discover Science center's 2018 scitech summer Program

2500 Old Alabama Rd., Suite 5
Roswell, GA 30076    
770 641-9336

Discover Science Center’s SciTech Summer Program is an opportunity for motivated middle school students interested in science and technology to take part in higher-level, hands-on STEM experiences and training.

Who should apply?
We are looking for future leaders and innovators to join us this summer! Rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders (ages 11-14) with a strong interest in any area of science and the use of technology to advance scientific education and research can apply for the SciTech Program.

Why should my child participate?

Students in the SciTech Program will:

  • have unique science education and training experiences, 

  • learn practical applications of scientific principles, 

  • explore career paths they never knew existed, 

  • expand their knowledge about scientific concepts, 

  • practice innovative laboratory techniques, and

  • use their critical thinking skills with discussions of ethics in research. 

  • Plus, it is going to be FUN!​

How are students selected for the program?

Class sizes are limited in order to maximize our scientist’s one-on-one interactions with each student, and to enable each student’s full participation in hands-on laboratory activities. Students are selected based on recommendations from teachers/mentors/other individuals that can attest to your child’s interest in science, motivation and classroom behavior. Only one recommendation is required, but more than one will be accepted and considered. Students are not selected on a first-come-first-served basis; however, late registrations may not be considered.

What topics are covered in the program?
For the 2018 SciTech Summer Program, the following courses are being offered:

  • Space Technology - May 29-June 1 (4-day course)

  • Forensic Science - June 4-8

  • Forensic Entomology and Microscopy - June 11-15

  • Environmental Science and Forensics - June 18-22

  • Experimental Chemistry - June 25-29

  • Crash Course in Coding - July 2-3 or July 5-6 (2-day course)

  • Vertebrate Anatomy and Physiology - July 9-13

  • Marine Science Technology - July 16-20

  • DNA and Genetic Technology - July 23-27

  • Experiments in Physics - July 30-August 3

Find course descriptions here.

Who develops curricula and teaches our programs?
For the 2018 SciTech Summer Program, the following scientists are contributing to the development and leading of our courses:

  • Rebekah Gibson, MSc – soil scientist and secondary education specialist

  • Tonya Shearer, PhD – marine biologist and geneticist

  • Alyson Colin, PhD candidate, Georgia Institute of Technology – chemist

  • Karla Haack, PhD – molecular biologist and physiologist

What is the daily schedule?
            8:30am-9:00am          Student arrival and preparation
            9:00am-12:00pm        Class/laboratory session (with snack break)
            12:00pm-1:00pm        Lunch and free time
            1:00pm-4:00pm          Class/laboratory session (with snack break)
            4:00pm-4:30pm          Lab clean up and student departure

What is the cost?
There is no application fee. Most course fees are $400 and include all laboratory costs. Fees are prorated for 2- and 4-day courses. After the first course fee, there is a 10% discount on additional courses or sibling registrations. Refunds will be honored up to 14 (fourteen) days prior to the start of the course. Refunds will not be given for any reason if cancellation occurs within 14 (fourteen) days prior to the start of the course.

What do we do next?

  1. Submit an online application and select courses of interest to your child (these can be changed upon your child’s acceptance into the program).  Our online application for the 2018 Summer SciTech Program can be found here.  Online applications must be received no later 5pm on Friday, April 13, 2018. Mailed applications will not be considered.

  2. Request a letter of recommendation from a teacher/mentor/another individual who can attest to your child’s interest in science, motivation and classroom behavior. A request for a recommendation for this program can be found here, and emailed to or printed for your child's teacher. Only one recommendation is required, but more than one will be accepted and considered. Online recommendations must must be received no later than 5pm on Friday, April 13, 2018. NOTE: If your child received an invitation to apply letter from a teacher/mentor, submit a copy of this signed letter with the application – no additional recommendation letter is necessary.

  3. Acceptance notifications will be emailed to parents no later than April 22, 2018.

  4. Upon acceptance into the program, online registration for courses begins April 23, 2018. Registration for courses is on a first-come-first-serve basis.