2022 GO STEM SUMMER INSTITUTE
IMPORTANT: GO STEM 2022 will happen! Right now we anticipate to run an in-person program based at SUNY Oneonta.
The Go STEM Institute is a one-week Science, Technology, Engineering and Math experience for young people going into grades 7-9. Facilitated by the CDO-STEM Council and the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center at SUNY Oneonta, the Go STEM Institute is a great opportunity for a science-motivated young person to get hands on with high technology and high concepts -- all while having a lot of fun! The 2022 Go STEM Institute will run from July 18-22 from 9am to 3pm.
—This Year's Theme: A Journey Through The Cosmos!--
Do you ever look up at the night sky and wonder how big the universe is? Maybe you’ve watched some Youtube videos about stars or black holes and are curious to know more about them? In your journey through the cosmos, you get to become an astronomer and study everything about our Universe. Through hands-on activities and live planetarium shows, students will investigate the stars and constellations in our night sky, learn about the lifecycle of stars, explore the size and structure of galaxies, and even search for planets beyond our solar system. Students will also participate in Citizen Science projects where they get to analyze real telescope data and help astronomers make new scientific discoveries. By the end of the course, you’ll have a much better understanding of the objects that make up our Universe, and you’ll be an active contributor to the ever-growing field of astronomy!
—Dr. Valerie Rapson, Lead Instructor--
Dr. Rapson is an Astronomer and public outreach enthusiast who enjoys teaching people of all ages about science. A native of Rochester, NY, she earned her Ph.D. in Astrophysical Sciences and Technology at RIT where her research focused on the chemical composition and structure of planet-forming disks around nearby young stars. Her research interests include star and planet formation, exoplanets, and projects that can be done with small telescopes. She also enjoys giving public talks, visiting K-12 schools to teach astronomy, and participates in WAMC's Vox Pop radio show with Astronomer Bob Berman. She is a National Astronomy Ambassador and was awarded the 2018 Emerging Leader Award by Girls Inc. of the Greater Capital Region for being a role model to young women who aspire to become scientists.
June 15th--Applications close (EXTENDED TO JULY 8 or until full)
June 20th—Participant acceptance emailed
June 31st—Tuition Due
July 18th—First day of Institute
— Participant Selection / Notification --
We have limited space available for this summer's Institute, so please submit your application by the deadline on June 15th. It is imperative to our mission and vision that we ensure our programs are accessible to and inclusive of youth and families of all backgrounds regardless of socioeconomic status, race, ethnicity, geographic location, ability, and experience. Please be aware that we make every effort to welcome back returning participants, but we cannot guarantee spots for returning participants. Please contact us with any questions about the application process.
— Sliding Scale Tuition --
We attempt to keep our recommended fee low and offer a sliding scale to our applicants. The 2022 recommended Institute Fee is $120 per attendee. We ask applicants to commit to paying what they can. Those who can contribute more than the recommended Institute Fee help provide those who require financial assistance with the opportunity to attend our program.
We seek to support each child who wants to participate in the Go STEM Institute. We also recognize that not all members of our community have equal access to financial resources. One way we can acknowledge these economic differences and provide access to our programs for all participants is by providing sliding scale tuition. With our sliding scale tuition, each family is able to determine how much they are able to contribute to our program. We do not want tuition costs to deter anyone from applying to the Institute.