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Have a student interested in engineering?
How about robotics?
Or maybe music?

Those are just a few examples of WPI’s available pre-collegiate programs. A great opportunity to spark interest and expand knowledge for participants in a wide variety of topics, they’re educational, immersive, hands-on, and most important—fun.

Academic programs are offered for elementary, middle, and high school students both during the school year and over the summer, with topics ranging from introductory STEM courses and robotics and math competitions, to the humanities and arts and sports camps.

WPI’s pre-collegiate programs have helped students explore STEM fields while honing their leadership and collaborative skills, building confidence, and encouraging friendships—all with the common goal of helping students pursue their passions and position themselves for future successes.

BOOST (virtual)

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. This program series will allow students to explore the STEM topic area while boosting their skills and knowledge of specific topics related to science, technology, engineering, and math. See program descriptions here. The opportunities are endless to BOOST your knowledge and have fun this year. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at pop@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-4900.

Grades: Grades 7 & 8
Dates: January 23 to February 27, 2021
Hours: Saturdays, 11:00am - 12:30pm EST
Program Offerings: Electronic Gadget Design with Arduinos, Game Development with Python, and Video Design for YouTube
Technology Needed: Internet Connection, Computer/Tablet, Webcam 
Cost: $200 (fee is non-refundable)
Registration: Closed

 

CoBots for Kids

Collaborative Robots (CoBots) will help people manufacture everything from cookies to cars. In these sessions, you will work closely with WPI faculty and student instructors to learn how to program, setup, and use some of the newest robots in industry today. Working in WPI’s state of the art manufacturing laboratories, you will use CoBots together with tools such as 3D Printers, Laser Cutters, and Precision Computer Controlled Machines to make cool stuff you can take home. This program is funded through "Advanced Robotics for Manufacturing" and "Massachusetts Manufacturing Innovation Initiative" and only open to Worcester Public School students.  For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at pop@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-4900.

The next session will run in the 2021-2022 school year.

 

Geek is Glam

Have you ever wondered, “How does that work?” or thought to yourself, “I could build that!” Explore, experience and experiment, not for a grade, but for fun! Meet talented women and experience exciting opportunities in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Discover how you can make a difference in the world. This is a one-day STEM exploration event on a Saturday in October 2021.  This program is through the Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts for Girl Scouts in Grades 4-8.  Please see the Geek is Glam website for registration details.  If you have any questions about our Geek is Glam event please email us at info@gscwm.org

 

Girls Who Code Club (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. *Note: Since the curriculum does not change from year to year, this program is not open to returning students.

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: Closed

 

Middle School STEM Experience (virtual)

Middle school STEM Virtual Experience offers opportunities for students to explore different topics in STEM through a 15-minute presentation and 45-minute hands-on activity led by WPI Engineering Ambassadors. The Engineering Ambassadors will highlight a topic in STEM and provide enough detail in the presentation for the students to be successful in their hands-on activity—no prior experience related to the topic is required. Engineering Ambassadors are excited to share their enthusiasm for STEM with your students! To request a date for a virtual session or to have someone in our office contact you to discuss this opportunity further, please fill out this request form. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at pop@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-4900.

 

Tech Kids (virtual)

Fire protection, prosthetics, cybersecurity, and conductive ink... these are just a few of the topics that participants will have the opportunity to explore in this program! Offered three times in the 2020-2021 academic year, each 6-week session focuses on a different STEM theme, including Explore Your World, Investigate Your Daily Life and Impact Others.  Each week, students will take part in a learning module and hands-on activities that promote creativity, problem-solving, and teamwork. Materials will be supplied for porch pick-up at WPI. For more information, please contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at pop@wpi.edu or by phone at 508-831-4900.

Grades: Grades 5 & 6
Dates: March 16 to April 6, 2021 (New curriculum)  
Hours: Tuesdays, 4:00-5:30 pm EST
Technology Needed: Internet Connection and Computer/Tablet
Cost: $150 (fee is non-refundable).  
Registration: Register Today

 

TouchTomorrow

TouchTomorrow is a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits for all ages. This annual event, typically held on the WPI campus, will be held virtually June 6-12, 2021. Please check back soon for more information.