BSU CityLab offers a week-long, daytime biotechnology outreach program for middle school students called Whale of a Mystery. Students entering grades 6-9 in the fall are eligible to apply.
Two separate one-week sessions will be offered:
Session I, July 7-11, 2014
Session II, July 14-18, 2014
The program meets daily, from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm, at Bridgewater State University.
The fee of $400 per student does not include lunch or transportation.
A limited number of need-based scholarships will be available.
Bridgewater State University Faculty and Staff get a discount applied to final payment.
Deposit due with registration.
REGISTRATION IS NOT YET OPEN. Check back at a later time. Registrations are limited, so please apply early. Last year we filled both weeks very quickly.
To apply online (pay by credit card or electronic check):
Please remember if you are applying for a scholarship, you must fill out the application online as well as complete and return the application Part B.
Part B can be printed here.
To apply by mail (paper check only):
Download the 2014 Application Packet
(non-scholarship and scholarship)
Download the 2014 Poster
This popular program, with a biotechnology and whale theme, draws many applicants from the region and provides an interdisciplinary mix of science, math and language arts.
Students are "hired" as employees of the Bridgewater Animal Forensic Laboratory (BAFL) and are called upon to solve a “mystery.” They work in groups of three to determine if a sample of “whale meat" is from an endangered species that has been sold illegally in a foreign fish market.
Monday through Thursday are spent in the lab analyzing samples, deciphering results and writing up reports. Friday morning is spent preparing materials for the afternoon's "congressional hearing," to which parents, grandparents, etc. are invited as well!
The program meets daily from 8:30 am to 4:00 pm on the Bridgewater State University campus. Most activities take place in the CityLab facility in the new Conant Science and Mathematics Center on Park Avenue .
If you would like to be added to the mailing list for future summer offerings, please contact Kim McCoy by email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (508)531-2630
Whale Resource Links
This page was updated on January 21, 2014