Stir up a passion for STEM for students entering grades 4-10! Our SPARK program enables students entering 4th through 6th grade to explore and engage in a variety of disciplines. The IGNITE program is for students entering 7th and 8th grade, who would like to explore more complex concepts introduced at a deeper level of detail. In the LAUNCH program, for the 9th and 10th graders, students will leverage state-of-the-art research and technology to find solutions to current problems in a variety of scientific fields alongside WPI’s renowned faculty.
Registration is open and on a first-come, first-serve basis. Registration will close two weeks prior to the start of the camp.
Day Program Details
Drop-off and Pick-up
The day program takes place from 9:00 am - 4:00 pm, Monday through Friday. Participants may be dropped off between 8:00 - 9:00 am and picked-up between 4:00 - 5:00 pm, but there is no formal academic programming during these times. We have expanded these times so it is convenient for families.
Drop-off and pick up is a drive-thru process, beginning at the Bartlett Center at 60 Institute Road, Worcester, MA. There will be signage and staff to greet and guide vehicles along the driving path. Families should remain in their vehicles at all times and staff will approach them to check-in the student and explain the pick-up process with our PIN system.
*Please note that in previous years, vehicles parked on the driving path on Monday mornings, but this is not the process moving forward.
Lunch and Dining Hall Information
Participants eat lunch in our WPI dining facility. There is a variety of food selections that include a salad bar, grill station, hot entrees, deli sandwiches, pizza, pasta, fruit, and desserts. We are happy to accommodate participants with food allergies and other dietary concerns, including, but not limited to vegan, vegetarian, and Halal meals. If there is a dietary accommodation, please inform our office by June 1 so that we can provide the best dining experience for your participant.
Additional Information to Note:
- We have a Balance U Station that prepares a tasty menu line without the “Top 8” allergens or gluten (milk, eggs, fish, crustacean shellfish, tree nuts, peanuts, wheat and soybean). Our culinary staff and associates at the station are all specially trained to limit cross-contact during food prep.
- There is an area of the dining hall, called S.P.A.C.E. (Special Product Allergen Controlled Eating) which has a wide variety of packaged gluten-free foods, cereals, snacks, breads, and prepared pasta. A toaster and microwave oven are also available in this area, and are used only for gluten-free foods to minimize cross-contamination. Non-dairy milk beverages are also available.
- We have a limited nut exposure policy; Nuts/nut oils are not used in any of our food production areas.
- We do not permit outside food in the dining as a precaution for food allergies and other dietary concerns.
What To Bring
All academic supplies are provided, however we recommend that you bring the following items.
- A water bottle with your name on it to stay hydrated throughout the day.
- (optional) A non-perishable snack, but MUST be nut-free.
All programs are overseen by several staff members with expertise in engineering, teaching, outreach programs, admissions, and student life. This staff supports summer and academic year efforts in inspiring and reaching youth to spark a passion for STEM. During summer programs, the entire WPI community is involved in supporting our programs, including our WPI undergraduate students who serve as daytime counselors, called Program Assistants (PAs). They are carefully selected due to their demonstrated leadership skills, maturity, experience with youth, and ability to serve as a role model. Within the classroom, both Instructors and Teaching Assistants (TAs) provide foundational content that is built upon throughout the week. All faculty and staff have been through extensive training and a background check. Throughout the program, staff supervision ratios exceed camp association recommendations.
A summer health care center is open 24/7 to all program participants, with registered nurses. If your participant needs to take prescription medication while on campus, this should be given to the health care staff when they first arrive on campus at drop-off. Families will pick up the medication from the nursing staff on the last day of the program. Prescriptions must be in their original packaging with the prescribing physician and dosage listed.
Campus Police and WPI community work collaboratively to keep our campus a safe and enjoyable place to live and visit. For further information about the Campus Police Department, please visit their website.
All summer program participants are required to wear lanyards with ID Cards or badges for identification purposes and are not permitted to leave campus without staff knowledge.
The WPI Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs strives to provide a safe, secure, educational and fun environment for our summer programs participants. In order to achieve this, we ask that all parents, guardians and participants follow all policies that are outlined.
Please visit our Program Policies webpage for complete details.
- Financial Assistance
Forms and Payment
We require the following items to be submitted by June 1 so that we can fully prepare all of our camps and programs. All forms can be uploaded through your Active.com account. If you have any questions, please contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by phone at 508-831-4900 or email at email@example.com.
- Payment in full.
- A copy of the participant’s most recent physical and immunizations from a physician. These documents must be within the last 18 months.
- A headshot photo of the participant so that it can be included on the roster for instructors and medical staff. The photograph should be of the head and shoulders only and clearly show your face without hats, sunglasses, headphones, or other accessories. The photo should preferably have a plain white background and saved as a .jpg. *Participants in Launch will be issued a WPI Photo ID, which will include this headshot photo. Participants are asked to carry the WPI ID during the program since it will grant access to residence halls, academic buildings, labs, and other facilities on campus.