In summer 2016, Landmark College introduced a new program designed for local area middle school students who learn differently: Expanded Learning Opportunities in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics. The introductory session was called "SharkBytes" and was focused on computer science, introducing students to coding, programming, and robotics.
An additional one-week module focused on forensic science will be offered in 2017, and we expect to include environmental science and biomedical fields in the future. In addition to academic content, this non-residential program is designed to encourage students to better understand their learning differences and develop strategies for greater academic success.
The 2017 dates for the program are:
- Monday, June 26, through Friday, June 30
- Monday, July 3, through Friday, July 7 (program will not meet on Tuesday, July 4)
All classroom experiences are held in the MacFarlane Science, Technology & Innovation Center on Landmark College's campus in Putney, Vermont.
This program has been developed in collaboration with Windham Central, Windham Southeast, and Windham Northeast Supervisory Unions, and students from schools within these supervisory unions will have first priority with regard to enrollment. The ELO-STEM program is grant-funded, and funded is contingent upon serving our local partners. Each program module is limited to 15 students. Transportation will be provided to and from the identified supervisory unions, dependent on enrollment. Lunch on campus, as well as daily snacks, are included. The expected cost per student for 2017 is $200 - $400 per module, and Landmark College is working directly with area schools to identify and fund individual students.
Interested parities from outside the identified supervisory unions are encouraged to contact Susan Grabowski, Director of Short-Term Programs at 802-387-1647.