The learning was fast and furious for 32 Greater New Haven students who descended upon the Hamden Hall campus in July during the school’s exclusive week-long 2015 Summer Engineering & Science Academy.
The visiting students, all of whom were selected to attend the program based on an application process, built their own motors in an engineering class, created their own experiments with bacteria during a microbiology class, and garnered experience with an app called Cargo-Bot that got them “thinking like a computer.”
And that was just the start of the week! During DNA tech sessions, students extracted DNA from strawberries and their own cheek cells. Game theory taught students to develop strategies to make and win their own games. And in learning about hydraulics, students built models that they were able to operate and bring home to show off to their families.
Now in its fifth year, Hamden Hall’s Summer Engineering & Science Academy (SESA) provides opportunities to students not currently enrolled to benefit from the school’s faculty and learning environments. Rising fifth-, sixth-, seventh-, and eighth-grade students enjoy an enriching opportunity in the fields of engineering, science, technology, and mathematics.
The program is a component of Hamden Hall’s community outreach initiative, which seeks to interact with Greater New Haven communities in an effort to foster a strong sense of cultural, communal, and global citizenship by continuing to celebrate and exemplify the core values and traditions that have defined Hamden Hall and its students for more than a century.
As in past years, the application process was highly competitive and garnered numerous applicants vying for entrance into the program. Those ultimately selected arrived daily at 9 a.m. and were treated to two morning sessions of learning activities followed by lunch and free swim at the Beckerman Athletic Center. The afternoon also consisted of two sessions with students quickly learning the lay of the campus thanks to their guides: Hamden Hall seniors Alyssa Carroll and Gabe Simerson; sophomores Amanda Carroll, Chris Izzo, and Tom Walsh; and freshman Sam Applegate.
Faculty members consisted of Doc Gasparro, Dr. Gina D’Angelo, Lorri Carroll, Dave Bennett, Megan Borelli, Janet Izzo, Kathy McNeiece, Keith Kaliszewski, and Board of Trustees member Andy Acquarulo.
The week was capped off on Friday with a visit from the Good Humor Ice Cream truck and ice cream for all.Click here
to view a slideshow of the week's activities and fun!