Immersion Programs


The Summer Program offers students a chance to "dive deep" into a new area of interest or an identified passion within a collaborative and supportive community of scholars. Serious academic endeavors are pursued while at the same time maximizing the amount of genuine fun that is truly learning for learning's sake.


Scott macclintic
director of the pearse hub for innovation

Program Offerings

This series of 2-week offerings are designed to provide students with a collaborative and supportive small group setting in which to immerse themselves in a chosen topic: writing, Spanish, design thinking, and 3D modeling.

Join us for Session I or Session II or both! Immersion Programs offer a blend of classroom instruction and experiential education to provide an enriching and joyful summer learning experience.

Session I:  Monday, June 29 – Friday, July 10, 2020
Session II: Monday, July 13 – Friday, July 24, 2020

*A complete list of 2020 program offerings coming soon. 

2019 Session I Offerings:

Cloning Around
Grade Level: Rising 7-10
Every living organism has genes, thousands of them. They control everything an organism does, from what it looks like to how it functions. Through our understanding of DNA, the chemical that makes up genes, scientists can modify organisms to produce more resilient crops or generate important industrial products. In this hands-on workshop, students will learn the fundamentals of DNA manipulation as it applies to genetic engineering. Students will get to look at one of their own genes as they amplify their own DNA and perform gel electrophoresis of those DNA samples. They will also create recombinant DNA molecules that can be used for genetic engineering.

Design Thinking for the Common Good 
Grade Level: Rising 7-12
Students will learn about and gain experience in the process of Design Thinking and how it can be applied to problems related to the Common Good and public service. Students will identify and design solutions for campus-based problems/challenges as well as a problem/challenge within the local community (Windsor or Hartford area). This course will regularly utilize the Pearse Hub for Innovation.

Writing Workshop
Grade Level: Rising 8-10
Want to write more precisely, elegantly, smartly, and persuasively? This two-week program will explore the fundamental elements of writing well. From choosing the most effective words, learning to master a variety of syntactical arrangements, discovering a host of rhetorical devices, recognizing the efficacy of figurative language, mastering the art of argumentative writing, to developing a range of voices and tones, students enrolled in this course will improve upon the requisite skills both to write and to read with style, grace, and sophistication.

2019 Session II Offerings:

Design Thinking for Business
Grade Level: Rising 7-12
Students will learn about and gain experience in the process of Design Thinking as it applies to established businesses and start-up companies. Students will partner with local businesses to solve real world problems/challenges and will present their solutions to the partners. This course will regularly utilize the Pearse Hub for Innovation.

Idea to Reality: An Exploration of 3D Printing, Laser Engraving, and CNC Routing
Grade Level: Rising 9-12
Take an idea and turn it into reality as a functional three-dimensional (3D) part in Loomis Chaffee’s Pearse Hub for Innovation (PHI). This summer immersion course will be geared towards students who have an interest in design and fabrication. Students will learn how to use Fusion 360, a state of the art 3D modeling software, to design models in order to create 3D printed parts. In addition, students will create cutting paths for the CNC router and use Inkscape to develop designs for the laser engraver. The two-week program will be organized around teacher-supplied projects as well as student-driven projects.

Marvelous Microbes: A Bacterial Bonanza!
Grade Level: Rising 7-10
Although bacteria are single-celled organisms (compared to trillions of cells that make up a human), they are still able to perform many of the same biological functions that humans do! This hands-on workshop is designed to offer an introduction to basic microbiology laboratory techniques and practices. Students will spend a substantial portion of the class in the laboratory designing and performing experiments. Topics covered will include an exploration of bacteria in our environment, growth of bacterial cultures, identification of an unknown bacteria, and testing bacteria for antibiotic resistance and sensitivity.

Spanish: ¡Sí, se puede! (Yes, we can!)
Grade Level: Rising 8-10
¡Sí, se puede! is a two-week, semi-immersive course, which combines traditional classroom lessons with fieldtrips, outdoor activities, and experiential learning. Geared toward students with zero to two years of experience, this class focuses on oral proficiency and intercultural skills, with the ultimate goal of setting students up for long-term success in their language learning careers. By the end of the course, students will be able to greet and exchange information with native speakers of Spanish and describe themselves and their interests. We will examine contemporary issues in the Spanish-speaking world and provident relevant historical context, while also exploring what we gain by learning about other cultural practices and beliefs. Class activities will include the preparation of an authentic Hispanic meal, engagement in physical activities such as Latin dance and soccer, and exposure to a range of art created by Spanish-speaking artists. With an emphasis on effective communication and efficient study skills, this class will encourage students to adopt a growth mindset toward their language learning.

A Typical Day

  8:30 a.m.
Morning Programming
  12 p.m.
Lunch in the Scanlan Center
  1 p.m.
Afternoon Programming
  4 p.m.
Day Students Depart

“Extended” Day and Boarding Students

  4:15 p.m.
Recreational Athletics
  5:30 p.m.
  6 p.m.

"Extended" Day Students: Departs by 6 p.m.

Boarding Students: Fun with Friends!

  7:30 p.m.
Dorm check-in, study hall, evening activities