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.
In spring 2017, SEED Academy will expand to serve 7th and 8th grade students in addition to high school students. Class sizes vary each year, but average approximately 25, with a total of 80-100 students enrolled in the fall semester, and 100-120 in the spring after the program admits a new class.
All educational, admissions, and food costs are generously covered by our funders.
During the Spring 2017 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 25, 2017: Session 1 and Family Orientation (9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.)
- March 4, 2017: Session 2
- March 18, 2017: Session 3
- March 25, 2017: Session 4
- April 1, 2017: Session 5
- April 8, 2017: Session 6
- April 29, 2017: Session 7
- May 13, 2017: Session 8, Final Presentations, and Senior Graduation (Time TBD)
Each semester, students study different core subjects related to a specific strand of engineering. Courses in the 2016-2017 school year may include:
|Fall semester||Spring semester|
|7th grade||Engineering Design|
|8th grade||Environmental Engineering|
|9th grade||Mechanical engineering|
|10th grade||Civil engineering||Aeronautics/astronautics|
|11th grade||Computer science||Robotics|
|12th grade||Electrical engineering||Synthetic biology/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.