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Center for STEM Inquiry (CSI)

promoting innovation in STEM education
Science, Technology, Engineering and Math

Summer Academies Registering Now

Explore science and engineering in a fun, hands-on atmosphere. Programs just for middle and high school students.

We're excited about our offerings this summer!
Check out our schedules then click here to register.

Click here for Pre-K - 10 Schedule

Click here for Middle and High School Schedules

Teachers- check out our workshops. Three free for those implementing activities in the classroom.


Math in Aviation
The wonder of flight has fascinated you as a kid, now come learn how math impacts the decisions aviators make about weather, travel patterns and flight. Meet career experts to explore how they employ math everyday in their jobs.

Love computers - want to learn how to control them? This programming class is for you.

Summer Science Half Day Middle School Academies (through Science Camps!)
From video game making to lunar exploration, check out the summer science academies just for middle school ages.



Air Quality Monitoring
Build and program your own air quality monitor to use in your neighborhood.

3D Printing
3D printing has amazing potential. Learn to design and print your own creations.

Microcontrollers and programming
Logic, control, coding - explore several methods for your own programming and microcontroller circuit design.

Watershed Investigations
Learn how to applying their science to understand the watershed and help the local community address issues of concern with a "hands-on" approach.

(Register here)

Watershed Investigations - June 18/19
Participants will learn the science needed to answer questions about the local watershed through active inquiry. Throughout the academy, participants will interact with scientists and undergraduate researchers who are studying the local watershed to learn how they are applying their STEM expertise to understand the watershed and help the local community address issues of concern.

Molecular Modeling - June 22-26
NSF-funded scholarships available to cover tuition and lodging for active K-12 educators who attend !

Computational science and modeling (CSM) has become a critical element in essentially all fields of science. Researchers no longer think about experiment and theory as two sides of discovery, but rather experiment, theory, and computational modeling as three pillars that support progress in science. We will provide you with the experience you need to employ CSM in chemistry (i.e. molecular modeling) in a way that addresses multiple National and State Science Standards.

Field studies using panoramic photography – July 6–10

This workshop prepares high school teachers to set up a field site and monitor it with their students using digital photos.  The methods can be used in a wide variety of field studies in biology, geology, and environmental science.  The workshop focuses on an ongoing project where Grand Haven High School students are using digital photos to monitor changes in sand dunes, with curriculum linked to the field activities, as an example of how teachers might help students develop their own local sites of interest in preparation for meeting Next Generation Science Standards.To register or get more information, e-mail Brian Bodenbender at bodenbender@hope.edu

Teaching and Learning with Monarch Butterflies – August 5/6
Pre-K through 12th grade educators can teach essential skills in literacy, math, science, geography, technology, Spanish, the arts and social sciences through the captivating story of monarch.

Homeschool parents and students welcome.

The Center for STEM Inquiry is funded as part of the Hope College Howard Hughes Medical Institute Program (HHMI). Additional financial support through generous contributions by the Michigan Space Grant Consortium and partnerships with community programs such as the Outdoor Discovery Center.

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