Summer 2022 Programs || Open to Students Entering Grades 8-10

Week 1: July 11-15

TechVenturers A. Participants in this program will choose a single, in-depth, weeklong project focused on either bridges/civil engineering or rockets.

  • Bridge Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). Students in this program will design and model a bridge to meet the specific needs of a New Hampshire community. Activities include testing engineering materials and analyzing data to determine optimal materials; discovering the physics behind existing New Hampshire bridges; and exploring the interaction between bridges and their surrounding environments. Campers will serve as the civil engineer in charge. Let the challenge begin! This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
  • Ripping Rocketry Project! Students in this program will design, fabricate and test rockets and other air-propelled projectiles! These paper-based pneumatic rockets will be created to complete different missions every day. Some rockets are going to be used to hit targets, some are going to be tested on how high they can travel, others on how fast and far they can travel. Campers will also study the history of rocket engineering as well as the basics of measuring trajectory and accuracy. Have a blast learning about rockets!  

Week 2: July 18-22

TechVenturers B. Participants in this program will choose a single, in-depth, weeklong project focused on either forensic science or RC cars.

  • Forensics Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). Welcome detectives! In this program, we have a high-priority case to solve — a cold case from 30 years ago. We’ve compiled what evidence is left from a murder that took place in the town of Bedrock. Two seemingly close friends and their husbands are involved. Fred Flintstone was found dead in his house and we need to find out what happened! We’ll be using techniques such as blood stain analysis, hair fiber analysis, fingerprinting and a little bit of criminal psychology to crack this case!
  • RC Cars Project: Trail to Track (Program Full - Waitlist Only). In this fast-paced program, campers will be using professional grade off-road RC crawler trucks and drift cars to explore remote control engineering, design and usage. We will build routes, bridges, balancers and more to challenge the drivers with their trucks. Problem-solving and creative thinking are emphasized. We will be using the RC trucks to rock, dirt, river and mud climb our way out of tricky paths and challenges. In the afternoon, campers will take their skills to the road to practice driving on-road RC drift cars in a fun, but challenging, course; the techniques of throttle control and tandems will be explored. This program will also teach students how to tune and care for RC vehicles using various tools and accessories. Come join the fun! This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!

Please note that the following two TechLeaders programs are also open to students in grades 9-12. All levels of experience welcome!

  • Regenerative Medicine: The 3D Bioprinting Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). 3D bioprinting is a revolutionary technology that will eventually make medical care faster, more effective and tailored to the individual.  This simple technique enables researchers to fabricate geometrically well-defined 3D living cell structures. To fabricate any structure using a 3D bioprinter, a digital image is needed. In this program, patient-specific Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) or Computerized Tomography (CT) scan data will be used to create a digital model without compromising the geometric information. Then, a 3D bioprinter will be used to fabricate that model (partial or full-scale) as a demonstration of this emerging technology. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
  • Regenerative Medicine: The Molecular Visualization Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). This project is aimed at enhancing the understanding of biomolecular structures via molecular visualization software tools. Through a variety of computer-based activities, participants will expand their conceptual toolkit through an improved understanding of molecular geometry, bonding, structure and dynamics, which are key factors in further developing “visuospatial” thinking. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!

  • Please note: The Dinah Whipple STEAM Academy is also offering a program this week for grades 7-10 that explores science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM), as well as the Black experience. Students will create a scale model of the Three Gorges Dam and learn about its civil, environmental and cultural considerations and impacts. They will also delve into African history and Black-American history in the United States. 

Week 3: July 25-29

TechVenturers C. Participants in this program will choose a single, in-depth, weeklong project focused on regenerative medicine (regrowing lost body parts), game design/virtual reality or pharmacology.

  • Regenerative Medicine: The Planaria Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). Scientists are beginning to understand how to grow parts of the human body by studying organisms that already have this ability, such as the planaria. Planaria are free-living flatworms that can regrow any lost body part. Students in this program will learn about regenerative medicine and planaria through a variety of hands-on activities in the lab. They will also design and perform an experiment that will determine the environmental factors that influence the ability of planaria to regrow missing body parts. This program is offered at no cost to participants. All levels welcome!
  • Game Design/VR Project (Program Full - Waitlist Only). Want to change the world? Let’s build one of your very own! Using an online toolkit, students in this program will create games, escape rooms and interactive stories that others can interact with and experience. Participants will learn how to code/create/test virtual worlds and how virtual and augmented reality is being used in the world today.
  • Pharmacology Project: Medicinal Intent. Come discover and explore the intricacies of medicine! Whether you have a headache, the flu or even something more serious, medicine is the first line of defense and the first step on the journey to feeling better! In this program, students will participate in an in-depth investigation of what makes medicine work. We will explore how your body uses the medicine you take, how you take that medicine and how medicines are produced.

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Students are welcome to sign up for multiple sessions. Any scholarship funds received will only be applied to one session. All levels of experience are encouraged to apply!