We are dedicated to making science and engineering open to everyone.
Too often, kids’ zip codes play a larger role in determining their educational opportunities than do their abilities.
For over 40 years, we have opened the doors to MIT by offering highly motivated and diverse middle and high school students the chance to pursue their passion for STEM subjects.
The Lemelson-MIT Program inspires a new generation of inventors. Comprised of high school students, educators, and mentors, InvenTeams receive grants to invent technological solutions to real-world problems.
The JV InvenTeams, which are comprised of students in grades 7–10, hone their hands-on skills and enrich their STEM education through invention-based design activities.
Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs seeks to diversify the science and engineering community by serving students from underrepresented and underserved backgrounds through three national programs and one local program.
Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science
A six-week, residential program, MITES provides rising high school seniors from across the country with the opportunity to learn what it takes to study at the highest level. The program is highly selective, and those who are accepted get to live and work (really hard) on campus with MIT students and faculty for six weeks during the summer.
MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community
MOSTEC is a six-month online program for rising high school seniors. The program provides students with a glimpse at the fundamental competencies needed to pursue a career in STEM. Participants collaborate online on a team project then come to campus for a weeklong conference to present their results. The program is offered free of charge to those accepted.
Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery Academy
SEED is a five-and-a-half-year program available to students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence middle and high schools. Students strengthen their understanding of the practical application of math and science concepts and gain exposure to a college environment. They explore technical disciplines from mechanical engineering to robotics and biological engineering. The program is offered free of charge to those accepted.
Women’s Technology Program
The Women’s Technology Progam seeks to motivate female high school students to pursue engineering. A four-week residential experience, the women pursue a track in either mechanical engineering or computer science. Participants explore through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects. All of the classes are taught by current MIT graduate students who are female.