|The Stars Challenge
science programs for talented middle school students
Summer Camp at Sandy Hook: Our marine science camp is all set and ready to go! The Hook will be open May 1, 2013. We'll be doing the camp in cooperation with NOAA at their James J. Howard Marine Sciences Lab on Sandy Hook -- a real live working government marine sciences lab. The lab is right next door to MAST. The teachers will all be from MAST as usual. Check our our brochure or go directly to our application and join us!
The Stars Challenge is a science enrichment program for 6th through 9th graders that is hosted by Monmouth University in Monmouth County, NJ. Our goal is to get more top students -- students who can become innovators -- involved in science and technology and ultimately to maintain America's historical lead in technology and innovation.
We start with excellent teachers. Then we focus on real-world problems where students can work in small groups to create innovative solutions. We want to stimulate and nurture the students' passion and curiosity about science. We want our students to understand how they can use science and technology to make a positive impact on society.
We offer three programs:
The Stars Challenge at Monmouth University is our flagship program for top middle school students. Courses are taught at Monmouth University in the evening during fall and winter semesters.
The Stars Science Competition is held at Monmouth University each January and is an opportunity for teacher-led teams of middle school students to create solutions to challenges in their school or community.
Summer Camp at Sandy Hook is a one-week marine science program that is located on Sandy Hook and is supported by NOAA.
We will begin our eighth academic year of The Stars Challenge at Monmouth University this fall. So far, we've taught 62 courses with over 924 students. Check out our courses offerings at The Stars Challenge at Monmouth University. Take a look at pictures from all our previous courses in our Gallery.
We will hold our 2013-14 Stars Science Competition in January, 2014 among teams of students led by teachers. The competition is hosted by Monmouth University and the first prize is $1,000 to the winning teacher to spend on science in his or her classroom. Click here for a nice Asbury Park Press article about the Stars Science Competition.
We will offer Summer Camp at Sandy Hook this summer. This is a hands-on course with both lab and field work that explores the marine life and habitat of Sandy Hook's beaches and estuaries. We're offering this camp in cooperation with NOAA; all our instructors are from MAST (right next door). For more information, see Summer Camp at Sandy Hook.
News and Announcements:
Now Accepting Applications for Summer Camp at Sandy Hook (3-5-2013)
We're now accepting applications for our Summer Camp at Sandy Hook, supported by NOAA, that begins July 8. Check out our courses offerings at
Summer Camp at Sandy Hook
APP Article about Summer Camp at Sandy Hook (1-29-12)
A nice article from the Asbury Park Press about Summer Camp at Sandy Hook. It's from 2012.More
Asbury Park Press Article on Science Competition (12-7-10) (pdf)More
Asbury Park Press article on The Stars Challenge (12-3-09) (pdf)
A nice article in the Asbury Park Press about us!More
Two River Journal article (10-09) (pdf)
Nice article in the Two River Journal about The Stars Challenge! Plus some fun pictures from our classes.More
Students Present to Monmouth County Environmental Council (4-25-08).JPG
Students from Mr. Coe's Fall 2007 "The Environment and You" course presented the results of their analysis of Whale Pond Brook to the Monmouth County Environmental Council in Freehold.More
Two River Times article on Dr Greg Olsen (1-20-07) (pdf)
Dr. Greg Olsen, entrepreneur and space traveler, spoke at out Celebration Event in January, 2007. Check out the Two River Times article about his talk.More
The Hub and Atlanticville newspaper article (5-10-07) (pdf)More