- Listing Type: Summer Programs
- Destination: United States
- Program Delivery: Residential, Online
- Provided By: College
- Session Start: June
- Session Length: Four Weeks
- Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
- Gender: Girls Only
- Category: STEM
- Sub-Categories: STEM, Engineering
- Selective: No
- Ages: 17, 18, 19
- Minimum Cost: Free
The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic experience to introduce high school students to engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.
WTP is designed for students who are excited about learning, have demonstrated their ability to excel at math and science in their high school classes, and who have no prior background (or very little) in engineering or computer science, with few opportunities to explore these fields.
WTP is a women-focused, collaborative community aimed at empowering students from groups historically underrepresented and underserved in engineering. We especially encourage students to apply who will be the first family member to attend college, who come from high schools with limited access to STEM classes and activities, or who are African American, Hispanic, or Native American.
Students attend WTP in either: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) or Mechanical Engineering (ME)
We accept students for whom our curriculum will be a new experience. The WTP-EECS computer science class is an introductory class designed for students with no prior programming background; we do not accept students to the EECS track who have already covered our CS curriculum. The WTP-ME curriculum focuses on the engineering design process as used in mechanical engineering, so if you have taken an engineering class or had extensive experience with engineering design, you will not be considered for the ME curriculum track.
We expect to select up to forty participants for Virtual WTP 2021 (20 for EECS and 20 for ME) from a nationwide applicant pool of the top 11th grade math and science students. We historically receive 380-650 applications each year.