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Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE)

Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) is a two-week, residential radar workshop for rising high school seniors.

The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program is a summer workshop teaching students how to build small radar systems. This summer STEM program is a FREE two-week residential project-based enrichment program for outstanding students currently in their junior year in high school. This workshop is typically held the end of July. In 2020, the workshop will be held July 12–25.

Students will gain an in-depth experience in building small radar systems. Participants will be challenged to build a Doppler and range radar by using creative problem-solving strategies. This hands-on program allows students to work in a state-of-the-art laboratory with highly talented scientists and engineers.

Instruction is provided at MIT Lincoln Laboratory in Lexington, MA, by Laboratory technical staff and undergraduate and graduate students from MIT. The participants will reside in an MIT dormitory for two weeks during this program.

This program is free and includes room and board. Students will provide their own transportation to and from the MIT main campus at the beginning and end of the program. Transportation will be provided each day from the main campus to Lincoln Laboratory, returning to the main campus at the end of each day.
Persons from underrepresented groups including, but not limited to, African Americans, Hispanic Americans, Native Americans, Alaskan Natives, Pacific Islanders, women, persons with disabilities, and persons from disadvantaged backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

Be a U.S. citizen (foreign citizens who are permanent residents are not eligible)
Have completed or will complete physics and pre-calculus by end of junior year
Be passionate about science, math, and engineering
Be completing your junior year in high school

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
LaunchX

High school students have such enormous potential, and our founder, Laurie Stach, believes immensely in that potential. Read more below to learn about the history and timeline of the story of her founding LaunchX including the early years, being brought into and subsequently spinning out of MIT, and growing to meet the immense demand of entrepreneurship education.

LaunchX summer program taps into the potential of ambitious high school students, supporting you through the process of launching an actual startup.

Join a highly-curated group of promising young entrepreneurs from around the globe for four intense weeks. You'll learn from industry experts and work in a group of peer co-founders to build real products and solve business challenges in viable ways.

LaunchX isn't a business plan competition - students start real companies. These startups are driven by using the design thinking process to discover innovative opportunities, backed by extensive market research, multiple iterations of prototypes and user testing, and gaining traction through getting real customers and partnerships.

LaunchX program brings together top aspiring entreprepreneur high school students to have a community of like-minded innovators and problem solvers. Read on to learn about our admissions process, program cost, financial assistance, and qualities of a great candidate to learn how you can be part of this amazing community.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
Beaver Works

Beaver Works is a joint venture between MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering that is envisioned as an incubator for research and innovation. Beaver Works facilitates project-based learning, a hallmark of an MIT education, and leverages the expertise and enthusiasm of MIT faculty, students, researchers, and Lincoln Laboratory staff to broaden partnerships across both institutions

The Beaver Works center located in Cambridge, Massachusetts, provides these facilities: areas for collaborative brainstorming; workshops and tools for fabricating prototype systems; and space for classroom-style instruction. Beaver Works allows students to address real-world problems and issues, engages students in hands-on learning, and demonstrates an effective strategy for teaching complex engineering concepts.

Beaver Works supports MIT student involvement in a range of research and educational pursuits, including two-semester, course-based capstone projects; joint and individual research initiatives; and Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program internships. Students involved in these projects develop innovative solutions to real-world problems and gain an exceptional experience in hands-on learning from world-class researchers.

In addition to the Summer Institute, Beaver Works is also extending project-based learning opportunities to local K–12 schoolchildren. Among these offerings have been a robotics workshop for an all-girl FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) LEGO League team, a hands-on camera-building activity for high-school girls, and a one-day workshop on radars for students in middle school.

Autonomous RACECAR Grand Prix: Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer teams of students, each with its own MITdesigned RACECAR robot, the opportunity to explore the broad spectrum of research in autonomy; learn to collaborate, and demonstrate fast, autonomous navigation in a Mini Grand Prix to Move... Explore... Learn...Race!

Autonomous Air Vehicle Racing:Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students the opportunity to explore some new areas of research and to design their own autonomous capabilities for UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles). The students will work in teams to develop algorithms for deployment to an advanced quadrotor, the Intel Aero Ready-To-Fly Drone. They will use the Robot Operating System (ROS), popular open-source libraries, and custom algorithms to program the quadrotors to compete in a racing event.

Autonomous Cognitive Assistance: Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students an opportunity to learn about the cutting-edge in machine learning. Cog*Works consists of project-based modules for developing machine learning apps that leverage audio, visual, and linguistic data. Students will work with experts in these fields to learn foundational mathematical, programming, and data analysis skills, which will enable them to create their own algorithms and neural networks from scratch. Ultimately, they will design their own cognitive assistants.

Build a CubeSat: Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students the opportunity to select the mission, test components and design a CubeSat. Using a 1U CubeSat (10 cm x 10 cm x 10 cm), the four-week course will guide the class through the design trades, assembly, and testing of a CubeSat with an imaging payload. The design will be sent to a NASA competition selecting payloads for future flight.

Hacking a 3D Printer: Beaver Works Summer Institute will introduce students to the fundamentals of 3D printing and teach techniques for tuning hardware and software to optimize performance. Students will modify these components to do something completely new. Along the way, students will learn how to tackle difficult problems.

Unmanned Air System–Synthetic Aperture Radar: Beaver Works Summer Institute will introduce students to Synthetic Aperture Radar (SAR) imaging as they build and fly a radar on a small Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and use it to image scenes around campus. Students will work in small teams alongside their instructors to gain hands-on experience building, integrating, and processing data from a radar to generate SAR images. Teams will compete to create the UAS-SAR capable of producing the clearest images possible.

Medlytics (Data Science for Health and Medicine): Beaver Works Summer Institute will give students a chance to explore the exciting intersection of data science and medicine. Students will build a solid foundation in the fundamentals of probability and statistics, and learn the basics of coding and machine learning techniques through a series of online teaching modules. During the summer, students will work in groups alongside Cambridge-area clinicians and data scientists to gain hands-on experience applying advanced machine learning and data mining to solve real-world medical challenges.

Embedded Security and Hardware Hacking – MITRE Project: Beaver Works Summer Institute will cover several cybersecurity topics with a focus on threats that are especially concerning for embedded systems. These topics include embedded software security, JTAG and UART probing, side-channel analysis, and faultinjection. This background will help prepare students for the summer course, during which they will design and perform security assessments of multiple implementations of an embedded system. They will learn the basics of embedded security and hardware hacking by designing a secure system and performing security assessments of classmates’ designs to see who can find and fix the most security flaws.

Remote Sensing For Crisis Response: Beaver Works Summer Institute will offer students the opportunity to explore the exciting intersection of data science and crisis response. During the course, the students will learn to understand the basics of Python, Git, machine learning, and image processing through a series of online teaching modules. Students will explore real world datasets ranging from drone imagery of regions to disaster imagery collected by the human volunteers of the Civil Air Patrol. Students will develop experience in an area of data science that is poised to play a critical role in understanding our world.

Assistive Technology: Beaver Works Summer Institute will help students develop product design, rapid prototyping, and product testing skills in the context of building a technology solution for people living with disabilities. We will tackle real problems faced by people in the Greater Boston Area, and learn to work with the end users, stepping through the engineering design process together to come up with personalized, creative solutions.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)
iD Tech

In 1999, iD Tech pioneered the very first tech camps for kids and teens. We’ve since grown from 280 to 60,000 students per year, spreading Silicon Valley startup culture across the U.S. and beyond. No other program has our track record of long-term student success, our passion, or our reputation as the world's go-to summer STEM educator.

Over the past few years, iD Tech has sought out opportunities to give back to underserved populations with tech education programs during the school year. For National Computer Science week in 2017, iD Tech held outreach programs in LA, Chicago and New York, collectively reaching over 300 students, teaching students coding through their lessons with LittleBits. This past season, iD Tech partnered with Education Equals Opportunity Too to inspire 30 at-risk middle school students in Long Beach by teaching entrepreneurial concepts tied to learning Mobile Game Development, YouTube Video Production and 3D Printing & Prototyping.

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