The answers to some Questions:
How long is the program? Mackinley's program is two weeks long, Channing's is three.
What will they study?
Mackinley plans to study Materials Engineering: A Revolution in the Making. You can see the course description here: http://brown.edu/ce/pre-college/catalog/course.php?course_code=CEEN0911
Channing's course selection is Genetics and Human Behavior and you can read more about that here: http://www.brown.edu/ce/pre-college/catalog/course.php?course_code=CEPY0906
How will this benefit them?
Both boys are trying to decide what fields they pursue once they get into college. For now Channing is thinking some kind of Bio-Med or Genetics program.
Mackinley is trying to choose between game design (computer engineering) and Materials Engineering.
Beside the benefits of exploring the subjects that interest them.
Brown will do other things for the boys: It will put them in contact with other high achieving students. Living in a small community the options for interaction with peers who want to go beyond the ordinary and achieve the extraordinary. The friendships they make now will help them continue now and in the future.
Beyond that a summer course at Brown may help them get accepted into college later on.
If the boys follow the path their sister took, then the next step will be taking an internship between their junior and senior years in high school. This is the last summer for them to attend this type of program, although we could always switch things up.
I'll finish the questions another day.