SPARK is a science program for curious middle school students who seek to spend one or two weeks at Brown’s Ivy League campus and immerse themselves in exciting science subjects, and gain the foundations necessary for further scientific inquiry.
The SPARK Experience
SPARK brings together students with similar abilities and diverse backgrounds. Through the study of science, students build confidence and grow as individuals in an environment that is safe, challenging, and most of all, fun.
SPARK Program Goals:
Introduce students to complex scientific topics in a manner appropriate for academically talented middle school students;
Promote a better understanding of science and its relevance to everyday life, including how research results are applied in the world around us;
Provide students with an opportunity to participate in inquiry and experimentation through course and co-curricular activities; and
Engage students in the process of thinking as scientists – where they develop scientific questions, experiment, analyze and interpret data, and come up with sound conclusions.
The courses of the SPARK program expose students to the intellectual concepts and processes of science topics that are taught at Brown University. The courses are inquiry-based and experiential- students conduct their own experiments, learn science through guided inquiry, and engage in critical thinking.
SPARK students learn science in by first focusing on the basics, and build their knowledge until they reach a deep understanding of the more advanced concepts.
In addition to spending three hours per day in classes, students take part in extra-curricular activities where they interact with students from other courses. The extra-curricular activities include field trips, other more general science experiments, and lectures on diverse topics.
All students who successfully complete their course will receive a certificate of completion.