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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 EST and the afternoon sessions run from 1:00-4:00pm EST.  During the 3 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. 

SESSIONS DATES
June 26 - July 1, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm EST) OR Afternoon (1-4pm EST)
August 7 - 12, 2021:   Morning (9am-12pm EST) OR Afternoon (1-4pm EST)

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

Launch Programs

  • Architectural Design

    Home is an intimate space for all of us, which goes beyond shelter; home connects us emotionally and personally. In this design studio, we develop your future tiny house concept while learning about architectural design aspects such as function, aesthetic, landscape, and sustainability. 

    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!

    **Students will be provided a list of household items to gather for program use. Additional supplies will be mailed to students as well.

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

  • Computational Biology: Simulating Virus Spread

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led us to realize the importance of understanding virus spread. At the intersection of biology, mathematics, and computer science, computational biology involves the application of data in computer simulations to study biological and ecological systems. You will use agent-based modeling to understand the transmission of viruses in populations. Design and implement your own model in Starlogo Nova, an agent-based game and simulation programming environment.

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

  • Computer Science: Innovative Applications

    You will explore the use of technology to identify and solve problems in our community. Blending entrepreneurial and computer science concepts, your WPI professor will guide you through a rapid development life cycle from launch to pitch. You will participate in teamwork through various activities to develop a web-based application using a programming language, explore design and programming approaches, and share your ideas with the 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!  You will learn some fundamental principles of chemistry, and then apply those principles in a combination of virtual labs and hands-on activities to test evidence taken from our Who-Dunn-It Crime Scene. You will use your findings from the labs to question witnesses, interrogate suspects and identify the guilty party.

    **Students will be provided a list of household items to gather for program use. Additional supplies will be mailed to students as well.

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

  • Cybersecurity: World-Wide Phenomena

    Cyberattacks, from individuals to government agencies - the threat is real! In a world that is increasingly dependent on computer systems, the need for cybersecurity professionals is growing exponentially. Learn through hands-on experiences with topics such as Web-App security, network security, forensics, system security, cryptography, and privacy.

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

  • Data Science

    Do you love solving puzzles? Do you have a curious mind? Data scientists are detectives who use computer science and mathematics to solve mysteries. Whether it is marketing, healthcare, or the way that sports are played, data science is the key to making better decisions.

    You 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 activities 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

    Turn your photos into art! This workshop focuses on the techniques for creating, manipulating, and animating images through digital means. You will develop an understanding of image alteration, designing vector arts, and timeline animation using Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and After Effects. Software is included during the program.

    **Students will need to use a computer, along with a tablet for drawing. (iPad, Microsoft Surface, Amazon Fire, Wacom TabletHuion Pro, or anything similar).

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

  • Electrical and Computer Engineering

    From the smartphone in your pocket to the international space station, electrical engineering powers everything. Understanding basic circuits is the key that unlocks all of electrical engineering. This program is designed to learn the concepts and theories of electrical circuits with focus upon DC circuits. Launch includes a series of experiments conducted virtually through TinkerCAD. You will learn about basic components used in electrical circuits, prototype circuits on a bread board, and test these circuits using Digital Multimeter and Oscilloscope. Topics include: Ohm’s Law, Watt’s Law, Kirchoff’s Law, Superposition, Norton’s, and Thevenin Theorems, Mesh and Nodal Analysis, Wheatstone bridge, and many others.

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

  • Explore the World with MATLAB

    Millions of engineers and scientists use MATLAB to send a satellite into space, drive a robot, process medical image, and more! You can start building this skill NOW. You will gain experience with MATLAB programming by creating graphics to understand data, modeling the geometry of nature, and developing the game of life more easily. We will explore 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

    Explore the interdisciplinary world of game development. You will learn how to create a character model and set it up for animation. You will work in industry-standard tools, modeling in Zbrush and rigging, and animating in Maya. Software is included. 

    **Students will need to use a computer, along with a tablet for drawing. (iPad, Microsoft Surface, Amazon Fire, Wacom TabletHuion Pro, or anything similar).

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

  • Physics

    How do airplanes fly? How do batteries work? Physics is the science of matter, energy, motion, and force. You will investigate the world of modern physics through hands-on activities and simulations, interactive lectures, and audio-visual presentations. Explore the fundamental concepts of Newton and Einstein as you demonstrations of laws of motion and conservation, and even rocket dynamics. You will also virtually tour national labs and develop skills of working in teams with your peers.

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

  • Programming with Python: For Beginners

    Do you want to learn another language? What about a programming language? Python is growing in popularity as the primary programming language for many computer applications, such as artificial intelligence, gaming, and web development. You will be introduced to programming using a unique method, the visual tool, Coral. You will learn key programming concepts; variables, assignments, branches, loops, arrays, and functions.

    **This is a program for beginners.

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

  • Robotics Engineering

    Discover the interdisciplinary nature of robotic design and operations. Explore concepts of mechanical and electrical engineering, as well as computer science. You will build a small Arduino-based robot. Through several projects, you will learn about the use of motors, servos, mechanisms, sensors, and programming in robotics. The C programming language will be used for an introduction to the type of programming used today on systems with embedded computers, like self-driving vehicles and drones. 

    **Students will need to purchase a Makeblock mBot Robot Kit (available in blue or pink) on their own.

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

  • Video Game Design

    From Paper Minecraft to Among Us, you will be introduced to interactive design techniques and explore game development in 2D game environments. Using web-based tools, you will create your own 2D games while learning foundational skills and using iterative design. No previous experience is required.

    **Students will need to purchase a personal license for Construct3 ($16.49 for one month) on their own.

    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)