STEM PROGRAM opportunities

After school PROGRAM - 2019/2020

Registration for 2019/2020 is now OPEN.

Our STEM Laboratory operates an after school research program for middle (grades 6th-8th) and high school students from 3:00 PM to 5:30 PM 2 days per week of the school year starting September 23, 2019; these programs are ongoing until April 30, 2020.  The After School Program takes place in the NHAS STEM Lab Building located on the Crossroads Academy Campus in Lyme NH. To register and for more information, please click here.


SUMMER programs - 2019

We WERE pleased to offer 3 different programs this summer

2019 Summer Programs (A, B and C) are completed and registration is closed.
The following information is for reference only.
Registration will resume in the spring of 2020. Dates, times and pricing are subject to change for 2020.

Program A - APPLIED SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - Two, 3-week Sessions (you may choose 1 or both 3-week Sessions) - completed.

This is our flagship program geared to those middle and high school students who have a serious interest in performing authentic scientific research and are willing to commit at least 3 intensive weeks to performing an investigation that tests a specific hypothesis. We offer two, 3-week research sessions during the summer.  Any individual may participate in one or both sessions in a single summer.  Participants may work in groups of up to 3 students and will be involved in developing their own project.  Our experienced PhD faculty and student mentors guide students in designing and carrying out their experiments. They will be given reading materials, ethics training, safety training, and taught basic scientific skills prior to the start of their research. Successful completion of each investigation will require engineering and problem-solving skills as the participant builds and adapts scientific instruments to the evolving needs of their investigation. In the final week, all participants will apply advanced statistical analysis on their data and prepare an oral presentation of their research to a group of scientists and guests, typically hosted by Hypertherm, Inc.

Students in the 8th grade or older are given the opportunity to submit an abstract and paper to the NHAS for a rigorous peer-review by STEM professionals. If accepted, students will be invited to participate in the AJAS and present their work in conjunction with the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) held in February of each year. Participants of this program are also offered additional time later in the summer to either extend their research or work with our scientists to prepare a paper for peer-review.

Students may choose one or both of these session dates:     
June 24-July 16, 2019 (8AM-4PM, M-F)         July 17-Aug 7, 2019 (8AM-4PM, M-F)

Each participant in any one of our 3-week programs will be fully immersed in all aspects of original laboratory research. As part of an authentic STEM experience, each participant will be encouraged to utilize creative thinking and analytical skills to develop their own scientific hypothesis and design their own investigation.  Expert scientists will guide the participants through literature research to develop a sound experimental design and choose from a variety of experimental techniques available in our lab to execute their experiments. Successful completion of each investigation will require engineering and problem-solving skills as the participant builds and adapts scientific instruments to the evolving needs of their investigation. In the final week, all participants will apply advanced statistical analysis on their data and prepare an oral presentation of their research to a group of scientists and guests.

To enable participants to perform novel investigations, our lab often utilizes two model organisms: the free-living roundworm C. elegans and the aquatic crustacean Daphnia magna. These organisms make powerful investigative models; they are safe and easy to manipulate, applicable to a wide variety of environmental and human health issues, and are able to rapidly generate reliable data. Participants also have the option to design studies utilizing plant tissue culture or bacterial cultures. Although model organisms are powerful tools, our lab is outfitted with a variety of advanced equipment that allows participants to experience research in most STEM fields.

Regardless of the investigation pursued by a participant, our laboratory provides opportunities to learn a wide variety of scientific techniques including: sterile procedures to maintain animal, plant and bacterial cultures, polymerase chain reaction (PCR), gel electrophoresis, DNA/RNA/Protein isolation and analysis, DNA sequencing, reverse transcription/real-time PCR, bacteria cloning, and spectrophotometry. Some of the instrumentation available to enable this work includes: advanced microscopes (stereo, inverted, fluorescent, and dark field), a sterile room with a Class 2 clean bench, refrigerated and non-refrigerated centrifuges, spectrophotometers, and thermal cyclers (including a RT-PCR thermal cycler).

Program B - INTRODUCTION TO SCIENTIFIC RESEARCH - ONE WEEK - June 17 thru June 21 - completed.

This program is geared to those middle and high school students who wish to be introduced to the world of scientific research. Students will experience how a research lab operates and learn some of the advanced techniques used in STEM investigations. All participants will be instructed in how scientists ethically design and perform scientific experiments. They will learn how to safely operate a wide variety of advanced research instruments such as microscopes, spectrophotometers, and PCR machines, by carrying out a number of short experiments that will advance their skills in chemistry, physics, biology, mathematics and engineering. At the end of the week, each student will give a short presentation of his or her experience. This program can be used as a launching point for our 3-week research program described above.

Program C - BEGINNING COMPUTER CODING FOR BIG DATA - ONE WEEK - Aug 12 thru Aug 16 - completed.

This program will introduce middle and high school students on how computers can be used to gather information from large, publicly available datasets. With the rapid increase in technology and data storage, scientists have been generating more data than they can analyze in fields such as astronomy, meteorology, and medicine. This opens up exciting opportunities to anyone with the right coding knowledge and a computer.

This one-week course will show students the basics of using online databases, devising open questions, and learning how the “R” programming language can be used to get answers to those questions. At the end of the week, students will give short presentations about their experiences.

All of our Summer Programs take place in the NHAS STEM Lab Building located on the Crossroads Academy Campus in Lyme NH. To register and for more information on the Summer Programs, please click here: