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Middle Schoolers Can Gain STEM Career Experience This Summer


The Young Science Explorers Program offers students the opportunity to explore STEM-related industries and careers through a summer program offered at Montgomery College in Germantown.

MdBio Foundation will partner with Montgomery College to provide an opportunity for middle school students to experience laboratory science, science careers and Maryland bioscience organizations in summer 2015. The Young Science Explorer Program is a 30-hour summer workshop geared towards students entering the seventh and eighth grade in fall 2015.

Students who participate in YSEP gain increased access to information about bioscience industry products, research, and related careers through project and inquiry-based laboratory experiences that are aligned with local, state and national curriculum standards. Participants have shown a statistically significant increase of 27 percent in content knowledge and measureable gains in attitude and interest in science as a career, according to MD Bio Foundation, Inc. Web site.

The course is offered in two sessions, July 27 through July 31, or August 3 through August 7 at the Germantown campus of Montgomery College. Those interested in joining the program can register online at the Montgomery College Web site. Course numbers: YOU707, CRN 10734 and YOU707, CRN 10735.

Students will be engaged in a weeklong project using current bioscience laboratory techniques. In addition to intensive hands on laboratory work taught by experienced instructors, students will also participate in several field trips to local Maryland science organizations, be engaged in science career exploration, and meet with local scientists.

This program targets middle school students as they begin to form opinions about science and their future careers. Students will experience a wide variety of careers and ways that Maryland organizations are researching and developing products and therapies that will shape participants career decisions positively and influence their view of science as a career.

In addition to formal discussions about science careers, a large component of career exploration for students is to visit local organizations. During these visits participants will learn about the organization’s research and/or products and experience first-hand the different types of careers, people and positions within the organization. Past organization visits included MedImmune, Emergent BioSolutions, J. Craig Venter Institute, QIAGEN, Proctor & Gamble, and University of Maryland BioPark.