About the Summer Programs
Frontiers is an on-campus, residential, research, and learning experience that challenges soon-to-be high school juniors and seniors to explore the outer limits of knowledge in science, mathematics, and engineering. Now in its 30th year of operation, it continues to be enthusiastically received by its participants. You will learn from outstanding professors and use state-of-the-art experimental, analytical, and computer technology and facilities. WPI students majoring in your area of study will assist you in the lab and in study groups.
Frontiers focuses on current laboratory techniques and unsolved problems in aerospace engineering, biology/biotechnology, biomedical engineering, chemistry/biochemistry, civil and environmental engineering, computer science, electrical and computer engineering, environmental and sustainability studies, interactive media and game development, mathematics, mechanical engineering, and physics (Session I); and robotics or global sustainability (Session II). Rounding out the academic experience are humanities and arts workshops in areas such as writing, art, music, speech, history, international studies, law, and theatre. A full schedule of activities includes evening workshops, field trips, movies, live performances, and tournaments will ensure that your stay at WPI is more than just an academic experience. You’ll have the chance to meet current WPI students that serve as program leaders, and interact with other participants from across the country and around the globe.
Throughout your stay you will have accounts on WPI's computer system and access to PCs and UNIX workstations. We think you'll find this summer enrichment experience challenging, well-balanced, and loads of fun!
Note: housing in WPI residence halls is provided for Frontiers participants. Students participating in both sessions of Frontiers will be able to stay in residence halls for the entire program without needing to change rooms or move out.
WPI Launch is a non-residential learning and research opportunity for students entering freshman and sophomore years of high school. You'll spend your days working with faculty focusing on current problems and challenges in the fields of biology, chemistry/biochemistry, computer science, interactive media and game development, or robotics.
At Launch you will attend workshops and perform lab work in your chosen field of study. With faculty, current WPI students, and classmates, you will use state-of-the-art experimental, analytical, and computer technology to complete projects and assemble your findings.
Program hours are 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. Launch staff and other WPI community members will be available each day at 8 a.m. for early arrival and will provide late-afternoon supervised activities until 5 p.m.; lunch will be included every day. At the start of the program, a one-hour orientation program will welcome participants and parents and a closing luncheon ceremony will be held on Friday.
We think you'll find this summer enrichment experience challenging, creative, and lots of fun!