Course offers vary for each of the summer sessions. View the registration page for details.
Instead of talking about it or watching it in some dramatized show on TV, you will participate in realistic forensic investigations using actual techniques in use today. Some of the topics we will cover during this week-long class include eyewitness testimony, drug analysis, blood and DNA analysis, hair analysis, forensic anthropology and entomology, and ballistics. Completion of one year of high school biology/health science or chemistry is recommended, but not required. Come see if you have what it takes to figure out "Who Done It"!
Zombies and a zombie apocalypse have become prevalent topics in pop culture. The topics have become so popular that the CDC has created and published a preparedness plan for a zombie apocalypse, using the situation as a metaphor for a variety of disaster situations. In a similar manner, the goal of this course is to use the zombie apocalypse as a medium for studying a wide variety of topics in the disciplines of psychology, neuroscience, physics, biology, physiology, and mathematics. Zombies and their behavior will be explained based on current and relevant scientific research. Come find out if you could survive a zombie apocalypse!
Ever considered a career in marine science? If so, come get your feet wet in this week-long, hands-on course where we will carry out practical laboratory experiments and do meaningful fieldwork to explore topics in marine ecology, biological oceanography, and physical oceanography. This course includes a field trip on a working oceanographic research vessel.
Prepare to indulge your two most chemically related senses — smell and taste — in a gastronomical, yet scientific journey. Students will experiment with, and, of course, consume, a variety of foods as a way to fuse interesting scientific principles with the art of cooking. The “chef-scientists” will prepare staple ingredients, concoct fancy glazes and spices, and whip-up some delicious desserts as a means to learn about basic physical principles and chemical laws, the quantification of mixtures and compounds, and interesting and relevant chemical reactions. Through these examples of food experimentation, you will gain a meaningful understanding of the depth and breadth of the subject that is Cooking Science!
Real World Physical Science Laboratory
Are you interested in science but frustrated by your limited experience in high school science classes? Do you want to experience what real scientists do in the laboratory? If yes, come and join us during this week-long science course for “real scientists”. Throughout the week you will apply a variety of techniques to an array of interesting real-world problems from biomedical application to environmental problem solving and get hand-on experience using state-of-the-art laboratory equipment. Completion of one year of high school physics or chemistry is recommended, but not required.
Pre-Health Science: How the Heart Works
In this course we will explore how the heart works to move blood through the body. We will discuss what makes the heart contract and how the blood vessels work to distribute the blood to the different parts of the body. Students will be shown how to measure blood pressure, the electrical activity of the heart (ECG), and other techniques to see how well the heart is working. This course is open to anyone interested in the science of health or wellness, but is particularly aimed at students considering college paths that would lead them to a health-related career (nurse/physical therapist/doctor/trainer/pharmacist).
Pre-Health Science: Medical Anatomy
How does the human body work? How are our parts interconnected? In this course, students will explore the major organ systems of the body through hands-on activities and medical case studies. Guided dissection of animal hearts, kidneys, eyes, and brains will coincide with examining the pathology of these tissues in normal and diseased states. Students will gain confidence in skills such as specimen dissection and microscopy as well as strategies for retaining large amounts of new information in preparation for intensive college courses in anatomy.
In this course, students will investigate a variety of environmental science topics: water, remediation, life cycle analysis, climate change, food, regeneration, and sustainable development. Through field trips and hands-on activities, with additional classroom/lab exercises and discussions, students will engage in college-level coursework dealing with current issues of concern. We will discuss environmental careers and contribute to a local restoration project. Come prepared to be outside, visit relevant sites, do lab work, and expand your understanding of the natural world and humanity’s relationship to it.
Get a $40,000 McDaniel Scholarship!
Students who successfully complete at least one session of the Summer Science Academy and who have not already been admitted to McDaniel College will receive a guaranteed minimum $40,000 scholarship to attend McDaniel College as an undergraduate.