Monday, June 24, 2019 marks the beginning of 7 very active weeks of summer programs. Each week we will welcome between 400 and 500 youth to campus to participate in sports camps and academic programs. It is so exciting to WPI to be a part of the physical and intellectual development of these youth!
Here are some of the highlights:
We have moved the Launch program to June this year. On Sunday, June 23, 2019, we will be welcoming 240 rising eighth and ninth graders to campus. This is our biggest session of Launch to date and we are excited to have several new offerings this year including Electrical and Computer Engineering and Apps for Good. Along with Launch, the Girls Basketball Camp coached by Cherise Galasso and the Football skills program coached by Chris Robertson will welcome 230 budding athletes to WPI. During the fourth of July week, athletics will not be resting as coaches Brian Kelley and Stephanie Schafer offer a high school soccer camp.
In July, the Frontiers program will welcome a total of 369 rising high school juniors and seniors to campus. These exceptional students come from 30 different states and Puerto Rico as well as 16 countries outside the US including Australia and New Zealand. Frontiers is a two-week residential program in which students get to experience college life. This first session takes place from July 7 through Friday, July 19, 2019 and the second session takes place July 21- August 2, 2019. Attendees will be participating in a wide palette of offerings in STEM disciplines as well as the humanities and arts led by our outstanding faculty. Many of the students who attend the Frontiers program will apply and eventually matriculate to WPI. It is the open and welcoming WPI community that the Frontiers participants experience that has much to do with those decisions.
In addition to the above programs, we will be offering academic programs and other athletic camps throughout the month of July and into early August. In total, we will have approximately 1900 youth visiting campus this summer to participate in programs.
It may be helpful to know that during the work week:
Day STEM programs drop-off and pick-up using the service road in front of Daniels and Morgan Halls between the hours of 8:00 and 9:30 am, and 3:30 – 5:00 pm. Please use caution during these times – the traffic pattern will be one-way to allow parents to pull out onto Institute Road using the exit between the Sports and Recreation Center and Morgan Hall.
Sports Camps drop off and pick up in the Parking Garage during the same hours (with the exception of the rowing program). We have advised families to use caution in the garage and ask the employees entering in the garage do the same.
Monday morning (Monday, July 8), the Frontiers students will be off to their first workshops at 8:30 AM. We will have staff helping out with directions, but if you happen to find someone wandering, please point them in our direction. I am attaching listing of faculty and classroom room numbers to use as a reference, but you can always direct students back to the Bartlett Center as well.
I would like to recognize and thank many of the other offices on campus who have helped in preparing to welcome these students including Athletics, the Admissions Office, Student Aid and Financial Literacy, Career Development Center, Residential Services, Student Activities, IT, Chartwells, the Events Office, Health Services, and Facilities.
If at any time during the next couple of weeks, you have questions or concerns about any of the Summer Programs, please do not hesitate in Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs at ext. 4900. In addition, if there are questions related to our athletic camps, you can reach out to Ann McCarron at ext. 6541
Again, I thank you in advance for making all of our summer programs participants feel at home for the next couple of weeks.
Your POP Team