Women's Technology Program

Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Resources for Students, Parents, and Teachers

Some Online STEAM Resources for High School Students

Below are some ways you can explore engineering and computer science virtually during the COVID-19 pandemic.

MIT Outreach lists many programs (both on and off campus) for K-12 students, grouped by age level. Note that while all on-campus programming and visits are currently cancelled due to the pandemic, some of these programs have added virtual content for students to explore.

MIT Full STEAM Ahead – K-12 Projects and Resources
This is a new site created to provide online resources for learning virtually, in response to COVID-19. Explore the programs and projects! There is a range of age levels, and some materials are aimed more at teachers than high school students. Check out the Weekly K-12 Learning Packages.

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School
Engineering Courses

Some of the hands-on engineering courses may be difficult to do at home on your own, and especially without lab equipment, but you may enjoy seeing projects MIT students created in these classes.

Check out these OpenCourseWare courses::
--Girls Who Build: Make Your Own Wearables Workshop

--Girls Who Build Cameras

--Toy Product Design

A Gentle Introduction to Programming Using Python  (6.189)
(Similar to WTP-EECS computer science curriculum, but without staff help). Description: This course will provide a gentle, yet intense, introduction to programming using Python for highly motivated students with little or no prior experience in programming. The course will focus on planning and organizing programs, as well as the grammar of the Python programming language.

The MIT BLOSSOMS Initiative is an online repository of open math and science learning videos contributed by educators from the U.S., Jordan and Pakistan and hosted by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. 

MIT BioBuilder
Some activities for students interested in learning about Synthetic Biology.

-- Engineering Courses

--Computer Sciences

--AP Courses

-Science Courses


Some programs with activities for students (of many ages) to learn about coding while at home:

Black Girls Code

Brown Girls Code

Girls Who Code - At Home

MIT High School Science and Engineering Programs:

Note that MIT has cancelled all in-person on-campus programs for minors until further notice, and we do not yet have a decision about summer 2021.

Some of the programs below have developed online/virtual versions of their curriculum experience; check the individual program websites for current information.

MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs:
MOSTEC: MIT Online Science, Technology, and Engineering Community
MITES: Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science

MIT Lincoln Lab Educational Outreach Programs:
Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI)
LLRISE: Radar Introduction for Student Engineers
Girls Who Build Wearable Technology Online Course

PRIMES: Program for Research in Mathematics, Engineering and Science for High School Students

MIT OpenCourseWare: Highlights for High School

Other Resources to Engage Students in Engineering and Science:

Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative

Dot Diva

Engineer Girl! - National Academy of Engineering

Engineer Your Life

eGFI (Engineering, Go For It!)

FIRST Robotics

Girls Who Code

Girl Scouts - For Girls

Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists (PROMYS)

Research Science Institute (RSI)

Science Club for Girls

SHE++ : Inspiring women to empower computer science

Smith College Summer Science and Engineering Program for High School Girls

SPARC (Summer Program for Applied Rationality and Cognition)

Society of Women Engineers SWENext Outreach Program
You can join the SWENext (for free) community online (with parental approval).  Even if you don’t join, you can access SWENext’s archived monthly Newsletters (click on the Grades 9-12 option, and also explore the SWEet Wisdom Articles). There is even a SWE YouTube Channel with profiles of some female engineers.

Technology Student Association: TEAMS program (formerly JETS)

Try Engineering

Professional Organizations:

ACM (Association for Computing Machinery) Women in Computing

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE)

American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) - Women in Eng

Anita Borg Institute for Women and Technology

Black Women in Science and Engineering (BWISE)

IEEE Women in Engineering

National Center for Women & Information Technology (NCWIT)

National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE)

Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE)

Society of Women Engineers

Women in Engineering Programs & Advocates Network