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Between 2004 and 2016, the STEM Program served middle school students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, Massachusetts through the STEM Summer Institute along with an academic-year mentoring program. In 2016, the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs changed their programmatic model to better prepare middle school students to become future leaders in science and engineering.
Beginning in fall 2016, Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy, a free-of-charge program that meets on Saturdays during the school year, will accept applications from seventh and eighth graders. Each semester, students focus on a different technical discipline – from mechanical engineering to robotics to synthetic biology. By beginning in seventh grade, SEED will create a pipeline from middle school all the way through high school to ensure that all students can be prepared for success in science and engineering at top universities like MIT.
As part of this change in structure, the STEM Program is being phased out, and there will be no STEM Summer Institute in 2016. You can learn more about SEED Academy at the SEED Academy website, and the application will open in fall 2016.
Students who will not be able to participate in SEED Academy are encouraged to learn more about the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs' three national summer programs – MITES, E2@MIT, and MOSTEC – that are open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are high school juniors at the time of application.