The Innovation Institute (TI2) offers summer and school-year STEM programs that are engaging, challenging, and — yes — joyful for Grades K-12. Classes are small and led by scientists and engineers who are committed to TTI2‘s inquiry-based, hands-on, student-focused approach to teaching and learning. Its curriculum is focused on developing critical and creative thinking, drawing on research in STEM education and cognitive development while remaining complementary with curricula of schools in the greater Boston area. Limited needs-based financial assistance is available. TTI2 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and welcomes contributions to further its ability to offer this assistance and extend its reach in underserved communities.
- The summer program has 18 courses of 1 or 2 weeks each, June 15 through August 28; new sections have been added, and some spaces remain available. Enroll here.
- The 2019-2020 school-year program has 30 courses available in each of three trimesters, September 11 through June 13. Enroll here now to lock in current-year prices.
The Business of Doing Good is a social entrepreneur program for ages 10 – 14 offering week-long day programs at innovative working spaces in the Boston area:
- August 5-9 at We Work, by South Station, Boston
- August 12-16 (girls only) at Cambridge Innovation Center
- August 19-23 at Regis College, Weston
- August 19-23 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Boston’s South End
Students meet entrepreneurs and executives who are combining innovative business ideas with social justice issues. They learn basic business skills and at the end of the week pitch a product or project that is meaningful to them, building courage and confidence and the desire to make the world a better place. For more information, contact Michelle Julet at 650-245-9218 or email@example.com.
Einstein’s Workshop will host free Open House of STEM activities for students going into Grades K-6 (and their parents) on May 25, 9:30AM-3PM, at Lasell College (1844 Commonwealth Avenue). The event will highlight their upcoming summer camps at Lasell College’s Science and Technology Center. Activities include coding challenges, programmable robots, air cannon rockets, and games. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Project Oceanology is offering two residential, one-week, summer camps for Grades 6-12: Ocean Camp and Marine Science Research Experience. Specific grade levels for each camp vary by week. Need-based financial assistance is available to offset the cost of tuition.
Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) offers a range of summer programs, including these for middle/high school students:
Registration is open for You GO Girl!, the MIT Edgerton Center’s summer introduction to science and engineering for girls entering Grade 9. It’s a non-residential program for 24 girls in the greater Boston area and will be held 8:30AM-2:30PM on August 5-8. A suggested donation of $50 for materials is requested. Applications may be mailed or scanned, and acceptance decisions will be made by May 15. For more information, contact Amy Fitzgerald at 617-253-7931 or email@example.com.
Newton Community Farm will again host 20 to 30 high-school interns this summer. These are unpaid positions to learn about organic and community farming in either Farm Operations (Field Crew) or the Education Department. No prior experience is required. Minimum commitments are for two weeks for the Field Crew and four weeks for the Education Department. Applications are open and will be processed on a rolling basis until June 15. Apply for any or all of three sessions: July 1-26 8AM-12:30PM, July 1 – August 23 8AM-12:30PM, and July 1 – August 23 Noon-4:30PM. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Newton Community Education has launched NCE Tech, a series of week-long summer STEM classes for high-school students. Click the links to learn more and register. Other STEM classes are described starting on pages 11-17 of NCE’s Summer Kids Catalog.
With 20+ years of experience, iD Tech offers week-long summer computer tech camps for boys and girls ages 7-17 in an upbeat, collaborative environment in over 150 locations, including these in Massachusetts: Lasell College (Newton), Olin College of Engineering (Needham), Bentley University (Waltham), Harvard Law School, Curry College (Milton), St. Mark’s School (Southborough), Endicott College (Beverly), UMass Lowell, and Amherst College. Classes average 8 students (maximum 10) per instructor. Besides top-of-the-line technology and instruction from proven curricula, these summer camps offer fun camp activities such as dress-up days, outdoor events, gaming tournaments, and music-video parodies. Summer courses can be integrated with iD Tech’s year-round Online Private Lessons in a long-term skills development program, iD Tech Pathway.
To receive a $75 discount, use code NEWTONSTEM19 when you register before August 22. Courses fill up quickly. Changes are permitted without additional fees any time until three weeks prior to your course. id Tech also offers all-girls camps, Tech Academies for ages 13-18, and an advanced capstone program. For personal course recommendations, call 888-709-8324.
Tech Savvy is a one-week summer STEM program for girls entering Grades 7-8 next fall. It’s run July 22-26, 9AM-4PM, by the Boston Girls STEM Collaborative. Each day starts and ends at BU’s Photonics Center and includes activities at a different university: Northeastern, BU, UMass Boston, or Harvard. Typical activities include learning how how to use a 3D printer, developing a phone app, using circuits to build a dance pad, creating an animation for telling a story or an interactive game, and building robots and bridges. The cost ($250, or $50 for those with demonstrated financial need) covers all activities, transportation, and lunch. Online registration is open until May 15. Those who are accepted will be asked to submit signed waivers and payment. For more information, email email@example.com.