Middle School

STEM

Students from the Blackstone Valley school districts have attended a Saturday STEM conference hosted on the Cummings School campus annually since 2008. Over 100 students from the Blackstone Valley—the southernmost towns in Worcester County, MA—participated. Professionals from a variety of STEM fields were recruited to present workshops designed to excite and motivate middle school students toward a career in science, technology, engineering or math.

The Cummings School also regularly participates in other STEM conferences and career fairs in central MA, many funded or organized through the Central Massachusetts STEM Network (to which the Cummings School is a member). The faculty has presented STEM workshops at the University of Massachusetts Medical School, Mount Wachusett Community College, Fitchburg State University and others to act as a STEM resource.

Gap Junction

Gap Junction is an after-school program for middle school students run by Cummings School student volunteers. Groups of middle school students from surrounding schools are brought to the Grafton campus one afternoon per week for four weeks. During these afternoon sessions, the student volunteers conduct laboratories to illustrate a variety of subjects, including body systems, diseases and disease treatment. This program has been a success story for STEM education and veterinary school outreach in central MA for more than 15 years.

Red Sox Scholars

The Cummings School has hosted the Red Sox Scholars, a group of academically talented and financially challenged middle school students from the Boston Public Schools. These sixth-grade students spent the day holding lambs, grooming the Cummings School's teaching horses, learning about anatomy, gathering rumen contents from Portia, the school's rumen-donor cow and learning the wonders of life on a veterinary school campus.

Gear Up

Worcester East Middle School's Gear Up (Gaining Early Awareness and Readiness for Undergraduate Programs) Program promotes higher education to low-income, first generation students. The Cummings School has hosted the students, providing them with a presentation on careers in veterinary medicine, along with an admissions discussion. In addition, the school's farm staff offered a presentation in order to provide students with an insight into a health professional program/school.