Edgewood Summer Scholars
July 6 – 10, 2020 (6th grade)
July 13 – 17, 2020 (7th grade)
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily
Applications will be reviewed and acceptances will be communicated on a rolling basis starting on Wednesday, March 4th.
- The program is open to students entering sixth grade and seventh grade in the fall of 2020. All students, including those from public schools, private schools, and home-schooled students are welcome to apply. Students who apply should be behaviorally mature and ready for an advanced, supported academic challenge.
- Students from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
- Students applying will need to have a non-related adult complete a recommendation form for them as part of their application.
- 60 spots are available per grade.
- Students will attend four classes each day in the areas of Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science.
- Classes will be project-based.
- Cost of the program is $400. Scholarships are available.
We know that the transition between elementary school and middle school is an important one for young people. We also know that successfully navigating that transition and building a self-image as an academically curious and successful person can impact the trajectory of a child’s future. Data suggests that participation in quality pre-college programming increases a child’s inclination toward attending college and it is our goal to encourage diversity in higher education. All these facts, coupled with Edgewood College’s commitment to community engagement and work toward building a just and compassionate world, have led us to develop Edgewood Summer Scholars.
Edgewood Summer Scholars is designed for a diverse group of students entering sixth and seventh grade in the fall of 2020, and will give them experiences that build their academic skills. Throughout each day, small groups will be led by Edgewood College students to various project-based classes taught by Edgewood College faculty. At the end of the week, there will be a student showcase and a mini graduation ceremony for family members. We are looking forward to a fabulous summer of exploration and discovery as we help build the next generation of leaders, scholars, and thinkers.
Students will attend four classes each day in the areas of Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science. Classes will be project-based and focus on inquiry, organization, collaboration, time management, creative thinking, and problem solving.
Ceramics - Clay, Fire and the Physical World
A hands–on introductory studio experience in ceramics. Students will work with clay using a range of techniques to understand the nature of clay, glaze and kilns and will learn about the transformative nature of fire in the ceramic process. This will be a tactile experience in which gravity will pose a challenge. Presentations and demonstrations given each day will provide students with a basic working vocabulary and guide the assigned activities. Connections will be made with the long history of ceramics and the associated global traditions that have evolved since pre-historic times. Students will be exposed to all of the equipment and be informed of safe practices within the ceramics studio.
In this course, Summer Scholars will be introduced to the topic of criminology, with a focus on how to measure and account for crime. They will learn about the major tools to measure crime and will have the opportunity to interact with real crime data. Additionally, Summer Scholars will get a brief introduction to different theories of deviance, and, by the end of the course, will understand how criminologists use data tools to help us better understand why people commit crime. Students will learn how to ask criminological questions and learn to identify the appropriate data sources to answer those questions.
Citizenship in American History
A history course that will examine the concept and practice of citizenship in American history from the 18th century to the present. This course will study how the idea and exercise of citizenship have changed and developed from the early republic to the 21st century. Students will work collaboratively to consider how major figures, events, and movements have shaped the understanding and practice of citizenship through time. Over the course of the week students will apply these ideas by establishing a class “government” while other students act as citizens mobilizing to encourage passing legislation to address issues we brainstorm in class.
Modeling Body Organs
How do body organs look in real life? How long is the arm bone? Is the heart bigger than the kidney? What happens to their shape when we get sick? We’ll investigate all these questions and more. During the week we’ll find out how bones change when we do not drink our milk and make models of healthy and damaged bones. We’ll look inside the skull and see how it and the brain inside it grows. We’ll make a lung model and look at the impact of asthma on breathing. Last but not least, we’ll create a model of the kidney and figure out how the kidneys remove waste from the body.
6th & 7th Grade Arts - Adventures in Book Making
In this course, Scholars will learn and make multiple books focusing on design, structure, and usability. Books will include both sewn and folded books as well as soft and hard cover books. Students will learn how choosing different types of book bindings can add or detract from the function and meaning of different types of books. They will also learn about multiple types of books that are traditionally used from non-western traditions or as art books. Scholars will complete 3-4 books and numerous examples of books they can make in the future.
6th Grade Humanities - Poetry Café
Poetry is an art form that every young student loves. It’s not until later in their education when poetry becomes something kids “don’t get” or find “boring” or “pointless.” Poetry Cafe will encourage students to inquire about the poetic process and the importance of self-expression. Students will learn to manage their time effectively enough to complete poems in a way they are happy with and proud of. They will collaborate with one another and the larger poetry community on both the creation of their poetic work and the class reading at the end of the week. They will organize their words and images in ways that best express their poetic and emotional ideas. Lastly, they will think critically and creatively about the process by which art is made and through which we can express our emotions and fill the world with empathy, compassion, and even some weird images!
6th Grade Social Science - Capturing Crime
In this course, Summer Scholars will be introduced to the topic of criminology, with a focus on how to measure and account for crime. They will learn about the major tools to measure crime and will have the opportunity to play with real crime data. Additionally, Scholars will get a brief introduction to different theories of deviance, and, by the end of the course, will understand how criminologists use data tools to help us better understand why people commit crime. Students will learn how to ask criminological questions and learn to identify the appropriate data sources to answer those questions.
6th Grade Natural Science - Biodiversity Bonanza!
In this course, students will explore a wide range of life forms and will ask questions about the ecological relationships between organisms and the environment. Scholars will explore biodiversity in connection to forests, fields, lakes, and even food. We will utilize different habitat types across campus to observe, collect, analyze, and discuss the inhabitants we find there. We will expand our notions of biodiversity to include a wider range of life forms beyond animals and plants (for example, fungi, bacteria, and archaea) and we will articulate the value of biodiversity from multiple perspectives.
7th Grade Humanities - Civil Rights in American History
“Civil Rights in American History” is a course that will examine the development of civil rights in the 19th and 20th centuries. It will begin by reviewing the rights guaranteed by founding documents such as the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. We will then go on to study moments in American history when civil rights were contested and re-defined. We will study primary source documents that illustrate the key developments of civil rights such as the 14th Amendment defining American citizenship; the 19th Amendment guaranteeing the right to vote for women; the 1954 Brown v. Board of Education Supreme Court decision that overturned the doctrine of “separate but equal;” Martin Luther King Jr’s “I Have a Dream” speech, and others.
7th Grade Natural Science - Physics in Motion
Studying physics inherently requires students to address prior knowledge and wonder why things react the way that they do in the surrounding environment. Model building is one overarching theme in physics that can teach students that not all models are accepted equally and revising existing models is normal and necessary. In this course, Scholars will collaborate and test a final, unanimously accepted model (as is done in science). This model building process will require students to exercise inquiry-based learning by questioning themselves and their peers. Students will have to work together and critically think and question physics. Overall, the goal will be to use motion analysis and model building to exercise critical thinking and inquiry through collaboration.
7th Grade Social Science - Ad Busters!
Does a fish know that it’s wet? Just as a fish cannot imagine being in a world without water, we cannot imagine a world without the constant presence of advertising. In this course, Scholars will learn about the impact of advertising on our culture, with an emphasis on understanding the techniques used by advertisers. Students will use theories of persuasion to critically analyze a variety of advertising strategies to better understand how ads can be effective at selling both products--and cultural norms. To conclude, students will apply ethical persuasion practices by creating and showcasing their own video advertisements.