Integrating Talented High School Students in Science-oriented …

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Integrating Talented High School Students in Science-oriented Academic Studies, Together With Pedagogical and SEL SupportOrni Meerbaum Salant

Tuesday, May 21, 2024, 8:00 – 9:00 am, Lawrence D. McHugh Hall, Room MCHU 201

Integrating talented high school students in scientific studies can be challenging, both personally and academically. The Future Scientists Center’s Odyssey Program enables talented and gifted youth to engage in academic studies in the sciences and gain hands-on experience in research laboratories. The program emphasizes the development of cognitive, personal, and interpersonal skills and competencies from a young age. Students face the same high academic standards as their adult counterparts, including completing coursework and receiving academic credit. Over the course of the program, students face a range of challenges and difficulties. In order to support students’ learning and to reduce attrition, we have developed a “scaffold” approach, wherein students are given tailored assistance to support their academic studies. The support program provides students with academic, personal, and interpersonal skills, and is based on social-emotional learning competencies and the acquisition of 21st century skills.