Edge on Science offers these summer programs for budding scientists and engineers at Regis College in Weston and Gann Academy in Waltham:
Each is a project-based introduction to engineering using drawings, tools, hardware, measuring instruments, computer applications, and modeling. They are week-long day programs (except for Hydraulics, which is 3 days) with fewer than 7 students per instructor.
“e” inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program offers two one-week sessions at the end of the summer for ages 6-12 at the Discovery and Action Center on the Harborwalk in the Charlestown Navy Yard:
- August 21-25: Monkeyin’ Around
- August 28-Sept. 1: Luv Bugs!
The Boston Leadership Institute provides hands-on research experience to outstanding high-school students on the campus of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, and Bentley University/Gann Academy in Waltham. These programs are one-week and three-week summer courses such as Applied Physics, STEM Entrepreneurship, and Marine Biology Research.
The City of Newton has published a web page of summertime resources and opportunities for middle-school students, including a catalog of summer programs for Newton youth in Grades 5-8. STEM-related programs include Emagination Computer Camps, Environmental Science Program, The Innovation Institute, Newton Community Education, and River Adventure Camp.
Boston University is hosting CODEBREAKERS, a new four-week non-residential summer program for girls in the greater Boston area who are currently in Grades 9-10 and interested in learning the fundamentals of cyber-security as it relates to forensics, law, and computer programming. The program will run 9AM-3PM at BU’s Computer Laboratory, July 10-August 4, and will include lectures, hands-on training, visits to technology companies, and guest speakers to explore career opportunities. No experience in cyber security or computer programming is required. The cost is only a $100 registration fee for those accepted. Lunch is included. Applications (including two recommendations) are due May 1. (Undergraduate and graduate students may apply here to teach in the program.)
Boston College’s iDESIGNS Institute will host a two-week summer program in which 20 U.S. students entering Grades 10-12 will learn and collaborate with students from the JinLing High School (Nanjing, China) in designing and developing hydroponics systems. The program will be held in twice (July 10-21 and July 24-August 4), and the cost is $1000 per two-week session. Each day will include coursework 9AM-3:30PM and supervised free time in makerspace and science lab 3:30-5:30PM. The focus will be on learning about engineering design, hydroponics, coding, and Chinese culture. Applications are due April 24. For more information, contact program manager Rajeev Rupani at email@example.com.
A stand-out among the summer STEM programs offered by Newton Community Education is a for-credit course in Marine Biology for students entering Grades 9-12. It includes classroom and lab work and four full-day field trips: Massachusetts Bay aboard a UMass research vessel, inter-tidal ecosystem in Nahant, shorebird ecology at Parker River National Wildlife Refuge and Sandy Point Reservation in Plum Island, and salt-marsh ecology Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth. The course runs 8:30-11AM, June 29 – July 28 at Newton North HS. Register here.
The Education Collaborative (TEC) will hold the last information session about its Career Exploration & Internship Program on April 4, 7-8PM at the Morse Institute Library (lower-level meeting room) in Natick. Non-profit TEC offers this summer program to students who have completed at least two years of high school. Many internships involve 60 hours over 4 consecutive weeks, but timing varies for some. Registration for the information session is not required. Apply online for internships. Placements are made on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Telma Sullivan at 781-326-2473 X721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently there is one internship at each of the following locations:
- Chemistry (Milford, Chestnut Hill, Canton, Natick-August)
- Environmental (Braintree, Needham)
- Engineering (Marlborough, Waltham, Hopkinton, Walpole, Southborough, Franklin)
- Computer Science (North Attleboro, Mansfield, Waltham)
- Medical Research (Boston)
- Nutrition (Framingham)
- Psychology (Framingham, Chestnut Hill)
- Veterinary (Needham, Wellesley)
Junction, a non-residential summer STEM program for high-school students offered by MIT’s Educational Studies Program (ESP), runs on Sundays June 25 and July 16 to August 20 for selected high-school students who will:
- Propose, design and carry out an independent study project of their choosing, working closely with an undergraduate mentor in that field,
- Participate in hands-on, college-level afternoon seminars in a variety of fields, and
- Be part of a tight community of students and mentors.
High-school students should read apply online by April 24 by responding to essay questions and submitting a proposal for an independent-study project with one of the mentors. Accepted students will be notified by mid-May and will communicate with mentors weekly until just before the program to refine proposals and begin research, in preparation for their two weeks together. The cost is $600, and need-based financial aid is available. For more information, email email@example.com.
NOTE: If you have already applied but did so before your contact information was requested on the application form, please email firstname.lastname@example.org with the exact name of your proposed project so that your contact information may be included!
Summer Pathways is a 7-day residential program for girls in the greater Boston area entering Grades 11-12 who show promise and/or interest in STEM. During July 8-15, participants live on the BU campus; explore opportunities in STEM fields; meet with students and faculty in all disciplines; visit laboratories, companies, and museums; listen to career panels; and spend one night on Boston Harbor’s Thompson Island. See the brochure (PDF). The fee of $675 includes all costs, and financial assistance up to $575 is available for demonstrated need. Applications, including two recommendations from teachers, are due May 1. For more information, contact Cynthia Brossman at email@example.com or 617-353-7021.