During this Pathways event, bones take center stage. Students are introduced to the science behind human evolution and forensic anthropology through a series of hands-on exploratory demonstrations with real human bones and fossil casts. Students learn the structure and function of the human skeleton and how markers of injury can be diagnosed and used for research or criminal investigations.
Brain Education Day is an annual neuroscience event for 100 students in Yale Pathways to Science. Students explore the brain with Yale’s top neuroscientists and students and learn brain anatomy through specimen dissection. Students also observe electrical signals from organisms, learn about modern neuroimaging techniques by visiting a mock fMRI scanner, and control a robotic claw using electrical activity produced by their own muscles.
Pathways high school students are invited to the Energy Sciences Institute at Yale’s West Campus to tour its state of-the-art laboratories and learn how science can solve contemporary energy challenges. At this event, students build their own batteries and learn how nanomaterials are used in battery production.
At Discover Chemistry Day, an annual event is hosted by graduate students in the Department of Chemistry, Pathways high school students take part in hands-on chemistry experiments that encourage inquiry, examination, and exploration. Students can work with a gas chromatographer, separate caffeine from tea, engage in simulations of receptor-binding molecules that give rise to our sense of smell, and much more.
At this event, Pathways students work with Yale graduate students in biology to build their own DIY microscopes. Together Pathways and graduate students explore cells, crystals, and everyday materials that students brought from home. After the event, students are able to keep the microscopes to continue the exploration at home.
Hosted by GradSWE, Engineering Days bring middle and high school students in Yale Pathways to Science to tour laboratories and try their hands at an engineering design-build. Past Engineering Days have included building an air-quality monitor, a bionic arm, and a self-watering garden.
The Environmental Science Café brings Pathways high school students to listen to short talks about new and exciting work at the Yale School of the Environment. Graduate students also provide hands-on workshops related to the café talks. Previous topics include how scientists use X-rays to study plant evolution, how to 3D print a flower, and how drones are used in forest management.
An annual event for Pathways middle school students, Exploring the Intersection of Physics, Engineering & Biology allows students to interact with Yale scientists working at the intersection of these fields. Through hands-on activities and demonstrations, Pathways students learn how to build a balloon-powered car and watch demonstrations such as “Fluorescence: Glowing in Science” and “Viewing the Nanoscopic World.”
At this annual event, Pathways middle school students are invited to explore Yale’s beautiful urban farm. Students learn the science of farming, the importance of sustainability, and urban horticulture techniques.
At this annual event, Pathways students are invited to explore Yale’s incredible Marsh Botanical Gardens and Greenhouses to discover the importance of plants to life on earth. Students learn about plant diversity and evolution through hands-on science activities and close examination of diverse florae, including a vast array of carnivorous and desert plants.
Genetics Days bring Pathways middle and high school students to explore genetics in two full days of hands-on demonstrations, lab tours, mini-talks, and more. Students are guided by Yale faculty and students in activities that explore the science behind CRISPR, 23andme, GMOs, and model organisms.
Hosted by the Yale Pediatrics Residency, Pathways to Science students are invited to experience “a day in the life” of various health-career professionals, including physicians, nurses, physical therapists, and dentists. Each rotation includes an engaging activity related to the profession, as well as information about how to pursue a career in health sciences.
Aimed at increasing interest in ophthalmology, Pathways students are invited for a full day of hands-on learning about the eye. Students use software to “travel” into the eye, are trained on slit lamp machines, and try their hand at cow-eye dissection. This annual event is hosted by the Yale Department of Ophthalmology & Visual Science.
Hosted by the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games and the play2PREVENT Lab, Pathways middle and high school students are invited to explore how video games can be used to change the way people think and act. Students learn how games are created, why they are important, and how doctors, mathematicians, and scientists use them for their jobs. Students also play games created by the play2PREVENT lab.
At Public Health Day, Pathways scholars are invited to explore the diversity and interdisciplinary nature of public health applications through interactive workshops, hands-on demonstrations, and discussions. Participants learn about cutting-edge research happening at the Yale School of Public Health and have lunch with current graduate students.
Pathways high school students are invited to discover the science of reproduction with Yale Medical School faculty. Students use microscopes to identify different cells of the reproductive tract, as well as learn the differences between human and other mammalian reproduction.
The Pathways Summer Scholars program brings 100 public high school students to study science for two weeks on Yale’s campus. Summer Scholars provides an intensive, hands-on science curriculum that emphasizes discovery, critical thinking, and problem solving. Rising seniors have the opportunity to live on campus during the program and engage in a variety of college-prep enrichment activities.
Pathways students are invited to visit Yale Manuscripts and Archives for an afternoon of archival research and digital curating. Students learn about the work of archivists and explore the extensive resources of Yale’s numerous libraries including scrapbooks and letters from late 19th-century Yale students and New Haven residents. After the workshop, students curate their own digital “exhibits” that are featured on the Pathways to Arts & Humanities Instagram page.
To celebrate the 300-year anniversary of Robinson Crusoe, Pathways students are invited to an afternoon of creative writing inspired by the infamous character and his adventures stranded on a deserted island. Students follow unique writing prompts and work closely with a Yale professor and a team of Yale graduate students to hone their creative writing skills.
At this event, Pathways students get an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the brand-new Yale Center for Preservation and Conservation including the: Gates Conservation Lab, Exhibition Preparation Rooms, and the Photo Documentation Studio. Students also participate in a hands-on demonstration of the Traveling Scriptorium to learn about medieval pigments and book binding.
Pathways to Arts & Humanities welcomes New Haven public high school students to Yale’s campus for a wide array of arts and humanities programs and events. Programs include: MOSAIC, New Voices in Theater, WriteOutLoud, spoken word poetry workshops, library tours, and much more. Yale Pathways to Arts & Humanities explores how humans use literature, art, music, theater, history, and language to understand our connection to the world and to one another.
In this 3-part workshop, Pathways to Science high school students build simple air-quality monitors to track the concentration of ozone, carbon dioxide, volatile organic compounds, and particulate matter. The program includes a field trip to the Yale Coastal Field Station, an air-quality monitoring site, where students can deploy their monitors and learn about how researchers measure air pollution along the coast, as well as how the air quality in Connecticut compares to nearby states.
With an overarching goal to encourage and support promising young scholars to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering, and math, Yale Pathways to Science opens the door for middle and high school students to explore STEM at Yale University. The more than 1,800 Pathways students are considered the youngest members of Yale’s scientific community and are invited throughout the year to special events, academic lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities, summer programs, and research opportunities. Once accepted into the program, students are invited to attend more than 130 different programs and events annually through their high school graduation and beyond, choosing to participate in the opportunities that interest them most.
Pathways middle and high school students are invited to this annual festival at Yale West Campus for a full day of lectures, hands-on demonstrations, student panels, science exploration games, and tours of the state of-the-art West Campus facilities. The event invites 150 Pathways students to explore Yale West Campus with the guidance of more than 50 Yale scientists and students. Past themes for the festival include “Colors & Dyes” and “The Science of Energy”.
Pathways students get a behind-the-scenes look at the Wright Laboratory and undertake hands-on activities that reveal how Wright Lab researchers can make the invisible visible. The Wright Lab has been transformed to house a unique combination of state-of-the-art research facilities and technical infrastructure and is advancing frontiers of physics through a broad research program in nuclear, particle, and astrophysics.