Summer of Science

By Haley Burton

July 9, 2012 Updated Jul 9, 2012 at 6:16 PM EDT

Vestal, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Future scientists and engineers are spending their summer vacation in the lab.

Binghamton University is hosting its fifth annual summer science program. It's designed to get students excited about math, science and engineering.

The "Go Green Institute" brings together nearly sixty seventh-graders from the Southern Tier. It's a ten day, hands-on learning experience that is focused on a greener living environment.

"I've always been interested in science and I have good grades in science and math. When I got the opportunity, I jumped on it because I love to explore more of the sciences," said Julia McCloe, Union-Endicott student.

Participants are from fifteen Broome-Tioga BOCES school districts.

Students are exploring issues of science, math, engineering and psychology.

"I thought it would be a good experience for just learning new things about science," said Michael Heffernan, Owego.

They are experimenting in the lab and out in the field while working with Binghamton University faculty and graduate students as well as Broome Community College and BOCES faculty. Participants also get to tour the University's Nature Preserve.

"The students will be in the lab performing chemistry experiments just as if they were freshmen college students and in engineering, we've got them involved in some robotics projects that are always interesting," said McGrann.

At the end of the program, students will have done their own research project as a part of a team.

"Because they are advanced students in science and math, they are getting a preview of what it will be like when they get to college. Hopefully it's an exciting preview," said McGrann.

"Go Green" will continue until July 20.