Technology Summer Programs
Some area programs for middle- and high-schoolers who want to spend the summer learning more about technology and/or delving deeper into specific topics in science or engineering. Note that some of these are specifically for girls or minority students.
MIT MITES - Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program
Who should apply: Rising high school juniors
MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) is a
rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for
promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and
exploring careers in science and engineering. The program is
100% scholarship-based and takes place on the MIT campus. Funding from industry, foundations, grants,
individuals, and MIT covers all living and educational expenses for
each admitted student. Students only pay for their transportation to
and from MIT.
Who should apply: Rising high school juniors and seniors
Frontiers is an on-campus research and learning experience that
challenges you to explore the outer limits of knowledge in science,
mathematics, and engineering. Now in its 26th year of operation, it
continues to be enthusiastically received by its participants.
Monday through Friday, you will attend classes and
do lab work in your chosen area of study. With classmates from all over
the country, you will work on projects and assemble your findings. You
will learn from outstanding professors and use state-of-the-art
experimental, analytical, and computer technology and facilities. WPI
students majoring in your area of study will assist you in the lab and
in study groups.
Who should apply: African American, Latino and American Indian high school students
Strive is a hands-on exploration of engineering, math and science
for African American, Latino and American Indian high school students.
You will be able to learn more about potential careers in these areas
by engaging in labs facilitated by a dedicated team of WPI faculty and
WPI WUNDERS - Women, Understanding New Dimensions in Engineering Related Sciences
Who should apply: High school girls after 9th grade
WUNDERS is a hands-on exploration of engineering, math and science for
young women. You will be able to learn more about potential careers in
these areas by engaging in labs facilitated by a dedicated team of WPI
faculty and students.
WUNDERS is designed for girls who will be freshmen, sophomores,
juniors or seniors in high school for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Applicants should excel in math and science and be highly motivated to
learn about careers in math, science and engineering.
WPI Camp Reach
Who should apply: Girls entering 7th grade
Camp Reach is an award-winning summer residential program for girls
in Massachusetts who are entering 7th grade and who are interested in
learning more about careers in engineering and technology. The two-week
program includes hands-on workshops, a design project for a community
organization, field trips, recreational activities, and follow-up
programs during the academic year.
WTP - MIT's Women's Technology Program
Who should apply: Girls finishing 11th grade
MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic
and residential experience where female high school students explore
engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in
the summer after 11th grade .
Students attend WTP in either Electrical
Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or Mechanical Engineering (ME).
The Artemis Project, Brown University
Who should apply: Girls going into 9th grade
The Artemis Project is a free, five-week summer day camp for rising
9th grade girls in the Providence area who are interested in learning
about science and technology. It is run by four undergraduate women
from Brown University in connection with Brown's Computer Science Department
Artemis is designed to encourage young women in science and
technology. The students will learn both concrete computer skills and
abstract computer science concepts through a variety of projects and
activities in a fun and encouraging environment.
The program is held on the Brown University campus. They meet in the computer science building (the CIT) located at 115
Waterman St. The hours are Monday through Friday, 9:00 am - 3:30 pm.
Who should apply: High School students
Academics are at the core of the Summer@Brown experience, with over
150 courses to choose from, in a variety of formats and course lengths
– everything from the cutting edge of arts and science to
career-oriented courses offered in one- to seven-week sessions.
Smith College: Summer Science and Engineering Program for High School Girls Who should apply: Rising 9-12th grade girls
The Smith Summer Science and
Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for
exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering
and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the
country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with
Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.
Girls who will be in high school (grades 9-12) in the fall are
eligible to apply for next year's summer program.
UMass Lowell DESIGNCAMP
Who should apply: Students grades 5-11
UMass Lowell's DESIGNCAMP is a summer science and engineering enrichment program that offers a wide range of project-based workshops for students in grades 5 - 11*. If you like to invent things, do experiments, build things, and figure out how things work, then this is the place for you!
At DESIGNCAMP, you get to think of your own ideas and build them. All of our programs engage kids in interesting and challenging projects. If you come to camp, you could learn how to design a security system for you bedroom, build a hot air balloon, program a search-and-rescue robot, build a PVC pipe submarine, or design your own stereo speakers--and those are only a few of the cool projects we do at DESIGNCAMP!
iD Summer Camp - Brown University
Who should apply: Students ages 7-17
iD Tech Camps are held at Brown
University location in Providence, RI. iD Tech Camps is a
summer computer camp. Their summer kids camps and teen camps are designed for
beginner to advanced learners. Their Brown University summer day camps and overnight camps average 6 students per instructor for instruction delivered by trained, adult-only staff. Courses include Game Design & Creation, Game Modding, Programming in C++ or Java, Graphic Arts, Web Design & Flash Animation, Digital Video Editing, and Special FX Editing.
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Who should apply: Students from Grades 2-12
Like students with talent in athletics or the
arts, students with academic talent deserve the opportunity to develop
their skills to highest possible level. Our summer programs offer
eligible students from all over the country and around the world the
opportunity to engage in challenging academic work in the company of
peers who share their exceptional abilities and love of learning. While
the focus is on rigorous academics and learning, the social experience
that results from bringing these students together is an integral part
of the program.
Microsoft Digigirlz High Tech CampsWho should apply: Girls 13 and up (some area camps only accept high-schoolers)
technology programs specifically for youth. One of their signature
programs, DigiGirlz High Tech Camp for girls, works to dispel
stereotypes of the high-tech industry. They give young people a chance to experience, firsthand,
what it is like to develop cutting-edge technology.
the camp, the girls listen to executive speakers, participate in
technology tours and demonstrations, network, and learn with hands-on
experience in workshops. Established in 2000, the camp continues to
grow and evolve. They are free of charge to accepted participants.
Who should apply: Students entering grades 9-12
A pre-college program for students entering grades 9-12 who are interested in intensive summer study.
Now in its 22nd year, Columbia University's Summer Program for High
School Students offers highly motivated students the opportunity of a
lifetime: a world-class educational experience set in the most exciting
city in the nation. The Summer Program for High School Students in New
York City is renowned for its academic rigor, instructional excellence,
and the unique opportunity to experience college life in the Ivy League
and life in New York City.