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.

WPI Frontiers
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.

WPI Strive
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 students.

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

The 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.


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 Camps
Who should apply: Girls 13 and up (some area camps only accept high-schoolers)

Microsoft offers 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.

During 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.



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