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Exploring STEMM

(Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, and Medicine)

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At this time, all Exploring STEMM sessions are filled! The waiting list has also been filled at this time.  Please check back in January of 2015 for new opportunities.

The Office of Pre-College Programs in conjunction with the College of Science and Mathematics, College of Engineering and Computer Science,

and University Libraries are pleased to offer:
Exploring STEMM—Enriching Minds Through Science 2014.

Students who are selected will participate in a variety of STEMM disciplines over a two day period. Students will spend one night on campus under the supervision of Residential Assistants.

Session dates are as follows:

June 23-24 (females only)   filled               June 26-27 (males only) filled

June 30-July1 (co-ed)   filled                      

  • Students will arrive on campus at 8:30 a.m. and spend two days studying the STEMM disci-plines. Students leave at 4:00 p.m. on the following day.

  • Exploring STEMM is for rising 7-9 grade students.

  • Exploring STEMM is sponsored by Wright State University at no cost to students.

  • Early registration is encouraged—enrollment is limited.

  • To apply register online.

  • Online you must include a nominator's name and nominator's email. The online registration will then email the nominator questions about the student. Nominators should be teachers or counselors, it is not acceptable for parent's to nominate their own children.
  • Applicants will be notified of the status of their application within three weeks of receipt of a completed application.

  • Applications are taken on a first come, first served basis. However, priority enrollment will initially be given to students within a 30 mile radius of Wright State University’s Dayton Campus. After March 31, enrollment will be extended to other school districts.

Exploring STEMM students will participate in the following modules:

Exploring Human Anatomy: An Interactive Anatomy Lab Experience

This hands-on Anatomy Lab experience provides a great opportunity for students to further their understanding of human anatomy. Students are presented with an overview of the structure and function of the major organ systems of the body using healthy and diseased organs.


Exploring the Nanoworld of Precious Metals

What do your athletic socks, bandages, iPhones, and electronic devices have in common? You may not see them, but they are there: tiny silver nanoparticles in the size range of 1/100,000,000th of a meter of 1/100,000th of the human hair width. During this session, students will gain an understanding of the “nano” size range, will synthesize gold and silver nanoparticles, and will become familiar with their applications.


Using Statistics to Understand Your World

Students will be exposed to real-life experimentation and strategies for understanding the world where we live. Using hands-on activities for generating data, and then describing, summarizing, and making conclusions from the data students will better understand statistics of our world.

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Visit the Appenzellor Visualization Lab, Center of Excellence or Visualization and Imaging Science. Be physically immersed into a 3-D Environment in this state-of-the art research lab.

DNA and Forensic Science

This module will introduce students to various methods of analyzing potential crime scene evidence and interacting with DNA. They will have the ability to isolate their own DNA from fruits, and compare DNA samples to identify criminals. Students will also have the opportunity to take their DNA isolates home.


Exploring How Planes Fly

Experiment with paper airplanes. Fold, fly, and modify paper planes to try to achieve greater flight distances. Then explore and evaluate sources for scientific information on paper airplane design and flight.


Counting Crickets

Do you know how to guess how many animals are in an area? Scientists do! Let us show you how to estimate how many crickets there are in a given container by doing a mark and recapture” experiment. You will catch crickets, paint them with nail polish, and place them back in the container. You will also learn how to mount an insect into a box.


History of a Planet’s Orbit
Before the late 1500's astronomers assumed that planetary orbits were arranged in perfect circles around an unmoving Earth. Models of the universe using perfect circles for orbits eventually became too complicated, and a new system was needed.  Investigate the story of this ages-old controversy and how it was eventually resolved using a special shape called the "ellipse." Demonstrations and activities will include the odd movements of planets in the sky, how astronomers studied the stars before the telescope, and even how to draw your own ellipse!

Falling Waters

Learn about engineering at Wright State. Participate in a project to build a parachute that will safely drop water from the 3rd floor landing without a spill.



Living on Campus
All Pre-College residential participants will live in the Woods Housing Complex. Room assignments are made randomly, unless a specific roommate is requested. The rooms are designed to house two or three participants. Each residence hall room features bunk beds, student desks, wardrobes, a microwave oven, small refrigerator, and sink. Each room has a semi-private attached bathroom.
Each floor has a lounge with cable television. Laundry facilities are available in each building.

A recreation area adjacent to the residence hall features sand volleyball, full-court basketball, and picnic areas.

All participants must bring bedding and linens. All beds are twin extra-long.

Participants in any of the science programs should bring a long-sleeve shirt, long pants, and closed toe shoes for lab work.

Residence hall rooms should be locked at all times. Participants are responsible for their own belongings, money, and room key. In addition, participants are responsible for any damages that occur to the residence hall room and other university property. Pre-College Programs will seek restitution for damages. A fee of $40 will be assessed for lost room keys.

Since participants are very busy, it is often difficult to contact them while they are on campus. Telephone messages can be left with the Pre-College Office at (937) 775-3135 from 8a.m. to 5p.m. Messages will be delivered to participants at meals unless immediate contact is necessary. After-hours, emergency contact information will be provided at check-in.

Packing Checklist




___T-shirts and sweatshirts
___Two pairs of shoes
___Jeans or long pants
___Sweater or light jacket
___Umbrella or raincoat

___Linens -Twin extra long two single bed sheets
___Pillow and pillow case
___Blankets and/or sleeping bag
___Washcloth and Towel

___Shaving supplies
___Soap and shampoo
___Sanitary products
___Prescriptions or medications
___Sun block
___Insect repellant

___Watch and alarm clock
___Portable radio or CD player
___Spending money
___Calculator (science/math programs)
___Pens and pencils
___Spiral notebook
___Clothes hangers

The Rules

In order to provide a quality pre-college experience for all, each participant is expected to adhere to the following rules of the program and of Wright State University:

Residential Participants

  1. Participants are expected to treat all other participants with respect and demonstrate an appreciation of diversity. Violent, abusive, or harassing behaviors are grounds for immediate dismissal.
  2. Participants will be prepared and on time for all scheduled activities.
  3. Absolutely no alcohol, smoking, or illegal drugs are permitted. Violation of this rule will result in immediate dismissal and possible criminal charges.
  4. Participants are not allowed to have automobiles on campus.
  5. Participants are prohibited from leaving the campus of Wright State University, except in the event of a curricular field trip or medical emergency.
  6. Participants are not permitted to have visitors during their stay.
  7. Members of the opposite sex are not permitted to occupy the same dorm room at any time of day.
  8. Participants are not to leave their rooms after "lights-out," except in the event of an emergency.
  9. Participants are responsible for the keys assigned to them. Participants will keep their rooms locked at all times and will carry their keys with them.
  10. Participants are responsible for their own personal belongings, clothes, and money.

Any infringement of these rules may result in participant's immediate dismissal from the program.

Required Form
The Required Form must be completed by a physician and returned, along with a copy of your insurance card, to the Office of Pre-College Programs two weeks prior to your stay on campus. A participant may not stay on campus if this form is not returned to Pre-College Programs! Authorization to Dispense Medication Form will be completed at check-in.

The Pre-College Staff

Well-trained, dedicated, and caring best describe the Pre-College staff. The administrative staff is responsible for all program logistics and supervision of residential staff.
The residential staff, that lives on-campus with the participants, is composed of a coordinator, assistant coordinator, and residential assistants (RAs). Members of the residential staff are graduate and undergraduate students who have experience working with young people. The main function of the residential staff is to provide orientation, guidance, and support to program participants.
Members of the residential staff are available 24 hours a day to assist participants in having a positive pre-college experience. Each RA will provide leadership to a small group of participants. RA groups will meet several times a day to review the daily schedule, address interpersonal challenges, and assess the physical and emotional well-being of each participant.

Residential staff responsibilities include:

  • Supervising participants
  • Assisting with course projects
  • Being a positive role model
  • Providing leadership in emergency situations
  • Getting to know each participant
  • Creating a positive environment
  • Dealing with discipline issues

Parents will have the opportunity to meet the members of the residential and administrative staff during check-in. If you have any special concerns or questions, please talk with the residential assistant who assists you during check-in.

  • Tuition is free for qualifying students.  The academy will provide all course materials, room, meals, and special planned events free of charge.  Funding for the Dayton Regional Summer STEM Academy is provided by the Ohio Board of Regents.
  • During the summer Academy, students will reside on the campus of Wright State University.  Students are scheduled to leave campus on Fridays after class and must return to campus on Sunday evening.  Return time to campus is to be announced. 

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