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

These 2-week offerings provide a collaborative and supportive small group setting, and blend classroom instruction with experiential education to provide an enriching and joyful summer learning experience..

Join us for Session I, Session II, or both!

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

2020 Session I

Biotechnology & Genetic Engineering
Grade level: Rising 7-10
Biotechnology is one of the fastest growing fields. In this immersion program, students will explore the world of DNA technology and genetic engineering, and learn how discoveries and recent advances in this field have shaped modern science and medicine. Students will spend a substantial portion of the class in the laboratory designing and performing experiments. Topics and laboratory exploration include recombinant DNA techniques and cloning genes, genetically modified organisms (GMOs), and testing food products for genetic modification, as well as recent advances in genome editing and performing CRISPR.

Global Citizenship Institute
Grade Level: Rising 7-10 
What does it mean to be a global citizen? How can you apply your understanding of today’s pressing global and environmental issues to become your best self in your local communities and on a more global scale? Offered in partnership with the Alvord Center for Global & Environmental Studies, the Global Citizenship Institute is a two-week specialty immersion program in which students will explore what it means to be an engaged and responsible global citizen through active discussions, hands-on projects, and immersive field trips to meet with experts in applicable career fields. Students will explore themes such as Identity & Diversity, Globalization, Social Justice, and Environmental Sustainability both on campus and in the community. Students will develop online portfolios to showcase their learning in the Institute and, through guided projects and presentations focused on tackling a pressing issue of global concern on a local scale, will develop key competencies such as practicing empathy, communicating ideas, taking responsibility, and solving problems in our increasingly complex world.

Social Entrepreneurship: Problem Solving for the Common Good
Grade Level: Rising 7-10
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 social entrepreneurship. 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). Past projects have included designing and fabricating toys for a local Montessori School and designing a social campaign to address the global issue of forced child labor and its impact on our community. This course will regularly utilize the Loomis Chaffee Pearse Hub for Innovation.

Writing Workshop
Grade Level: separate sections by grade level (rising grades 7-8 and 9-10)
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.

2020 Session II

Game Time! Designing to Engage
Grade Level: Rising 7-10
Student will consider what it takes to develop a game that maximizes a player’s engagement by exploring various types of board games, puzzles, and activities. To aid the investigation, the students will travel to local attractions, like the CT Science Museum, to experience different hands-on exhibits and investigate the qualities that make some engaging and others not. Students will develop prototypes that will be “market-tested” by members of the LCSP community and by students from community partners. The feedback will be used to improve upon their designs. This course will regularly utilize the Loomis Chaffee Pearse Hub for Innovation.

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.

Writing Workshop
Grade Level: separate sections by grade level (rising grades 7-8 and 9-10)
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.

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.
Dinner
 
  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