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 2018.

Art of Designing Games

This program is designed for girls who create their own video game from start to finish. Participants work in groups to create a compelling story, design the player’s experience, produce artwork, and even add music to their game. Prior experience is not necessary, and participants will learn about professional video game software and how real games are designed. Imagination required!

Session Dates: July 9th - July 13th, 2018

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 23rd - July 27th, 2018

Crime Scene Science

Participants get the opportunity help to solve a crime! As part of the on-site crime investigation team, participants collect and analyze evidence, interrogate witnesses, and process materials found at the crime scene in our biology and chemistry labs. On the final day, participants meet with a legal expert who will brief them on their options.

Session Dates: August 6th - August 10th, 2018

Engineering Technology

Participants focus on advanced automation techniques in our state-of-the-art manufacturing labs, where they will design and build their own components and go home with a working assembly. The program is based in our Design Studio and Classroom, where our undergraduate manufacturing courses are held. The participants will also have access to our CNC milling machines, lathe machines, and a host of other industrial tools.

Session Dates: July 9th - 13th, 2018

                         July 16th - July 20th, 2018

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 30th - August 3rd, 2018


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 30th - August 3rd, 2018


Explore complex robotics programming and construction techniques with our brilliant robotics faculty! 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 9th - July 13th, 2018

                         July 16th - July 20th, 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 30th - August 3rd, 2018

Women In Science

Young women come together to learn how careers in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) are collaborative, creative, and help address a variety of social issues. Participants will rotate through multiple hands-on workshops each day, presented by female role models including WPI faculty, graduate students, and industry professionals. Participants receive a hands on experience, and work in WPI’s labs!

Session Date: July 16th - July 20th, 2018