Summit is committed to developing future leaders through experience in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics research; providing opportunities for all students to create and present their research while promoting 21st century skills, professional skills, high ethical standards, and continuing intellectual curiosity.
All students enrolled in 8th Grade Advanced Topics in Science or Foundations in Chemistry and Physics are required to participate in the Summit Science Fair/STEM Project. All students will be automatically enrolled in a first semester course entitled “Independent Study: Science STEM
Students are offered two pathways - a Summit Path and an Intel Path. The requirements of both Pathways hold all students to the same benchmarks and standards of excellence. However, students have a choice of pursuing selection for out-of-school competition by selecting the Intel Path. Students choosing the Summit Path have three months to complete all the tasks, will be finished around Thanksgiving, and should choose a project that can be completed in that time scale. Those choosing the INTEL path have slightly more time to carry out their project and will finish in January.
Communication is important to us so we have a range of resources that are available for students and parents.
Communication is important. We encourage students to talk with parents ensuring parents know what their sons and daughters are doing and making decisions that will lead to success.
Support from a variety of sources is essential when needed even with an independent project as this. Many parents work within the science community, have access to materials, labs, and other resources which is great when a student makes that decision. All sources of support, including parent support, should provide options so that ultimately students make all the decisions. Success of the research is not the main aim even when judged at Science fairs. Evidence of the process and thinking demonstrated is the main measure of success.
As students progress through Summit they learn, practice, and further develop an enormous range of skills. Research shows that skills they develop during Middle School are the ones that they take with them through high school and on to college. While all students have a base of skills that will provide success with Science Fair we see this opportunity for some students to extend their skills and experience success at Regional and State competitions. Many will continue using those skills through research at high school and gain internships with local universities and institutions such as NOAA and NIST. We provide resources and support for the whole range of students interests and enthusiasm.
The following newsletters outline success experienced by Summit Students presenting their projects at Regional and State Science Fair last year.
Regional Science Fair Success - Summit Newsletter - March 2014
State Science Fair Success - Summit Newsletter - April 2014