Summer Science Academy offers kids a life-changing experience

August 12, 2013

An interactive summer learning adventure is in store for 50 high school and middle school students attending the Summer Science Academy at Northwestern Health Sciences University this week. From August 12-16, students from across the Twin Cities will spend five days on Northwestern’s Bloomington campus learning about the human body systems and other science topics.

The Summer Science Academy is free to students. This gives Northwestern the opportunity to reach out to students and families who might not otherwise have such an opportunity. “It’s a great chance to reach out to the underrepresented communities in the Twin Cities,” said Tolu Oyelowo, DC, associate professor, and coordinator of the Summer Science Academy. “It really ties in with our mission to promote community engagement.” Northwestern funds the Science Academy.

The program is in its ninth year. Nearly all students who have attended the Summer Science Academy throughout all four years of high school have enrolled in college. A key factor in the success of the program is the on-going relationships with the mentors from Northwestern, who keep in touch with the high school students throughout the year.

About Northwestern Health Sciences University

For more than 75 years, Northwestern Health Sciences University, based in Bloomington, Minn., has provided world-class professional education and research as well as comprehensive health and wellness services. Its more than 130 faculty members annually teach about 6,500 students pursuing degrees and continuing education in accredited programs in chiropractic, acupuncture, therapeutic massage, Chinese medicine, nutrition and other health treatments. Northwestern has more than 7,500 graduates throughout the U.S. and in 21 countries. For more information, please visit

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