STEM

Yale is committed to making our community a national leader in STEM education, with the goal of increasing the number of students from the greater New Haven area who attend college and complete a degree in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics field. Our strong relationship with our neighbors in local public school districts has created a unique opportunity to build a programmatic model to inspire the next generation of scientists. Each year, Pathways to Science invites local students to more than 150 free programs and events to explore multiple areas of STEM and learn about cutting-edge research from Yale professors and students.

STEM Programs

Anatomy Teaching Program at Hill Regional Career High School

Students and faculty from the Yale School of Medicine help teach anatomy and physiology lessons to Hill Regional Career High School students in New Haven. Juniors enrolled in anatomy and physiology courses visit the Yale Medical School Anatomy Lab twice per month. Activities range from learning about anatomy from dissected cadavers, to practicing aspects of physical exams and ultrasounds.

Brain Bee

For students in grades 8-12, Yale’s annual Brain Bee is a free neuroscience competition that tests students’ understanding how the brain functions. Competing students can flex their brain knowledge to win prizes as groups or as individuals. After the competition, students interact with Yale neuroscience majors and hear neuroscience talks from Yale faculty.

Cancer Research Opportunities for Youth (CROY)

Cancer Research Opportunities for Youth (CROY) provides Yale Pathways to Science high school students with hands-on experience, mentoring, and collaboration within the cancer research pipeline. Participating students identity with a group underrepresented in science. These laboratory internships embed students within research teams engaged in all aspects of cancer research.

Celentano Biotech, Health, and Medical Magnet School & Bishop Woods Architecture and Design Magnet School Partnerships

Yale’s partnerships with Celentano School and Bishop Woods School are designed to supplement the schools’ efforts in implementing biotech, health, architecture, and design magnet themes.

Code Haven

Code Haven is an undergraduate student organization at Yale University dedicated to introducing students to computer science at a young age. Every week, Yale students teach computing lessons at middle schools in the New Haven district, engaging students with online lessons, group activities, and classroom-wide demonstrations.

Code Haven TEACHTECH

TeachTech is Code Haven’s one-day conference for middle and high school teachers interested in incorporating computer science into their classrooms. Teachers learn about computer science fundamentals, how to demonstrate these concepts to students in an engaging way, and basic software that they can implement in their classrooms to make CS more appealing to students.

CT SEED

Hosted by Graduate Student Women Engineers, Connecticut Students Exploring Engineering Day (CT SEED) is an introduction to engineering for students from across Connecticut. Students are invited to Yale’s campus for a day of hands-on engineering activities and panel discussions. Parents are also invited to join for an information session about supporting their children’s’ interest in STEM careers.

Cushing Center at the Cushing/Whitney Medical Library

Named in honor of the father of modern neurosurgery, Yale graduate Dr. Harvey Cushing, this exhibit includes more than 450 specimen jars of patients’ brains and tumors, surgical illustrations, personal diaries, photographs of patients & pathology slides, memorabilia and 22 discovery drawers to explore. The Cushing Center offers weekly tours of the collection and is open to the public.

Demos

Yale undergraduate student volunteers teach weekly science classes at eight local New Haven elementary schools, using demonstrations and hands-on activities to teach basic science principles. The Demos group also leads StarLab, which presents basic astronomy in a mobile planetarium at a number of events on campus.

Design for America

Design for America (DFA) is a national organization with chapters in universities throughout the country. Made up of a diverse group of graduate and undergraduate students, DFA teaches design concepts through hands-on projects that aim to improve the New Haven community.

Discovery to Cure High School Internship Program

Discovery to Cure exposes students to laboratory research and promotes interest in science and medicine. Rising high school seniors spend six weeks working in a laboratory with a scientist learning research techniques such as gel electrophoresis, RTPCR, and electron microscopy. Since its inception in 2003, over 260 high school students, undergraduates and high school teachers have successfully completed the program.

Engineering Explo

At Engineering Explo, GradSWE (Graduate Student Women Engineers) invites Pathways middle school students to discover the marvels of engineering. At this fair-like event, students and families grab a “passport” and explore mechanical, electrical, biomedical, chemical, and environmental engineering through hands-on activities and demonstrations.

Environmental Education Collaborative (EECO)

EECO is Yale’s first student organization dedicated solely to promoting environmental education in the wider New Haven community. EECO develops and implements place-based environmental curriculum in collaboration with New Haven schools. EECO is exploring new ways to expose students we work with to environmental curriculum, such as conducting field trips and implementing nature-based projects in participating schools.

EVOLUTIONS

The Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS Program (EVOking Learning & Understanding Through Investigations Of the Natural Sciences) engages high school students in informal learning and provides work opportunities. Students spend at least one day per week after school learning about science, preparing for college, developing job skills, and making new friends.

FIRST Robotics: For Inspiration and Recognition of Science Technology

Hill Regional Career and Amistad high school students— assisted by local companies, Yale students, and volunteers—design, assemble, and test a robot capable of performing a specified task in competition with other teams. The program demonstrates to students the fun and competitive spirit that can exist in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Flipped Science Fair

The Flipped Science Fair, hosted by Yale Science Diplomats, flips the traditional science fair format on its head: middle school student judges evaluate graduate students and post docs presenting their current research. Middle school students learn about cutting-edge research from real Yale scientists in a small-group setting, with plenty of opportunities to ask questions and participate in hands-on demonstrations.

Funbotics

Yale Funbotics is a seven-session workshop where Pathways middle school students build robots in teams with guidance from Yale College students. The series is designed to teach core engineering skills, team building, critical thinking, and problem solving while having fun. At the end of the program, students and their newly-built robotic creations face-off in a cone-stacking competition.

Girls' Science Investigations (GSI)

Girls’ Science Investigations is a program that empowers girls in science by giving them both guidance and hands-on experience. On four Saturdays throughout the year, GSI runs theme-based programs for middle school girls to encourage them to pursue careers in science. Yale professors and students teach the programs, conduct demonstrations, and lead the girls in hands-on activities in laboratory environments.

Graduate Student Women Engineers (SWE)

GradSWE at Yale is part of the Society of Women Engineers, an international organization committed to promoting women in engineering. Together with Pathways to Science, GradSWE runs numerous Engineering Days for middle and high school students throughout the year. The goal of Engineering Day is to show attendees that learning a new skill to a level that lets them build a real robot or conduct a true scientific experiment does not need to be intimidating.

Green Careers, Women Leaders

Green Careers, Women Leaders is an annual day-long conference for high school girls hosted by graduate students at the Yale School of the Environment. Students have the chance to interact with entrepreneurs and leaders from the fields of renewable energy, clean water, sustainable food, health and wellness, urban planning, ecology, environmental justice, and architecture.

Have Bones, Will Travel

Have Bones, Will Travel is a program offered to elementary, middle, and high schools in New Haven. The program aims to foster science enthusiasm and interest in the nursing profession. Volunteers from the Yale School of Nursing teach students about the marvels of human anatomy through engaging hands-on activities while emphasizing the importance of decisions that can affect their long-term health.

Health Professionals Recruitment and Exposure Program (HPREP)

HPREP aims to provide students with the skills and necessary resources to succeed in the college-application process by providing instructional classroom sessions, workshops, and one-on-one meetings. By the end of the program, each student will have drafted and edited their first college essay and successfully completed a health-related research project and oral presentation.

Hill Regional Career High School Partnership

The Yale partnership with Hill Regional Career High School provides students access to Yale classes, laboratories, and structured internships. In addition to the Anatomy Teaching Program, the Yale Simulation Academy invites students to the state-of-the-art Center for Medical Simulation to practice hands-on medical treatments.

Julia Robinson Math Festival

The Julia Robinson Math Festival inspires students to explore the richness and beauty of mathematics through activities that encourage collaborative and creative problem-solving. At the festival, students choose from more than a dozen tables where volunteers guide students through a set of intriguing math problems and puzzles, supporting students as they work together.

LHC Masterclass: Become a Physicist for Day

The LHC Masterclass pairs high school students in grades 11 – 12 with Yale Physicists to explore actual physics analysis on real data collected at the Large Hadron Collider in Geneva, Switzerland. The event features lectures on particle and nuclear physics, hands-on coding experience, and a live video connection to the CERN control room with young scientists around the world.

Marsh Botanical Garden (MBG)

Sitting on eight acres, with impressive diversity of plant collections in six greenhouses and outdoor gardens, Marsh Botanical Garden (MBG) offers support for researchers, faculty, and students at Yale, as well as an informative and inspirational experience for visitors. MBG also hosts educational tours of collections and the monthly “Green Café.”

Math Mornings

Math Mornings is a series of lectures and demonstrations aimed at bringing the joy and variety of mathematics to students and their families. Speakers from Yale and elsewhere talk about aspects of mathematics that they find fascinating or useful. Students and families are invited to play math games and then attend engaging talks about mathematical concepts.

MATHCOUNTS

MATHCOUNTS outreach at Yale brings math programming to local students by having Yale students lead weekly after-school sessions. Yale coaches use applied and creative problems to inspire students to see math as an exciting and ever-present part of the world, to reinforce the topics that they are learning in school, and to prepare students for a district-wide competition in the spring.

Medical Mornings

Medical Mornings is a lecture series hosted by the Yale Department of Medicine Diversity Committee. Each event is designed for families and involves a lecture by a Yale Medical School professor and hands-on health-related demonstrations by Yale medical students and organizations. Hands-on demonstrations include healthy and unhealthy pig lung specimens, blood pressure kits, and more.

MedSci

MedSci is an undergraduate organization that educates New Haven students about interesting and useful health skills through a scientific lens. MedSci introduces elementary students to higher level biological concepts by using health examples they can relate to, such as fevers and allergies. The program is free for participants and is currently available in the New Haven area.

New Haven Science Fair

The annual New Haven Science Fair offers mentoring for students and professional development for teachers on investigative hands-on science-fair projects that promote scientific skills and research communication. More than 8,000 New Haven students and 43 schools participate annually, utilizing more than 160 volunteers for mentoring and judging. Yale community members make up over 80% of the judges and mentors in the program.

NEWT Café

The Nanotechnology-Enabled Water Treatment Center (NEWT) is a multi-university collaboration that aims to make the production of clean water more sustainable and cost effective. Yale graduate students involved with the center host an annual event that brings Pathways students to campus to learn how scientists utilize nanotechnology to enhance water-treatment methods.

Open Labs and Science Café

Yale Open Labs is a group of scientists interested in sharing their science with others. They host an event called Science Café where students get to learn about exciting new research at Yale from the scientists doing the work. Presenters give a short engaging talk about their work and students get to meet scientists from all over campus in Q&A and interactive demonstrations.

Pathways Bones, Biology, and Behavior: Understanding Human Osteology

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.

Pathways Brain Education Day

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 Building a Battery with Nanomaterials @ The Yale Energy Sciences Institute

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.

Pathways Discover Chemistry Day

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.

Pathways DIY Microscope Build

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.

Pathways Engineering Days

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.

Pathways Environmental Science Café

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.

Pathways Exploring the Intersection of Physics, Engineering, & Biology

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.”

Pathways Exploring the Yale Farm

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.

Pathways Exploring Yale’s Marsh Botanical Gardens and Greenhouses: World Plant Diversity and Evolution

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.

Pathways Genetics Days

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.

Pathways Health Careers Day: A Day in the Life

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.

Pathways Ophthalmology Day

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.

Pathways Play Cafés

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.

Pathways Public Health Day

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 Reproductive Physiology Day

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.

Pathways Summer Scholars Program

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 to Environmental Engineering Monitoring Connecticut's Air Quality

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.

Pathways to Science

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 to Science Festival @ West Campus

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 Wright Laboratory Tour

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.

Peabody Museum Annual Events

Each year, the Peabody Museum hosts several public events for the community, most notably the annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Legacy of Environmental and Social Justice event in January and Fiesta Latina! in October. Though these programs will evolve with the Museum’s renovation, both events will continue to be free and open to the public. The Peabody Museum also sponsors numerous lectures and talks throughout the year.

Peabody Museum Education Programs for K-12 School Groups

Each year, the Peabody Museum provides educational programs on biology, paleontology, geology, ancient civilizations, and social studies to more than 25,000 students from Connecticut, Massachusetts, New York, and Rhode Island. During the Museum’s 3 year renovation, school programs will continue at Peabody’s Community Education Center located at Yale’s West Campus.

Peabody Museum of Natural History

The Yale Peabody Museum of Natural History houses a diverse collection of 13 million objects that includes Egyptian mummies, samurai swords, and animals and plants from across the world. The museum’s paleontological collections rank among the most historically important fossil collections in the world. The Peabody also offers an increasing number of online programs and activities for all ages, and their online catalog houses digital images of more than 163,000 specimens, artifacts, and objects.

Play2PREVENT Lab - ForAGirl Program

Using an innovative videogames research program at the play2PREVENT and play4REAL Labs at the Yale Center for Health & Learning Games as a platform, the ForAGirl program provides training and mentorship to summer program participants in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math, medicine, and research. Scholars learn about serious and commercial game development, game intervention design and evaluation methods, data collection and analysis, and community engagement.

Resonance

Resonance is an annual event hosted by Yale Synapse that brings high school students to Yale’s campus for a day of hands-on demonstrations, presentations by Yale professors, and tours of Yale’s science facilities. Breaking away from traditional scientific teaching, Resonance presents science in a way that is applicable to students’ daily lives and future goals.

Sci.CORPS

Sci.CORPS (Science Career Orientation & Readiness Program for Students) is a program open to students who have participated in the Yale Peabody EVOLUTIONS program for at least two years. After a period of training and community service, participants receive paid work experience as science interpreters at the Peabody Museum of Natural History.

Science Haven

Science Haven is a collaboration between Open Labs, Yale Science Diplomats, and New Haven neighborhood leaders designed to engage Yale graduate students more deeply in their neighborhoods through hands-on science demos at community gatherings. Through attending neighborhood leadership meetings and connecting with families, Science Haven aims to inspire students to pursue a career in science and to help adults to see scientists as approachable.

Science in the News

Science in the News is a series of lectures given by Yale graduate students in the sciences. Past lecture topics have included “What You Should Know about Antibiotics,” and “Our Future in the Cosmos.” The series is organized and hosted by the Yale Science Diplomats, a campus group devoted to educating the public about science issues that affect them and encouraging scientists to become engaged in the political process.

Science on Saturdays

This award-winning lecture series features scientists whose passion for their work inspires us all. Each event involves a lecture by a Yale professor and engaging science demonstrations by Yale College students. Past topics have included “How to Grow a New Head: The Secret of Eternal Life” and “Peering into the Dark Side of the Universe.”

SheCode

SheCode aims to lower the barriers for girls participating in computer science and to foster an interest in innovative technology and problem-solving by teaching programming skills to young girls in a highly supportive environment. Through SheCode, Yale undergraduates teach New Haven middle and high school girls in Yale Pathways to Science how to create basic programs using Scratch, CSS, and Python.

Splash at Yale

Splash at Yale is a biannual event that brings local middle and high school students to Yale University for one day of unlimited learning. Students take classes in a variety of both conventional and unconventional subjects taught by Yale undergraduate and graduate students. Splash at Yale also hosts Sprout, a similar program that gives students the opportunity to delve deeper into one topic, meeting three times for a series of workshops.

Stem Mentors

STEM Mentors connects high school students with undergraduate and graduate students in STEM to challenge common misconceptions about the sciences and about the people who study them. STEM Mentors hosts a variety of events throughout the year, including a panel discussion on choosing the right college, a college application workshop, and a health sciences career fair.

Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI)

The Yale Summer Science Research Institute (SSRI) connects highly qualified Yale Pathways to Science students with science research internships at Yale. During the summer, students participate in a series of workshops and activities that supplement their internship experiences and enhance their scientific research skills. Students are paired with Yale undergraduate mentors, who provide one-on-one-one guidance throughout the six-week internship experience.

The Green Café

The Green Café is a monthly interactive presentation for plant scientists, gardeners, environmentalists, and others hosted by Marsh Botanical Gardens. Recent themes have included “Bonsai for Everyone” and “Chocolate: Hot or Not.” The intent is to foster creativity in plant research, encourage “budding” scientists to consider careers in a plant-based scientific discipline, and to share the value of plant research with the public.

The Wonderful World of Chemistry: A Magic Show

Advances in chemistry have been behind some of the most significant improvements in our quality of life over the last century; whether it’s medicine, cosmetics, or movie effects, chemistry is everywhere. In this one-hour interactive show, students and their family members are introduced to basic concepts in chemistry through a series of magical demonstrations by experts from the Yale Department of Chemistry.

Ulysses S. Grant Program

The Ulysses S. Grant Program is a six-week academic summer program for talented and motivated middle school students from New Haven Public Schools held on the Yale University campus. Since 1953, U.S. Grant has drawn upon the enthusiasm of Yale undergraduates to deepen students’ current interests and explore completely new ones, while developing their critical thinking and collaborative skills.

Urban Resources Initiative (URI)

Urban Resources Initiative (URI) is a university not-for-profit partnership actively engaged in community forestry activities throughout New Haven. Its mission is to foster community-based land stewardship, promote environmental education, and advance the practice of urban forestry. URI GreenSkills is a local green jobs program that employs high school students and adults though the planting of trees. GreenSkills connects youth to their communities, their environment, and each other.

Yale Center for Analytical Sciences (YCAS)

YCAS Young Scholars is an intensive, two-week summer program geared to promising high school juniors and seniors interested in math and science. Students are introduced to biostatistics and statistical computing using the R programming language, and to research methods used in medical science. Students work in teams, using real health science data, to address study questions and develop a final presentation of their work.

Yale Environmental Film Festival

Sponsored by the Yale School of the Environment, the Environmental Film Festival at Yale (EFFY) is one of America’s premier student-run environmental film festivals. In addition to highlighting the brightest environmental storytelling of the past year, the festival brings celebrated directors and creatives to campus for workshops and discussions of how we can move forward constructively as environmental storytellers.

Yale Farm

The Yale Farm is a lush and productive teaching farm that produces vegetables, fruits, herbs, and flowers, as well as providing a home to free-ranging chicken flocks and honey bees. It provides a place where the community can come together to learn about the agriculture and the complex systems that feed us. The farm hosts workshops, seminars, open workdays, and a program for New Haven public school second graders.

Yale Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program Outreach Site Visits

The Neuroscience Outreach Program invites students to Yale’s campus to explore neuroscience on through lectures, hands-on demonstrations, and a tour of the Cushing Center, all led by current graduate students. At interactive demo stations, students can use their muscles to power a robotic claw, record electrical changes in neurons from a cockroach leg, and learn how common brain teasers work.

Yale Landscape Lab

The Yale West Campus Landscape Lab fosters growing collaborations across Yale and beyond, connecting more than 20 professional schools, departments, organizations, and student groups across the University. Partners include the schools of Medicine, Nursing, Architecture, Public Health, and Yale College. Numerous student groups utilize the West Campus Landscape Lab as a place to put their ideas into action.

Yale Latino Network Group STEM Workshop

The Yale Latino Network Group seeks to strengthen the professional and social relationships between Latino employees, the university, and the outside community. Each year, the group invites Pathways middle school students to explore science and engineering with its members for a day of hands-on workshops. The most recent event included a design-thinking workshop, where students built prototypes of superhero beds at the Yale Center for Engineering, Innovation, and Design with Yale’s Design for America student organization.

Yale Physics Olympics

The Yale Physics Olympics brings more than 100 high school students to compete in teams on a variety of physics-related tasks that get students to practice the skills of experimental physicists. Each year, 50 teams guided by a high school teacher compete. Awards are given to the three best performing teams.

Yale School of the Environment Research Day

Research Day is an annual scientific conference at the Yale School of the Environment. Scientists present their work on environmental topics such as how air pollution impacts our health. grasshopper personalities, and the consequences of littering. The event uses multiple formats, including describing research using only the 1,000 most common words in the English language and poster presentations. Ten Pathways high school students are invited as the youngest members of the conference.

Yale Science Diplomats

Yale Science Diplomats (YSD) is a group of graduate students and postdoctoral fellows dedicated to science communication, outreach, and advocacy. YSD brings science to the public in exciting and accessible ways through initiatives such as Science in the News, the Flipped Science Fair, and Science Haven—all with the goal of fostering a scientifically informed electorate. In doing so, YSD also trains scientists in effective communication and advocacy skills to support a community-based approach to science education.

Yale Simulation Academy

The Yale Simulation Academy is a procedural-based anatomy and physiology curriculum spanning the school year. Students from Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven come to the Yale Center for Medical Simulation (YCMS) one day a week where they work with physicians and faculty at the Yale School of Medicine. The YSA exposes students to the varied careers within the biomedical sciences, promotes peer mentorship, and supports those interested in higher education.

Yale Social Robotics Open House

The Yale Social Robotics Lab focuses on building models of human social behavior, especially the development of early social skills. Scientists in the lab use computational modeling and interactive robots to explore questions about social development that are difficult or impossible to investigate with other disciplines. Each year, the lab hosts an open house for families and students of all ages. Guests tour the lab, see live robot demonstrations, learn about past and current projects, and have an opportunity to chat with lab members about their research.

Yale Synapse

Synapse is the educational outreach arm of Yale Scientific Magazine. It aims to inspire New Haven public school students to pursue careers in science, engage in research, and even try their hand at scientific journalism. Synapse conducts science demonstrations at six Science on Saturdays events each year and also organizes the annual Resonance program, a day of science enrichment at Yale for high school students.

Yale Undergraduate Aerospace Association: Launching and Building Rockets

Pathways students are invited to build their very own rockets with students from Yale’s Undergraduate Aerospace Association. Following the build, students launch the rockets and compete to see which team can launch their rocket the farthest.

Yale West Campus Science Exploration

This event invites students in 3rd - 6th grade and their families to Yale’s West Campus for an afternoon filled with science. The event features videos, demonstrations, and hands-on activities led by Yale graduate students. Students learn about robots, virtual reality, electronics, and more.