SPARK is a residential science program for curious middle school students who seek to:

  • Immerse themselves in exciting science subjects
  • Gain the foundations necessary for further scientific inquiry
  • Spend two weeks on Brown University’s campus

This two-week program consists of a range of courses that students can chose (either one two-week course or two one-week courses), carefully selected scientific inquiry activities, inspiring science talks, as well as thought-provoking leadership activities. Students will study the foundations of one or two scientific disciplines, while also having the opportunity to participate in programs that help adolescents develop into responsible, globally aware citizens.

The SPARK Experience

The SPARK program is designed to inspire students who have similar interests in the sciences. Students are immersed in a discipline of their choice, get a real taste for being a scientist, and learn to explore and discover. This process allows for stimulating and meaningful learning.

The team building/leadership aspect of the SPARK program introduces students to what it means to excel in the sciences, while becoming responsible, engaged citizens capable of working well in groups. Through age-appropriate activities, talks, and discussions, students will learn how flourish in the field of science, both in and out of the classroom.

The SPARK experience is enriched further through collegiality and collaboration where students from diverse backgrounds work together in teams. Students learn from each other, are inspired by each other, and form lasting friendships. We strive to create an enjoyable, safe, and comfortable environment where each student can live up to his or her full potential. Our aim is to help students to build their self-confidence and grow as individuals. We hope that when students return home, they are transformed and energized to take charge of their learning while remaining connected to a community of students with similar passions.

View Course Details to choose your course(s) and learn more about the SPARK Program.


For middle school students who have completed grades 6 through 8 by the start of the program. The minimum age is 12.

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