Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy is a five and a half year academic enrichment and career exploration program for public school students from Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, Massachusetts who have a strong academic record and interest in science and engineering.
Each SEED Academy module focuses on a different technical discipline – from mechanical engineering to robotics to biological engineering. Through a hands-on instructional approach, students increase their mastery of academic subjects, strengthen their understanding of the practical application of math and science concepts, discover new academic and professional opportunities, and gain exposure to a college environment.
Class sizes vary each year, but average approximately 25, with a total of 80-100 students enrolled in the fall semester, and 120-130 in the spring after the program admits a new class.
There is no minimum GPA to apply. Students are expected to have a final grade of at least B in all school classes throughout their time in SEED Academy.
All educational, admissions, and food costs are generously covered by our funders.
During the Fall 2018 semester, SEED Academy will meet on eight Saturdays. All SEED Academy days begin at 10:00 A.M. and end at 3:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted.
- September 8, 2018: MIT Tours and Senior Session (Time TBD)
- September 15, 2018: Session 1 and Orientation (9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.)
- September 22, 2018: Session 2
- September 29, 2018: Session 3
- October 13, 2018: Session 4
- October 20, 2018: Session 5
- October 27, 2018: Session 6
- November 10, 2018: Session 7
- November 17, 2018: Final Presentations
Each semester, students study different core subjects related to a specific strand of engineering. Courses in the 2018-2019 school year may include:
|Fall semester||Spring semester|
|7th grade||No course-application for Spring 2019||Engineering Design|
|8th grade||Material Science||Environmental Engineering|
|9th grade||Civil Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|10th grade||Computer Science||Robotics|
|12th grade||Computer Science||Biological Engineering|
Additionally, all students take an academic mentoring course, which covers topics including writing and communication, time management and study skills, SAT preparation, and college admissions and financial aid.