From Research Idea to Final Presentation: An Intensive Summer Course for High School Students
Activities were both educational and experiential, and also involved senior students who served as role models and assistants. The core elements of this course over the three-week summer session included both skill development (research techniques, data analysis and visualization) and experimentation. The Academy has science laboratories for research into a variety of areas (molecular biology lab, nanotechnology lab, and an outdoor lab for the study of renewable energy and sustainability), tools for citizen science, and access to subject area experts.
The students were surveyed for feedback on the usefulness of the skills being taught, and their overall engagement with the course components. Providing this intense learning environment has allowed students to rapidly upskill research methods, learn how to manage their tasks and time, and become confident in presentation techniques. The success of this intensive course will inform future incorporation into the existing student-led research programs at the ISF Academy.