MIT Spark 2018: Classes (STEM & More) for Middle School Students

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:

Register Online

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

12 thoughts on “MIT Spark 2018: Classes (STEM & More) for Middle School Students

    1. Cyndi Post author

      It is very doable to attend coming from NH. Plus, you can choose your classes based on different time periods. On March 17th, classes will run from 10am–5pm, and on March 18th, classes will be 9am–5pm.

      1. Tina

        We just signed up! We are coming from Portland and are going to spend the night. But, probably drop some classes in the 3-5p slot on Sunday to get home at a reasonable time.

  1. Nichole

    I am interested in this for next year (2019), since the enrollment has already occurred this year.
    when does enrollment open?
    thank you!

    1. Cyndi Post author

      According to MIT ESP’s website, Spark 2019 will happen on March 16 and 17. Expect registration to open late February of 2019.

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