Applications are open for Expedition: Bio, the Whitehead Institute’s popular two-week summer day program for students entering Grades 7-8. In each of two sessions (July 6-17 and August 3-14), 24 students will participate 9AM-3PM in hands-on activities, laboratory modules, and discussions with scientists about ecology, genetics, chemistry, and bioengineering. The cost is $1000 and there are a limited number of need-based, full-tuition scholarships available.
Registration is open for Boston University’s Artemis Project, a five-week computer-science summer program for girls entering 9th grade next fall. No prior computer experience is required. Participants learn computer languages (Scratch, AppInventor, HTML, CSS, Python, etc.) and are introduced to robotics, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and circuits. Guest speakers and field trips provide insight into how computer science is applied in the real world. The Artemis Project is led by BU undergraduate women studying Computer Science and Engineering, guided by Cynthia Brossman, Director of BU’s Learning Resource Network. It runs July 6-August 7. Lunch is provided. There is no tuition, but there is a nonrefundable registration fee of $100. Applications, including an essay and two recommendations, are due May 1. For more information, email email@example.com.
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 10-17, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-353-7021.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History will offer these Summer Science Weeks:
- Earth Explorers, Grades 1-3, July 20-24 or July 27-31
- Uncovering Geology, Grades 4-6, August 3-7
- Spineless Wonders, Grades 1-3, August 3-7
- Blue Planet: Life in the Sea, Grades 4-6, August 10-14
- Space!, Grades 1-3, August 10-14
- Mammals in Motion, Grades 6-8, August 17-21
Create Art in Community, a studio in Roslindale, will offer these three STEM programs for ages 3-8:
Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) will hold several one-week workshops this summer to teach students in Grades K-12 about design and engineering. Workshops are led by Tufts staff and undergraduates researching how to teach design and engineering to evoke curiosity and passion for engineering through hands-on design challenges. A limited amount of need-based financial aid is available.
- June 29-July 2: The Circus is Coming (Grades 1-3)
- July 6-10: Girls Design and Engineering Week (Grades 5-8)
- July 6-10: High School Engineering (Grades 9-12)
- July 13-17: LEGO Robotics for All (Grades 3-8)
- July 13-17: Designing Solutions for Book Characters (Grades 1-3)
- July 20-24: LEGO Robotics (Grades 3-8)
- July 27-31: LEGO Robotics (Grades 3-8)
- July 27-31: Wizarding Workshop (Grades 2-5)
- August 3-7: Pet Helpers (Grades 1-3)
- August 3-7: Middle School Engineering (Grades 6-8)
- August 10-14: Robotic Art (Grades 1-3)
- August 10-14: High School Environmental Engineering (Grades 9-12)
The Innovation Institute (TI2) in Newtonville offers its Living in the Lab programs this summer for budding scientists and engineers, ages 6-17, in one-week sessions (9AM-Noon), June 22 – August 26, to experiment and design alongside scientists and engineers and experience life in the lab. See the schedule for Living in the Wet Lab, Living in the Wet Lab (Chemistry), and Living in the Bioengineering Lab — then enroll here.
In addition to her great list of summer STEM programs offered by colleges and universities in Massachusetts, Boston Tech Mom has compiled a list of summer engineering camps in Massachusetts.
Bridgewater State University’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Education will host several one-week sessions of its Summer Science Academy for students entering Grades 6-12 to engage in science classes and hands-on investigation in the BSU Science and Math Center (24 Park Avenue, Bridgewater). Register here by March 20 for a $50 discount, otherwise by June 22. Other discounts for siblings or multiple weeks. Scholarships are available to selected students with demonstrated academic merit and financial need who apply by March 9.
Grades 6-12 ($400 per week)
- July 6-10: Create and Innovate: Make your Mark at the BSU Makerspace
- July 6-10: Forensics Institute of Bridgewater
- July 13-17: A Whale of a Mystery
Grades 9-12 ($500 per week)
- July 6-10: Pathways to Medicine
- July 13-17: Cancer in Context
Harvard Medical School’s MEDscience summer program for Grades 9-12 offers one-week programs on the medical school campus following two curricula:
- MEDscience (clinical): weeks of June 8 through August 17, except June 29.
- MEDscienceLAB (research based): weeks of June 22, July 13, and August 17.
Scholarships are available for Boston-area residents, awarded based on student essays and teacher assessments. Register here. For more information, email email@example.com or call 617-432-7047.