STEM-Prep Summer Institute Draws to a Close

South Huntington STEM coach Ms. Marijean Scardapane works with Walt Whitman guidance counselors and science teachers to help facilitate opportunities for our students, like the STEM-Prep Summer Institute at Brookhaven National Laboratory, shown in this photo.
South Huntington STEM coach Ms. Marijean Scardapane works with Walt Whitman guidance counselors and science teachers to help facilitate opportunities for our students, like the STEM-Prep Summer Institute at Brookhaven National Laboratory, shown in this photo.
Rising 10th grader William Valle presents his research on Dark Matter at the research showcase at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Rising 10th grader William Valle presents his research on Dark Matter at the research showcase at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
Jefferson Orellana explains his research on the effect of global warming on polar ice caps.
Jefferson Orellana explains his research on the effect of global warming on polar ice caps.
Saul Molina Vasquez presents his findings on genetic engineering.
Saul Molina Vasquez presents his findings on genetic engineering.
Wilmer Valle presented his research on gravitational waves.
Wilmer Valle presented his research on gravitational waves.

Approximately twenty ninth-grade students from Long Island were selected this past spring to participate in a four-week summer enrichment program. Four students from Walt Whitman made the final cut and were accepted into this prestigious program run by Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL).

The STEM-Prep Summer Institute (SPSI) provided the means for experienced educators to engage students in hands-on activities relating to the different types of research conducted at BNL. Students participated in four one-week modules of instruction that included topics in physics, biology, chemistry, scientific computing and environmental science

Last Friday was the conclusion of the program and students presented reports on subjects from their weekly topics. Congratulations to rising sophomores William and Wilmer Valle, Jefferson Orellana, and Saul Molina Vasquez.