Category Archives: Summer

Bridgewater State: Summer Science Academy, Grades 6-12

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: Summer MEDscience Programs

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 or call 617-432-7047.

iCode Camps for Summer and School Vacations, Ages 5-10 and 11+

iCode (73 Central Street in Wellesley) will offer a wide range of summer camps for ages 5-10 as well as for age 11+. Registration is now open with a $50 discount for each summer camp. Similar school-vacation camps will run for February 17-21 and April 20-24.

Code Ninjas (Wellesley) Events in February

Code Ninjas (161 Linden Street in Wellesley) will host the following events in February:

Beaver Works Summer Institute: STEM at MIT for HS Seniors

Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) is a rigorous, world-class STEM program for rising high-school seniors offered by MIT and Lincoln Laboratory. It’s free and runs July 6 – August 2, and this year it will offer ten courses:

  • Autonomous RACECAR Grand Prix
  • Autonomous Air Vehicle Racing
  • Autonomous Cognitive Assistance (Cog*Works)
  • Hacking a 3D Printer
  • Medlytics
  • Embedded Security and Hardware Hacking
  • Build a Cubesat
  • Unmanned Air System–Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • Remote Sensing for Crisis Response
  • Assistive Technology

There’s a multi-step process to qualify and apply. Students must first submit a nomination/reference from a STEM teacher or school administrator in order to receive an application for the free BWSI Online Education Program, which the student must complete in order to apply for the summer programs.

BU’s Summer STEM Programs for Middle- and High-School Students: Open for Registration Now

Boston University hosts many STEM-related summer programs for middle- and high-school students.  Some have registration open now and processed on a rolling basis, while others have registration open now with a deadline.  Here are the ones open now:

Registration is open now, with decisions on a rolling basis, for these:

  • Academic Immersion:  Residential program for rising high-school juniors and seniors focusing this year on Introduction to Experimental Psychology (July 5-24) and Introduction to Medicine (July 26-August 14)
  • Summer Challenge:  Two-week residential program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to learn about college life and participate in two of 20 seminars (STEM choices include Chemistry of Medicine, Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Abnormal Psychology, Anatomy and Physiology, Infectious Diseases).  Three sessions (June 21-July 2July 12-24July 26-August 7)
  • Summer Institute for the Gifted:  Day program for academically gifted/talented children ages 5-12 to pursue a range of coursesJuly 6-24
  • Summer Preview:  A one-week residential or commuter program for rising freshmen and sophomores to learn about college life and participate in seminars (including Discovering Biology), July 26-31)
  • SummerLab Biotechnology Program:  Residential or commuter program for students entering Grades 10-12 or rising college freshmen. Students may apply for up to two one-week sessions:  DNA, Genes, and Drug Production (July 6-10 and July 20-24), Clinical Connections (July 13-17  and July 27-31)

Registration is open now, with an application deadline of March 15, for:

  • PROMYS:  Intensive study in mathematics for highly motivated students 15 years or older entering Grades 9-12, July 5-August 15.

MassBay Offers STEM Sampler Workshops for Disadvantaged High-School Students

MassBay Community College in Wellesley will offer free, one-week STEM Sampler Workshops this summer for eligible high-school students to explore one of the following, July 13-17, 9AM-3PM:

  • Science (Biotechnology Lab Work)
  • Technology (Robotics and Web Design)
  • Engineering (Engineering Design)
  • Math (interactive, contextualized in STEM)

Eligible students are those who identify as female and are eligible for free or reduced lunch, or will be the first in their family to attend college, or are under-represented in college admissions. Preference will be given to juniors and seniors. Submit the registration form and application by April 1. For more information, call 781-239-2582 or email

Mass. Life Sciences Center: Summer Apprenticeship Internships

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is facilitating and funding summer internships for Massachusetts high-school students who are at least 16 years old and currently in Grades 10-12. The Summer Apprenticeship Challenge program connects these students with employers throughout the state and subsidizes intern stipends for six weeks) so that life sciences companies and academic researchers can hire interns. Employers do the interviewing and selection, then provide a mentor and a hands-on learning experience. Employers sign up here and students sign up here. For more information, email

Summer Programs at NuVu in Cambridge

For the fourth year, NuVu Studios in Cambridge offers summer programs in three sessions, each with a choice of two-week studios. Registration is now open.

  • Summer 2020 “NuTopia” (Ages 11-13, Grades 6-8).
    Session 1 (July 6-17): Girls Design Robots, Battlebotics, Augmented Reality Games
    Session 2 (July 20-31): Nutopian Machines, Girls Design Video Games, Cyborg Enhancements
    Session 3 (August 3-14): Nutopian Fashion, Fantasy Comics, and Nutopian Cars.
  • NuVu at MIT Design Studios “Earth 2.0” (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School).
    Session 1 (July 6-17): Virtual Reality Worlds, Living Architecture, Fashion Tech, or Soft Robotics
    Session 2 (July 20-31): Health Wearable Tech, 3D Printed Food, AI: Nuvietown Farm Edition, or Animated Storytelling
    Session 3 (August 3-14): Social Robots, Devices for Disruption, Cyborg Enhancements, or Augmented Reality Futures
  • NuVu at MIT Design Studios Residential (Ages 14-18, Grades 9-12, Post-High School)  Same schedule and studios as “Earth 2.0” Sessions 1 and 2 above.

Kids 4 Coding: Summer Programs in West Roxbury and Cambridge

Kids 4 Coding, based in Atlanta and now in its 5th year in Massachusetts, will offer half-day and full-day summer programs at Roxbury Latin School (101 St. Theresa Ava, West Roxbury) and Lesley University (31 Everett Street, Cambridge). Programs are collaborative and entertaining, supervised by Massachusetts certified teachers, and taught by university students passionate about technology.

Ages 7-9:
AM: Frozen 2 Game Design, Circuits & Digital Art
PM: Minecraft 3D, Circuitry & Design
West Roxbury: July 20-24 or August 3-7.
Cambridge: July 6-10 or July 13-17

Ages 7-9:
AM: Star Wars Game Design & BOTs
PM: Minecraft Mods, Engineering & Solar
West Roxbury: July 6-10, July 13-17 or August 10-14
Cambridge: July 20-24, July 27-31 or August 3-7

Ages 10-12:
AM: Python: Games, Music & Micro:bit
PM: Game Development & AR
West Roxbury: July 20-24 or July 27-31
Cambridge: July 6-10 or July 13-17

Ages 10-12:
AM: Autonomous Cars & BOTs
PM: Mobile Apps & Machine Learning
West Roxbury: July 6-10 or July 13-17
Cambridge: July 20-24 or July 27-31

Ages 12-14:
AM: 3D Game Development with Unity & C# I
PM: 3D Game Development with Unity & C# II
West Roxbury: July 27-31
Cambridge: August 10-14

Ages 13-15:
AM: Create Apps with Java
PM: JavaScript 101
West Roxbury: August 3-7 or August 10-14
Cambridge: August 3-7 or August 10-14