More than a dozen students gathered at the UC Merced lab on Wednesday morning to solve a murder mystery. The team of high school students is part of the BOBCAT Summer STEM Academy. This week’s topic is neuropsychology
“They can experience it,” said CalTeach’s student assistant Amelia Wood. “Seeing them make these connections between what they are learning, using the props, doing the activities and watching these light bulbs go out is only once in a lifetime.”
“We run hands-on STEM workshops that focus on real-world issues and focus on how science can solve those issues,” said CalTeach Special Programs Coordinator Mariah Gonsalez.
For high school student Maryzeth Arroyo, it is a first of its kind experience.
“I did not learn that at school,” Arroyo said. “They do not offer that, but I have always been interested in psychology.”
Each weekly lab ranges from $ 25- $ 100 and introduces students to more of the sciences.
“They are experiencing what it is like to go to university and they are starting to think about becoming students,” Gonzalez added.
The camps are open to any high school or college student and cover topics ranging from physics to criminology. Staff say the goal is to inspire students in the classroom long after they leave.
For Maryzeth, it introduces her to subjects she will study after the summers.
“Even in college,” Aroyo said. “I am very interested”.
The camps last until July and the places are still open. You can register here.
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