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Summer Science &Leadership Program

Big City, Little Mussel

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 a hands-on science investigation of 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.

Program Details:
July 6-17 2020
Sessions: 2 sessions, morning or afternoon (Limit 10 per session)
Time: Morning Session 7:30am-12:00pm Afternoon session 12:30pm-5:00pm
Locations: Grand Rapids Public Museum and surrounding locations
Ages: Incoming high school juniors and seniors, Fall 2020

How to Apply:
Applications will be available in February of 2020.

Please send any questions or concerns to David Koning at

How to Apply:
Apply online with our Online Application or download a copy of the Application.

The application deadline is May 1st, 2020. All applications also need to have a recommendation from a non-parent adult and from a teacher. These recommendations are included in the print application or can be filled out online using the following links:
Online Recommendation from non-parent adult
Online Recommendation from teacher

Haga clic aquí para descargar la aplicación en español

Please send any questions or concerns to David Koning at