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. The Young Science Explorer Program (YSEP) is a 30-hour summer workshop geared towards students entering the seventh and eighth grade in Fall 2015.
TARGET AUDIENCE Middle school students entering seventh and eighth grade in Fall 2015
LOCATION Montgomery College Germantown
SESSION 1 July 27 – 31, 2015 (YOU707, CRN 10734)
SESSION 2 August 3 – 7, 2015 (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.