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Science Academy students studying a shipwreck

The Science Academy offers one-week science classes for students who are in or are entering grades 2-12. This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration.

The Summer Science Academy is offering in-person science classes for students entering grades 6 to 8 this fall. We hope you will join us!

Whale of a Mystery 

Dates: July 11-15, 2022
Times: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Registration is no longer available for this program. If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please email mwhittemore@bridgew.edu.

Whaling (hunting and selling of whale species) is an illegal fishery in the United States. Yet whale meat is still considered a delicacy in some cultures and is often illegally traded on the black market. Bridgewater Animal Forensic Laboratory (BAFL) needs junior scientists who can use investigative laboratory techniques to aid in determining if “meat” samples from the local fish market are from endangered Cetacean (whale) species. Junior scientists will learn about the natural history of whales while they conduct laboratory research using biotechnology techniques, including microscopy, protein extraction, quantification, and gel electrophoresis. The week will close out as you present your finding at a “congressional” hearing on endanger species.

Forensics Institute of Bridgewater

Dates: July 18-22, 2022
Times: 8:30 AM to 4:00 PM
Registration is no longer available for this program. If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please email mwhittemore@bridgew.edu.

Have you ever watched Crime Scene Investigators and wondered what really happens to the evidence at a crime scene and how that evidence is used to solve the crime? Join us in a week-long adventure into the life of a crime scene analyst!  Working with Senior Scientists, you will learn how to collect and analyze fingerprints from a simulated crime scene, perform blood type analysis and analyze DNA “fingerprints." At the end of the week, you will present your findings as an expert crime scene technician to our "jury" so they can determine if your lab analysis and scientific evidence is sufficient.

 Registration for the program is no longer available

**Registration is no longer available for this program. If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please email mwhittemore@bridgew.edu.

Program Details

Location: All classes will take place in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center at Bridgewater State University's main campus.

*Please note: Participants will be required to wear masks during educational times.

Fee: The program fee of $400 is due at the time of registration and covers all class expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. Seats are limited and filled on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff.

  • Multiple Registration Discounts: A 5% discount will be applied when registering siblings or registering one student for multiple classes. Registrations must take place in a single transaction. Please use promotional code “Multi” at checkout to receive the discount. Discounts are not applicable to scholarship or partnership registrations. Only one 5% discount will apply.
  • Scholarships: The due date to apply for scholarships has passed. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate  both academic merit and significant financial need. Please submit a complete scholarship application by the program deadline listed below. To apply for a scholarship, please select the scholarship registration option when registering, and complete the student application and teacher evaluation formsA scholarship registration payment of $25.00 per class is due at the time of registration. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so please submit applications promptly. The due date for scholarship applications is April 2, 2022. Once all scholarships have been issued, scholarship registration will close. We reserve the right to ask for documentation confirming any of the information that has been provided. If the student is not accepted into the class, the registration payment will be refunded.

Deadlines: The program registration deadline is one month prior to the start of the class. All necessary paperwork, including health forms, must be completed 2 weeks prior to the start of the class.

Refund Policy: Full payment is due at the time of registration.

  • A refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received more than one month prior to the start of the course.
  • A 50% refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received less than one month but more than two weeks prior to the start of the course.
  • There will be no refund issued in the event of cancellation within two weeks of the start of the course.

Additional information: At Bridgewater State University, we strive for a sense of community that maximizes teaching and learning relationships and promotes personal and professional growth. In order to ensure that the Summer Science Academy can achieve its educational mission, participants are expected to actively participate in the learning process in a safe and respectful manner. Students are expected to be able to work cooperatively as part of a team. 

Note: Participants are not able to attend a class if they attended it previously. Summer Science Academy participants must be entering grades 6-8 in the fall. You will be receive an email regarding all necessary paperwork.

Conduct that is disruptive in the educational environment, or in violation of the rights of others, including, but not limited to, hazing, bullying, verbal harassment, intimidation and bias in any manner or media, will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action, which may include: a warning, consultation with parent/guardian, or in cases of serious or repeated behavioral problems, dismissal from the program as determined in the sole discretion of the University. Should a participant be dismissed from the program for any reason, tuition or any other program-related expenses will not be refunded.

Summer Science Academy faculty and staff undergo background checks in accordance with Bridgewater State University’s Policy to Protect Minors and Prevent Abuse.

The Summer Science Academy is offering in-person science classes for students entering grades 9 to 12 this fall. We hope you will join us!

Cancer in Context

Dates: July 11-15, 2022
Times: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM 
Registration is no longer available for this program. If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please email mwhittemore@bridgew.edu.    

How does cancer occur? How does cancer progress? How is cancer diagnosed? How is cancer treated? Students will explore these questions within the context of 6 “patients” and their varying cancer diagnoses. Students will learn about cancer risk factors, both environmental and genetic. They will investigate the cell cycle and cell cycle regulation, diagnostic testing, the staging of cancer, and treatment options through a variety of activities and case studies relevant to understanding cancer. Students will have the opportunity to perform experiments such as microscopy, gene microarray and gel electrophoresis. An investigation of related career options will be offered as well. 

Biotech, Health, and the Environment

Dates: July 18-22, 2022
Times: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM
Registration is no longer available for this program. If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please email mwhittemore@bridgew.edu.

During this one-week exploratory program, students will learn how biotechnology impacts our lives across a wide range of disciplines related to health and the environment. Students will conduct experiments routinely used in food and water safety labs to identify bacterial contamination, identify genetically modified foods, conduct experiments used in hospital laboratories to test for viral disease, and perform experiments to detect and compare unique proteins in fish. During these exercises students will gain not only theory but will have the opportunity to carry out advanced molecular techniques. This program is perfect for anyone interested in biology, medicine and/or biotechnology.

Registration for the program is no longer available

**If you are interested in being added to our waitlist, please email mwhittemore@bridgew.edu.

Program Details

Location: All classes will take place in the Dana Mohler-Faria Science & Mathematics Center at Bridgewater State University's main campus.
*Please note: Participants will be required to wear masks during educational times.

Fee: The program fee of $500 is due at the time of registration and covers all class expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. Seats are limited and filled on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff.

  • Multiple Registration Discounts: A 5% discount will be applied when registering siblings or registering one student for multiple classes. Registrations must take place in a single transaction. Please use promotional code “Multi” at checkout to receive the discount. Discounts are not applicable to scholarship or partnership registrations. Only one 5% discount will apply.
  • Scholarships: The due date to apply for scholarships has passed. A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and significant financial need. Please submit a complete scholarship application by the program deadline listed below. To apply for a scholarship, please select the "scholarship registration" option when registering, and complete the student application and teacher evaluation forms. A scholarship registration payment of $25.00 per class is due at the time of registration. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so please submit applications promptly. The due date for scholarship applications is April 2, 2022Once all scholarships have been issued, the scholarship registration will close. We reserve the right to ask for documentation confirming any of the information that has been provided. If the student is not accepted into the class, the registration payment will be refunded.

Deadlines: The program registration deadline is one month prior to the start of the class. All necessary paperwork, including health forms, must be completed 2 weeks prior to the start of the class.

Refund Policy: Full payment is due at the time of registration.

  • A refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received more than one month prior to the start of the course.
  • A 50% refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received less than one month but more than two weeks prior to the start of the course.
  • There will be no refund issued in the event of cancellation within two weeks of the start of the course.

Additional information: At Bridgewater State University, we strive for a sense of community that maximizes teaching and learning relationships and promotes personal and professional growth. In order to ensure that the Summer Science Academy can achieve its educational mission, participants are expected to actively participate in the learning process in a safe and respectful manner. Students are expected to be able to work cooperatively as part of a team. 

Note: Participants are not able to attend a class if they attended it previously. Summer Science Academy participants must be entering grades 9-12 in the fall. You will be receive an email regarding all necessary paperwork.

Conduct that is disruptive in the educational environment, or in violation of the rights of others, including, but not limited to, hazing, bullying, verbal harassment, intimidation and bias in any manner or media, will not be tolerated and may result in disciplinary action, which may include: a warning, consultation with parent/guardian, or in cases of serious or repeated behavioral problems, dismissal from the program as determined in the sole discretion of the University. Should a participant be dismissed from the program for any reason, tuition or any other program-related expenses will not be refunded.

Summer Science Academy faculty and staff undergo background checks in accordance with Bridgewater State University’s Policy to Protect Minors and Prevent Abuse.

At this time we are not offering a spring class. 

Forensics Institute of Bridgewater

Date: February 21-February 24, 2023
Time: 8:30 AM -2:30 PM daily
Location: Dana Mohler-Faria Science and Mathematics Center at Bridgewater State University

As a new employee at the Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (FIB), you expect your intensive training on crime scene investigations to be exciting, but you never thought it would be THIS exciting. While training on the various crime lab biotechnology techniques, a live case is delivered and F.I.B. needs YOU to help determine what happened!

Have you ever watched Crime Scene Investigators and wondered what really happens to the evidence at a crime scene and how that evidence is used to solve the crime? Join us in a week-long adventure into the life of a crime scene analyst!  Working with Senior Scientists, you will learn how to collect and analyze fingerprints from a simulated crime scene, perform blood type analysis and get closer to solving the mystery using  DNA fingerprinting.

Registration for the Winter Science Academy is now open

Fee: The program fee of $300 is due at the time of registration and covers all class expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. Seats are limited and filled on a rolling basis. We reserve the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff.

  • Early registration discount ($25 off):  Those that register before January 15, 2023 will receive a discounted rate.  Use promotional code at checkout:  Early
  • Sibling registration discount (5% per sibling):  Those registering siblings will receive a discounted rate.  Use promotional code at checkout:  Sibling
  • BSU Faculty/Staff discount:  Those members of the BSU faculty/staff registering their children will receive a discounted rate.  Discount will apply during registration process.
  • Scholarships:  A limited number of scholarships are available to students who demonstrate academic merit and significant financial need. Please submit a complete scholarship application by the program deadline listed below. To apply for a scholarship, please select the "scholarship registration" option when registering, and complete the student application and teacher evaluation.  A scholarship registration payment of $25.00 is due at the time of registration. Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis so please submit applications promptly. The due date for completed scholarship applications is January 15, 2023. Once all scholarships have been issued, the scholarship registration will close. We reserve the right to ask for documentation confirming any of the information that has been provided. If the student is not accepted into the class, the registration payment will be refunded.

Deadlines: The program registration deadline is February 1, 2023. All necessary paperwork, including health forms, is due by February 7, 2023.

Note: Participants are not able to attend a class if they attended it previously. Winter Science Academy participants must currently be in grades 6-8. You will be receive an email regarding all necessary paperwork.

Refund Policy

Full payment is due at the time of registration.
  • A refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received more than one month prior to the start of the course.
  • A 50% refund, minus a $50 administrative cancellation fee, will be issued if written cancellation is received less than one month but more than two weeks prior to the start of the course.
  • There will be no refund issued in the event of cancellation within two weeks of the start of the course.
  • For the Winter Science Academy only:  In the case of inclement weather, a refund will be issued at a per diem rate of 25% of original payment.

Inclement Weather Policy

In cases of inclement weather or emergency, The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education follows Bridgewater State University's inclement weather policy. If the university closes due to weather, or any other reason, our program closes as well. For the most up to date weather-related closure information, refer to the BSU homepage. You can also call the campus weather line at 508-.531.1777.