Local Students Attend Institute for Curious Youth

Students from Beatrice Rafferty and Indian Township participated in ICY at Washington County Community College.

During the week of June 4-8, Seventh grade students from Beatrice Rafferty School and Township attended the Institute for Curious Youth (ICY) at Washington County Community College in Calais.  This exciting STEM camp has been enjoyed by seventh graders from the Beatrice Rafferty and Indian Township Schools for the past four years with the help of Maine Indian Education’s GEAR-UP grant. 

Activities for this year’s ICY included Ecological Knowledge with Francis Soctomah, Nicole Altvater, and Britt Cline from the WaYS program, Coding with Jen Lobley and Sandy Copel-Parsons from the Cooperative Extension, Wind Blade Technology with Peter Zack from Sacopee Energy and Climate Activities, CAD and 3D printing with Randy McCormic of WCCC, and Oceanic and Atmospheric Dynamics with Carey Friedman of Maine Maritime Academy.  In addition to these daily events, Bowdoin College’s Dr. Rick Thompson, along with colleagues and current Bowdoin students, engaged the seventh graders in science experiments during the week that included dissection, DNA extraction, and testing on Beta fish.  


Maine Indian Education is grateful to all of these individuals for sharing their knowledge and skills in the sciences and technology.  These opportunities to participate in STEM (sciences, technology, engineering, and mathematics) activities presents the students with a world of possibilities as they consider their futures.  Maine Indian Education is also grateful to GEAR UP Maine and the Washington County Community College for making this experience possible.  The Community College welcomed the students and learning facilitators to its campus for the week, offered its facilities and provided a guided tour for the students.  It was a rich and engaging experience for all.