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.
All educational, admissions, and food costs are generously covered by our funders.
During the Fall 2017 semester, SEED Academy met on eight Saturdays. All SEED Academy days begin at 10:00 A.M. and end at 3:30 P.M. unless otherwise noted.
- September 16, 2017: Session 1 and Orientation (9:00 A.M. to 3:30 P.M.)
- September 23, 2017: Session 2
- September 30, 2017: Session 3
- October 14, 2017: Session 4
- October 21, 2017: Session 5
- October 28, 2017: Session 6
- November 11, 2017: Session 7
- November 18, 2017: Session 8, Final Presentations
Each semester, students study different core subjects related to a specific strand of engineering. Courses in the 2017-2018 school year may include:
|Fall semester||Spring semester|
|7th grade||No course-application for Spring 2018||Engineering Design|
|8th grade||Material Science||Environmental Engineering|
|9th grade||Civil Engineering||Mechanical Engineering|
|10th grade||Computer Science||Robotics|
|12th grade||Biological Engineering||Electronics|
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.