• Newton Program (Advanced High School Mentorship)

  • Newton Program

    (Advanced High School Mentorship)

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    Newton Program

    (Advanced High School Mentorship)

    Newton Program

    (Advanced High School Mentorship)

    Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727) furthered our understanding of Kepler's laws. Newton independently developed the mathematical field of calculus, allowing him to derive the laws of planetary motion directly from his analytical model of gravity.


    The Newton Program is a program designed to allow students to engage in independent study, develop a functional proficiency within a targeted discipline, and apply their skills for the benefit of others.

    Sketch Source: Isaac Newton, Philosophiæ Naturalis Principia Mathematica, 1687.

    Isaac Newton (1643 - 1727) furthered our understanding of Kepler's laws. Newton independently developed the mathematical field of calculus, allowing him to derive the laws of planetary motion directly from his analytical model of gravity.

    The Newton Program is a program designed to allow students to engage in independent study, develop a functional proficiency within a targeted discipline, and apply their skills for the benefit of others.

  • To be enrolled in the Newton Program, students must successfully complete at least 8 / 10 Kepler Program units. Newton Program units span a full semester and focus on interdisciplinary projects in an inverted-classroom setting enabled via the TSoG eLearning platform.

    Once students have completed two Newton units, they are expected to complete a Newton Capstone project; during this project, students will gain real-world experience as they utilize their skills for the benefit of others.

  • Available Program Units

    Newton Program students have the opportunity to tailor their experience to their preferred field of focus. In addition to completing a Newton Capstone Project, students must complete two full-semester program units to graduate from the program.

    Newton Program units are project-based and multidisciplinary in nature, covering content well within the college level. A full list of available Newton units will be posted here soon.

  • Program Educational Objectives

    The Shoulders of Giants’ Mentorship students at all levels should strive to embrace their responsibilities as good citizens of the scientific community. The character traits that this encompasses are detailed on the Mentorship Program Overview page.

    In addition to this personal and professional growth, students enrolled in the Newton Program are expected to develop a functional proficiency within a targeted discipline and use that skill for the benefit of others.

  • Student Assessment and Outcomes

    Students are assessed at expo days at the end of each unit, during which they will showcase their achievements to a panel of experts from a related field. Students must demonstrate satisfactory performance in both technical and communication skills to receive full credit for the unit.

    Throughout the Newton Program, students are expected to achieve the following outcomes:

    (a) Demonstrate a deep understanding of at least one area of technical specialization.
    (b) An ability to identify practical problems and formulate solutions.
    (c) An ability to design and conduct experiments, and analyze and interpret data.
    (d) An ability to design a system, component, or process to meet desired specifications.
    (e) An ability to effectively engage in independent inquiry.
    (f) An ability to compose effective technical writing and presentations.

  • Program Schedule

    Newton Program units are run in an inverted classroom setting, enabled by the TSoG eLearning platform. Students will watch approximately 1 hour of multimedia lecture content per week on their own schedule, then complete in-lab activities and practice problems under faculty guidance. Successfully completing a Newton unit requires a great deal of discipline and hard work.

  • How to Enroll

    Students cannot enroll directly into the Newton Program, as they must first complete the Kepler Program. New students can expect to take 2-2.5 years to complete the Kepler Program, and another 1-1.5 years to complete Newton requirements (including their Newton Capstone Project).


    To obtain a firm foundation for these programs, it is highly recommended that students begin as early as 7th grade in our Copernicus Program.