Category Archives: Opportunities

BU School of Medicine: CityLab Biotechnology Summer Program

Boston University’s School of Medicine CityLab runs its SummerLab Biotechnology Program to provide hands-on experience in laboratory, research, and presentation.  It’s open to students entering 7th grade through first year of college.  There are five one-week sessions, each of which meets Monday-Friday, 9AM-3PM.  Cost is $1000 per one-week session, and financial aid is available.  See the course descriptions and then register online as soon as possible, as space is limited.  For more information, call 617-638-5665 or email

At Gann Academy in Waltham (students entering Grades 7-9):

  • July 7-11: Solving Science Mysteries, Go for the Glow I
  • July 14-18: Solving Science Mysteries, Go for the Glow I
  • July 21-25: Go for the Glow I, Go for the Glow II

At Boston University:

  • July 14-18:  Clinical Connection (wait list only)
  • July 21-25:  Clinical Connection(wait list only), Neuroscience Unplugged
  • July 28- August 1:  Clinical Connection (wait list only), Neuroscience Unplugged
  • August 4-8:  Neuroscience Unplugged

MIT’s Education Design Shop, May 3-4

MIT’s Education Design Shop is a two-day workshop to learn about “design thinking” and use it to design for a systemic change in education.  The Spring 2014 workshop will be held May 3-4 at the Cambridge Innovation Center to “re-envision the education system.”  Topics include: Integrating the Arts into STEM Education, Motivational Structures In and Out of the Classroom, and Resources and Support Structures for Retention and Diversity.  Apply online by April 16.  For more information, check FAQs or email

1st Annual Congressional STEM Competition: ‘House App Contest’

Congressman Joe Kennedy III has announced that his office is hosting a House App Contest, open to all high school students in Massachusetts’ 4th Congressional District (map).  Students will create software applications and have opportunities to engage with STEM educational partners in the community to mentor and assist them.  The contest is part of the first annual Congressional STEM Competition being held nationwide to engage student’s creativity and encourage participation in STEM education.

Students, as individuals or as teams of up to four, should review the contest rules and then register online in two places: and  Entrants must submit their entries online by April 30, including their application source code and a video explaining the application and what they learned from the competition.  An independent panel will judge the entries, and the winning application from the District will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol.  For more information, contact Sean Malone in Rep. Kennedy’s office at 617-332-3333 or

iD Tech Summer Computer Camps and Academies

iD Tech offers summer computer camps for boys and girls ages 7-17  and pre-college tech academies for teens 13-18, across the country.  In Massachusetts this summer, the iD Tech programs are:

A maximum of 8 students per instructor address a customized curriculum spanning topics such as game design, web design, coding, programming in Java and C++, Minecraft modding, film making, robotics, and photography.

Applications Open for MIT ESP’s Summer Junction Program

Applications are now open for Junction, one of two summer programs offered by MIT’s Educational Studies Program (ESP) — a non-residential program for Boston-area students who have completed Grade 10, 11, or 12.  About 100 motivated students are accepted each year to learn about advanced academic topics and enjoy intellectual challenge in a fun and stimulating environment, 5-9PM Monday-Thursday, from July 7 to August 14 on MIT’s main campus.  The cost is $600 including dinner (generous, need-based financial aid is available).   Each student takes one core course before dinner and attends one of many seminars (changing daily) after dinner.  This year’s STEM-oriented core courses are:

Students’ applications require well-thought-out responses and will be considered on an equal basis before the April 25 deadline (which might or might not be extended).  For further information, see details online or email

Charles River Museum: ‘Invention Adventure’ After-School Program

The Charles River Museum of Industry & Innovation is launching FutureFixers Invention Adventure, a new after-school program for students aged 12-15.  It’s designed to engage middle-school boys and girls, drawing on STEM skills and focusing on cases to crack, riddles to unravel, stuff to take apart, and things to build.   The program will run March 31 through the end of the school year (except for school vacations), at a cost of $200.  One group will meet on Tuesdays and another group on Fridays, both 3:30-5:00 at the museum in Waltham (directions).  Register online or by phone (Katherine Davis: 781-893-5410) for either group.

Innovation Institute: Summer One-Week Mini-Courses

This summer, between July 7 and August 15, the Innovation Institute in Newtonville will offer various one-week mini courses for grades K-8, ranging from a LEGO-inspired course called “Investigating Chemical Reactions” to “Designing  Wearables with Zero Waste.”  Course catalog and schedule are online.  Register online or call 617 340-9907.

Spring After-School Technology Classes at JCC

The Newton JCC will offer the following after-school courses this spring:

  • LEGO Engineering (ages 4-5), Fridays 2:30-3:15PM, April 11-June 13.  Simple machines.
  • Animation Exploration (ages 5-6), Thursdays 4:15-5PM, April 10 – June 12.  Stop-motion animation, self-propelled LEGO creations.
  • Animation Whizards (ages 8-12), Sundays 2-3PM, April 6-June 8.  Stop-motion animation.

Register online at or call 617-558-6486.

Top Banana: Computer Science and Programming

Next year, Top Banana on Winchester Street in Newton will offer a weekend course in computer science and programming for students in Grades 7-8.  Register online or by phone (617-795-1557).

‘Engineers Teaching Algebra’ at Oak Hill Middle School

Through the NPS Creative Arts and Sciences Program, the Oak Hill Middle School PTO is again sponsoring the Engineers Teaching Algebra program to supplement classroom learning.  Mark Love, an engineer with international experience in highway design and transportation planning, will visit Oak Hill 7th-grade math classes in early April to help students understand “Why do we have to take algebra?…When are we ever going to use it in real life!?!?”  The program that Mark has created teaches students the practical application of the algebra concepts they are learning.  Focusing on the example of a traffic-jammed intersection, students use algebra to improve traffic flow.  They use fractions, ratios, and percentages to balance traffic volume against green-light time and to verify or refute hypotheses.  Former students report that it’s a very memorable and vivid first glimpse of a career path in STEM.