High School Students to Gain Summer STEM Experience with Westminster’s STEM Academy

High school students can still register to spend five activity-packed days living on the Westminster College campus during the Westminster STEM Academy.

Through more than eight labs and events, participants will engage in scientific research practices that professionals use across the scientific disciplines of environmental science, computer science, chemistry, and biology.  

From July 8-12 students will enjoy an on-site experience, including room and board, all meals, all STEM Academy sessions, and access to Westminster facilities. 

The Westminster STEM Academy is geared toward high school students entering their freshman year of high school through the graduating class of 2018 seniors.

One of the experiences will be fieldwork at Prairie Fork Conservation Area, a 711-acre area donated to the Missouri Department of Conservation by Hilda (Pat) Jones to encourage research and provide educational opportunities.

Some other topics and activities include: 

  • Examining cadavers
  • Learning how drones are used to locate paleontology dig sites to solve mysteries of ancient life
  • Computer Code
  • Transforming the world through 3-D printing

In the evenings, fun events and activities are planned for Academy students.

The $550 fee to attend includes food, housing, tuition, and all curriculum materials for the five days. 

Attendees can also earn one hour of college credit for an additional $150 fee.

“This is going to be both a fun experience and a wonderful opportunity for high school students,” says program director Dr. Jim Concannon. “Students will have a great time solving meaningful questions in the STEM disciplines and getting a sample of the college experience.” 

Those interested in the Westminster STEM Academy should contact Dr. Dawn Holliday at dawn.holliday@westminster-mo.edu or Dr. Jim Concannon at jim.concannon@westminster-mo.edu. Learn more here.

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