Fourteen students were chosen from a pool of dozens of applicants to participate in the week that began on July 9.
Erin Colfax, program director, explained the purposes of the week of intensive learning.
“It gives students who are pre-collegiate an opportunity to experience a college campus while interacting with professionals and professors in STEM fields,” she said.
Each morning, the students spent about a half hour discussing the many areas of STEM study.
“It's an engaging experience that gives us great exposure and better understanding of all of the careers within science, technology, engineering and mathematics,” said Amrit Chauhan, of Edison, who is interested in computer science.
Students lived in a residence hall where they learned a bit about college life. Their activities ranged from dissecting sheep brains, studying urban farming and taking field trips to Gateway National Park for marine biology lessons, to understanding actuary science.
The guest speakers included professionals in the healthcare field, science writers and a representative from the U.S. Patent Attorney's Office.