Access Programs' Summer Academic Challenge is a five week math and science enrichment program. Students arrive June 27 and finish the program on July 25. Classes are held on the University of Puget Sound's campus.
Classes are performanced-based and model collaborative learning environments. All curriculum materials are provided. Enthusiasm and innovative style in teaching are needed to help make each class a great hands-on learning experience. There are three classes of students, based on grade level (7-12).
Each group of 20-25 students has one teacher and three college student math and science teaching assistants per group. Lunch and transportation for field trips are provided.
Gold Group Teacher- Life Cycles of Salmon. Students will dissect salmon in labs, take field trips to water sheds, hatchery and learn about water quality and preservation.
Green Group Teacher- Buildings and Structures. Students will take field trips to Safeco Field, Experience Music Project (EMP) and Tacoma Narrows Bridge, studying how and why structures are built and what makes a structurally sound building.
Blue Group Teacher - Environmental Investigations. Students will take field trips to local beaches testing soils and bodies of water for pollutants that are unique or not to the Tacoma area. Students will analyze data and look for potential connections if any, to the industry in the area.
Certified math or science teachers with examples of innovated curriculum delivery
Flexibility and patience with students is required
Good working knowledge of Microsoft Office products is required
Gold Group is 7th and 8th graders: Teacher should enjoy exploring both math and science in the classroom and the lab.
Green Group is 9th and 10th graders: Teacher should have knowledge in physics and enjoy exploring how math relates to the construction of everything.
Blue Group is 10th, 11th and 12th graders: Teacher should have experience with analyzing data in excel and a strong science background.