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MND Start-Up For Junior High Students



MND Start-Up is geared to the inquisitive 6th, 7th and 8th grade girl who is seeking opportunities to expand her learning. Sessions are taught by leading Mount Notre Dame faculty members, experts in their particular fields of study and in engaging students in applied learning. Each session requires a separate registration, which opens exactly one month prior to the event. Space is limited - first come, first served.





Explore, learn and create! Participants will be introduced to the art of American printmakers Melanie Yazzie, Peggy Bacon and Doris Lee and will use traditional and nontraditional tools and techniques to create a variety of prints.


Registration opens November 1, 2018. Limited to 30 participants.

Be an entrepreneur! Participants will learn the basics of how to start their own business by writing business and marketing plans for a variety of business ventures.


Registration opens January 23, 2019. Limited to 30 participants.


Come and explore the mysterious world of cryptography with us! Participants will learn about various kinds of cyphers and codes as well as their applications in history and today’s world. We will start off by practicing creating and breaking codes and the day will end with each participant using their skills to solve a mystery!


Registration opens February 9, 2019. Limited to 30 participants.


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Participants will be immersed into a new perspective of engineering and discover the “power” within solar power. Students will learn about the sun’s role as an energy source, and explore its uses by interacting with the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur’s Photovoltaic Learning Lab. Students will hear about the Photovoltaic project, experiment with working solar panels, and complete hands-on challenges.



MND’s Model United Nations organization invites students to jump in and participate in an action-packed simulation: Competing Visions of Human Rights, Questions for U.S. Policy. Participants will gain exposure to negotiation, problem solving, conflict resolution, research and communication.

The popularity of Model UN continues to grow, and many of today’s leaders in law, government, business and the arts participated in Model UN during their academic careers. No advance preparation is necessary.