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STEM Program
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STEM in the US

Who is this programme for?

Explore ideas, experiment with materials, and build your own devices in the CATS Innovation Lab on campus.

At CATS Academy, the city of Boston will be an extension of your classroom. You will meet local artisans, engineers, scientists and entrepreneurs to enhance your learning. This program will inspire you to apply your knowledge of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.

What will you achieve?

You will:

  • learn how science, technology, engineering and mathematics work in the real world
  • build teamwork and project management skills
  • learn how to build and program electronics and apply your knowledge by completing a Wearable Technology project
  • learn how to use open-source technology to develop and practise coding skills.

Timetable

Get a taste of STEM education in the United States. Enjoy a range of creative projects to solve real-life problems such as Do-It-Yourself Electronics, Wearable Technology, and the study of Projectile Motion.

Below is an overview of the fantastic activities you will take part in during the STEM summer program. You can also read more about the individual activities here

Week 1

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 Welcome/Get-to-know-you & Bridge Introduction
1:30-4:00 Bridge Building Time 
Tuesday 8:30-12:00 Bridge Testing & Reflection
1:30-4:00 Creative Problem Solving: Learn & Plan
Wednesday 8:30-10:00 Logic Puzzles/Brain Teasers
1:00-2:00 Marine Biological Laboratory Tour Group #1 (10 Students)
2:00-3:00 Marine Biological Laboratory Tour #2 (10 Students)
Thursday 8:30-10:00 Creative Problem Solving: Plan, Deliver
10:00-12:00 Creative Problem Solving: Deliver & Reflect
1:30-4:00 Ocean Documentary - Blue Planet/Coral Reefs
Friday 8:30 and on Logic Puzzles/Brain Teasers/Open Discussion
11:45 - 1:00 Harvard Tour
1:00 and on Free Time in Cambridge/Harvard COOP
Saturday

Full day of trips and excursions

Sunday Full day of trips and excursions

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Week 2

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 Projectile Motion lab: Learn, Build
1:30-4:00 Projectile Motion lab: FIRE!
Tuesday 8:30 and on Logic Puzzles/Brain Teasers
11:45-12:45 MIT Tour
1:00 and on Free time near MIT
Wednesday 8:30-12:00 DIY Electronics Intro
1:30-4:00
DIY Electronics Build
Thursday 8:30-10:00 DIY Electronics Build
10:00-12:00 More building!
1:30-4:00 DIY Electronics presentation
Friday 8:30 and on Logic Puzzles/Brain Teasers/Open Discussion
10:00 and on New England Aquarium
3:00-4:00 Codzilla!
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions

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Week 3

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 Welcome/Get-to-know-you & Bridge Introduction
1:30-4:00 Bridge Building Time
Tuesday 8:30-10:00 Bridge Testing & Reflection
10:00-12:00 Creative Problem Solving: Learn & Plan
1:30-4:00 Creative Problem Solving: Questions & Plan
Wednesday 8:30-10:00 Logic Puzzles/Brain Teasers
11:30 and on Harvard Scavenger Hunt
1:00 and on Free time near Harvard
Thursday 8:30-10:00 Creative Problem Solving: Plan, Deliver
10:00-12:00 Creative Problem Solving: Deliver & Reflect
1:30-4:00 Ocean Documentary - Blue Planet/Coral Reefs
Friday 8:30 and on Logic Puzzles/Brain Teasers/Open Discussion
11:30 - 1:30 Activity in Woods Hole
2:00 and on Marine Biological Laboratory Tour
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions

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Week 4

Day Time Activity
Monday  8:30-12:00 Projectile Motion lab: Learn, Build
1:30-4:00 Projectile Motion lab build
Tuesday 8:30 and on Projectile Motion lab - fire!
11:00-1:00 MIT Tour
1:00 and on Free time near MIT
Wednesday 8:30-12:00 DIY Electronics Intro 
1:30-4:00
DIY Electronics Build
Thursday 8:30-10:00 DIY Electronics Build
10:00-12:00 More building!
1:30-4:00 DIY Electronics presentation
Friday 8:30 and on Logic Puzzles/Brain Teasers/Open Discussion
10:00-2:00 Museum of Science
2:00-3:00 IMAX Film
Saturday Full day of trips and excursions
Sunday Full day of trips and excursions

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*Timetables are subject to change. We reserve the right to change these schedules with out prior notice.


Quick facts

Age 14-17
Language level requirements TOEFL 40+ or equivalent
Average class size 14
Availability CATS Boston

Jeff Napior
Course leader - STEM program
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Jeff Napior

Course leader - STEM program

Jeff has guided hundreds of high school aged STEM enthusiasts in their hands-on explorations within the tech sector, and shared their excitement while touring the Boston technology scene. His favorite summer camp projects are those involving electronics and model rockets. During the school year, Jeff is the Director of C ATS Innovation , our school鈥檚 STEAM Enrichment Program. He also runs the school鈥檚 Innovation Lab where students use state-of-the art hardware and software to build things like autonomous robots, clothes with wearable technology, and programmable interactive art. Jeff is a teacher of robotics and mathematics, and is the sponsor of numerous STEAM-related clubs. Jeff鈥檚 experience teaching summer camps goes back to the year 1999 at a space-themed camp in California. Originally from that state, he worked for fifteen years as an aerospace engineer before joining CATS Academy. In addition to his engineering duties, he professionally trained US Navy aircraft technicians, tutored high school students, and provided post-GED math lessons to incarcerated persons. He has hands-on experience with the electrical integration of flight vehicles ranging from fighter jets to orbital-class rockets. Jeff is a huge sci-fi fan and an avid reader, cyclist, photographer, home-brewer, DIY-er, and outdoorsman. He received his B.S. in Aerospace Engineering from Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and his M.S. in Aeronautical Science from Embry Riddle Aeronautical University.

Sarah Leigh
STEM teacher
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Sarah Leigh

STEM teacher

BA, Theater, Pennsylvania State University MAT, English Education, Boston University

Through the English Skills and World Literature courses, Sarah supports students as they explore important themes in literature, building their reading and writing skills and helping them master the intricacies of the English language. Prior to joining CATS, Sarah completed her Masters of Arts in Teaching with a dual license in English and ESL. She worked at Fenway High School, Boston, teaching 12th grade Humanities and 11th grade Advisory. Sarah received her BA in Theatre with honors from Pennsylvania State University, and her MAT in English Education from Boston University.

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