Local students get a glimpse of college life through visit to Harvard

December 17, 2015 at 2:15 pm
All seventh grade students in Allston-Brighton had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a college student through Project Teach. Photo by HPAC.

This fall, all seventh grade students in Allston-Brighton had the opportunity to experience a day in the life of a college student through Project Teach – an early college awareness program that demystifies college and demonstrates that it’s an affordable, accessible and achievable goal. At such a pivotal stage of adolescence, Project Teach strives to support students in developing a college-going identity as well as providing insights into the many possibilities of higher education.

During their visit to campus, organized by the Harvard Public School Partnerships Team, students heard from Harvard undergraduates during a college talk, enjoyed lunch at the freshman dining hall, took a tour of Harvard Yard, and select an academic class of their interest for further exploration.

One of the program’s new academic classes this year was led by Professor Shmuel Rubenstein of the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. His lab team provided a glimpse of the different scientific things that can happen when   liquid splashes, paper crumbles, biofilms form and dried paint cracks. Students were able to take a look at some of the active experiments through a high-speed camera, as well as witness how the presence of liquid nitrogen affects the height at which a ball bounces – or if it bounces at all.

Participating schools this year included the Boston Green Academy, Thomas A. Edison K-8 School, Gardner Pilot Academy, Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, Jackson/Mann K-8 School, and Mary Lyon K-8 School.