- RET in Biophotonics: NSF-Sponosored RET (Research Experience for Teachers) program places K-14 teachers in biophotonics labs at BU where they conduct research for six weeks during the summer. Program includes research seminars, pedagogy sessions, and poster presentations. Teachers are expected to create lesson plans that integrate their research into the classroom. Teachers also attend three academic year callback sessions.
- The Artemis Project: Weeklong summer program during which students from inner city schools engage in engineering activities at BU. Last summer students built a pinhole camera, designed bridges and parachutes, learned how to used ultrasound, designed robotic vehicles with Lego Mindstorms.
- Summer Pathways: This is a one-week, immersive, residential summer program for young women who are entering their junior or senior year in high school and are interested in math and science. Participants will have the opportunity to learn about a broad array of careers and research areas, as well as interact with women working in these fields.
Mathematics Field Days:
Two day-long programs with lectures and large-screen computer projections
of chaos and fractals; breakout sessions on various mathematical topics. For high school math students and their teachers.
- BIO BUGS -- The Biology Graduate Student Association, in partnership with LERNet hosted a "Genetics of Behavior" lab for a week in December and a "Comparative Anatomy" lab for a week in May. Over 350 students participated in these two labs and the BGSA has plans to host one per semester in coming years.
- Pathways Program: For ten years, LERNet hosted two
daylong programs designed for young women in high school who are interested
in science, mathematics and engineering. The format was designed to encourage
interaction between the students and female scientists, and to familiarize
them with the variety of careers in these fields.
- GK12 GLACIER: NSF-funded program
which partners BU graduate and undergraduate students majoring in geography, earth science, biology, mathematics, or engineering with K-12 teachers in Brookline, Cambridge, and Boston. The GK12 fellows work with teachers to develop curricula
that enhance contact around the topic of Global Change. Currently we have placed 23 fellows in grade 5-8 classrooms.
- Johns Hopkins CTY Events: Program co-hosted with Johns Hopkins' Center
for Talented Youth (CTY) for gifted 8th and 9th graders and their parents.
The topic changes each year -- Past programs have included Exploring the
Quantum World, Exploring the Mind and the Brain, Environmental
and Ocean Biology, and Nanotechnology. The theme of the 2012 program is Mathematics,
and will take place on Sunday, November 19, 2012. This program is by invitation
only and is open only to members of Johns Hopkins University's CTY (Center
for Talented Youth).
- S.E.T. in the City: Day long program for girls in high school which starts at BU with short talks and an information bazaar. From there participants travel by bus to one of five venues for lunch and hands-on activities. The program concludes at the Museum of Science with a Keynote, Career Panel and OMNI show.
- Tech Savvy: A weeklong program during the summer focusing on comuting, technology and engineering for girls entering the 7th or 8th grade. Participants board a bus and head to a different venue each day of the week for activities. In 2012, participants visited Northeastern University, Harvard University, UMass Boston, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, the MIT Museum and Microsoft.
- Weekday Physics Labs:
During certain times of the year when physics department labs are not being
used by undergraduates, we open them to high school students and offer them
a chance to try some of the undergraduate labs. Several are computer-based
labs designed to lead students towards a new discovery in physics. For information
on the labs offered last year, please click
If you are interested in participating in one of the labs please contact