Four Stoneleigh-Burnham School students were accepted into the University of Massachusetts ASPIRE Program. In this no-cost program, UMass graduate students will guide high school students through the experience of research in a science and engineering lab. As a part of the program, students will get hands-on experience in a lab, do experiments in polymer chemistry, physics, and engineering, learn about electron microscopes and 3D printers, and plan and run their own one-day independent project. This program was put together by UMASS MRSEC (Materials Research Science & Engineering Center) with the goal of introducing high school students to various aspects of polymer science and engineering that could not be taught in a conventional classroom.

This course is taught on five consecutive Saturday mornings starting on January 7, 2017 on the UMASS campus. For photographs of past sessions and for more information, please visit the program’s Facebook page.