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Day of Discovery (Hillsboro cluster)

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The Day of Discovery at Vanderbilt (DoDV) is open to 7th and 8th grade students at the following schools

  • J. T. Moore Middle Prep
  • Rose Park Magnet Math and Science Middle
  • West End Middle Prep

Students at these schools travel to Vanderbilt University to our laboratory classroom once a week. Students meet from 9:30 a.m.-1:00 p.m. one school day per week and engage in inquiry based STEM learning co-taught by Ph.D. scientists.

Curriculum in the Vanderbilt Classroom

The DoDV STEM curriculum revolves around the expertise and interest of the instructors. Previous topics include:

  • 3D CAD Modeling and Printing
  • Data Science and Analysis
  • Electronics
  • Psychology and Neuroscience
  • Chemistry
  • Plant Science
  • Light and Optics
  • Civil and Structural Engineering

Campus Laboratory Tours and Visits

When possible, students will travel to Vanderbilt campus science labs and STEM facilities to meet world-renowned experts and trainees in cutting cut topics and hear more about their career path. Previous lab tours include:

  • The Department of Cellular and Developmental Biology
  • Center for Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology
  • The Wond’ry Innovation Center
  • Vanderbilt Institute of Nanoscale Science and Engineering
  • The Department of Civil Engineering
  • The Vanderbilt Cell Imaging Shared Resource
  • The Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • Women Interested in Science and Engineering (VU-WISE)
  • Vanderbilt University Institute of Imaging Science
  • Vanderbilt Eye Institute

The DoD team are always open to Vanderbilt STEM professionals interested in meeting our students. Contact Desmond Campbell at for more information.

See more information about applying to Day of Discovery HERE

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