-world challenge in Episcopal’s state-of-the-art laboratory space.

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Leadership

Ideal for students looking to make a positive impact in their community, this program uses classroom and experiential learning to help each student develop their personal values of leadership. *Application required

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Students get a taste of boarding school life and learn from local entrepreneurs, technologists, scientists, government officials, and artists. We also visit the city's must-see sights, including the Washington Monument, the Martin Luther King, Jr. and Lincoln memorials.

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