The Marshalltown Science Bound program began in 2005 as a pilot funded by the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) through Science Bound. With community support, the program had its official start in 2017.
The Marshalltown High School program launched the 2017-2018 year with a Backyard Bash, which included leadership and team building activities. Students also participated in the local Homecoming Parade in the fall, and the Earth Day Trash contest in the spring.
Additionally, students prepared for oral justifications in the spring (100% completion) and began applying for summer ASTEM experiences to meet the 40 hour program requirement. Students also met with the incoming 8th grade SB students to share the benefits of remaining in the program.
Miller Middle School Science Bound students kicked off their year with an overnight orientation experience in August, where they were joined by Denison’s 8th graders. The group then participated in the program kick-off, learned about environmental sciences and goal setting at the Boone Y Camp retreat, and completed exemplary science fair projects and reflection essays.