Rensselaer Pipeline Initiatives collaborates with corporations, foundations and school districts to offer summer programs for underrepresented and economically disadvantaged students. We worked with New York State to offer the NYS5STEM Summer Program for selected middle school students in the summers of 2008 & 2009. Rensselaer was selected by the Harris Foundation to host the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp from 2008 through 2017; this is a two week-long project-based, residential camp for capital region 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. In 2012, General Electric tapped Rensselaer to host GE Girls at Rensselaer, a one-week long day camp for girls entering the 8th grade from Schenectady. In 2014, in collaboration with RPI's Center for Initiatives in Pre-College Education, we helped to host a week-long, residential technology and science infused camp for 7th grade students from the City of Amsterdam.
Students who participate in these programs, who meet the entry qualifications, often go on to participate in the STEP Program at Rensselaer.
The following programs are confirmed for Summer 2018 at this time:
GE Girls at Rensselaer is scheduled for July 30 through August 3, 2018, as a day-program. The focus of this camp is energy centered around turbines, and there are many other fun STEM activities including LED lights, arduinos, robotics and programming, and science activities that include making lip balm and ice cream! GE mentors, middle school teachers, and RPI student mentors assist in this hands-on learning experience to make it interesting and fun for all. Snacks, lunch, and transportation to and from the Troy campus are provided for all, free-of-cost. Families are invited to attend a BBQ on the GE campus in Schenectady with their girls. For more information, see the GE Girls website. Interested 7th grade girls attending school in the Schenectady, Schalmont and Mohonasen School Districts should contact their science teacher for an application