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Pre-College Programs

A Unique Summer Exploration for High School Students

Western New England's Pre-college Programs are unique opportunities for rising sophomore, junior, and senior high school students to explore new ideas that will spark their passion and creativity. Students will discover new and exciting concepts that will not only put them light years ahead of their classmates, but will also jump start their futures.

This program is scheduled to take place on August 3-7, 2020 (Session 1) and August 10-14, 2020 (Session 2) from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and will be held on Western New England University campus. View the daily schedule here.

About the Program

  • CSI: Western New England

    Session (TBD)

    Do you want to become a real-life Crime Scene Investigator and solve clues to uncover the culprit? CSI: Western New England will put you at the scene of a mock crime, where you’ll learn to conduct a thorough investigation and collect and analyze evidence to identify a perpetrator. Not only will you view a criminal investigation through the eyes of a forensic scientist, but you’ll actually get to investigate your own crime scene through the four areas of forensics: trace evidence, serology and patterned evidence, ballistics, and biometrics.

    Instructor: Katherine Wahlund
    Science Teacher, East Longmeadow High School 

    Kate Wahlund has been teaching high school science for 20 years in Seattle and at East Longmeadow High School. A perpetual student herself, she has earned an undergraduate B.S. degree in Biology, Chemistry, and Education from Keene State College; an M.S. in Science and Special Education from Antioch University; pursued Ph.D. studies in curriculum and instruction from Capella University; and Advanced Graduate Certification in forensic science with concentrations in Serology & DNA from University of Florida. Kate has designed and implemented a successful two-course forensics program at East Longmeadow High School.

  • Introduction to STEM and Robotics

    Session (TBD)

    If the idea of engineering and working with your hands to build an innovative prototype excites you, then this is the place to put your innovative mind and technical know-how to the test! Based on the “hackerspace” concept (which challenges students to build something useful from various components that are provided) this workshop is project-based and hands-on. You’ll learn how to build electronic circuits using various sensors and actuators, program a microcontroller to perform specific tasks, and finally to make your own working robot.

    Instructor: Dr. Neeraj Magotra
    Chair and Associate Professor of Electrical Engineering

    Dr. Neeraj Magotra is a recognized expert in digital signal/image processing and low power embedded system technologies with over 40 years of combined experience in industry and academia. He has previously worked at Sandia National Laboratories, University of New Mexico, and Texas Instruments Incorporated.