Junior ILP

(Ages 7-12)

Program overview

It is our belief that the earlier students begin to adopt a proactive, self-driven approach to learning, the better. The Junior ILP program is structured around predefined topics to provide students with a specific scope for independent study and research. The approach combines in-class discussions / activities and exercises / tasks that students must work on outside of scheduled class times. We also believe that one of the best ways to learn is to teach. Therefore, as part of the program all participants will research and instruct their peers on a selected sub-topic.

Critical Thinking

Exposure to in-depth topics and exploration through Socratic discussions

Creativity

Exposure to problem solving and experimental design

Communication

All participants present their work to an audience of peers and parents

Collaboration

In-class group exercises and peer feedback during individual project execution

Eligibility and Guidelines

Location - World

The Junior ILP program is held through video conferences, so any student that can attend the designated meeting times is eligible to participate.

Ages 7-13

Applicants must be at least 7 years old to be considered for the program.

Computer and Internet

Students will require access to a computer with a video camera and Internet connectivity to attend virtual sessions.

Fall 2020: Evolution and Genetics

Description

We are offering an exciting Junior ILP series for students this fall. Over the course of eight sessions, participants will learn about evolutionary history and how genetics has played a role in our current understanding of life’s origins. Specific avenues of exploration and activities include:

  • Discuss Darwinian evolution, adaptation and natural selection
  • Understand genotype versus phenotype; create phylogenetic trees
  • Understand genetic drift and gene flow
  • Students will create a presentation on a subtopic to be shared with peers

    Schedule

    The series will be held virtually via Zoom from 10:30 am to noon on Thursdays. Classes will begin on October 1 and run through November 19.

     

    Costs and Application Dates

    • Program Cost: $80 / student
    • Applications open: August 27
    • Application deadline: September 20
    • Notification deadline: September 27
    • Classes begin: October 1

    Join the cohort

    Space is limited, so we encourage interested students to signup as soon as possible!

    Previous Junior ILP topics

    Meteorology

    Spring 2020

    Microbiology

    Summer 2019

    Physics – Astrophysics

    Fall 2018

    Materials Science – Polymers

    Spring 2018

    Electricity and Magnetism

    Fall 2019

    Biology – Conservation Biology

    Spring 2019

    Anatomy – The Brain

    Summer 2018

    Meteorology

    Spring 2020

    Electricity and Magnetism

    Fall 2019

    Microbiology

    Summer 2019

    Biology – Conservation Biology

    Spring 2019

    Physics – Astrophysics

    Fall 2018

    Anatomy – The Brain

    Summer 2018

    Materials Science – Polymers

    Spring 2018

    Testimonials

    My son Ryan has been taking courses through STEMed Labs for about a year now and I can not express how wonderfully educational and fun these classes are. The very first course he took was a Genetics course, in which we explored DNA. My son and I, for that matter, will never forget the very first experiment performed in the class. It involved the extraction of DNA from strawberries!! It was absolutely incredible to see the DNA coming out of the strawberries in the form of this long, stringy, noodle-like, white material. Ryan was absolutely amazed, and since then, we have replicated this experiment several times at home using different fruits. I think after that very first class we were hooked to this program.

    Katherine and Amanda are the instructors, and I must say they are phenomenal. Katherine presents the material, which could be considered quite complex, and breaks it down in a way in which the children understand and are able to grasp the concepts. They collaborate to come up with interesting and fun hands on experiments, which further reinforce the material covered. To see the joy and excitement on the students faces is truly priceless. Ryan has participated in other STEMed Labs programs, such as an Architecture and a Polymer course. Because it is such an exceptional science program, we will continue to take any STEMed Labs course offered and I would recommend to anyone who has a child interested in science.

    Amanda Smith

    Junior ILP parent

    This STEMed Labs camp really dove deeper into concepts that I had never learned before on a learning level high above mine, but going to the lab and participating in hands-on activities really helped me to understand them. What surprised me most was that our group (of kids) was able to observe, grow, and learn in an adult environment. I think there needs to be more camps like these where adults can trust children to grow and be independent while also learn fun concepts, too.

    Benjamin

    Junior ILP student

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