Pathways to careers in medicine, biotech and nanotechnology begin here!
• Five-day, Monday to Friday program:
9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. each day
• Optional extended care:
8:00 – 9:00 a.m. $50 per week and/or
4:00 – 6:00 p.m. $95 per week
• Bring your own lunch at Lasell University
• Apply for our Counselor in Training (CIT) program:
Rising 10th-12th grade students call (315) 773-5673
• Limited to 12 children, rising 5th – 9th grade
Grouped according to age!
• $25 sibling or multi-session discount applies
• Ask about our referral program
• Scholarships available by calling (315) 773-5673
• Child to instructor & assistant ratio is 6:1 or less
• Your instructor: Shannon Taylor, PhD in Materials Science & Engineering
OUR 2023 INSTRUCTOR
PhD Materials Science and Engineering, Northwestern University
B.S. Archaeology and Materials, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Shannon has been using microscopes for 12+ years to look at everything from 500 year old artifacts, to 3D printed structures, lunar dust, to stem cells! She loves looking at microstructures of different materials and figuring out how things work. After a stint in the 3D printing startup world, she now spends her time teaching students science and engineering practices. She’s very excited to join Edge on Science this summer!
We will begin by learning about the different parts of compound and stereo microscopes. Your child will immediately start observing a variety of cool prepared slides. Then, children team up to collect samples outside for closer inspection. Part of the experience is collecting and preparing a specimen, observing, questioning, and talking about what the microscope reveals about it.
Sharing the view of a well-prepared specimen and slide is just fun! A microscope camera will allow projection onto a screen in the classroom and the children can save photos and videos to take home! On the final day, your child gets to showcase a favorite specimen or discovery in a mini science fair.
A microscope allows your child to discover and explore a whole new world, sparking curiosity and questions. We build on this natural fascination to develop skills in asking questions, observing, and then documenting those observations. microCOSMIC Discovery reveals the excellence of form and function in the world around us. Children then derive inspiration from what they collect, prepare, and observe and apply it to engineering solutions.
Microscopy opens up a multitude of interests and career paths for your child. Imagine them entering the medical field, doing research, engineering new materials, exploring nanotechnology, being a chemist, advancing micro surgical techniques, pushing the limits of additive manufacturing and you could go on and on with this list. Finding that thing, that passion is perhaps the best reason for a STEM experience like this!