About BSP

Brown Science Prep's Mission

Our mission is to show high school students the excitement of science through interactive, hands-on lessons. Our program is completely free, provides free breakfast, and is open to all high school students.

What Do We Do?

Every Saturday, high school students from all over Rhode Island come to Brown to participate in BSP. We do science experiments and demo-based lessons in an informal environment. Some of our past lessons have included dissecting a fetal pig, learning about the brain, and discovering the science behind candy. We also meet in small groups to talk about what college is like and how to prepare for the application process. At the end of the semester, we bring in Brown scientists to talk to students about their research, career paths, and passion for science.

Check out this article the Brown Daily Herald wrote about us!

A Typical Saturday

10:30 Students arrive at Brown and eat breakfast while talking to our mentors.

11:00 Lesson of the week! Students do experiments and participate in demos during the entire lesson.

Fall 2018 Lessons

Science of Personality

For centuries, thinkers from Freud to Jung to Isabel Briggs Myers have been trying to characterize people using personality trait inventories. To this day, we still don’t know everything about the neurological basis of emotions and personality. Join us for a fun lesson all about neuroscience, developmental psychology, and personality theory! And don’t forget to bring your best acting skills!

Civil Engineering and Megastructures

Are you ready to put on your civil engineering caps and help build some of the biggest structures of a city? This week we will explore the variety of structures and learn about the various considerations a civil engineer must make. We will discover the design choices as well as failures of some of the most famous structures of the world. By the end, you will apply your knowledge to build one of your own!

Search for Extraterrestrial Life and Space Travel

Ever wondered about whether aliens really exist, or how real space travel like in Star Wars really is? Come to BSP this Saturday to learn more about the possibility of aliens, make some crazy bottle rockets, and propose your own space travel mission!

Drug Development and Big Pharma

Have you ever wondered how the medicine you see every day actually affects your body or is created? This week we are going to look into the science behind pharmaceuticals, the drug development process, and the ethics of the companies who make these drugs. Have you ever thought a warhead candy could be sweet? Don't miss the chance to experience a mind-blowing taste experiment!

What is Randomness? Randomness, Probability, and Patterns

What is randomness? What patterns lie hidden in your everyday life? And how can we use what we know about the present to make predictions about the future? Come to BSP this Saturday to learn about all of this and more. Be ready to figure out the secrets of random sampling using M&M’s and learn about probability by being a contestant on our very own game show!

Visual Perception: From Colors to Illusions

Come join BSP this weekend to learn more about the amazing eye this week, and how this little round ball helps us see the world! We'll be looking at wacky optical illusions, learning about how we see color, and see how colored glasses can affect the way we see M&M's!

Meet the Cadaver Day!

Join BSP for an awesome day at the Alpert Medical School, and learn about dissections, healthcare, and a career as a doctor!. Please arrive at the J. Walter Wilson/Page-Robinson Hall lobby by 7:45 AM, after which we will walk over to the medical school as a group! Note that this is earlier than our usual lesson time.

Become a part of BSP!

To join our program, simply fill out appropriate forms below and bring them to the next Saturday lesson. There is no fee associated with the program. Feel free to contact us with any questions!

BSP Forms

Fill out these forms to be a part of BSP! Please note that there are two parent forms -- the Release & Waiver Form and the Media Permission Slip.

Parent Forms

Student Forms

Mentoring Program Forms

These forms are not required for "normal" BSP, only the mentoring program!

Brown Science Prep is thrilled to launch our new one-on-one mentoring program. This program will pair current high schooler seniors with BSP mentors for two years (i.e. through seniors' first year out of high school). For more information, see the details on the release form (or feel free to email us at brownscienceprep@brown.edu. You can either fill out this online form for the mentoring program, or print out and complete the two forms below (either way is fine!).

Application Form

Release Form


Mentor Applications

Mentor applications are closed for Fall 2018. Check back in the Spring :)

Location and Contact

Our lessons are typically in these two locations on Brown's campus:

J Walter Wilson/Page-Robinson Hall (Directions)

Barus and Holley (Directions)

Please reach out at brownscienceprep@brown.edu. We'd love to hear from you!