Courses in the SPARK program are specially created to expose students to the intellectual concepts and processes underlying familiar science topics through interaction with members of the Brown academic community and the facilities where research is being conducted. SPARK brings together students with similar abilities and diverse backgrounds to grow as individuals in an environment that is safe, challenging, and most of all, fun.
Students participate in one course per session plus choose from a variety of co-curricular workshops. All students who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion.
Eligibility: The SPARK Program is open to students currently in the 7th or 8th grade, who demonstrate an interest and ability in the sciences.
The SPARK Experience:
Introduction to current scientific topics at a level appropriate for academically talented middle school students.
Exposure to the use of the scientific method including the development of sound scientific questions, the experimental process and interpretation of data.
Opportunities for students to participate in inquiry and experimentation through course and co-curricular activities.
Learning about how research results are applied in the world around us.
A highly trained and dedicated residential staff supervises SPARK students for the duration of the program. SPARK students live in Brown’s residence halls within walking distance of classrooms, and eat meals together in one of Brown’s dining halls.