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Programs for High School Students

We offer several science programs for local high school students to introduce them to various scientific disciplines.

Courses run at different times throughout the year and cover topics such as chemistry, physics, biology and electronics. Participating in these courses can help boost your college application and give you and introduction to careers in science and engineering.

The following upcoming courses are now accepting applications. Students are accepted on a first come, first serve basis. To apply for the program, email

  • Physics I Lab

    This class offers an exciting hands-on introduction to the fascinating world of physics. Each session begins with a short lecture that introduces the mathematical tools and physics concepts that are relevant to the lab.

    The 10-week curriculum is as follows:

    1. Uniform motion with a toy car – Best fit line
    2. Uniformly accelerated motion - Kinematics
    3. Acceleration due to gravity – The pendulum
    4. Simple Harmonic Motion – Sine function – wolfram alpha
    5. Conservation of energy – Kinetic energy vs potential energy
    6. Buoyancy lab – Archimedes principle
    7. Inverse square law of light
    8. Introduction to optics – lenses and mirrors
    9. Lemon battery – measuring voltage and current
    10. Radioactive decay – exponential decay

    Each class is two hours, from 4:30 - 6:30 p.m every week for 10 weeks in the fall. A certificate will be provided at the end of the program for all students who have a perfect attendance.

    Recommended supplies:

    • Laptop with spreadsheet
    • Calculator


    • Interest in STEM
    • Strong motivation


    • This course is funded through a grant from the National Science Foundation so there is no cost for students to participate. 
  • Arduino-Based Environmental Sensors - An Introduction

    Are you considering a career in applied Physics or Environmental Sciences?

    Learn the skills you need to build your own environmental monitors. Get started with the popular platform Arduino. Learn some electronics and
    coding skills.

    The 8-week curriculum is as follows:

    1. Basic electronics, measurements, basic circuits, and the breadboard
    2. Getting started with Arduino: The Blinking LED
    3. Reading analog values with Arduino: Voltage divider
    4. The humidity sensor, logging and displaying data (monitor and Excel)
    5. The force sensor: resistive sensors
    6. The force sensor: calibration with Excel, log-log graphs
    7. Application 1: The Alcohol sensor mq3
    8. Application 2: The CO2 sensor: mq135

    A certificate will be provided at the end of the program if students have attended a Manhattan College Information Session/tour and have Perfect Attendance.

    8 week course:

    • Tuesdays - 4:45 - 6:45 pm 


    • To be announced (Begins October 2020)


    • Strong interest in science


    • $30 dollars to hold your place (will be returned upon completion)


    • 11th & 12th

    Recommended Supplies:

    • Lab top with USB ports


    The program is supported by Manhattan College’s School of Science and Department of Physics