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FAU to Offer ‘Summer Science Institute’ and Continuing Science Education Opportunities for Teens and Adults

BOCA RATON, FL (March 14, 2012) – Florida Atlantic University's Charles E. Schmidt College of Science has opened registration for the inaugural "Summer Science Institute" and continuing education courses in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) and pre-professional health care subjects.

The "Summer Science Institute" for youth ages 11 through 17 will be offered in two, four-week sessions from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on June 19 through July 12 and July 17 through August 9 on FAU's Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road.   The Institute is a non-credit academic program specifically designed to meet the intellectual and cognitive needs of high-performing middle and high school students interested in discovering the world of science.  The program uses a problem-based learning model to develop students' critical thinking skills and draws from a broad range of disciplines within the sciences to maximize the potential of interdisciplinary science studies. 

Class sizes are small, and students will participate in hands-on research projects and will have exposure to laboratories and expert scientists. Cost for the "Summer Science Institute" is $800 per session, which includes lunch and a T-shirt, plus a $50 application fee. The selection process for the "Summer Science Institute" is competitive, and space is limited.  Upon registration for the "Summer Science Institute," students ages 14 through 17 will have an option to register for afternoon courses as well. 

Continuing education courses will take place from March through April and will cover topics such as CPR, EKG, "Interview Boot Camp," forensic science, "Medical School 101," introduction to medical skills and dentistry, the history of science, "The Science and Motion of Tennis Workshop," and wildlife photography. The courses are open FAU faculty, staff and students and to the public. Costs for each class vary. 

The College of Science recently formed a continuing education office to address the needs of a diverse society through science and health care awareness.  The office's mission is to promote lifelong learning opportunities that will enhance the individual, the university and the community.

For more information or to register, call the College of Science department of continuing education at 561-297-3700 or visit


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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