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MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) in the School of Engineering (SOE) runs five core programs for middle and high school students.

MITES: In 1975, the SOE launched the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) Program to address the low numbers of minority students pursuing advanced technical degrees. Now the MITES Program is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for talented high school students 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.

SEED ACADEMY (Cambridge, Boston, Lawrence, MA)- The Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy is an academic enrichment and career exploration program for students who attend public school and also live in Boston, Cambridge or Lawrence, Massachusetts. Our primary mission is to increase the number of traditionally underserved local students in the pipeline to the technical workforce. We provide participants with an interesting, hands-on curriculum that strengthens their foundational math, science and communication skills; a challenging learning environment with high expectations; and access to positive role models. Over the course of seven-semesters, SEED Academy students have the opportunity to see what engineering and technology are, how they are being used in our society, and what industry and educational leaders expect in those fields in the future. The program is offered free of charge to participants through the generous support of our sponsors and MIT.

CORE  (Cambridge, Boston) - The MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) announced the pilot of a new program within SEED Academy called the Confronting Obstacles and Realizing Excellence (CORE) program in the summer of 2008. The CORE Program is a two-week program focused on increasing the quantitative reasoning skills of rising 9th and 10th graders from public high schools in the Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence area. Students learn a great deal about themselves as a participant in this new program.  They will work with an amazing instructional team to help their confidence in their math skills and better prepare them for a new school term. As a participant in CORE, students will have the opportunity to learn at MIT, one of the leading science and technology institutions in the world. Students who successfully complete this program are also encouraged, and more prepared, to apply to SEED Academy.

STEM Program (Cambridge, Boston, Lawrence) - The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program is a year-round academic enrichment opportunity provided free of charge to talented middle school students who want to get ahead in math and science. During the summer, STEM offers a five-week Summer Institute on MIT’s campus for students entering sixth, seventh, eighth or ninth grade. Taught by MIT undergraduates, the Summer Institute courses combine lectures, projects and experiments to support learning. Participants learn college-level material, get to play a racquet sport, take field trips to places like the Museum of Science and meet some very interesting people. During the academic year, STEM offers a nine-month Mentoring Program, which matches each of their middle school participants with an MIT student mentor, who shares similar interests. One Saturday each month, the mentors and mentees gather on MIT’s campus for brunch and a series of structured and unstructured social and academic exchanges. Parents of STEM participants are also invited to participate in regular Parents’ Programming seminars, which provide useful information about the navigating the public school system and applying to high school, college and beyond.

MSBP  (Cambridge, Boston) - The MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP) is a summer program provided free of charge to talented boys who attend public school in Boston or Cambridge, who will enter the eighth grade or ninth grade in the fall of 2011, and who have a love for math, science and baseball.
Want to learn more? Please browse through OEOP's site and discover what local students already have discovered about math, science, baseball, friends and fun at MIT.

Types of Educational Outreach Opportunities

Guest Speakers
Space for Educator Meetings/Student Workshops
Educator Education/Workshops
Student Workshops
Advisory Board Representatives
Web Resources
Summer Programs

Grades K-12

Communication (reading, writing, speaking)
Applied and Technical Mathematics



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