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Fall 2018 Science Courses
October – December, 2018

The application deadline is extended.

The courses that we’re offering this fall are listed below and longer descriptions follow. We’re accepting applications now. Click here for the brochure (pdf) for our Fall 2018 courses.

  • 6th Grade: Forensics by Ms. Carleigh Engstrom and Ms. Aimée Babbin.  Tuesday evenings at HTHS.
  • 6th and 7th Grade: Explore Our Shore Like Never Before by Ms. Diana Burich.  Saturday mornings at Sandy Hook.
  • 7th and 8th Grade: Olympics of the Mind by Mr. John Valente.  Tuesday evenings at HTHS.
  • 7th and 8th Grade:  Coding and Robotics by Mr. Christopher Hanas.  Tuesday evenings at HTHS.

Key Dates:

  • September 21: Applications due.  The application deadline is extended.
  • September 27: Notification of acceptance by email.
  • October 2: The $500 tuition is due. Please send your check to

The Stars Challenge
PO Box 402
Colts Neck, NJ 07722

  • October 2rd and 6th: Classes start.

Fall 2018 Short Course Descriptions:

  • 6th Grade – Forensics.  Tuesday evenings at HTHS.
    • Did you ever wonder how investigators solve crimes?  Do you enjoy watching episodes of CSI?  Well, this course is for students who love solving mysteries. Each session will provide students an opportunity to build investigative skills and work like a crime scene investigator.  Students take active roles as characters in the mysteries.  Student-sleuths will analyze physical evidence and debate possible hypotheses.  We will learn how to use evidence to reconstruct a crime scene. Labs will show students how to analyze lipstick samples, fiber samples, and mystery powders.  If mysteries have always intrigued you, and you would rather be actively solving them than just reading about them, then this forensics course is perfect for you.  More…
    • Check out the pictures from previous courses in 2016 and 2017
    • Ms. Carleigh Engstrom teaches Molecular and Agricultural Biotechnology at Biotechnology High School.  Ms. Aimée Babbin teaches chemistry and physics at High Technology High School.  More…
    • The class will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8 at High Technology High School in Lincroft, NJ.  Fill out your on-line application here.
    • The tuition is $500.  Some needs based scholarships are available.
  • 6th and 7th Grade – Explore Our Shore Like Never Before.  Staurday mornings at Sandy Hook.
    • Summer may be over but you can still enjoy the beach and learn much more about it. This course provides hands-on investigations of the marine, coastal and estuarine habitats of the New Jersey shoreline. For example, have you ever wondered why waves push your surfboard forward or how rip currents form? You’ll get to know first-hand some of the unique marine life of the Jersey Shore from plankton to crabs, fish, reptiles and mollusks. You will also participate in several dissections. Classes will be held at Sandy Hook where you will participate in hands-on investigations of the park’s salt marsh, barrier beach and maritime forest environments. We will also build Aquabotz. Sound mysterious? Come join us! More…

    • Click here to see photographs from Ms. Burich's courses in Fall 2015 (pdf). Fall 2016 (pdf) and Fall 2017 (pdf).

    • Ms. Burich is the K-12 Program Coordinator of the New Jersey Marine Sciences Consortium on Sandy Hook where she oversees on-site educational programs administered by over 35 field instructors to more than 16,500 children each year. In addition, she facilitates hands-on marine science and ecology programs through NJMSC’s “Oceans to Go!” series. More…

    • This course will meet on Saturdays from 9 until Noon at Sandy Hook beginning October 6. Fill out your on-line application here.
    • The tuition for this course is $500.  Some needs based scholarships are available.
  • 7th and 8th Grade – Olympics Of The Mind.  Tuesday evenings at HTHS.
    • Creativity is the name of the game in this course! With your newly made friends, you’ll use your creativity and knowledge of physical science to create solutions to design challenges. For example, one challenge will be to build a memorial tower to commemorate the 150th anniversary of the founding of your town. You’ll need to design your tower out of a single sheet of copy paper. Winning towers typically reach heights greater then six feet! Another challenge will be to build a marble roller coaster that enables a marble to take the longest time to reach the bottom. A third challenge is pulling your 5 year old daughter up out of a well using only wind power. Will your team win the challenge? This is your opportunity to innovate – to explore. This is Olympics for the mind! More…

    • Click here to see pictures from Mr. Valente’s earlier courses in Fall 2014 (pdf), Fall 2015 (pdf) and Fall 2016 (pdf) and Fall 2017 (pdf).

    • Mr. John Valente is a teacher at the Marine Academy of Science and Technology (MAST). He teaches physics with an emphasis on physical oceanography and he teaches AP physics. He is also the Vice-President of the New Jersey American Association of Physics Teachers and conducts frequent workshops for physics teachers with the goal of improving physics teaching. More…

    • This course will meet on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm at High Technology High School beginning October 2. ​Fill out your on-line application here.
    • Tuition for this course is $500.  Some needs based scholarships are available.

  • 7th and 8th Graders – Coding and Robotics.  Tuesday evenings at HTHS.
    • This course will be a hands-on adventure into the world of coding and how those concepts relate to robotics. You will be exposed to fundamental coding methods using both MIT Scratch and Python. We will then make use of those skills to control an Arduino prototyping board, various VEX robotics sensors, and a VEX robot. Finally, you will be able to use the skills learned to develop your own Scratch, Python, Arduino or VEX project.

      This course is open to both boys and girls; no experience required.  It is nearly identical to Mr. Hanas’ summer Coding and Robotics Camp.  

    • Mr. Hanas is the Engineering and Computer Science teacher at HTHS.  His students won the VEX National TSA Robot Skills Competition in Atlanta last June.   More…

    • This course will be taught on Tuesday evenings from 6:00-8:00 pm at  High Technology High School beginning October 2. Fill out your on-line application here.

    • Tuition for this course is $500.  Some needs based scholarships are available.

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