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

Learn about how you get your personality -- starting from when you were a toddler!

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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!

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.

Application Form

Release Form

Mentors

Mentor Applications

DEADLINE AND APPLICATION PROCEDURE

Thank you for your interest in Brown Science Prep! You can apply to be a mentor here. The application deadline is Thursday, September 13th, 2018 at 11:59 P.M.

After reviewing the applications, we will conduct 20 minutes interviews from September 15th-18th. Come to the interview with a 5 minute mini-lesson that you can demo for us. For the mini-lesson, you will be provided with a whiteboard and colored markers. Feel free to bring any additional materials that you think would enhance the learning of your students (e.g., powerpoint, handout). We are looking for lessons that are interactive, well-organized, and accessible to high school students without a background in basic sciences.

Decisions will be emailed by 5 P.M. on September 29th.

POSITION DESCRIPTION

We have compiled this informational packet to demonstrate what makes Brown Science Prep (BSP) unique and to help you determine whether you would like to become a part of our BSP family of mentors. This packet includes important information about our mission, our goals, and our structure.

We are looking for Brown students who are equally passionate about science (a science concentration is NOT required) and community outreach. Accordingly, we envision two distinctive yet interconnected roles. As teachers, we seek to impart knowledge and problem-solving skills while promoting independent and creative thinking in our students. As mentors, we seek to foster genuine relationships with our students, enabling them to feel comfortable enough to ask questions, participate actively, and just have a really fun time each Saturday. We promise you that you will learn as much from our students as they will learn from you.

We hope that you will find the following information useful in deciding whether to apply as a mentor!

Contact

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