Session 1

STEM: The Science of Motion

How hard is it to build a rocket? Why do tennis balls bounce when dropped from the roof, but eggs shatter? How come I can only fly when I’m on a plane? Why are airbags and seatbelts so crucial in keeping us safe? In this Path, students will use their intuition, with some help from physics, to uncover what makes things go. Students will construct, and sometimes destruct, creative experiments to put Newton’s Laws of Motion to the test. Most of this Path will be spent moving around, so no lazy-bones allowed!

Taking the Reins: Animals and Humans 

Partnering with our neighbor, Ray of Light Farm, and other local facilities, we will seek to understand animal-human connections and how we can learn about ourselves and our place in the world by inter­acting with animals. Students will spend mornings at Ray of Light Farm working with horses to explore many topics, including how humans and horses communicate, being truly present, how our feelings are felt by animals, creating trust, developing empathy, understanding and managing stress, and how to convey intention. Students will have an opportunity each day to work hands-on with the horses through riding, ground work, and grooming. During the afternoons, students will explore the relation­ships between humans and other animals through reading, film, and visiting other facilities, such as A Place Called Hope and the Connecticut Humane Society.

We Get By With a Little Help From Our Friends: Community Service

The Community Service Path is designed for students to experience first-hand the joy of volunteering and how it can lead to future employment or philanthropic opportunities. During this Path, students will help several local non-profit groups, such as Ray of Light Farm (an animal rescue farm), Goodspeed Musicals, and the East Haddam Land Trust. While students provide much-needed assistance, they will learn about the world of non-profits, including how they are organized and funded. Participants can use their altruistic experience as part of the college application essay and résumé as well as to fulfill community services requirements. If this is not enough, students will most certainly have some fun as they serve others! This Path is open to students who are rising juniors, seniors, and postgraduates.

Session 2


Calling all shower singers, musical theater lovers, actors, performers, and other theater-loving folks! Franklin Academy is collaborating with the world-famous Goodspeed Musicals (right here in East Haddam!) to offer this amazing opportunity. Students will work with Franklin Academy faculty and the staff from the Goodspeed to design, create, and perform in a production at the end of the Summer Sojourn session. This summer’s production will include tapping into improv skills as the path creates a murder mystery dinner theater experience! In addition, students will have an exclusive behind-the-scenes tour of the Goodspeed Opera House and tickets to attend a show at the theater.

College Survival

This Path is designed for rising seniors and postgraduates who are college-bound or who want to ex­perience student life to see if college is right for them. Students will engage in daily lessons on topics such as interview skills, social skills, emotional regulation, executive functioning, choosing a major, and more. Spending time on nearby college campuses, we will tour various departments, such as the Office of Financial Aid, Student Services, the Library, and Registrar’s Office and learn why and how to access them. Students will manage downtime by utilizing social and recreational resources on campus and will be required to budget their own money. Each student will develop a PowerPoint presentation on an aspect of college living that they will present to the class and family on the last day of the Path.


Have you ever wondered why some clouds look so fluffy, but others look wispy? Have you ever won­dered how a storm forms, or how those people on the News are able to make predictions about wind speed and rain? Do you want to learn how to decipher the chaos and insanity of weather systems and become a meteorology master? In this Path, we will learn the intricacies and mysteries of the weather we experience every day. We will dive deep into the thermodynamics and climate science that cause the rapid changes and variety in our world’s weather, and together, we shall become expert weather people! If becoming a scientist and being able to predict the future appeal to you, take the Meteorology Path!

Offered Both Sessions

Forensic Science

Have you ever wondered how the “bad guys” get caught? Or, how do you really find a suspect from just a partial fingerprint or a muddy shoe? In this hands-on, science-based Path, students will learn about different methods that crime scene investigators use to catch criminals. Fingerprinting, DNA, blood splatter, toxicology, ballistics, trace evidence, and properly collecting, logging, and analyzing evidence will be taught. Students will also watch crime shows such as CSI, NCIS, Bones, and Forensic Files to compare how these methods are actually used to how they are portrayed on television. Lastly, students will use their new forensic skills to investigate a staged crime scene on campus. Think you can solve it? If so, sign up for the Forensic Science Path and see if you can catch the bad guys!

Worst Case Scenario Survival

Have you ever wondered how to survive being lost at sea or how to land an airplane in an emergency? How do you survive a shark attack? Or perhaps worse – how do you manage an awkward conversation or deal with a terrible roommate? In this Path, we will use the Worst-Case Scenario Survival Handbook series and our creativity to explore solutions to mind-boggling puzzles and situations to verify or refine our best-case solutions to worst-case scenarios. Students will gain insight into problem-solving and learn valuable survival skills, such as fire building and plant identification. Much of our time in this Path will be spent outside, so pack up your sunscreen and bring your imagination!



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