CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is offering high school and college students access to more than a dozen online STEM courseware starting Feb. 1 at no cost.
Courses are: Autonomous Aerial Vehicle Racing, Autonomous Cognitive Assistant, Remote Sensing for Disaster Response, Build a CubeSat, Unmanned Aerial System – Synthetic Aperture Radar, Design and Development of Serious Games with AI, Failsafe and Hacking Hardware, Data Science for Health and Medicine, Assistive Technology, Cybersecurity in Software Intensive Systems, Autonomous Underwater Vehicle Challenge, Quantum Software and Autonomous RACECAR Grand Prix.
For more details on each, go to beaverworks.ll.mit.edu and click on the BWSI tab.
The tutorials “are available for all students — anyone really — but especially high school kids, all levels,” as well as college kids, according to Dr. Robert “Bob” Shin, director of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center. , a joint center created by MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering.
Learning is self-paced. Expect to spend anywhere from 2 to 10 hours a week on this, depending on your background. Additionally, MIT Beaver Works also runs a summer program for 9th, 10th, and 11th graders, which was originally on campus but moved away due to the pandemic.
This year’s summer program is from July 11 to August 7. Students apply March 1-31, are notified by April 30 if selected, and by June 25 must complete the tutorial for the course Beaver Works selects for them from the student’s first three choices .
Students who miss the March 31 deadline can still access the tutorials for independent study until November 30, after which the material is refreshed. New this year, students can nominate themselves, rather than being nominated by a teacher or someone else. On the beaverworks.ll.mit.edu site, click on the BWSI tab, scroll down to the “application page” link, and click on the “self-registration” link.
In 2021, BWSI served over 330 students from over 200 high schools in 30 states. MIT Beaver Works encourages STEM teachers to use its materials. They will help secondary schools to create similar programs.
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