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.
Application for Spring 2020 is now closed
The Spring 2020 application for our local science and engineering program, SEED Academy, is now open. If your student is interested in applying for SEED Academy for Spring 2020 admission, please have them visit our application website seedapp.mit.edu. The deadline for applications was November 19, 2019 at 11:59 p.m. ET.
If you have submitted a Spring 2020 application for SEED Academy, you will recieve an email in January 2020 letting you know if you will move onto the next round of consideration. Invited applicants and their parents will attend an interview day in January.
During the Spring 2020 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.
- February 22, 2020: Session 1 and Orientation (9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.)
- February 29, 2020: Session 2
- March 7, 2020: Session 3
- March 21, 2020: Session 4
- March 28, 2020: Session 5
- April 11, 2020: Session 6
- April 25, 2020: Make Up Date (Will only meet if a prior session is cancelled due to weather)
- May 2, 2020: Session 7
- May 9, 2020: Final Presentations and Symposium
- May TBD: Senior Dinner
Each semester, students study different core subjects related to a specific strand of engineering. Courses provided during the 2019-2020 school year are as follows:
|Fall semester||Spring semester|
|7th grade||No course-application for Spring 2019||Engineering Design|
|8th grade||Materials Science||Environmental Engineering|
|9th grade||Civil Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|10th grade||Computer Science||Robotics|
|11th grade||Electronics||Biological Engineering|
|12th grade||Biomedical Engineering||Architecture|
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.