What is Horizons?
The Horizons program's mission is to drive genuine and inclusive culture change for middle and high school students from all backgrounds. Our aim is to provide tools to help our participants excel in STEAM and attend college well prepared to pursue employment, advanced degrees and eventually assume leadership roles in STEAM.
We believe that the adolescent years are very crucial in a person's development. During this time, young people are investigating their identity, which is often based on the things or people around them and how they interact with them. From this, they tend to formulate “conclusions” about themselves and their career goals as compared to a societal norm. While children from all backgrounds show aptitude in science, engineering, and mathematics, not all choose to pursue careers in these areas. We're hoping that encouragement at this pivotal age may make the difference.
Through fun and challenging hands-on projects, the Horizons curriculum uses an integrated instructional module in mathematics, science and engineering that is supported by the arts and technology. We believe in a holistic approach to education. Additionally, it is important to foster growth and balance in the life of a participant in every course. Thus, the life skills component further enhances instruction as participants build confidence, personal insight, leadership skills and team spirit in an emotionally supported learning environment.
At Horizons, participants are taught by a diverse staff of educators. Our young guests are also accompanied and mentored by program assistants who are undergraduate or graduate college students who excel in STEAM disciplines. Group sizes are small so that each participant has the opportunity to form a lasting relationship with staff and peers.
Horizons I (Potsdam, NY) will accept approximately 72 participants for each week. Horizons II (Potsdam, NY) will accept approximately 48 participants for each week. Horizons III (Potsdam, NY) will accept approximately 20 participants for each week.
New for 2020, our Beacon, NY, campus will host a one week day camp (Horizons 1) and will accept approximately 24 participants.