Category Archives: Summer

Newton Free Library’s Design Squad: 6 Summer Tuesday Evenings for Grades 5-7

The Newton Free Library is recruiting tweens entering Grades 5-7 for Design Squad Global, to be held on six summer Tuesdays evenings (July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15) at 7PM in second floor Teen Area.  Each week, the Design Squad will take on a new engineering challenge, some of which will involve designing solutions to global problems.  There will be lots of problem-solving, creativity, thinking outside the box, and hanging out with other like-minded kids.  The Library is partnering with similar clubs in South Africa and Swaziland to share videos back and forth, share design ideas, and get to know each other over these six weeks. Register online for all 6 sessions.

Register by June 19 for MIT’s HSSP — Sundays in Summer for Grades 7-12+

MIT’s Summer HSSP is a weekend academic program (July 9-August 13) for students entering Grades 7-12 (plus those who just graduated high school).  Courses are run by volunteers on Sundays at various times between 12PM and 4PM.  Registration is now open until June 19 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  The course catalog contains these 23 STEM courses:

  • Arithmetic with Shapes and Other Things
  • Making Games with Gameblox
  • Practical Calculus: A Crash Course
  • Reasoning Through Games of Chance
  • Intro to Real and Complex Analysis
  • Relational Databases Before There Were Such Things
  • Topics in the History of Mathematics
  • Introduction to probability and inference: AP Statistics and MORE
  • Fun With Paradoxes
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Modern Physics
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, and Laboratory Techniques
  • Quantitative Biology
  • Mind Control and Other Cool Topics in Neuroscience
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry without All the Cr*p: The Structure of Matter
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: How the Body Works
  • Earth’s Systems and Society
  • Secrets of the Adaptive Immune System
  • Quantitative Chemistry and Regenerative Biology
  • Applied Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Drugs and the Brain
  • History of Physics
  • Animal Behavior: Evolution and Genetics

Worcester Polytechnic Institute Summer STEM Programs for Grades 5-8

Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Pre-Collegiate Outreach has space available in the following summer STEM programs for students who will be entering Grades 5-8 in the fall.  Register here.  For more information, email or call 508-831-4900.

Ignite Series (Grades 7-8)

  • Advanced Robotics Session 1, 2, 3:  July 10-14, July 17-21, August 7-11.  Prior experience in LEGO Mindstorm programming is required.
  • Art of Designing Games (Girls only):  July 10-14
  • Music Technology:  July 24-28

Spark Series (Grades 5-6)

  • Crime Scene Science:  August 7-11
  • Jr. Robotics Challenge (Girls only):  August 7-11
  • Music Technology (Grade 6 only):  July 31-August 4
  • Physicspalooza:  July 24-28

STEM Pathways: One-Day Summer Training in Synthetic Biology for Grades 10-13

STEM Pathways — a Boston University/MIT outreach program for synthetic biology — will host three one-day Training Sessions in Synthetic Biology this summer for students entering Grades 10-12 or freshman year of college. The sessions will be held 10AM-4PM on May 27, June 10, and June 24 at 610 Commonwealth Avenue in Boston. Register online at least two weeks before the Saturday session you select. For more information, email

Bunker Hill Community College STEAM Summer Enrichment, Ages 8-14

Bunker Hill Community College will offer its STEAM Summer Enrichment Program for ages 8-14.  No experience is necessary.  Six one-week courses are offered in two sessions defined by age:  9AM-Noon is for ages 8-11, and 1-4PM is for ages 11-14. Register online.

  • Make Your First Video Game:  July 10-14
  • App Attack!:  July 17-24
  • Make Your First 3D Video Game:  July 24-28
  • Code Breakers:  July 31-August 4
  • Minecraft Modders:  August 7-11
  • App Adventuers – The Next Level:  August 14-18

The program is also recruiting teachers — from all content areas — for these courses. Training in relevant technology and software will be provided. Contact Jack Chan at or Amber Georgieff at 443-600-5212.

NuVu’s Summer Programs

NuVu Studio will offer four summer programs in Cambridge and one in Scituate:

Edge on Science: Summer Engineering Program for Ages 9-14

Edge on Science offers these summer programs for budding scientists and engineers at Regis College in Weston and Gann Academy in Waltham:

Each is a project-based introduction to engineering using drawings, tools, hardware, measuring instruments, computer applications, and modeling. They are week-long day programs (except for Hydraulics, which is 3 days) with fewer than 7 students per instructor.

“e” Inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program

“e” inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program offers two one-week sessions at the end of the summer for ages 6-12 at the Discovery and Action Center on the Harborwalk in the Charlestown Navy Yard:

  • August 21-25:  Monkeyin’ Around
  • August 28-Sept. 1: Luv Bugs!

Boston Leadership Institute: Summer STEM Programs

The Boston Leadership Institute provides hands-on research experience to outstanding high-school students on the campus of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, and Bentley University/Gann Academy in Waltham. These programs are one-week and three-week summer courses such as Applied Physics, STEM Entrepreneurship, and Marine Biology Research.

Newton Summer Programs for Middle-School Students

The City of Newton has published a web page of summertime resources and opportunities for middle-school students, including a catalog of summer programs for Newton youth in Grades 5-8. STEM-related programs include Emagination Computer Camps, Environmental Science Program, The Innovation Institute, Newton Community Education, and River Adventure Camp.