Category Archives: Summer

Kids 4 Coding: Summer Programs in Cambridge and Brookline

Kids 4 Coding, based in Atlanta, offers full-day and half-day summer programs for ages 7-16 in two Boston locations:  Newbury College in Brookline and Lesley University in Cambridge.  Space is still available in the following programs during some weeks in one or both locations:

  • Ages 7-8:  Build & Code Robots + Minecraft;
    Code with Music + Game Design
  • Ages 8-9:  Robotics + Game Design;
    Minecraft + Engineering
  • Ages 9-10:  Fly & Code Drones + Game Design;
    Build Your Own Computer with Minecraft Pi
  • Ages 10-12:  ROBLOX: code, design & publish games;
    Team Robotics & Visual Programming;
    Game Design & Python Programming;
    Build & Code Your Own Take-Home Laptop;
    Design & Code Wearable Tech + 3D Design
  • Ages 13-16:  Teen Entrepreneur: Web Development;
    Learn to Code through Music;
    Build Your Own Take-Home Laptop;
    Game Design

BlocksCAD STEM Workshop in Somerville, July 9-13

Boston-based BlocksCAD is a STEM education technology company offering a cloud-based 3D-modeling tool to help users (primarily in Grades 4-6) to have fun learning math, computational thinking, and coding through visualization and 3D printing. Sol Menashi (STEM educator and former program manager of the DARPA BlocksCAD project) and Jenny Yoder (principal developer of the BlocksCAD software), co-founded the company last year to help educators and students use this technology.

The company will host a five-day BlocksCAD Workshop, 9AM-Noon, July 9-13, at Arts at the Armory (191 Highland Ave., Somerville). Participants will have fun, learn coding and design skills, and take home two 3D prints of their own design. The cost is $300. To register, email adriana@blockscad3d.com or call 413-682-6745.

Register by June 18 for MIT’s HSSP — Sundays in Summer for Grades 7-12+

MIT’s Summer HSSP is a weekend academic program (June 30-August 11) for students entering Grades 7-12 (plus those who just graduated high school).  Courses are run by volunteers on Sundays at various times between 10:30AM and 3:30PM.  Registration is now open until June 18 on a lottery basis, with equal consideration given to all applicants registering by that deadline.  The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.  For more information, email summer-hssp@mit.edu.  The course catalog contains these 32 STEM courses:

  • From Binary to Symbolic Machine Language: How Computers Understand Code
  • Introductory Python Programming through Games
  • Fun with Arduinos
  • Quantum Computation
  • Complex Numbers
  • Advanced Topics in Combinatorics
  • Extremal Combinatorics with Applications to Computer Science
  • Advanced Math for Middle School Students!
  • Computational Complexity Theory: Proving Puzzles Hard
  • The Physics of Life
  • Intro to Organic Chemistry
  • Networks Everywhere!
  • The Foundations of Intelligence: An Introduction to Neuroscience
  • The Extremes of Life
  • High Seas Adventuring!
  • How Language Works
  • Biolabyrinth: Navigating Academic Literature
  • Intro to Synthetic Biology!
  • Pandemics, Epidemics and Genomics
  • Plants: Biology, Behavior, and Growing Your Own
  • Topics in Modern Physics
  • Regenerative Biology: A History, Techniques, and Recent Breakthroughs
  • The Foundations of Intelligence: An Introduction to Neuroscience
  • Exoplanet Explorer
  • Engineering Inventions
  • Introduction to Biochemistry
  • Quantum Physics and Astrophysics: The Universe at its Two Extremes
  • An introduction to Jet Engines and Rockets
  • The Science of Food
  • Introduction to Biochemistry: How does your body carry out chemical reactions?
  • Molecular Machines and Electronics – Industrial Revolution 5.0?
  • Design / Build / Fly

Innovation Institute Expands Facility and Courses for Summer and School Year

Entering its fifth year, The Innovation Institute (TI2) in Newtonville announces expanded facilities, new equipment, and new courses. Here’s what sets it apart:

Enlarged and enhanced facility: A year-long renovation has resulted in the doubling of lab space, all redesigned discussion rooms, and one expanded room for older students and special events.

Proof-of-Concept approach: TI2 instructors have advanced degrees and deep content expertise and are passionate and highly capable educators. They facilitate learning and serve as role models because they respect young people’s capacity to learn.

Summer courses: Registration for summer courses is closing soon. Students are placed by interests and maturity, rather than solely by age or grade. They have options from Micro&Nano Worlds and Chemical Reactions to Neuroscience: Select Topics and The Body Electric: Neurobiology and Engineering. Courses always have new content, even if their names remains the same. This summer, some students will explore making art under the microscope!

School year Enrollment is open for the 2018-19 academic year, including The Internet of Things—Computing, Engineering, and Design (a student-directed course); Jr NeuroExplorers; Biology of the Brain: Intro the Nervous System; and Molecular Biology, Genetics and Genomics.

Ivy Seed Summer Camp for iOS App Development at Harvard/MIT

Ivy Seed Academy will offer a summer course, iOS Mobile App Development Camp, for students 8-17 years old with any level of programming ability. One-week sessions will be held as follows:

  • At Harvard:  July 9-13 for ages 10-13; July 16-20 for ages 13-17; July 23-27 for girls ages 10-15.
  • At MIT:  July 30-August 3 for ages 8-15; August 6-10 for ages 10-17.

For more information, contact camp director Jenny Wu at 617-816-3462 or contact@ivy-seed.com.

Edge on Science: Summer Discounts through June 5

Edge on Science currently has a few more discounted registrations available through June 5 for two summer programs.  See these links for the promo codes:

Tufts CEEO High School Summer Workshop, July 23-27

Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) still has room in its High School Workshop, July 23-27, for Grades 9-12 to explore simple machines, aerodynamics, robotics, and maker tools using woodworking tools, laser cutters, the EV3 robotics platform, and microbit controllers.

Jane Street ‘Women in STEM’ NYC Recruiting Event, July 29-31

Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm — will host its sixth annual Women in STEM event  July 29-31, inviting selected women between senior year of high-school and freshman year of college to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business.  Travel, hotel, and meals will be paid by the company. Apply by June 29 , including your resume and a statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend. Email womeninstem@janestreet.com if you have questions.

UMass Amherst Summer STEM Program for Grades 9-12

UMass Amherst is accepting applications for a range of residential summer programs for high-school students.  STEM topics among the courses (spanning 1, 2 or 6 weeks between July 1 and August 11) include:

  • Modern Astronomy
  • Engineering Institute
  • Hydrology & Climate Change
  • Genetic Engineering & GMOs
  • Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
  • Plant Biology
  • Visualizing Cells in Cancer & Disease

There are also opportunities for 6-week research placements for high-school students in the Research Intensives program. Apply early, since programs fill up on a rolling basis, and no later than mid-June.

Meet Einstein’s Workshop at Waban Village Day, May 20

At Waban Village Day on May 20, Einstein’s Workshop will have activities for kids while parents can learn about Einstein’s Workshop’s summer-camp programs at Zervas Elementary School for Grades K-6 — offered in half-day, full-day, and/or extended-day sessions. Classes include Minecraft, Robotics, Coding, and Making & Inventing.