2018-05-15 / Academics

Apply Soon for Summer STEM Leadership Council At SUNY Oneonta

The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego STEM Leadership Council (CDO STEM Council) will accept applications for the 2018 GoSTEM Summer Institute, held on the SUNY Oneonta Campus, until May 18. This year’s theme is Make it Work: Space Exploration.

Students who are currently in grades 6, 7, and 8 are eligible to apply for this opportunity to bolster the knowledge and creativity necessary to solve space related problems - help humanity return to the moon, colonize Mars, explore the outer planets, and travel to another star system. Participants have two choices this year: Monday, July 16 to Friday, July 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with a short reception on Saturday, July 21, or Monday, July 23 to Friday, July 27, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with a reception on Saturday, July 28.

Make it Work: Space Exploration will use the A.J. Read Science Discovery Center as its home base. Students can take advantage of SUNY Oneonta’s resources, including the digital planetarium and the College Camp and Observatory with the largest telescope in New York state. Students will work in teams to complete simulated remote missions to other planets, with challenges that may include constructing and operating drones, robot rovers, rockets, and scientific sensors. To explore the universe, students will delve into the cutting-edge science of the planets in our solar system as well as the exoplanets scientists have glimpsed around other stars.

There are no geographical residency requirements; homeschooled students are also welcome to apply. The five-day GoSTEM Summer Institute costs $60 per student for residents of Chenango, Delaware, and Otsego counties; $275 per week for those residing outside of Chenango, Delaware and Otsego counties. (Tuition assistance is available.) Students must first apply, then be invited to participate.

The 2018 GoSTEM Summer Institute is sponsored by SUNY Oneonta, NYCM Insurance, Cleinman Performance Partners, Five Star Subaru, Oneonta City School District, The Parisian Foundation, Catskill Regional Teacher Center, Unalam, ACCO, Corning Foundation, Otis A. Thompson Foundation, and Northern Eagle Beverages.

The application is available at and needs to be returned by May 18 to Kevin Johnson - CDO STEM Council Member, c/o Oneonta City School District, 31 Center Street, Oneonta NY, 13820. In addition to basic information, each prospective student must submit a letter of reference from a science teacher, and answer one of these questions: Why would you make a good scientist, mathematician, or engineer? If you could invent something to make the world “greener,” what would you invent? If you could invite a famous scientist, mathematician, or engineer for dinner; who would you invite, why, and what questions would you ask?

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The Chenango-Delaware-Otsego STEM Leadership Council was established in 2009 by SUNY Oneonta, CDO Workforce Investment Board, and DCMO BOCES. Its mission is to improve the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics skill levels of the people the tri-county region.

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