Tech Programs

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Get tips and ideas for finding STEM programs that your child will enjoy including classes, workshops, events, camps and even high school internships.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money to get your child involved in exploring STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math). While some organizations charge a fee, many STEM programs are free or low cost. Look for affordable programs through your school’s enrichment program and for free STEM activities at your local library. Following are some notable programs.

Nationwide Programs

FIRST Robotics:  FIRST’s team-based robotics programs are available to students in kindergarten through high school. Members learn about science, technology, robotics, engineering and much more.


Girls Who Code: Girls Who Code hosts free coding clubs around the country at schools, libraries, and community centers and teaches 6th-12th-grade girls computer science in a fun and friendly environment. FREE


Technovation Challenge:  Technovation Challenge is the world’s largest technology entrepreneurship programs for girls 10-18. The program teaches mobile app development, entrepreneurship and community engagement. FREE


Microsoft Youthspark: Microsoft Store offers a variety of tech-oriented camps throughout the school year and summer through their YouthSpark program. FREE


Science in the Summer: GlaxoSmithKline’s summer program is designed to engage children (grades 2-6) in science, technology, engineering, and math. FREE


Massachusetts Events and Programs

  • MIT Spark: Middle school students (7th and 8th) get to take many short classes (including STEM) on a wide variety of topics at MIT over one weekend. Cost: $40
  • MIT Splash: High school students get to take many short classes (including STEM) on a wide variety of topics at MIT over one weekend. Cost: $40
  • Science on Saturday: Fun science demonstrations for students, parents, and teachers at Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington. FREE
  • STEM Summer Camps: A comprehensive list of STEM summer camps in Massachusetts.
  • Year-round STEM classes: A wide variety of year-round STEM classes focused on computer programming, engineering, technology, and robotics are available to kids in Massachusetts.
  • Makerspaces: At makerspaces across Massachusetts, kids invent and create things and build STEM skills.
  • High School Internships: A list of STEM internship programs for high school students. Most are offered during the summer but there are a few available during the school year too.