The Rising Stars Research Program is a school-year science and research program for advanced 6th-8th grade students. Students conduct hands-on experiments with our state-of-the-art equipment to get ahead of the competition. Through first-hand experience, they gain a strong grounding in the scientific process, learn scientific and analytical skills, and become familiar with advanced experimental procedures. At the end of the program, they complete an original research project which can be used for science fair competitions at regional, state, national, or international competitions.
There are two tracks: 1) Biomedical Research, 2) Robotics. See below for more details.
Our carefully chosen research advisors are experts in their fields and have experience conducting research and mentoring high school students. They design and supervise research projects and love to mentor motivated students. CAS advisors all demonstrated high performance in previous research mentorship positions.
Research tracks and curriculum
There is a track in Biomedical Research and in Robotics.
Please click here to see the syllabus for Biomedical Research.
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Prerequisites: Ability to work in a team. Each student will be provided with an individual computer and robot, but will complete challenges in groups.
In this course, you will:
Use Sphero RVR to learn coding and robotics engineering
Program your robot to complete various tasks
Create basic AI behaviors
Develop problem-solving skills
Participate in group research project with a poster presentation
Applying to the program
Students must be selected to join the program through a selective admissions process. We are looking for students who are dedicated and driven, who can demonstrate knowledge, inquisitiveness, and problem solving skills. Quality over quantity is emphasized, so that CAS can offer the most benefit to its students, while advisors find their mentorship to be maximally rewarding. You will have the ability to apply into specific research groups.
Application deadline: Jan 28, 2020 at 11:59 pm. Apply online here. Admissions is rolling, so apply as early as possible.
If you are admitted to the program, you will gain tremendous opportunity to learn advanced concepts and procedures, and also produce work that can possibly receive awards at regional/state/national/international science fair competitions. You will learn to think like a scientist and plan your own experiments. Such achievements can catapult you into rarified air among all middle school students in the world, giving you a very unique and powerful tool as you grow older and enter high school. Students will also have the opportunity to ask their CAS research advisors for strong letters of recommendation for elite summer programs and other opportunities in the coming years. What you learn here will become your foundation as your knowledge compounds, eventually helping you gain admission to the world’s best universities, and nurture your intellectual abilities to their fullest potential.