Studies confirm that early engagement with STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) is especially important for middle school-aged students to identify with the possibility of becoming scientists, technicians, engineers, and mathematicians, particularly girls and minorities who are underrepresented in STEM. We also know that outdoor learning is an exceptionally effective strategy for teaching STEM and igniting curiosity and wonder about the world.
We hear all the time from young people who are now in high school, college and the working world, about how their middle-school Thompson Island experiences have impacted their academic pursuits and career trajectories. Meet three of these impressive young people below.
Camille has finished her freshman year at Harvard University majoring in Integrative Biology with a minor in Environmental Science and Public Policy. She is also the Outreach Chair of the Environmental Action Committee.
Janielle attends the University of New Hampshire on a full scholarship. She is majoring in Biology and just finished her freshman year. This summer she is working as a science camp counselor at the Boston Nature Center.
Onasis is a 15 year old Boston Public School student who also works after school at Brigham and Women’s Hospital. He is an impressive young man planning his career in health services and wants to be a surgeon himself one day.