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.
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.
KTBYTE, based in Lexington, will offer a week-long, camp-styled summer class in Game Design with Processing for ages 9-12 in its Newton location (437 Cherry Street), July 9-13, 9AM-3PM (extended day available). Other classes and schedules will be offered in its Lexington location (4 Militia Drive, #15).
CSRecititations in Natick (4 Mechanic Street, Suite 102) will offer a range of programming classes in two summer sessions: June 25-July 13 and July 16-August 2. For more information, call 781-349-7370 or email info@CSRecitations.com.
- Little Bytes, Grades 1-3
- Advanced Scratch Game Project, Grades 4-6
- Game Studio Using Construct, Grades 5-7
- Game Studio Using Unity, Grades 7-12
Kids 4 Coding offers half- and full-day co-ed summer technology programs for students ages 7-16, in various age groups, July 2 to August 17, at both Newbury College in Brookline and Lesley University in Cambridge, with extended-day options. See a 2018 preview video and visit Kids 4 Coding for pricing and availability of programs, which run in weekly segments and include:
- Minecraft & Robotics
- Game Design & Programming (various platforms)
- Coding Through Music Production
- Minecraft & Engineering
- Design & Code Wearable Tech
- Fly & Code Drones
- Build & Code Your Own Pi-Top Laptop
- Build Your Own Minecraft Pi Laptop
- 3-D Design
- Website Design
- Team Robotics & Visual Programming
Applications are now open for MIT Edgerton Center’s Engineering Design Workshop, July 5-August 3, a hands-on, self-motivated summer program at MIT’s Edgerton Center. Apply by May 7. EDW is a non-residential program for rising Grade 9-12 students in the greater Boston area working in small teams to design, build, and test projects that combine engineering, art, and science. (See video.) The workshop fee is $500, and financial assistance is available.
Bridgewater State University 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). Scholarships are available to student with demonstrated academic merit and financial need who apply by May 1. Register here.
Grades 6-8 ($400 per week)
- July 9-13: Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology
- July 16-20: Forensics Institute of Bridgewater
- July 23-27: A Whale of a Mystery
Grades 9-12 ($500 per week)
- July 9-13: Biotech, Health, and the Environment
- July 16-20: Deadliest Catch: The Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases
- July 23-27: The Graveyard of the Atlantic: Maritime Archaeology in Massachusetts
Outbreak! is a free, week-long, interactive summer program to introduce students entering Grades 11-12 to the history and importance of public health. Students will learn about epidemiology, investigate a simulated disease outbreak, learn about the wide range of public health careers, and take field trips to the State Public Health Laboratory in Jamaica Plain and the Lowell Community Health Center. It will be held August 6-10 at the Public Health Museum in Tewksbury, which strives to preserve records and artifacts from our nation’s public health history, educate the public about the achievements and contributions of public health, and inspire people to build upon the past and continue to advance the future of public health. Applications are due April 13.
Zero Robotics is a nationwide summer-time programming competition for middle-school students where the robots are SPHERES (Synchronized Position Hold Engage and Reorient Experimental Satellites) inside the International Space Station! Each team of 10 to 20 students (who will be in Grades 6-9 in the fall) is organized and managed by a public or private school or community-based organization that serves middle-school youth. Each organization should apply by April 13, identify an adult to engage and inspire the team, recruit team members, create accounts on zerorobotics.mit.edu, and start writing code. The program runs July 9 to August 10, during which teams should expect to spend 15 hours a week on the project. The early rounds of the competition will use simulated SPHERES, and the final round of competition will use real SPHERES and will be officiated by an astronaut on the ISS sometime in August. For more information, contact Katie Magrane at Katie@massilc.com.
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 July 9-12. A suggested donation of $50 for materials is requested. Applications may be mailed or scanned. For more information, contact Amy Fitzgerald at 617-253-7931 or firstname.lastname@example.org.