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Important Summer 2021 Update

School year programs for 2020-2021 are open for registration here. We are currently developing our Summer 2021 programs and course offerings. Sign up for our newsletter so you stay up-to-date with all things related to next summer. 

Program Offerings & Structure 

Each program runs from Monday through Friday and is split with two offerings, either a morning or afternoon session.  Morning sessions run from 9:00am-12:00pm and the afternoon sessions run from 1:00-4:00pm.  During the three hours of the session, there will be a total of 1.5 hours of instructions and 1.5 hours of self-guided work.  Each session will be live with the WPI faculty member and an undergraduate Teaching Assistant, which includes presentations, demonstrations, and small group discussions

Choose from one of the following college courses for high school students:

Architectural Design

Description Coming Soon.  

SESSIONS OFFERED
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Biology: Changing the Living World

Discover what’s really going on inside ourselves and the ground we walk on! Through experiments and discussions, you will learn to change the living world through biotechnology. Become part of an ever-growing community from around the world, by contributing to scientific discovery and learning your responsibilities of global citizenship! Please note that some supplies will be mailed, along with a list of household supplies that participants should gather for program use.

SESSIONS OFFERED
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Computational Biology

Description Coming Soon.  

SESSIONS OFFERED
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Computer Science

Participants will explore the use of technology to identify and solve problems in our community. Blending entrepreneurial and computer science concepts, the course staff, will guide participants through a rapid development life cycle from launch to pitch. Participants will participate in teamwork through various activities to develop a World Wide Web application using a Web programming language, explore design and programming approaches, and present their ideas to a group. 

SESSIONS OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Crime Scene Chemistry

Use principles of chemistry to solve the mysteries of the world AND an ongoing crime!  Students will learn some fundamental principles of chemistry, an then they will apply those principles in a combination of virtual labs and hands-on activities to test evidence taken from our WhoDunnIt Crime Scene.  Students will use their findings from the labs to question witnesses, interrogate suspects and identify the guilty party.

SESSIONS OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)

Data Science

Join us to explore the ever-growing world of data science! Participants will learn about data collection, statistical analysis, and data visualization techniques using the state-of-the-art software tool, Tableau. We will work through some hands-on practical exercises to gain technical knowledge as well as to learn presentation skills, in a storytelling manner, to deliver significant findings.

SESSION OFFERED
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Digital Imaging and Computer Arts

This workshop focuses on the methods, procedures, and techniques for creating and manipulating images through electronic and digital means. Students will develop an understanding of image alteration and designing vector and pixel arts using Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Software is included.

SESSION OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)

Electrical and Computer Engineering

Circuits, circuits, circuits!  Everything that uses electricity from your smart phone to electric cars and robots relies on the concept of a simple circuit in order to function.  In this beginning electrical engineering course, you will explore the basic concepts of circuits, learn the physics behind circuits, and use state of the art circuit design software called Multisim (a National Instruments Professional circuit design software)  to design, build and test many different circuit designs right on your own PC. Software is included.

SESSIONS OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Explore the World with MATLAB

In this journey, you will gain experience with MATLAB programming through a variety of exercises including data visualization, modeling the geometry of nature and game of life. We will explore together concepts such as RGB color model, fractals, randomness and self-organization, networks and six degrees of separation. No prior programming experience is assumed.

SESSION OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)

Interactive Media & Game Development

This program of fun and learning will teach participants how to create a character model and set it up for animation. Participants will work in industry-standard tools, modeling in Zbrush and rigging, and animating in Maya. Please note students will need to use a computer, along with a tablet for drawing. (iPad, Microsoft Surface, Amazon Fire, Wacom Tablet, Huion Pro, or anything similar). Software is included. 

SESSIONS OFFERED
TBA

Physics

Participants investigate the world of modern physics through a combination of hands-on activities and simulations, interactive lectures, and audio-visual presentations with our Physics faculty and graduate students. Topics may include: Mechanics: Demonstration of Newton’s laws of motion and conservation of momentum and energy. Electromagnetism and light: How do batteries work and how current is produced. Lasers, photons and Einstein’s theory on photoelectric effect. Aerodynamics: How do airplanes fly and demonstration of rocket dynamics. Participants will also virtually tour to national labs and develop skills of working in teams and making presentations of their work to their peers.

SESSIONS OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Programming with Python

This course begins with an introduction to programming using a visual tool, Coral. On the second day we move into implementing key programming features using the python language. No prior programming experience is required.

SESSIONS OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)

Robotics Engineering

Participants will build a small MakeBlock mBot robot kit and explore through several projects the use of sensors and robot programming. The C programming language will be used for an introduction to the type of programming used today on any systems with embedded computers. The robot kit is purchased separately so that students can continue to use it for their own personal projects. (Students will need a Makeblock Robot Kit to participate in the virtual program.  Examples: pink kit, blue kit)

SESSIONS OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

Video Game Design

Participants are introduced to interactive design techniques and explore game development in 2D game environments. Using web-based tools, participants will create their own 2D games while learning foundational development skills and using iterative design. No previous experience is required.

Participants will need to purchase a personal license for Construct3 ($16.49 for one month) on their own, in order to participate in the program.

SESSIONS OFFERED
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)
June 28 - July 2, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm)
August 9 - 13, 2021:   Afternoon (1-4pm)

 

*Please note that all programs need a computer, strong internet connection, and a webcam for participation.