Haley Rigsby, a junior at STEM School Chattanooga, has been accepted into the BASF Summer Science Academy. BASF hosts a two-week summer residential program for 20 outstanding high school students between their junior and senior year. The program, developed by BASF, is held at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, N.J.
“This is a huge accomplishment and honor for Haley, STEM School Chattanooga, and Hamilton County Schools,” said Shannon Seigle, a science teacher at STEM School Chattanooga.
The BASF Science Academy prepares teens for a career in science, technology, engineering or math. Participants work in teams and are exposed to the technology-based workforce of the future including advanced science, business applications and potential careers in chemistry.
Students graduate from the program with two transferable college science credits from Fairleigh Dickinson University and life experience that will help to prepare for their future in higher education.
Participants take a project from molecules to the marketplace as they gain experience in college chemistry labs and develop a marketing strategy for a product to link to consumers. Students also experience chemistry in action by visiting BASF research and development labs to meeting chemists and subject matter experts. Through exposure to real-world chemistry, students observe how the fundamental building blocks of many everyday products begin in the chemistry lab.