Questions & Answers
- Q: Who is eligible to apply?
- A: Any student is eligible to apply to participate in the STEM
Starter Academy, if she/he
- has (or will) graduate between 2014 and 2016;
- is a U.S. citizen and a Massachusetts resident;
- has submitted a STCC admissions application for Fall 2016
AND a STEM Starter Academy application;
- has a GPA of 2.0 or above
- Has parental/guardian permission, if under 18 years old
- Q: What is the cost to participate in the STEM Starter Academy?
- A: All classes are of no cost to you. Textbooks and supplies
will be provided. The STEM Starter Academy will also provide each
participant with daily lunches, as well as transportation to field
trips. Students may want their own pocket money for miscellaneous
purchases during field trips. Students will also receive a stipend
at the end of the summer.
- Q: How do I register for my classes? What do I need to do in
order to register?
- A: The STEM Starter Academy staff will actually register you
for all your summer courses. However, you will need to make sure
that you have completed all One Stop activities, including placement
tests/assessments before June 17, 2016.
- Q: What are the days and times of
the summer program?
- A: Our program runs Monday
through Friday, beginning July 5th until August 12th. Monday
through Thursday are when classes will take place. Classes run
from 8:00am until 12:00pm. Students will earn credits for taking
the courses (a math course and College Success Seminar). From
12:00pm to 12:30pm, we will have lunch. From 12:30pm until about
2:00pm, we will have study halls with our tutors. Fridays are
designated for field trips and speakers. Those days will vary in
length, depending on activities. For field trips, we expect that
we will be off campus until about 3:00pm.
- Q: Do I have to be at STEM Starter Academy summer bridge the
whole time? Can I take days/weeks off?
- A: You must be at the program for the duration of the program
(Tuesday, July 5 through Friday, August 12, 2016). You will be on
an accelerated schedule, covering material in six weeks that is
usually covered in 15 weeks. Learning will be much quicker than
typical. While we understand that you may have other legitimate
commitments (e.g., family, work, other programs), taking off time
is not advantageous.
- Q: What classes will I take during summer bridge?
- A: You will take one of three mathematics courses (Algebra I,
Algebra II, or Technical Math I), depending on your performance
on the Math placement test and the Math Review course during the
first week of the program. You will also take College Success
Seminar, a course where students learn about college. This
class also teaches students about time management, note taking,
written and oral presentations, and other essential skills for
college students. You will also have an experiential course
with faculty who will give lectures and work with you on hands-on
activities in different STEM areas. There will also be tutor-run
study halls, field trips, and a speaker series, rounding out your
time in the program.
- Q: I already receive credit for the summer bridge course(s),
or want to take other courses. Can I take another class?
- A: At this time, students are not eligible to take other courses
and participate in the program.
- Q: Will my application give me an automatic spot in the program?
- A: The application process for the STEM Starter Academy at Springfield
Technical Community College is competitive. Not all applicants will
be admitted into the program. Applicants will be notified no later
than June 10, 2016 whether they have been accepted into the program.
- Q: Are there activities during the academic year?
- A: After students are accepted into the STEM Starter Academy
for its summer program, those students continue to participate
in the program throughout their time at STCC. We continue to
provide the students with tutoring and coaching services. We
have a study room designated for our STEM Starter Scholars. We
also have activities over the year for our students, like
meetings, lunches, guest speakers, and field trips.