Women's Technology Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology



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Summer 2024

The Mechanical Engineering track of WTP is planned to be a residential program for summer 2024, with housing provided for the duration of the program in the MIT dorms.  Applying to WTP is completely FREE.  No decision has been made yet whether there will be a fee to attend WTP, as there was in the pre-pandemic years. If a fee is charged,  we will offer financial aid to accepted students who would not otherwise be able to attend.  

More details and link to apply available on the Application page. Application deadline is Jan 15.

The Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) track of the Women's Technology Program is on hiatus so will not be offered in the summer of 2024. 

High school students interested in exploring engineering and computer science: check our Resources page.

About the Women's Technology Program

Our goal: to spark interest in the future study of engineering among high school rising seniors.

View this YouTube video to learn more about WTP!

The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic experience to introduce high school students to engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.

WTP is designed for students who are excited about learning, have demonstrated their ability to excel at math and science in their high school classes, and who have no prior background (or very little) in engineering, with few opportunities to explore these fields.

WTP is a women-focused, collaborative community aimed at empowering students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in engineering. We especially encourage students to apply who will be the first family member to attend college, who come from high schools with limited access to STEM classes and activities, or who are African American, Hispanic, or Native American. 

Summer 2024: Students may attend WTP in only:

Mechanical Engineering (ME).

Please explore our web site by clicking on the links to the left. The Application page has details about who should apply and how to apply. Calendar contains program dates and deadlines. Please check out our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) page before contacting us by email.

student with tetris gameWe accept students for whom our curriculum will be a new experience. The WTP-ME curriculum focuses on the engineering design process as used in mechanical engineering, so if you have taken an engineering class or had extensive experience with engineering design, you will not be considered for the ME curriculum track. Please refer to our FAQ questions on prior experience for more details.

MIT graduate students design and teach the classes, assisted by MIT undergraduate students. WTP is not a "summer camp" but an intense academic experience; however, WTP classes do not earn academic credit from MIT. WTP is not an internship (you cannot get research internship credit).

We expect to select up to twenty participants for WTP-ME in 2024 from an applicant pool of the top 11th grade math and science students able to attend a day program at MIT. We received 380-650 applications each year that we offered both tracks of WTP as a residential (2019 and before) or virtual (2021 and 2022) program. In 2023 we receved 188 applications for the 20 WTP-ME spots.       

We encourage students to apply who are not yet certain about their future college majors, who may have felt discouraged from STEM activities, and who would like to explore engineering and computer science to determine whether these fields might be of interest.

NOTE: WTP is not connected in any way to MIT undergraduate admissions. WTP has very different acceptance criteria than MIT. Acceptance or non-acceptance to WTP has no bearing whatsoever on a student's chances of future acceptance by MIT.