In addition to the Teen Summer Program Expo on January 29, here are two more free opportunities to learn about summer programs for kids:
On January 28, the City of Newton will hold its annual Camp Fair in the Newton North HS cafeteria, noon to 4PM. From noon to 3PM, entertainment will be provided by Wicked Cool Science, enabling kids to build and launch air rockets. Participating organizations include Newton Parks and Recreation, Newton Public Schools, Newton Community Education, Newton Free Library, and Historic Newton.
On February 11, the Newton England Camp Fair will be held at Bigelow Middle School, 11:30AM-2:30PM. While many of the exhibiting programs have a STEM component, the following have a particularly focus on STEM: Edge on Science, Empow Studios, Exploration School, LINX Camps, and Zaniac Learning Center.
At the 14th annual Teen Summer Program Expo, held at Newton South HS cafeteria on January 29, 5:30-8PM, you can meet representatives of a wide range of summer programs for teenagers, including these STEM programs. The expo is free. Register online to save time at the door.
Student Career Opportunities Outreach Program (SCOOP) is a summer student internship program at Boston Children’s Hospital for 10 students currently in Grades 9-11. The internships are for 24 hours per week, July 9 – August 16. Read the SCOOP brochure and apply (with a 500-word essay and two recommendations) by March 1. (The application form says the deadline is March 2, but the brochure says it’s March 1.)
The Research Science Institute hosts 80 accomplished high-school students in a rigorous summer STEM research program at MIT, June 24-August 4, combining on-campus coursework in scientific theory and off-campus work in STEM research. Students first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes, then conduct five-week individual research projects with mentors, and finally prepare written and oral presentations of their results. The program is designed for students entering senior year in the fall, but exceptions for younger students will be considered. Except for a $65 application fee (which may be waived upon request), the program is free to students. Applications are due January 12. For more information, email RSI.
Registration is now open for spring and summer programs at NuVu Studios in Cambridge.
MIT’s Women’s Technology Program is an intensive, four-week summer residential academic program for girls currently in Grade 11 to explore engineering through classes, labs, and projects. Separate programs are available for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (40 students) and Mechanical Engineering (20 students). Applicants must have strong curiosity about one of these fields (but no direct experience in it yet) and also excel in math and science. Applications are available online and are due January 15. There is no fee to apply. The cost for attendees is $3,500 and is waived entirely for families earning less than $120,000. Financial aid may also be available for other families in special circumstances. For more information, first check the program’s FAQ and then email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Empow Studios has extended until December 5 its 15% discount on registrations for vacation and summer camps in 2018. This includes an expanded 10 weeks of summer programs at two locations in Newton: the Leventhal JCC and Empow Studios’ new location at 180 Needham Street.
Registration is now open for these summer programs presented by NuVu Studios in Cambridge, which are each offered in three sessions (July 9-20, July 23-August 3, August 6-17):
Empow Studios is offering a 15% discount until November 30 on registrations for Tech Design or Minecraft summer camps in Newton/Needham (at Leventhal JCC), Brookline (at Heath School), Lexington (at Empow Studios), and other locations. Topics include animation, audio/video production, robotics, 3D design, and graphic design.
KIDS 4 CODING is offering its summer tech program, with various weekly courses held during July 3 – August 18, at Lesley University in Cambridge. Space is still available.
- Ages 7-8: Minecraft + Engineering + Programming
- Ages 8-9: Game Design + Programming, Minecraft (Mt. Everest Intrigue) + Robotics, Minecraft (Modding) + Robotics
- Ages 9-11: Build/Code Drones + Game Design
- Ages 11-13: Minecraft Gets REAL
- Ages 12 – 15: Game Design & Programming, Mobile App Design + Python Programming
- Ages 13 – 15: 3D Design (Architecture), Web Development (Design & Code Your First Website)