In 2015, Bristol-Myers Squibb and Syracuse University mark the 23rd year of providing a week-long science adventure for local seventh and eighth grade students.

Science Horizons 2015

June 29 – July 2, 2015

The program, which is fully funded by Bristol-Myers Squibb, is designed to encourage students’ interest in science and technology and to foster interest in science-related careers. Students are given the opportunity to explore technology, biology, chemistry, physics, engineering, and more! They visit sites around the University and the community, including Bristol-Myers Squibb.

Science Horizons Brochure
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Every spring, each public and private middle school in Onondaga County is asked to select one seventh or eighth grade student to participate in Science Horizons. The schools select students based on the following criteria:

  • Interest in the sciences
  • Openness to new ideas
  • Enjoyment of learning and problem solving
  • High degree of self motivation
  • Ability to follow directions
  • Cooperative attitude and willingness to follow directions
  • Ability to work with others

Goals for Science Horizons

Science Horizons encourages students’ interest in science and technology by exposing them to a variety of scientific disciplines. It may also help guide their choices of future study and perhaps pique their interest in pursuing a science-related career. The program enables students with similar interests to interact with each other and with specialists in various scientific fields. And it fosters the qualities that help make a good scientist or researcher, namely critical thinking, problem-solving skills and the ability to work in groups toward common goals.

A sample day at Science Horizons:

Every day is different and includes a choice of activities; below is a sample day!

8:30 a.m. Science Horizons staff greet you outside the Life Sciences Center on the SU campus. Check in at the home base lab and try today’s science experiment.
9:00 a.m. Participate in the Science Horizons version of “Survivor” on the SU Quad as you and your teammates attempt to cross a “crocodile-infested swamp” using a single plank of wood.
10:00 a.m. Head across campus to the physics building for “hair-raising” hands-on experimentation with the van de Graaff generator, or to the Center of Excellence to test green building innovations.
Noon: Lunch break on the lawn outside the Life Sciences Center, then toss around a Frisbee with fellow Science Horizons participants.
1:00 p.m. Field trip! Head to SUNY ESF to construct a windmill and learn about renewable and alternative energy sources or experience a human anatomy lesson at Upstate Medical University.
4:00 p.m. Back to home base to work on the Science Horizons blog.
5:00 p.m. Share the day’s activities with your parent/guardian as you head home for the day.