NEW BRITAIN - Students from Pulaski, DiLoreto and Slade middle schools geared up for summer learning Tuesday when they celebrated the kickoff of XTREME, a new summer school program beginning in the city next month.
XTREME, which stands for Excellence Through Real-world Experiences and Maximizing Energy, is a program designed to help fight summer learning loss by integrating science, technology, engineering and mathematics into a full-day program.
Students enrolled in the new program celebrated at their schools Tuesday with snacks and activities. Students competed to build boats made of aluminum foil that could hold pennies while floating. After some trial and error, a few students made boats that held over 100 pennies.
The STEM Scouts Mobile Laboratory also made an appearance. The truck, featuring televisions on the outside and inside as well as equipment for experiments, will visit the XTREME program at least once this summer.
XTREME is made up of “at risk” students who have been identified as having the potential of falling behind in math-related courses. It will bring together students who have completed grades six, seven and eight with professionals from the school district, student mentors and community-based organizations. XTREME will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from July 17 to Aug. 18 in the technology wing of New Britain High School.