FREE MIT Spring Institute for 9th/10th Graders

The Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Beaverworks Spring Institute is looking for students who are in the 9th and 10th grade who are interested in learning about robotics, cyber security, assistive technology and programming via a series of online Saturday courses. The program is completely free! No prior experience is necessary.

Students must be able to attend all sessions (all sessions are on Saturdays starting March 6, from 11am to 2pm ET)

  • Enrollment will be for 1 (one) of the 7 courses (see below …).
  • The program is completely free! Students should be interested in learning about robotics, engineering, and programming.
  • Interest in the topic is required but no experience is necessary.

Our Virtual Spring programs are based on RACECAR, Build a Cubesat, Synthetic Aperature Radar, as well as Many Interesting Things for Aspiring Engineers (based on MIT course), and Aerospace engineering (newly developed).

These courses are for 9th and 10th graders interested in engineering but don’t have access to programs in their schools.

Yes! You Can Program Autonomous Cars uses the Mini-RACECAR course that includes introduction to Python programming and machine vision.  We’ll be using a simulator built in Unity to test their code over a virtual racetrack. This course is designed for students who are interested in programming but don’t have much experience and we start with introductory programming and work to machine vision and control algorithms to code an autonomous model car.

Yes! You Can Build Cubesats takes students on science mission to outer space, but they have to build, program and test their prototypes before the mission can be launched. Students will assemble their kits, and learn about engineering principles to design a successful science mission. They will have to program their cubesats to collect and analyze data to answer the questions posed by their science mission.

Yes! You Can Hack and Code! introduces students to security in the digital domain.  It is based on the the BWSI Embedded Security and Hardware Hacking course.  Students will compete by programming devices and check the security of each others work in a “capture the flag” style competition.

Yes! You Can Do Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR): (tentative) students will learn about radars and their applications, learning by building one and collecting data to understand radio waves, and turning the data into images.

Yes! You Can Create Accessible Resources for Education: Use computer-aided design (CAD) to create a unique 3D-printed puzzle box that can help teach concepts to children who are blind, have learning disabilities, or just enjoy learning with physical objects! Your puzzle box will be 3D printed and donated to a local special education partner and featured on a website for others to use!

Many Interesting Things for Aspiring Engineers: An early introduction to the technologies that shape our world.

Yes! You Can Design, Build and Fly Model AircraftIntroduces students to aerospace engineering using model planes and wind tunnels to demonstrate concepts.

Laptops: Attendees should plan on using their own computers for Zoom meetings, but can be provided if needed.

Enrollment is now open. Students should apply here.

Enrollment closes on Feb 28!  Accepted Students will be notified on March 2.

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