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Bancroft Summer Programs

Bancroft Summer Institute for Gr. 9-12

Bancroft Summer Institute

Fun, engaging, and interactive learning opportunities for Grades 8–12

The Bancroft Summer Institute includes both credit and non-credit enrichment course options covering a variety of topics. Courses and workshops may be taken individually or combined for a full day. Build your own schedule — there are numerous possibilities:

  • The day is divided into blocks of time:
    Morning: Block A: 9:00–10:30  |  Block B: 10:45-12:15 
    Afternoon: Block C: 12:45-2:15  |  Block D: 2:30-3:45
  • You may choose a combination of double-block (Intensive) and single-block courses.
  • Each course can be taken individually, or combined for a full-day program (with lunch 12:15-12:45).

Courses and Workshops

Biotech Research Skills: Aseptic Course
Sharon Byrne

Join instructor Sharon Byrne in a unique scientific experience for students entering 8th-12th grade. Learn Aseptic Technique and its importance in Biotechnology. In this hands-on program, you will have the opportunity to practice this technique in a variety of ways and develop a skill set for future research. Through a series of “obstacles to septic technique” you will test what you have learned. Can you keep your tissue cultures free from contamination? Do you know how to properly handle and inoculate media? Learn how to safely sterilize with flame and purify a mixed culture in order to get a single bacterial colony. Ultimately, use your newly learned aseptic techniques to transfer stage II callus shoots of Venus Flytraps into rooting media for you to take home.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Blocks A/B 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Cost: $475 – lunch included
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

Reading and Writing: Worcester Cityscapes
Kate Sheridan

With notebooks in hand, we will use the city of Worcester as our inspiration. We'll visit indoor and outdoor locations in the city -- like parks, restaurants, city squares, and the Worcester Art Museum -- and let our senses and keen observations drive our writing. Each day, we will also spend time reading and discussing different genres including essays, memoirs, fiction, and poetry. At the end of the two-week program, you will have a notebook commemorating your experiences. We will also work on a collaborative published work of our writing throughout the week.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Blocks A/B 9:00 AM - 12:15 PM
Cost: $475 – lunch included
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 13 students

World Languages and Cultural Experiences
Mandarin I/II: Jun Chen

Join us for a two-week language and cultural immersion! This workshop is offered to students enthusiastic about learning a different language while celebrating cultures around the world. During the workshop, learn vocabulary through interactive games, skits, listening activities and stories. Learn about cultures around the world with cooking and eating traditional foods, learning about popular pastimes, and exploring authentic art. Level 1 is for students with new to the language or with one year of study. Level 2 is for students with 2-3 years of study in the language.

Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Mandarin I: Block A 9:00 AM - 10:30 AM
Mandarin II: Block B 10:45 AM- 12:15 PM
Cost: $225 each 
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 10 students

Entrepreneurship
Cameron Martin

Ever thought of owning your own business? Do you want the chance to develop your skills as an entrepreneur? Turn your passion into a business with impact this summer in this course. You will learn to spot opportunity, take risks, and persevere, all while making decisions about strategy, marketing, and finance for a new business venture with impact. Throughout the program, you will develop your own business plans, immediately applying what you learn using the Business Model Canvas. On the final day of the program, you’ll present your new business ventures to “prospective investors” in a formal trade show.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block A 9:00 AM – 10:30 AM
Cost: $225 – lunch included 
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

Leadership Academy
Cameron Martin

What makes a good leader? How do leaders inspire action in others? How can leaders influence social change in our world? This course aims to answer these questions and others with lessons drawn from history, literature, politics, and business. The course is highly interactive and students are expected to discuss and debate various topics in leadership to develop their own leadership abilities. Throughout the course, we will welcome guest speakers from business, government and politics.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block B 10:45 AM – 12:15 AM
Cost: $225 – lunch included
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

SAT Test Prep
Cameron Martin

This course is designed to help students prepare for the rigors of taking the SAT test offered by the College Board. This course teaches test-taking strategies to increase student performance for each section of the test. No matter the topic- reading, math or both- this course will help you earn your highest score.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block C 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Cost: $395 – lunch included
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

Introduction to Web Design
Cameron Martin

Ever thought of making your own website? This course introduces students to basic web design using HTML (Hypertext Markup Language) and CSS (Cascading Style Sheets). Throughout the course students are introduced to planning and designing effective web pages; implementing web pages by writing HTML and CSS code; enhancing web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, images, and multimedia; and producing a functional, multi-page website. The course does not require any prior knowledge of HTML or web design.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block D 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Cost: $225
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

Build Your Own Electric Guitar
Justin Redden

Combine your passion for music and develop your engineering skills as you build your own electric guitar! Using a kit that includes everything you need, you’ll create a working instrument with your own style and flair. Join guitarist Justin Redden in this fun and fascinating hands-on learning adventure.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block C: 12:45 PM – 2:15 PM
Cost: $225 *additional supply fee required
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 8 students

The Art of Printmaking
Adell Donaghue

We’ll explore both relief and intaglio printmaking techniques in this workshop. We’ll carve images into wood or linoleum to make relief prints and incise marks into plexi-glass to make intaglio prints. We’ll combine these processes with our hand-made stencils to create multi-color mono prints. We’ll print our plates using a variety of equipment, including hand brayers, Japanese bamboo barens and a steel etching press. During the final week, students may work on either an individual or group project.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block D: 2:30 PM – 3:45 PM
Cost: $225
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 10 students

The Art of Drawing
Adell Donaghue

We’ll explore the fundamentals of realistic drawing in this workshop. We’ll keep a daily sketchbook, using it to investigate mark-making of all kinds. Using lines, patterns, and textures to create light and shadow, we’ll make drawings inside of the classroom and outside in the natural environment. We’ll work from life, examining landscape, still life, and portraiture. Students will learn the basic vocabulary of drawing and hone their observational skills.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block B: 10:45AM – 12:15 PM
Cost: $225
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 10 students

General Chemistry Jumpstart
John Beauregard, PhD

Feel more confident and prepared to enter General Chemistry in the fall. Get a jumpstart exploring chemistry concepts like acids/bases, atomic structure, and chemical reactions. Participate in chemistry labs, practice balancing chemical equations, and brush up on necessary math skills.
Dates: Weeks 5-6 (July 9-20)
Block C 12:45 PM - 2:15 PM
Cost: $225 – lunch included
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 10 students

Technologies in Biomedical Research
Credit Course
Taryn Surabian

The Technologies in Biomedical Research course is a unique opportunity for participants to learn from and engage with qualified Bancroft School science teachers and UMass Medical School Ph.D. candidates. Course work will be conducted at Bancroft School’s Fuller Science Center and include tours of UMMS laboratories. The course will engage students in the investigation of a wide array of biotechnology tools that are applied within biomedical research. It emphasizes an inquiry approach to gaining insight into the central dogma of Biology: DNA to RNA to Protein. Using the wide-ranging biotechnology toolkit available today, the course will delve into the applications used in various developmental, immunological, pharmacological, and diagnostic branches of biomedical research.
General concepts and techniques covered in the course include: pipetting, culturing, DNA extraction, gel electrophoresis, plasmids and restriction enzymes and their uses, recombinant DNA techniques, bacterial transformation, polymerization chain reaction, genetically modified organisms, protein structure and quantitation, and, of course, important laboratory skills and safety practices.
Students will be assessed on their engagement in the daily laboratory activities and their ability to perform such activities following standardized protocols. Students will be required to keep a detailed lab journal outlining all concepts covered, activities performed and related research carried out.  Each student will have a final presentation detailing their knowledge gained and the connection of that knowledge to a variety of biomedical research applications ongoing in the world today.
Dates: Weeks 1-3 (June 11 -29)
8:30 AM -12:30 PM
Cost: $1395 (0.5 academic credits for Bancroft students)
Minimum: 6 students/ Maximum: 10 students

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