Ignite Program (Grades 7 & 8)

IGNITE is designed as a stepping-stone between our SPARK programs for younger students and our LAUNCH high school program. This program offers students the chance to explore more complex topics within a subject with an older age group.

Audience: Entering Grades 7 & 8

Dates: See below for specific programs.

Cost: $695.00

2 students working on an engineering project

The following programs are being offered for summer 2019.

Biology and Chemistry

Focus on current problems and challenges in Biology and Chemistry. Along with faculty, current WPI students, and classmates, you will use state-of-the-art experimental, analytical, and computer technology to complete projects and assemble your findings.

Session Dates: July 29th - August 2nd, 2019

Music Technology

Through project-oriented instruction in our state-of-the-art music lab, participants will learn how to compose, perform, and record music using interactive music software instead of traditional instruments. In addition to creating their own original pieces, participants will collaborate with others in the program. Advanced topics will include studio effects, processes, and production techniques to create original compositions.

Session Dates: July 29th - August 2nd, 2019


Participants investigate the world of modern physics through a combination of hands-on activities, interactive lectures, and audio-visual presentations with our Physics faculty and graduate students. Topics may include electromagnetism light, circuits, lasers, forces dynamics, momentum energy, sound, resonance, and rocket dynamics.

Session Dates: Juy 22nd - July 26th, 2019


Explore complex robotics programming and construction techniques with our brilliant robotics faculty, using EV3! Participate in interactive discussions, competitive team projects, tour a WPI Robotics Engineering Lab, and learn to drive a 140-lb FIRST Robotics Competition robot.

Session Dates: July 8th - July 12th, 2019

                         July 15th - July 19th, 2018

Video Game Design

Participants explore game development in both 2D and advanced 3D environments. They learn more advanced interactive design techniques through game development projects in 3D environments. Intermediate programming skills will be taught using coding languages such as C#. No previous experience is required.

Session Dates: July 29th - August 2nd, 2019