Science Enrichment Opportunities
Science enrichment beyond the classroom exists in very different forms in the Middle and Upper Schools at Nightingale.
Costa Rica Field Studies
In the Middle School, talented, dedicated, and adventurous science students are invited to apply to participate in the Costa Rica Field Studies program. This program runs every other year and includes students in Classes VII and VIII (students in Classes VI and VII apply the year prior to participating in the program). Students accepted to the Costa Rica Field Studies program attend a series of cross-curricular classes to learn about Costa Rica from many perspectives; research resident plant and animal species, as well as features of prominent volcanoes in the region to contribute to a field guide; and travel to Costa Rica to explore the tropical rainforest for a week during the spring vacation.
The most recent cohort of seventh- and eighth-grade students traveled to Costa Rica in March 2018. The Costa Rica Field Studies program will run again in the 2019–2020 academic year. More information about the Costa Rica program is available here.
Environmental Science Field Studies
In 2016–2017, the Middle School piloted a second field studies program for interested students in Classes VII and VIII—the Environmental Science Field Studies program. Students accepted into this program had the opportunity to apply concepts and skills from the classroom within the spectacular real-world setting of Zion, Grand Canyon, and Bryce National Parks. While there, students used their new skills in volcanology, stratigraphy, historical geology, and map reading to truly appreciate the power and splendor of the natural world. The ESFS program ran again during the 2018–2019 school year and focused on Iceland.
In the Upper School, the emphasis shifts from the field to the lab, and interested science students are invited to explore the field of scientific research in more depth by applying to participate in Science Seminar, Training in Biotechnology, and the Independent Science Research Program (ISRP). Students admitted to the ISRP are guaranteed enrollment in both Science Seminar and Training in Biotechnology, as they are required for the program. As space permits, additional students may be admitted into those courses without committing to the full ISRP.
For more information about these Upper School programs, click on the buttons below.