Foundation of The Carolinas

McClintock Partners in Education
The Summer Science Experience - Sixth Grade Science Sleuths and Ten80 PLUS

The Summer Science Experience - Sixth Grade Science Sleuths and Ten80 PLUS for 7th/8th graders - sponsored by a community partnership, McClintock Partners In Education (McPIE), engages 200 students at McClintock Middle School each summer in two weeks of hands-on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) discovery with follow-up opportunities throughout the school year. With a large at-risk population (927 students, 83% economically disadvantaged, 78% minorities), McClintock has embraced project-based 21st century learning to effectively engage students from all socioeconomic backgrounds.

Each summer, Sixth Grade Science Sleuths serves as a gateway program for 100 incoming 6th graders who spend two weeks investigating science. Using Camp Invention and Discovery Education, students are introduced to environmental, life, and physical science concepts.  With Friday Field Trips to UNC-Charlotte and Edison Nation, they learn about future college opportunities and careers. In Ten80 PLUS, 100 rising 7th/8th graders experience hands-on learning by choosing three of five tracks for their two-week summer science experience: Ten80 Racing -- Science of NASCAR, Fly to Learn -- virtual flight teaching physics and math, Raspberry Pi Coding -- physical computing and programming, Wet and Wild -- water quality and ecosystems, and McClintock MakerSpace -- underwater robotics and 3D printing. Friday Field Trips to Motorsports Labs, Charlotte Aviation Museum, Catawba Riverkeeper, and other partners provide a chance to learn about careers. In both programs, students receive 40 hours of direct contact instructional time with teachers much of which is focused on scientific inquiry, plus 2 Friday Field Trips focused on future pathways.

At the end, they present their discoveries and inventions to parents and volunteers. During the academic year, students have the opportunity to take STEM electives and participate in STEM-related clubs as part of McPIE's Family Night program - Robotics, Ten80 Racing, Computer Building, Mobile App Design, and more-- a time to continue hands-on learning and interact with STEM professionals and college interns pursuing STEM degrees. By the end of the 3 years, 600 students will have had the opportunity to participate in The Summer Science Experience and its yearlong follow-up activities, opening the door to new future pathways.


Linda Cagley
V.P. - Funding and Partnerships
McClintock Partners in Education