The Joint School of Nanoscience and Nanoengineering (JSNN) and Canterbury School, a PreK-eighth grade day school, have partnered to create the Canterbury Summer Science Academy, a one-week, all-day summer camp that will be free for 14 Guilford County Schools rising ninth grade students. The camp is July 20-24, 2015. Students will begin the day at Canterbury in its new Science and Technology Center learning broad scientific knowledge, skills, and practices with hands-on projects. The students will eat lunch at Canterbury then go to the JSNN Building at the Gateway University Research Park on East Lee Street to work with graduate students on their own research questions and problems. Canterbury will provide lunch and transportation to and from the camp.This summer's project is focused on the nanoscience of plants (moving molecules within plants and plant cells), and hydroponics (growing plants in just water and nutrients). The week will culminate in a presentation of the students' research findings to an audience of scientists and family.The Canterbury Summer Science Academy will begin with one group of students who will return for a summer experience every year for the next three years. A new group of ninth graders will be added every year, so that by 2018 there will be four different, one-week, science academies for students in ninth, 10th, 11th and 12th grades. Themes and projects will change every summer based on the work being done at JSNN. The first two years of the Summer Science Academy have been funded with a grant from a Canterbury supporter. Future summers will be funded through donations and grants.The goal of the project is to nurture students' love of science through their high school years and produce a group of scientific-minded citizens who continue in a STEM post-secondary education and ultimately pursue a career in the sciences, Schutt said. The connections these students make with the professors, teachers, and graduate students will hopefully follow them into college and beyond. Applications are due June 15, and forms are available on the Canterbury website.
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