Extracurricular and Summer Programs

Science Matters in Massachusetts - a public awareness campaign sponsored by MAST (Massachusetts Science Teachers Association) and NSTA (National Science Teachers Association)

Summer Opportunities for Students

2017-18 Position Openings with TerraCorps 
TerraCorps, formerly MassLIFT-AmeriCorps, is an innovative national service program working to help communities conserve and secure land for the health and well-being of people and nature. Using the AmeriCorps national service model, TerraCorps prepares and mobilizes emerging leaders to help strengthen community-based nonprofits working to meet these goals. 

The 2017 TerraCorps program will support thirty-six full-time AmeriCorps members, serving in one of four positions: Land Stewardship Coordinator (LSC), Regional Conservation Coordinator (RCC), Community Engagement Coordinator (CEC), and Youth Education Coordinator (YEC). All members will carry out capacity building projects; educate or train individuals; recruit, train, manage, and support community volunteers engaged in land-based activities; and identify new individuals and groups to participate in education, recreation, or service opportunities centered around land access and conservation. All positions include computer-based administrative and reporting duties. The specific responsibilities and goals of members differ by position as well as host site organization. 

Land Stewardship Coordinators build the long-term capacity of their host sites by creating networks of volunteers to support hands-on stewardship of community lands. They organize, train, and collaborate with municipal boards, neighborhood and civic associations, community members, youth groups, and schools to care for, improve access to, and support the long-term resiliency and sustainable use of community lands. 

Community Engagement Coordinators build the long-term capacity of their host sites by developing culturally inclusive systems, programing, partnerships, and events. By collaborating with community groups, CECs demonstrate how the sustainable use and conservation of land can help address community needs related to education, public health, economic development, neighborhood revitalization, homelessness, poverty, hunger, and cultural decline. 

Regional Conservation Coordinators build the long-term capacity of their host sites by assessing community needs related to land conservation and land access and then organizing collaborative community projects to help meet these needs. They convene and coordinate community organizations to build regional networks, and organize collaborative cross-sector working groups to initiate new projects around community needs. 

Youth Education Coordinators build the long-term capacity of their host site by engaging youth in service learning, experiential education, and inquiry-based science and nature learning projects. They collaborate with schools, libraries, and youth groups on projects that connect young people to the natural world, improve science literacy, and encourage healthy lifestyles. 

These are full-time AmeriCorps positions requiring a minimum of 1,700 hours of service over 11 months. The 2017-18 TerraCorps program will run from August 28, 2017 – July 27, 2018. Seventeen organizations, located across the state, will host TerraCorps members this year: Mount Grace Land Conservation Trust, Backyard Growers, Buzzards Bay Coalition and Wareham Land Trust, Groundwork Lawrence, Groundwork Somerville, Groundwork Southcoast, Grow Food Northampton, Growing Places, Healthy Chelsea and Greenroots, Hilltown Land Trust, Kestrel Land Trust, Mill City Grows, North County Land Trust, Southeastern Massachusetts Pine Barrens Alliance, Sudbury Valley Trustees, and Wildlands Trust 

Member applications, position descriptions, and information about TerraCorps and the organizations hosting members for the 2017-2018 program can be found on our website www.terracorps.org

Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's High School Apprenticeship Challenge
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center's High School Apprenticeship Challenge is an innovative program that facilitates and funds paid internship opportunities for high school students. Eligible students can also enroll in an after-school laboratory training program that will prepare them for the many exciting summer internships that will be offered by research institutions and life sciences companies throughout Massachusetts. For more information, please visit www.masslifesciences.com/programs/hsapprenticeship 

MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center Middle School Outreach Day
Wednesday, June 7, 2017
We will offer the attendees of our Outreach Day a basic understanding of what plasmas are, how they behave, and their role in harnessing fusion energy. In addition, we can offer an exposure to several technologies, such as large magnets and sources of intense microwave and millimeter wave power, which are key to fusion's successful development. Students will have the opportunity to actually observe plasmas in a glow discharge tube, perform hands-on demonstrations with superconductivity, and see MIT's tokamak, Alcator C-MOD. 

The program is scheduled to begin at 9:00 am with presentations and tours, followed by lunch and a plasma demonstration. For those interested, an information session and tour of MIT will be available beginning at 3:00 pm. While we will be furnishing refreshments in the morning and sodas at lunchtime, it will be necessary for each participant to bring a lunch. As the number of participants will be limited, please respond early. Participants will be selected on a first come first served basis. 

Please submit the electronic form found at http://www.psfc.mit.edu/outreach/outreach-day-registration by Wednesday, May 17

BU is pleased to host the Summer Pathways program July 7-14, 2017. In its eleventh year, Summer Pathways is an exciting seven-day, residential program for high school girls entering their junior or senior year in September 2017. The program targets girls from Boston area high schools who show promise and/or interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM). Tuition is $675 and includes room, board, all travel and activities, and an overnight at Thompson Island in Boston Harbor. Scholarships of up to $575 are available to students with demonstrated financial need. 

Over the course of the week, participants in Summer Pathways have the opportunity to gain first hand knowledge of a wide range of careers in STEM disciplines, and also to interact with successful women at all levels of science and engineering -- undergraduate students, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows, faculty, and members of industry. 

Participants live in a BU dormitory along with their peers, and during this week, engage in many hands-on science activities, visit laboratories and a local industry, hear from a career panel, and learn about the college admissions process. On Thompson Island, they will develop communication skills and experience a process of self-discovery through team building exercises. 

For more information about the program and to apply, go to: www.bu.edu/lernet/spathways 

Boston University is pleased to host CODEBREAKERS, a four-week summer program providing an introduction to the fundamentals of cyber security, a field that combines the studies of computer science, forensics, law, and computer programming to protect networks, computers, programs, and data from attack, damage or unauthorized access. 

Students will participate in a four-week session of lectures, hands-on training, and day trips to technology companies to receive an immersive and supportive introduction to the interdisciplinary field of cyber security. CODEBREAKERS provides a unique opportunity for high school students to be introduced to career opportunities in the exciting field of cyber security, as well as to be mentored by women who are program coordinators or invited guest speakers. 

The program will run from July 10th through August 4th Monday-Friday from 9:00-3:00 pm. Young women currently in 9th or 10th grade who live within daily commuting distance to Boston are eligible to apply. Students do not need any background or experience in cyber security or computer programming is needed in order to apply, only their interest and enthusiasm. 

For more information and to apply: go to: www.bu.edu/lernet/cyber 

BSU Summer Science Academy
The Center for the Advancement of STEM Education at Bridgewater State University is excited to offer the Summer Science Academy. The Academy offers one-week science classes for students entering grades 6-12 in the fall of 2017. This unique program allows students to work as scientists and is designed to inspire students about science while providing them with the foundations necessary for further scientific exploration. Summer Science Academy students are immersed in science courses and conduct hands-on investigations in their selected class. All classes focus on the importance of science communication as students lead presentations on the last day of class. Limited need based scholarships are available. 

July 10-14 
  • Enduring Everest: An Engineering Challenge (Entering grades 6-8) 
  • So You Want to be a What? Exploring Careers in Medical Sciences (Entering grades 9-12) 
July 17-21 
  • Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology (Entering grades 6-8) 
  • Biotech Career Rotations I: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems (Entering grades 9-12) 
July 24-28 
  • Forensics Institute of Bridgewater (Entering grades 6-8) 
  • Biotech Career Rotations II: Real-world Techniques to Answer Real-world Problems (Entering grades 9-12) 
Course Descriptions can be found on our website http://microsites.bridgew.edu/case/summer-science-programs Classes for students entering grades 6-8. The program fee of $400 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. Classes for students entering grades 9-12. The program fee of $490 per week covers all course expenses including lab supplies and materials. The fee does not include lunch or transportation. A limited number of seats are reserved at a discounted rate for children of BSU faculty and staff. Registration is on a first come first serve basis. 

UMass Amherst Summer Pre-College STEM Programs 
UMass Summer Programs offers residential pre-college summer intensives for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors in the sciences, humanities and arts. With 1-week, 2-week and 6-week sessions running between June 25th and August 5th, 2017. STEM programs include: 
  • Modern Astronomy 
  • Engineering Institute 
  • Hydrology & Climate Change 
  • Genetic Engineering & GMOs 
  • Genetics, Genomics & Evolution 
  • Forensic Chemistry 
Opportunities also exist for high school students to work in research labs alongside University faculty in the 6-week Research Intensives program. Co-curricular programming and S.A.T. prep are included. 

Accepting applications now through mid-June. For program descriptions, dates, pricing and to apply, visit www.umass.edu/summer/precollege

Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Summer Programs at WPI Click here  for the link to the WPI webpage

A list of Summer Programs complied by MIT
Summer programs for Middle School Students  in Boston Click here

STEM Summer Camps in Massachusetts
From Boston TechMom Parents Guide to STEM Summer Camps in Massachusetts Click here