Deadlines to apply for these summer 2016 programs vary and begin as early as March, so please apply as early as possible.
- Free or low-cost science and engineering summer programs
- Science and engineering summer programs with fees
- Free or low-cost other summer programs
- Other summer programs with fees
dynaMIT is a completely free, week-long science program for economically disadvantaged middle school students hosted on the MIT campus. The program will run August 15 to 19 for rising sixth and seventh graders and August 22 to 26 for rising eighth and ninth graders.
UMASS Boston Summer Transportation Institute
Approximately twenty rising 9-12 graders will receive full scholarships to participate in the four-week, non-residential summer program.
New England Aquarium
The New England Aquarium offers a variety of volunteer and paid opportunities for teens ages 13 through 19.
The Crimson Summer Academy at Harvard University
Over the course of three consecutive summers, 30 high-achieving students from Boston, Cambridge and Somerville high schools live on Harvard's Cambridge campus from Sunday evenings through Friday afternoons, returning to their homes on weekends.
City Sprouts Summer Program
CitySprouts’ tuition-free summer program provides a unique opportunity for young people to learn firsthand about the natural ecology of their local environment, starting with the school garden.
Boston University Artemis
Artemis is a five-week summer program for rising 9th grade girls focused on computer science. $100 registration fee, free otherwise including lunch. All materials must be received by May 1.
Northeastern University Summer STEM Program (NUSSP)
NUSSP is a free (after $50 acceptance fee) academic program run by the Center for STEM Education, which takes an active role in shaping education in students entering grades 6, 7, and 8. Applications are due March 31.
You GO Girl
This four-day summer program is an on-MIT-campus introductory science and engineering program for girls entering ninth grade in the fall.
The SeaGlide Workshop is an intensive one-week workshop for high school teachers and rising ninth through 12th graders in the greater Boston area.
Engineering Design Workshop
For four and a half weeks during the whole month of July, the Engineering Design Workshop (EDW) engages Cambridge, Boston, and Greater Boston-area 9th through 12th grade students in hands-on engineering projects.
Junction is a summer program for advanced, self-driven high school students held on the MIT campus for two weeks in mid-August
Boston Leadership Institute
Wellesley, MA, $559 - $2,200
Award-winning summer STEM research programs for teens include: Biological Research, Applied Physics Research, Chemistry Research, Neuroscience, Biomedical Research, Marine Biology, Psychiatry and Clinical Psychology, Engineering, & STEM Entrepreneurship for rising 8th-12th students.
Summer Science and Engineering Program
Northampton, MA, $5,500 (financial aid available)
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Girls who will be in high school (grades 9-12) in fall 2016 are eligible to apply for the summer 2016 program. Applications must be received by April 1 for a discount on your full program payment.
Edge on Science
Weston and Watham, MA, $675
Choose from Galileo's Astronomy, Bridge Buildig, Catapult Engineering, Summer Rocket Blast Off and teh Hydraulics Makerspace. These are project-based introductions to engineering. We use drawings, tools, hardware, measuring instruments, computer applications, and modeling to buidl things like a catapult, rocket, bridge, hydraulic machine, or a telescope. Children take on challenges while making new friends and having fun. For ages 10 to 14.
Locations in Boston, Belmont, Brookline, Cape Cod, Lexington, Newton-Needham, and Westford, MA, half day $335, full day $595
Empow runs two types of camps: Tech & Design Camps and Minecraft Camps. Tech & Design camps feature robotics, 2D & 3D video game design, virtual reality (VR) game design, animation, programming / coding, 3D modeling & printing, audio engineering, and music production. Minecraft camps feature modding, electrical engineering (via redstone circuits), architecture, game design, and world creation. Empow Studios is open to children who have completed grades 1 to 8 at the time of the session.
Summer at Einstein’s Workshop
From mid-June through August, Einstein's Workshop offers weekly camp programs for students in K-12, with multiple morning and afternoon offerings each week.
Dream, Design, Discover
Boston, MA, $1,200+
Sessions are open to children ages 5 through 12 (by September 1, 2016). Students will be divided into Junior Designer, Senior Designer, and Design Leader groups within each class.
i2 Camp at Roxbury Latin
Boston, MA, $850+
i2 Camp at Roxbury Latin is co-educational and open to rising 5th through rising 8th graders. Partnering with some of the world’s leading STEM organizations, the camp broadens a child’s exposure to STEM with a wide variety of new, innovative courses not seen in traditional middle school education.
Wheelock STEM in the City 2016
Boston, MA, $400 - $800
During the camp, students explore a variety of STEM-related careers and the educational pathways needed to attain those careers. In addition, they are introduced to college life and academics through campus tours featuring Wheelock's classrooms, residence halls, library, theater, dining hall, multicultural center, and other campus buildings. Students entering eighth or ninth grade in the fall of 2016.
LINX camps provides a traditional day camp experience that builds community and character while allowing campers to explore over 40 unique camps in a variety of areas of interest: Adventure, Fine and Performing Arts, General, Leadership, Sports and STEMM Camps. For grades K-10.
Needham, MA, $340+
Students in grades four through eight will explore the wonders of the human brain. In Brain Builds, student-neuroscientists will uncover how our brains perform action, communicate with our senses and encode memories using electrophysiological and other cutting-edge techniques.
Newton Centre, MA, $1,625
Emagination’s MA Summer Camps at Boston College for ages 8-17 include Computer Camp, Minecraft Coding Camp, Game Design Camp.
iD Game Design & Development Academy
Cambridge, MA, $4,049
iD offers a co-ed, intensive, 2-week, pre-college Game Design & Development Academy for teens ages 13-18.
Acera Summer STEAM Camp
Winchester, MA, $250+
The Acera Summer STEAM Camp is a creativity-based arts and sciences day camp where children ages 7-14 can nurture their natural desire to inquire, create, and innovate.
The Experimentory at Deerfield Academy
Deerfield, MA, $8,000
The Experimentory is an interdisciplinary summer program teaching innovation to rising seventh and eighth grade students from across the US and the world.
Digital Media Academy
Cambridge, MA, $1,195+
Digital Media Academy is a series of STEM camps for 6-17 year olds. Topics include Robotics, App Development, Programming Made by Girls, and more.
Launch at WPI
Worcester, MA, $695-$1095
For students entering ninth and tenth grades, spend your days working with WPI’s world-renowned faculty on current problems and challenges in biology, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, engineering technology, interactive media and game development, or robotics.
Worcester, MA, $1,295
For girls entering 7th grade, Camp Reach emphasizes the social context of engineering design, girls work in teams with a community “customer” to create a plan for solving a real problem. Camp Reach keeps the connection with participants through follow-up programs during the school year. Applications are due April 15.
U-Design at BU
Boston, MA, $425+
U-Design is a fun, exciting science and engineering program for kids who are currently in grades 6 - 9 at time of registration. It is a hands-on laboratory and workshop experience that gives you the opportunity to learn about science and technology by engaging in the real work of scientists and engineers: design, exploration, experimentation, and invention.
Environmental Science Program
Newton, MA, $1,295
The Environmental Science Program is open to students who will be entering grades 7, 8, 9, or 10 by September 2016. The Envi Sci program combines fun outdoor activities with learning about the environment. Each year it builds on the "peer education" principle by having the student leaders design, develop, and deliver the materials that the students use.
The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine at Tufts
North Grafton, MA, $770
Students who have entered 7th or 8th grade as of September 2015 are eligible for all middle school sessions. Middle school applications are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. The Adventures in Veterinary Medicine Middle School Program is a fun and exciting way for middle school students to spend one week learning about being a veterinarian and the varied career opportunities within the profession.
Alexa Café at Simmons College
Boston, MA, $999+
Alexa Café, named after iD Tech co-founder Alexa Ingram-Cauchi, was designed with girls ages 10-15 in mind. While all iD Tech programs are great for girls, this program acknowledges the pervasive STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) gender gap, and seeks to remedy it with a chic, collaborative learning environment focused on girls. The Café emphasizes leadership, entrepreneurship, brand identity, and philanthropy, with STEM subjects creatively woven into the curriculum. Alexa Café encompasses coding camps, game design courses, filmmaking classes, web design courses, and photography camps.
Trinity Education for Excellence Program (TEEP)
TEEP’s 9th grade summer program and high school Leadership Development Program focus on three key aspects of leadership development. At the heart of TEEP is a 5-week intensive summer program during which rising 7th and 8th graders focus on academics in the morning (math, language arts, music, fine art, and computer skills) and enrichment activities, like field trips, in the afternoon.
The Business of Doing Good
Boston, MA, $350
The Business of Doing Good is a social entrepreneur program for middle school students. They introduce students to real life social entrepreneurs and teach them basic entrepreneurial and work place skills. At the end of the week-long program, students will have created a project idea, business plan, and market analysis.
College Preview at Boston University
Boston, MA, $1855+
BU's one-week non-credit Summer Preview program offers a choice of seminars to rising high school freshmen and sophomores.
College Preview at Wellesley College
Wellesley, MA, $700-5655 (financial aid available)
College Preview at Wellesley is a 3-week summer program for students entering grades 8-9 on the campus of Wellesley College.
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s Summer Expeditions
Boston, MA, $500
Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center’s Summer Expeditions deliver exhilarating 8- to 14-day wilderness courses for youth ages 12-17.
Public Speaking Institute at MIT
Cambridge, MA, $995
For students entering 4th-8th grade in Fall of 2016, this program is designed to help students build confidence in their public speaking skills. The Public Speaking Institute trains students in public speaking, logic and rhetoric through an interactive and dynamic curriculum that encourages incremental progress through ongoing practice and exercise. Over the course of the program, students will participate in three main courses: Debate, Persuasive Speaking, and an elective.