Black Gems in STEM Summer Program @ Capitol Hill Day School

Embark on an epic adventure with the Black Gems in STEM Summer Program! Designed for rising 5th to 8th-grade students, this summer experience will ignite your child’s passion for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) through a series of thrilling hands-on activities. Join us in Part 1: The Search for the Stolen Black Gems in STEM and Part 2: Time Travel – Looking Back to Move Forward.

Get ready to explore the world of STEM and discover the contributions of Black trailblazers in their respective fields through exciting hands-on activities like an escape room, chemistry experiments, 3D printing, and coding & robotics. But that’s not all! In addition to these STEM adventures, students will engage in morning mindfulness practices like yoga, meditation, and dance, improve their reading, writing, and arithmetic skills, and bond with others through team-building activities. Join us on this unforgettable journey!

Program Details

Capitol Hill Day School
210 S Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003
NOTE THE LOCATION UPDATE (same school, different building)

Dates & Times
Part 1:
July 3 – 14, 2023, Monday – Friday (no session on July 4th) | 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Part 2: July 17 – 28, 2023, Monday – Friday | 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM

Rising Grades 5 – 8

Part 1: $540 (given that there is no session on July 4th)
Part 2: $600
*This cost does not include the registration fee. If you would like to request financial support or request a payment plan, you can still register and describe your financial need at the end of the registration form.

Sample Schedule

8:00 – 9:00 AM Morning Mindfulness
9:00 – 11:00 AMEnrichment Activities
11:00 AM – 12:00 PMLunch and Outdoor Break
*Lunch is not provided. Students are to bring their lunch.
12:00 – 3:00 PMBlack Gems in STEM Hands-on Activities
3:00 – 4:00 PMTeam-building Activities, Reflections, Wrap-up

Frequently Asked Questions

How much does the program cost?

Part 1: $540
Part 2: $600

How many instructors are there?

There will be a lead instructor and a support instructor. In addition to those two instructors, the program coordinator, Denise Smith-Archer, will lead the afternoon activities. There will also be specialty instructors who come in for activities such as yoga and dance. On average, there will be a 1 to 12 instructor-to-student ratio.

Where is the program located?

This year’s summer program will be held at Capitol Hill Day School. The address is 210 S Carolina Ave SE, Washington, DC 20003.

Do students have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the program?

Students do not have to be vaccinated against COVID-19 to attend the program. Whether vaccinated or not, we encourage students, but do not require students and instructors to wear masks.

Are sponsorships or scholarships available?

There will be partial or full sponsorships provided to those families with the greatest need. Please do not let the price of the program stop you from applying. We will do what we can, within reason, to work with you.

How do I register my child?

Registration is a two-part process. Visit and click the appropriate option (registering for Part 1, Part 2, or Part 1 and 2).

To register:
1) Complete the registration form in the description section, and
2) Pay for the registration (“Add to Cart” –> “View Cart” –> “Proceed to Checkout” –> Enter your payment information and pay via PayPal)

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