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Lander to Host Duke Energy Summer Institute beginning in June

May 12, 2015

Lander University is accepting applications for Duke Energy’s 2015 Summer Institute at Lander, featuring science and computer programs for students in grades five through 12. The enrichment program is sponsored by a grant from Duke Energy and offers talented students a challenging educational experience with opportunities for fun and a taste of life at Lander.

Sessions will begin on June 22 and are scheduled Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. The instructors are faculty members in Lander’s College of Science and Mathematics, and the programs will be conducted in university classrooms and laboratories. Many of the counselors will be Lander students majoring in subjects offered through the College of Science and Mathematics.

The subject of the first program will be the fascinating world of forensics. Lander Biology Professor Dr. T.D. Maze will involve students in the basics of DNA technology and other techniques law enforcement uses to solve crimes. The session, June 22-25, is for rising sixth-through ninth grade students.

Dr. David Slimmer, dean of Lander’s College of Science and Mathematics and professor of physics, will present a program giving students a tour of everyday phenomena using hands-on demonstrations in different areas of physics, chemistry and biology. The program, June 29-July 2, is for rising fifth-through 10th-graders.

The session July 6-9 is titled “Mobile App Programming Using MIT App Inventor 2.” Lander Associate Professor of Computing Dr. Gilliean Lee will teach participants how to use the blocks-based tool to start programming and build fully functional applications for Android devices. Students will build apps of their own in art, music, science, mathematics and games. A limited number of Android devices will be available or students may bring their own Androids to the classes. The program is for rising sixth-through 12th-graders.

Lander Chemistry Professor Dr. Ralph Layland and Chemistry Instructor Jeff Hollifield will lead a session called “The Magic of Chemistry.” They will demonstrate the chemistry of familiar consumer products found in the home, featuring hands-on laboratory experiments. The session, July 13-16, is for rising sixth-through ninth-grade students.

Local school students conduct a chemistry experiment in a Lander University science laboratory as part of the Duke Energy Summer Institute. Applications are now being accepted for the four sessions that begin on June 22.

Applications for the summer institute must be received by May 29 and accompanied by a $120 payment and a letter of recommendation from each student’s science or mathematics teacher or guidance counselor. The fee covers all supplies, snacks and lunch in Lander’s Dining Hall. More information is available and applications may be downloaded at, or by calling Lander’s College of Science and Mathematics at 864-388-8386.