Innovators Playground Summer 2018
Program Type: Design plus STEM exposure

Students will participate in hands-on real-world learning experiences, immersive Math & Science labs and collaborate with industry professionals including Designers, Scientists, Technologists and Entrepreneurs.

Intended Goals and Outcomes

- Real-World Engagement

- Building Science & Math confidence to persist on STEM pathways

- Exposing youth to people, places and opportunities never dreamed of


Applications are now being accepted. Notification of acceptance begins on 5/15.

Grades: Rising 7th-10th grade
Dates: July 9 - August 10, M-F
Hours: 9:45am - 3:45pm

Cost: FREE
Program is contingent on Funding. Anticipated funding approvals by mid-May.

Location: Cambridge Public Library (Main Library) 449 Broadway Cambridge, MA
Space is limited.

Eligibility Info: A desire to learn about Design, Science, Technology and Business. Youth 14+ may be able to apply for funding through Cambridge Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program. Must be available to attend all 5 weeks.

Contact info: info@innovatorforpurpose.org


Program Details:

The mornings are an active exploration of Math & Science extending students beyond their current grade level. After a brief lecture, students participate in hands-on learning activities including topics from geometry, physics, material science, chemistry, structural engineering and psychology. Lessons and activities are directly applicable to the afternoon project studio, making the instruction relevant.

Afternoons are devoted to Real Projects that will exist in real-world.

Project: WayFinders | MADE IN Cambridge immerses middle and high school students uniquely in Cambridge’s thriving economy. Students learn about past and current stories symbolizing Cambridge’s history of making from candy, soap and glass to tech and bio-tech. As the stories are uncovered, youth realize the power of design, science, technology and entrepreneurship to improve lives, creating connections to these dynamic fields in new ways.

The stories are brought to life through a youth designed walking tour allowing their peers and others to discover the exciting world of Cambridge Makers. Tour destinations are marked by a custom designed sculpture and signage installation (marker) reflecting the character of the location. The Looking Glass to be installed April 2018 in Kendall Square Galaxy Park was designed in this course in 2017.

Since WayFinders is a real project that will exist in the real world, it can not be completed in the summer session. Therefore, project will start in April as an after-school program at Cambridge Street Upper School. Although not required, students participating in April session will be given preference for admission into Summer session. More information: https://goo.gl/forms/NCImcDUpUWIPGsOC3


The Summer program will structured as:

Morning Session: 9:45am - 11:45pm, Exploring Math & Science in New Ways
Afternoon Session: 12:45pm - 3:45pm, Project Studio
Optional Writing Workshop, Tuesday & Thursdays 4:00pm - 5:00pm


Innovators for Purpose (iFp) is an educational nonprofit organization based in Cambridge. iFp sparks student interest, especially those in under-resourced communities, to develop their identity as professionals in Design, Science, Technology & Entrepreneurial careers; becoming producers in the fastest growing sectors of our economy, while simultaneously changing the trajectory of their lives.

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Will you be participating in the Cambridge Mayor's Summer Youth Employment Program (MSYEP)? *
Since WayFinders is a project that will exist in the real world, it can not be completed in the Summer session alone. Therefore, the project will begin in April as an after-school program at Cambridge Street Upper School. Although not required, students participating in April will be given preference for admission into Summer session. Are you interested starting in April? *
All of Innovators for Purpose programming is designed to energize youth to become innovators who create value that improves people's lives. How do you plan to make the world a better place? *
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