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January 25, 2016

In 2016, the MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs is changing the way we serve middle school students so that they will be better prepared to become our future leaders in science and engineering.

Since 2004, the STEM Program has served middle school students from Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, Massachusetts through the STEM Summer Institute along with an academic-year mentoring program. While we’re proud of the impact that STEM has had, we know we can do a better job of supporting all of our middle school students after they leave middle school.

We are excited to announce that beginning this fall, we will accept applications from seventh and eighth graders to Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy, a free-of-charge program that meets on Saturdays during the school year. Each semester, students focus on a different technical discipline – from mechanical engineering to robotics to synthetic biology. By beginning in seventh grade, we will create a pipeline from middle school all the way through high school to ensure that all of our students can be prepared for success in science and engineering at top universities like MIT.

As part of this change in structure, the STEM Program is being phased out, and there will be no STEM Summer Institute in 2016. You can learn more about SEED Academy at, and the application will open in fall 2016.

We encourage students who will not be able to participate in SEED Academy to learn more about our three national summer programs – MITES, E2@MIT, and MOSTEC – that are open to all U.S. citizens and permanent residents who are high school juniors at the time of application.

Thank you for your continued support!


Shawna L. Young

Shawna L. Young
Executive Director
Office of Engineering Outreach Programs
MIT School of Engineering