While the Summer Science Program (SSP) is not on campus, MIT does co-sponsor this residential program, and many MIT students are among the program's alumni/ae. The curriculum is organized around a central research project in either Astrophysics or Biochemistry. In the Astrophysics program, each team of three students determines the orbit of a near-earth asteroid (minor planet) from direct astronomical observations. In the Biochemistry program, each team designs a small molecule to inhibit an enzyme from a fungal crop pathogen. The programs are six weeks long and offered at locations in Colorado, New Mexico, and Indiana.
STEM Summer allows students to explore a common theme through Chemistry, Biology, Mathematics, Physics, Computer Science and Engineering. The morning is spent in a hands-on academic setting where students are taught by MassBay professors. In the afternoon, students work in groups to create a three-dimensional representation of what they learned in the morning. This year’s theme is the Human Body, where students will explore the body’s different systems learning elements of biology and anatomy in creative ways. Activities are designed to be fun, explorative and something students would unlikely encounter in a traditional school setting.