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 will open on Saturday, February 3, 2018. Registration is on a first-come, first-serve basis, and programs tend to fill quickly. Waitlists are offered for our more popular programs.
Day Program Details
Academic program hours are from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Participants may be dropped off between at 8 and 9am at the Morgan Residence Hall Wedge. Pick-up time each day is between 4 and 5pm . Drop-off and Pick-up are drive through. Parents do not have to exit the vehicle except on the first morning of the program.
WHAT TO BRING
All academic supplies needed for program participation will be provided, but we recommend that students bring the following:
- Water bottle with your name on it.
- We recommend you leave all electronics at home. If you are bringing a cell phone, it must remain off for the duration of the program.
- For programs that take place in labs or work with machinery, we ask some participants to wear closed-toe shoes and long pants, secure long hair, or not to wear jewelry.
Participants eat in one of our WPI dining facilities for lunch. There is a wide variety of food selections daily, including vegetarian, and gluten free options in addition to a salad bar, hot entrees, sandwiches, and desserts. The dining staff is happy to accommodate any special needs or restrictions with advance notice.
Our programs are planned and managed by several full-time professional staff who work year round to support all pre-collegiate programs. During the summer, the entire WPI community is involved in supporting our programs, including our undergraduate students who serve as Program Assistants (counselors). They are selected for their experience with children, leadership skills, enthusiasm, maturity, willingness to help others. All participants are supervised the entire time that they are on campus for our programs. All instructors and staff undergo criminal and sexual offender background checks.
A summer health care center is open to all of our summer program participants. If your child is required to take prescription medication while on campus, they must be in their original packaging with the prescribing physician's name. Our nursing staff will be available at check-in to meet you and accept the medication, which will be handled only by our health staff.
Our Campus Police staff work in concert with the rest of the community to keep our campus safe. All summer participants are required to wear lanyards with ID badges for identification purposes and are not allowed to be unsupervised at any time.
Please visit our policy page for complete details.