Registration is now open for MIT’s popular Spark program for middle school students which will be held March 17 and 18, 2018 on the university’s campus in Cambridge, MA. This is an annual event where 7th and 8th-grade students get to take a variety of really interesting classes, including science, technology, engineering, and math, taught by MIT students and community members.
This is a wonderful program for middle school students and an excellent way to explore subject matters they won’t find in school. There are plenty of opportunities to take STEM-related classes, many with creative and unique features. You might take a class that teaches you how to create a secret code writing system or you might build a LEGO boat. You might even learn about hip hop dance. The topics are vast and I recommend taking a look at the course catalog to get a sense of the type of classes offered. In addition to STEM, there are plenty of courses offered in humanities, visual and performing arts, and social studies.
Spark is well-attended and classes do fill up. If your child is interested in participating, visit the MIT Spark page to register now and sign up for classes. MIT runs a lottery, so while your child might not get every class they request, there will be an opportunity to add and drop classes after the schedule is issued.
2018 Program Details:
Two-day program (Saturday, March 17 and Sunday, March 18, 2018)
Participants: 7th and 8th-grade students
Location: MIT campus (Cambridge, MA)
Cost: $40 for the entire weekend of classes and lunch both days (generous financial aid is available)
Registration ends Sunday, March 4