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Summer Science &Leadership Program

Grand Rapids WhiteWater Summer Science & Leadership Program

The Grand River is the heart of our city and the intersection of its history, business, ecology and social scene.  The Grand Rapids WhiteWater 10-day Summer Science and Leadership Program takes learning outside the classroom where you will:

  1. Conduct hands-on science investigations around sturgeon, aquatic species, and the federally-endangered snuffbox mussel.
  2. Learn about and practice principles of Design Thinking, a process for creativity and innovation.
  3. Work with scientists, business owners and civic leaders invested in our communities.
  4. Present your research to community leaders working to build a sustainable future.

Students who successfully complete the program requirements of attendance, research report, team presentations, and career profile will earn a $200 educational stipend.

Our program is committed to following the most up-to-date COVID protocols established by the CDC and Michigan Department of Health and Human Services for our indoor and outdoor classrooms, including but not limited to current mask mandates, guidelines for social distancing, and eating food. Because we may choose to wear masks to honor additional guidelines for the people we meet and places we travel, all students must be equipped with and use an appropriate mask (or use one supplied by the program) when asked by the instructor. 

Program Details

Program Dates: July 8-19, 2024 (Monday to Friday, no weekends)
Time: 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Locations: Grand Rapids Public Museum
Ages: Incoming high school juniors and seniors, Fall 2024

How to Apply:
2023 Application information is now available. Please click on the links below to apply. You may apply online using the google form links below, or download a PDF copy of the application and the adult recommendation form and mail them to the address provided. Applications will begin being accepted beginning May 1, 2024.

Online Registration Using Google Forms:
2024 Summer Science & Leadership Program Application

2024 Adult Recommendation Form

Please send any questions or concerns to David Koning at