Core Courses
MITES participants spend a rigorous 30-35 hours in classes and lab each week and receive daily assignments. Students will take Physics (I , II, or III), Calculus (I, II, or III), Humanities, and one life science (Chemistry, Biochemistry, or Biology).  Academic records and placement exams are used to determine which Physics and Calculus classes each students takes.  Student interests are considered for the life science course, and the Humanities course is taught at the same level for all participants.

Enrichment Courses  
Three afternoons a week, the students will participate in a hands-on enrichment course.  Students are placed in Digital Design, Engineering Design, Genomics, Architecture or Electronics, based on their interests and course availability.  This year the Digital Design class created applications for iPhone and iPod Touch.  The Engineering Design course culminates in an exciting (and always hard-fought) robotics competition, which has become a program highlight. The Genomics course ends with informative poster presentations by the student researchers, an event designed to simulate a scientific research conference.  The Electronics course concludes with the students presenting their final circuit project and discussing that they learned about electrical engineering with the group. The Architecture course displays their constructed study pavilions (all made out of cardboard)!

MITES participants are evaluated formally and informally throughout the program.  Although students are given required tests, quizzes, written assignments, and projects throughout the program, they are not given a final grade or credit for their courses.  Instead, written evaluations are used to encourage collaboration and mastery as desired academic behaviors. Upon arrival, every student is benchmarked on prior subject knowledge. At the midpoint of the program, each instructor gives a detailed evaluation of the student's performance (subject mastery) relative to the benchmark, along with specific recommendations for improving mastery. These recommendations range from attending TA recitations and exam reviews to working collaboratively in a defined study group. The shorter project-based courses utilize learning-oriented metrics of teamwork, innovation, skill development and execution to measure improvement.  The hope is that students will have time to implement these strategies and improve their academic performance before the final evaluations are given at the end of the program.

Career/College Prep Activities
In addition to course study, students have the opportunity to discuss career options with MIT faculty members, MIT graduate students, and practicing scientists and engineers. They have also visited several MIT laboratories and this year students had the opportunity to visit Google’s Cambridge office.  What a treat!

To help students gain a better understanding of how to gain admission to top schools like MIT, students will interact with MIT admissions and financial aid officers through seminars and dinners.  Students will also participate in a College Fair with recruiters from 10-20 universities, including MIT, Stanford, and Harvard.  During the College Fair, the recruiters will give short presentations and provide students with the opportunity to ask questions.

Social Activities
Now we do not want to give you the impression that MITES is all work and no fun!  Although MITES participants work extremely hard, the program also includes time for social activities and fun.  The program starts with an ice cream social and ends with a final banquet and talent show.  In between those events, students will also participate in other fun activities like a trolley tour, 4th of July picnic, a trip to Six Flags Amusement Park, and a boat cruise.  You can look at the 2011 MITES Schedule for more details.  

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Office of Engineering Outreach Programs

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