MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI) is a free, four-week, rigorous STEM program for talented students entering senior year of high-school. In its third summer, it has grown to 8 projects with about 200 students from 105 schools across the U.S. plus teams operating remotely in Canada and Mexico. This summer’s program concluded last week in a final, all-day event of races of autonomous cars and air vehicles, as well as demonstrations of student projects such as satellite designs, Alexa-like cognitive assistants, and machine learning to detect cyberbullying on Twitter. See videos of the programs from 2018, 2017, and 2016, along with this 2017 blog post.
BWSI starts each year by enrolling teachers and students in December for online courses that begin in January. Students showing significant progress in the online course may apply in mid-March for the Summer Institute, which runs from early July into early August.
BWSI is organized by the MIT LL Beaver Works educational research collaboration between Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT campus. Beaver Works seeks to expand BWSI in future years to involve more schools in BWSI and also to make the BWSI curriculum available to other schools for developing local STEM programs. For information about how to incorporate BWSI into your own school curriculum, email email@example.com.
Edge on Science will offer a one-week program, Drone and Code, August 27-31, for Grades 6-12 at the Spellman Museum of Stamps at Regis College in Weston. Learn the basics of drone flight and how drones have been used. Learn how to code instructions and fly a drone. No previous coding experience is required.
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;
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 413-682-6745.
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 email@example.com. 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
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 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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:
- Let’s Experiment: July 9-13, Regis College in Weston, entering Grades 4-6
- Whales n’ Things: July 31-August 3, Plymouth Public Library in Plymouth, entering Grades 5-9
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 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 email@example.com if you have questions.