Summer Initiatives





Summers at Colgate University

During the summer of 2013, Excellence Community Schools partnered with Beginning with Children to prepare rising 8th-12th grade students for success in and beyond college by hosting the S.T.E.M. & Shakespeare Institute at Colgate University. Over time, the program has evolved into the S.T.E.M. and Politics Institute, open to rising 7th-9th grade Bronx Excellence scholars and alumni. The week-long immersion exposes students to the rigors of college by providing residential and extracurricular activities that deepen understandings of the collegiate experience. Institute participants experience what it is like to be a college student and begin to build the social-emotional and scholastic competencies required to successfully navigate college. 

Past course offerings include:

  • National STEM Video Game Challenge
  • Coding: Website Development
  • Law: Mock Trial
  • Politics: “Lean in Or Dig Deep”, “Great Political Debates”
  • Personal Development: “Live By Design, Not by Default”
  • Shakespeare: Much Ado About Nothing, Julius Caesar, Macbeth, Hamlet
  • Personal Finance
  • Investment Portfolio Challenge
  • Astrophysics
  • Relativity
  • Epidemiology of AIDS
  • Energy and Innovation
  • CAD, Design, Computer Programming and Rapid Prototyping with 3D Printing