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Creating a neuron out of Play-Doh, a solar-powered car from compact discs, and a mini-crossbow to better understand the laws of physics–seventh and eighth graders who participated in Bosco Tech’s Summer Scholar program have had a creative and productive summer!

The popular hands-on, four-week summer school program drew more than 85 students from across the San Gabriel Valley who were provided complete material kits and step-by-step instruction through live video sessions to create fun and interesting STEM projects. Included were electrical circuitry kits that, after the program ends, will provide participants with extended, related lessons through the remaining weeks of summer.

“I’m really proud of Vincent’s achievements this summer and so very grateful for what Bosco Tech provided through the program,” said Andre Hernandez, whose eighth grade son is a Summer Scholar. “They had a lot of really cool engineering builds and thoughtful science lessons. It is a true blessing and very much needed during this difficult pandemic. I believe it gave a little bit of normalcy for the kids and taught them about things they haven’t encountered before.”

Broken down into sessions covering both science and technology, the Summer Scholar courses featured weekly guest presenters, Tech alumni successful in STEM fields, who shared inspirational stories about their educational and career paths with the young people.

“The Summer Scholar program goes far beyond a traditional summer school class,” said Brendan Chua, Bosco Tech Media Arts & Technology department chair and summer instructor. “What these kids are doing is dynamically exploring technology and science, creating and testing their own examples of complex topics, and, most importantly, learning while having fun!”

A special drive-by event kicked off the program in June with students picking up all the required materials for the summer session. A second event recognized the scholars for their accomplishments and they were presented certificates of completion by their science and technology instructors at a socially distanced campus ceremony on July 18. Eighth grade Summer Scholars received a $1,000 Tech Scholar award to be applied towards admission for the 2021 academic year.

The annual Summer Scholars program is usually conducted at the Tech campus; the school offers 75,000 square feet of engineering and applied science lab space on its 28-acre campus. This year, a virtual format offered students the opportunity to build the complex STEM projects at home, under the guidance of skilled instructors who hosted the 100% live, online classes.

If you have any questions about the Summer Scholar program, please contact the Admissions Team:

John Garcia
Director of Admissions

Alberto Tom
Admissions Counselor