Today, Summer Challenge classes begin for our 13 Year 10 and Year 11 students who are joining 320 other students from across the United States and the world at Boston University. And what an extraordinary educational, social and cultural experience it promises to be! Our students are studying seminars ranging from electrical engineering to law, from philosophy to infectious diseases, from economics to the chemistry of medicine. They will also have the opportunity to experience all that Boston has to offer with many activities offered in the afternoons and evenings after classes conclude.
Our students had a busy couple of days prior to checking in at Warren Towers on Sunday. We visited Harvard on Friday morning before meeting up with our good friend, Leslie Regan, who is responsible for Graduate Programs in Mechanical Engineering – the second largest faculty at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. We were invited into the Biomimetic Robotics Laboratory, or ‘cheetah’ lab, where engineers and physicists are working together to perfect a robot capable of navigating difficult and dangerous terrain and has the potential to replace first responders. It was great to spend time with these passionate scientists.
Saturday’s highlight was our visit to the JFK Presidential Library. The Library is an extraordinary place to interact with the exhibits and learn about Jack’s early life, his war time experiences, his political aspirations, his marriage to the magnificent Jackie, his achievements as the 35th President of the United States and his tragic and untimely death. We then headed back to the Common, visited Faneuil Hall, stepped inside the incredible Boston Public Library and paused at the finishing line of the Boston Marathon.
Before heading to BU for the beginning of the Summer Challenge, we ran the second ‘Boston Amazing Race’ which requires teams to follow cryptic clues and take selfies in each of the places of interest. Coming in a full 12 minutes and 44 seconds ahead of the second team were Astrid, Molly, Dom and Brooke – great job ladies!! The coveted BU stationery prize was well-deserved.
We look forward to sharing the students’ reflections on their Summer Challenge experiences in our next, and final, blog.