Budding scientists and engineers spend summer vacation in the lab
BINGHAMTON, NY -- Binghamton University will offer its third annual summer science program designed to excite students about science, math and engineering.
The Go Green Institute will bring together about 50 of the Southern Tier's brightest seventh-graders for an intensive 10-day, hands-on learning experience centered on the theme of a greener living environment.
Go Green will take place this year from July 12-23.
The University’s Center of Excellence in Small Scale Systems Integration and Packaging (S3IP) co-sponsored the program with Broome-Tioga Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) and a grant from the STNY-13 Work Force New York Program.
Through Go Green, students will explore issues of science, math and engineering as they relate to creating a sustainable living environment. They will experiment in the lab and take field trips to the University Nature Preserve, working with Binghamton University faculty members and graduate students as well as teachers from local school districts and companies such as BAE Systems.
Go Green, led by Wayne Jones, professor of chemistry, involves a dedicated group of graduate students, middle school science teachers, and faculty working closely with the students.
“Middle school is often a time when students turn away from science because it’s not perceived as ‘cool’ enough,” Jones said. “We want to capture these talented students’ interest early and give them an opportunity to see scientists and engineers as real people who engage in exciting projects and solve problems in everyday life.”
The institute will culminate in a poster session and celebration on Friday, July 23 in the LH complex on the Binghamton University Campus. At this event students will show what they’ve learned through interactive displays of their solutions to self-selected environmental issues.