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Spend your weekends with STEM!

Have a student interested in engineering?
How about video design?
Or maybe working with electrical engineering?

Brand new this year, the Office of Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs, is launching a variety of virtual programs called BOOST programs! From Electronic Gadget Design with Arduinos to Video Design for Youtube, our BOOST programs are the best way to continue your learning this Fall in your favorite area of STEM. More information about our program and our different virtual offerings can be found below!

boy working on the computer with coding

BOOST Virtual Programs

Ready to deep dive into a fun and exciting STEM program? Our BOOST programs allow students to build, explore, and boost their STEM skills with WPI's undergraduate students. 

Grades: Grades 9 & 10
Dates: January 23 to February 23, 2021
Hours: Saturdays, 11:00am-12:30pm EST
Technology Needed: Internet Connection, Computer/Tablet, Webcam, and additional supplies, depending on the program
Cost: $200 (fee is non-refundable).  Need-based financial assistance is available.
Registration: Opens at 9:00 am EST on Monday, November 30, 2020

girls coding on the computer

Girls Who Code Virtual

Girls Who Code is an international non-profit organization that helps to close the gender gap in technology. Through the Girls Who Code Clubs program at WPI, girls will be able to learn the foundations of computer science while exposing them to positive female role models who are currently involved in the field. This fall girls will be introduced to website development by learning languages such as HTML, CSS, and JavaScript. Please note: this is the same material that was covered in the Fall 2020 Girls Who Code program.  

Grades: Girls in Grades 7 - 11
Dates: January 20 to March 3, 2021
Hours: Wednesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Technology Needed: Internet Connection and Computer/Tablet
Cost: Free
Registration: Opens at 9:00 am EST on Monday, November 30, 2020


women showcasing project work

Women's Research And Mentorship Program Virtual

This program is for young women who are interested in exploring STEM research with positive, female role models. Each research/mentoring team will include two high school students, one undergraduate student, and one graduate student. Topic areas range according to the research focus of the graduate students participating in the program. Participants will work on their research project 2-5 hours per week, attend team meetings, and attend Saturday Workshops (required).  *This program is funded through a Women's Impact Network grant. Preference is given to Worcester Public School students. Upon competition of the program, participants will receive a $250 participation stipend and $500 towards an STEM summer program at WPI in 2021.

Grades: Girls in Grades 10 & 11
Dates: January - April 2021
Saturday Workshops: 10am-12pm EST on January 23, February 27, April 3, 2021
Technology Needed: Internet Connection and Computer/Tablet
Application: Opens at 9:00am EST on December 14, 2020 and Closes at 12:00pm on January 4, 2021

boys working on science activity

Touch Tomorrow

TouchTomorrow is a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits for all ages. This annual event, typically held on the WPI campus in June, will be held virtually in 2021. Please check back soon for more information.

Additional Program Offerings

Doherty Memorial High School Apprenticeship Program

This apprenticeship program is available for students in 11th or 12th grade in the Engineering & Technology Academy at Doherty Memorial High School in Worcester, Ma. Through this experience, students are able to apply their engineering knowledge to develop their professional skills. Student who are interested, should contact their school contact/ teacher.

Massachusetts Life Science Center (MLSC) High School Apprenticeship Program

"The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) High School Apprenticeship Challenge facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students throughout the Commonwealth. The program also offers an after-school laboratory training program for select school districts during the spring that aims to better prepare students for summer internships."  Please see their website for all program details. 

All apprentices are selected from the MLSC applicant pool, so students should apply through the MLSC program.  There are limited spots available at WPI. Preference is given to Worcester Public School students. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at or by phone at 508-831-4900. 


Discover More About WPI!

Are you curious and creative? Do you like to work in teams to get things done while making your own decisions and setting your own course? Do you love math and science, but feel just as passionate about subjects such as music, art, or movies? WPI could be the right choice for your college decision.