Boston, MA

Summer Springboard program for high school students in Boston, MA

Campus Overview

As one of America’s oldest cities, Boston is home to the most prestigious universities—Harvard, MIT, Simmons and more! We leverage resources from top institutions to create an elite learning experience at multiple locations. Students will also hear from guest speakers and industry experts from Harvard. Boston is an idyllic place for Summer Springboard students to experience college life.

Late June: June 27-July 9, 2021
Early July: July 11-July 23, 2021
Late July: July 25-August 6, 2021

Residential Tuition: $4,998 USD (+ supplemental fees)
Extended Commuter Tuition: $3,398 USD (+ supplemental fees)
Commuter Tuition: $2,798 USD (+ supplemental fees)

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Tuition:

Residential Price: $4,998*

Extended Commuter Price: $3,398*

Commerter Price: $2,798*

Dates:

June 27, 2021 July 9, 2021

July 11, 2021 July 23, 2021

July 25, 2021 August 6, 2021

Location:

Multiple Campuses
Boston, MA

Testimonials

  • This program has truly changed me. The best part of this program was being able to have hands on experience in my dream field of work.

    Ashley M.

  • I liked touring UC Berkeley and the free time to explore the surrounding town. It really gave me a feel of what it would be like to be a student here.

    Avani P.

  • My son who's a rising junior did the Medicine & Healthcare program at UC Berkeley. It was truly a top-notch experience for him.

    Amy F.

Academic Courses

At Summer Springboard we believe learning should be inspiring and interactive. We have worked hard to design courses, field trips and guest lectures that reflect the resources of the Boston area. Whenever possible, classes are held outdoors, on-site or in a lab-type setting to allow students as many ’hands on’ opportunities as possible.

Each afternoon we break out into small groups based on your academic program. During this time, students will dive deep into a specific subject area with creative, dynamic instructors, engaging professors and professional experts. Field trips and guest speakers take the learning experience beyond the classroom and leverage all that Boston has to offer.

AI & Robotics

girl building a robot

Throughout the two-week summer AI & robotics program, students will work on several laboratory-based projects that focus on each subsection of the broad field of robotics. These projects will provide experience with system modeling, real-time control, embedded software, and more. At the end of the course, students will design and fabricate a working robotics system in a group-based course project which will combine all elements of the lab projects.

With the close proximity of MIT, Boston has become a hot spot for robot tech. There are numerous robotics companies in Boston that have a hand in innovating everything from agriculture to surgery. Excursions may include research facilities on the forefront of the latest technology innovations in Boston.

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Business & Entrepreneurship

students on university campus

Students will learn firsthand from business veterans about starting and running a business. Over the course of the program, they will develop a plan for a new venture and pitch their idea to real world investors. Along the way, meet with leaders from different areas of business and finance.

Excursions at Boston (MIT) – Students will hear from Boston entrepreneurs working on their latest startup business. We will visit dynamic business incubators such as the MIT Delta V Accelerator where student entrepreneurs incubate before launching businesses in the real world. In addition, students tour the Cambridge Innovation Center, a center that fosters collaborative communities of entrepreneurs. Some of these entrepreneurs and business leaders will judge the students’ business plan pitches at the end of the program.

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Computer Science

Girls coding at Thunkable offices

Do you wonder what it’s like to develop software for a living? Do you possess a natural curiosity towards computer technology and platform development? This program challenges students to think critically and creatively about today’s most pressing technology-related questions. Students will be exposed to the whole cycle of product development from database architecture and APIs to debugging.

Excursions may include startups and other technology companies in Boston.

The curriculum is tailor-made to the skills of each individual student so beginner, intermediate, and advanced students are all welcome.

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Finance & Investing

Finance & investing - stock market screenshot

Students will break into teams with each team selecting a promising stock that the team will research throughout the course and ultimately pitch to a group of investors. Faculty will provide hands-on help to students throughout this process. Along the way; students will be introduced to core investment concepts including the characteristics of different asset classes, public vs private equity, the workings of the stock market, company financials, company valuation and portfolio design.

Excursions may include a visit to an investment company in the Boston area.

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Genetics

student with DNA tool

Genetics – the study of genes, their functions, and their effects – is at the center of scientific advancement with exciting science, technology, and medical breakthroughs happening every day.

In this summer genetics course held at MIT, students will introduced to the fundamentals of genetics through a hands-on, integrated approach. From its origins to its modern day applications, genetics is a way to solve some of biology’s most complicated problems. Students will work together through a series of problem-based learning exercises to understand what genes are and how genetic information is translated into observed characteristics and traits in every life form, from bacteria to humans. Throughout the two week session, students will also work on a laboratory-based project to investigate genes of unknown function in budding yeast.

Laboratory modules will include in silico (computer simulation) and in vivo (in the organism) experimental techniques, providing a genuine research experience. Students will also visit a pharmaceutical or biotechnology company where career scientists share what they do and reflect upon their successes, failures and learnings.

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Global Health

Public Health Faculty

Health is central to who we are and how we function. Consider how poverty, gender, climate change, and corporate environments affect health worldwide and how justice can enhance global health. Learn from leaders in the field to explore the variety of career and academic options available in the field of global health. Think deeper about the broader implications of health as a human right.

Past speakers include Harvard-trained practitioners, and students have visited the legendary Boston-based aid agency, Partners in Health.

 

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Medicine

students performing CPR on dummies

Our summer medical program for high school students in Boston will be taught by Dr. Enrique Valdespino, a Harvard trained instructor and Doctors Without Borders provider.

This program gives you a 360 degree view of the medical and healthcare field through immersive learning and hands-on projects. Excursions include the medical simulation center at Brigham & Women’s Hospital, a teaching hospital for Harvard University, as well as a visit Harvard Medical School.

Brigham & Women’s Hospital is a nationally-recognized teaching hospital, and has the charitable missions of furthering and improving patient care, undertaking biomedical research, and engaging in educational activities benefiting medical students, interns, residents, and other medical personnel. BWH, through its STRATUS Center for Medical Simulation conducts educational activities intended to improve the quality and delivery of healthcare utilizing simulation technology.

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Psychology & Neuroscience

Artificial intelligence, processing neurological data, brain

Through psychology simulations and hands-on neurology workshops, you will explore the relationships between the brain and human behavior. Whether you are interested in the physical aspect of the brain and central nervous system or more intrigued by human behavior and thought processes, connect with professionals that have a background in both psychology and neuroscience. 

Excursions may include visits to local medical and research facilities in Boston.

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Trial Law

law student in judge's robe

This program introduces students to vital techniques that are used by trial lawyers throughout the United States. During the program, students will meet with legal professionals to gain insight into their daily activities and learn more about their career journeys. This will be a unique opportunity for students to ask questions and get exposure to a “day in the life” of legal and judicial experts.

Excursions may include a visit to the courthouse. The Suffolk County Courthouse, now formally the John Adams Courthouse, is a historic courthouse building at 3 Pemberton Square in Boston, Massachusetts. It is home to the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court (the state’s highest court) and the Massachusetts Appeals Court.

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Activities & Trips

There is so much to do in Boston! The city is full of history, charm and endless attractions. Additional highlights include shopping at Quincy Market, walking the Freedom Trail, and exploring the interactive exhibits at top museums.

  • downtown boston stroll
  • fenway park boston red sox

Boston, MA

There are over 50,000 students at the nearly 120 college and university campuses located within 25 miles of Boston. With it's rich history, diverse neighborhoods, and legacy of arts, culture, and education, Boston has something for everyone and you'll get a true sense of a college town.

Freedom Trail / Harvard Yard

Preserved and dedicated by the citizens of Boston in 1951, the Freedom Trail (a 2.5 mile long path through downtown Boston) is a unique collection of museums, churches, burying grounds, parks, a ship, and historic markers that tell the story of the American Revolution and beyond.

Six Flags New England

Six Flags New England has over 100 rides, shows, attractions and is home to New England’s largest water park, Hurricane Harbor. New in 2019, the park launched CYBORG™ a new indoor spinning dark ride!

Track-Specific Excursions

Each academic course may also take subject matter specific excursions to help round out the student experience. Excursions may include: Brigham and Women's Hospital, Partners In Health, Museum of Science in Boston, Suffolk County Superior Court, and more.

Student Life

Boston is known as a center of education and culture with a multitude of educational resources at your fingertips. No matter the course, you’ll experience a buzzing campus filled with fellow bright, ambitious, energetic students.

  • walking around boston harbor

Housing

Students live at Simmons University. Students share a dorm room in Morse Hall with roommates and use a common bathroom. Floors are gender-segregated and rooms contain an extra-long twin size bed, desks, drawers, mirror and a closet.

Your Resident Advisor (RA) will live on your hall to create a community, provide support, plan activities and help you get the most out of your stay in Boston. Other members of the Summer Springboard staff also live on campus and are available to support students and tackle emergencies, 24 hours a day.

Security

All dormitories have 24-hour security and uses electronic keys to enter each building and dorm room. University security is on 24-hour patrol and available to any student that may need assistance during the Boston summer program for high school students.

Campus Director, Jake Friedman

Jake Friedman is a mathematics and economics teacher as well as the athletic director at Community Charter School of Cambridge in Massachusetts. Jake holds a Masters in Effective Teaching from Charles Sposato Graduate School of Education and a BA from Duke University.

Facilities

Your dormitory is part of a complex of buildings around a courtyard. Each building has laundry facilities, lounges and high speed wireless internet throughout.

The university is committed to providing a healthy, smoke-free environment for students, faculty and staff. Accordingly, no smoking is permitted in student rooms or inside buildings, including lounges and balconies.

Dining

Most meals on campus will be at the local dining hall, conveniently located near our dormitory. We can accommodate diets such as vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, kosher, halal, or specific food allergies.

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