MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers local and national enrichment opportunities free of charge to high school students focused on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics:

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

MITES is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for promising high school seniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.  This national program stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering.  MITES is rooted in MIT’s belief in the importance of students from diverse populations to pursue higher education and careers in these fields.

Selected students build self-confidence in their ability to be successful in a demanding academic atmosphere, and have a chance to work with and befriend individuals of different racial, ethnic and other backgrounds.  Although admission to MIT is not the focus of MITES for it graduates, there is a strong record of successful admission to MIT and to other engineering and science universities.  Interested students can apply to the MITES program during their junior year.

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Saturday Engineering Enrichment & Discovery (SEED) Academy

SEED Academy is a seven semester, academic enrichment and career exploration program for public high school students from Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, Massachusetts. Using the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks as a guide, our instructional staff develops original curricula that will support students’ grasp of the math and science concepts they are being taught in school.  Each SEED Academy module focuses on a different technical discipline –– from Mechanical Engineering to Robotics to Synthetic Biology.  Through a hands-on instructional approach, students increase their mastery of academic subjects, strengthen their understanding of the practical application of math and science concepts, discover new academic and professional opportunities and gain exposure to a college environment.  Students are admitted into SEED Academy in their freshman and sophomore year of high school.

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Confronting Obstacles and Realizing Excellence (CORE) Program

The CORE Program is a 2-week summer program focused on increasing the quantitative reasoning skills of Boston area youth. The premise for CORE is that all students can excel in math and scientific reasoning if they are provided with a fundamental core of mathematical knowledge. The CORE program will be an intensive quantitative course covering these major topics:

•  Basic Computation

•  Conversion and Transformation

•  Estimation and Approximation

•  Ratios and Proportions

•  Unit Analysis

  1. Variable Manipulation and Equalities

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