Edgerton Center's K-12 Model of Hands-on Education Spreads

MIT Edgerton Center

With the aim of increasing the number of students and teachers inspired by the Edgerton Center's model of experiential science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) education, the Edgerton Center is collaborating with i2 Camp, a national STEM summer camp.

Partnering with a variety of educational organizations, i2 Camp broadens a student's exposure to a variety of innovative courses not seen in traditional middle school education.

Edgerton Center staff with i2 CampThis past summer, the middle school camp was piloted in Boston, MA; New York City, NY; and Jersey City, NJ. For the summer of 2014, i2 Camp is projected to have locations in 14 metropolitan areas, including the country of Jordan. Edgerton Center curricula will include courses such as Engineering Design Workshop: Underwater ROVs; The Physics of Photography; Fundamentals of Electronics; Rocketry; and a wearable electronic art course called Techno-Threads. Other MIT groups collaborating with the Edgerton Center on the i2 Camp include the Center for Environmental Health Science, the Scheller Teacher Education Program, and Terrascope Youth Radio.

The fun, project-based activities at the one and two-week sessions strive to excite and inspire campers about STEM, creating enthusiasm that will hopefully spill over to their schoolwork and career choices.