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home : news : school May 28, 2016

5/9/2014 5:34:00 AM
Lander hosts summer science programs for students in grades five through 12


Local school students conduct a chemistry experiment as part of a summer science program. Registrations are now being accepted for the Duke Energy Summer Institute at Lander, beginning June 9.



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Local school students conduct a chemistry experiment as part of a summer science program. Registrations are now being accepted for the Duke Energy Summer Institute at Lander, beginning June 9.

Lander University is accepting registrations for Duke Energy’s 2014 Summer Institute at Lander, featuring science and computer programs for students in fifth through 12th grades depending on the topic selected. The enrichment program is sponsored by a grant from Duke Energy and offers talented students a challenging educational experience with opportunities for fun and a taste of life at Lander.

The instructors are faculty members in Lander’s College of Science and Mathematics, and the programs will be conducted in university classrooms and laboratories. Assistants will be Lander students majoring in subjects offered through the College of Science and Mathematics.

Professor of Chemistry Dr. Ralph Layland will open the institute with The Magic of Chemistry for sixth- through ninth-grade students, June 9-12. Participants will learn about several scientific topics, including physics, chemistry and biology, and there will be plenty of hands-on learning opportunities.

Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Kerry Hansknecht will guide sixth- through ninth-graders through a number of methods for observing and studying nature. The program will be held June 16-19.

 Drs. T.D. Maze and Jennifer Maze, associate professors of biology, will team up June 23-26 to introduce sixth- through ninth-graders to the fascinating world of forensic science, showing them how law enforcement uses DNA technology and other techniques to solve crimes.

Dr. David Slimmer, dean of the College of Science and Mathematics and a professor of physics, will present a program focusing on different areas of physics. The program, July 7-10, is for fifth- through 10th-graders.

The Unseen World of Microbes will be explored in the session scheduled for July 21-24. Assistant Professor of Biology Dr. Mark Pilgrim will guide sixth- through ninth- grade students through an exploration of microorganisms, teaching them the importance of microbes to the environment, human health and disease, and the production of certain foods.

Dr. Gilliean Lee, associate professor of computing, will teach students the fine points of 2D animation and game writing using the programming language Scratch. The camp, July 28-31, is for sixth- through 12th-graders.

Registrations for the summer institute must be received by May 26 and accompanied by a $120 payment and a letter of recommendation from each student’s science or mathematics teacher or guidance counselor. More information about the summer program is available from the Lander website at, or by calling Lander’s College of Science and Mathematics at 864-388-8386.

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Reader Comments

Posted: Sunday, May 11, 2014
Article comment by: Dana Gravley

We received info from another SC college that offers a summer program in business that includes room and meals . All events for this program are free.. I really wish that Lander could offer this at a lower price or for free. We have three grandsons who certainly cannot pay for this. As educators our family sees the great benefits in these educational summer camps. I just wanted to share this thought. If the program is sponsored by Duke Energy, then the funds should be available to pay the teachers from the sponsorship and the Lander Budget.
Mr. Dana Gravley, M,Ed Admin

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