EACH SUMMER the University of New Hampshire hosts this four week-long summer program for 10th and 11th grade high school students.
Project SMART is designed for motivated students interested in advancing their knowledge and background in different areas of science, and studying its applications and implications to society.
The program includes lectures, discussions, hands-on experience, field trips, and an opportunity to work in UNH scientific research laboratories.
Students join the current research of our faculty, finding carefully chosen projects with real application and importance. Topics vary from year-to-year, as does the research of our faculty. Students can expect a lively and challenging exposure to physics research.
The Space Science module includes:
(1) a basic physics lecture with first-year college topics that students can be expected to learn,
(2) advanced lectures on space physics topics needed to understand the research,
(3) research topics assigned to teams of two students working with faculty mentor
(4) a team project, which has historically been the launching of a high-altitude balloon; one component of that project has been the construction of the balloon payload.
The program offers challenges, hard work, and fun—all while networking with peers and the UNH faculty and students. Students stay in a UNH dorm and eat in UNH dining halls, getting a first hand taste of life in college.
On the closing day of Project SMART, students present scientific posters based on their Project SMART activities and make oral presentations to their guests—peers, parents, high school teachers, UNH faculty and staff.
You'll be amazed at what you know then that you don’t know now, and you will be surprised by what you can do in just a month!
For more information on projects that students might see in the Project Smart Space Science Module, check out our teacher's page.
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