SCRANTON — Local high school freshman learned to see the world in a whole new way through an optical physics investigation that was part of the University of Success’ Summer Institute at The University of Scranton.

The investigation involved the students applying refraction of light through thin lenses by building their own telescopes and microscopes.

The students mounted lenses on an optics bench to find focus and used light to project an image upside down on a blank sheet of paper.

The 21 students also learned about how the eye perceives objects with a human eye model demonstration.

Taught by University physics professors Nicholas Truncale and Declan Mulhall, Ph.D., the investigation was just one class that was part of University of Success’ Summer Institute program.

The two-week Summer Institute is the first step in a multi-year, pre-college program that is designed help the high school freshmen develop the skills needed to apply and successfully gain acceptance to college.

The University of Success offers enrichment courses in study skills, SAT prep, public speaking and cultural activities, as well as financial aid and wellness seminars.

It also provides lessons in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) in a college setting.

The students from 10 area school districts will return to the University’s campus one Saturday every month throughout their four years in high school.

The University of Success, offered free of charge to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants from various organizations.

Donors include: AT&T, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Dime Bank, Fidelity Bank, Kuehner Family Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Overlook Estate Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, PPL, Proctor and Gamble, Prudential Foundation, Waste Management and Wells Fargo.

Local students who completed the University of Success’ Summer Institute are as follows: Nicholas Aljandro of Cresco, who will attend East Stroudsburg Senior High School South; Kyleigh Brannon of Easton, who will attend Pocono Mt. West High School; Maria Eduarda Do Vale of Dickson City, who will attend Mid Valley Secondary Center; Nicholas Freeswick of Olyphant, who will attend Mid Valley Secondary Center; Shak'ee Hoskins of Carbondale, who will attend Carbondale Area High School; Mauri Kurin of Olyphant, who will attend Mid Valley Secondary Center; Marisol Olivares of Covington Township, who will attend North Pocono High School; Haripriya Ramkissoon of Milford, who will attend Delaware Valley High School; Tyler Wormuth of Carbondale, who will attend Carbondale Area High School.