There is a tremendous amount of youth-centered innovation related activities occurring each weekend in Boston / Cambridge that far too many youth are not taking advantage of. These youth will remain under-represented in the growth economy until they are exposed to opportunities and challenged to pursue them.
iFp Saturdays was designed to help remedy this situation. iFp Saturdays introduces youth in grades 7 – 10 to people, places and opportunities in the innovation economy. Over 15 Saturdays from September to May, students are exposed to the power of Design, Business, Science and Technology by participating in existing programming throughout Boston / Cambridge as well as our own. Activities will take place at MIT, Harvard University, Olin College of Engineering and many other venues. A heavy emphasis is placed on developing a sense of belonging in the innovation community.
Students not only explore the analytical side of innovation, but the creative elements as well. Students will be introduced to the field of Design – one of the fastest growing areas in the innovation space. Designers use their creativity to turn ideas into products or services that add value to people’s life. Specific design related activities are being developed including a field-trips and design challenges at local colleges and businesses.
2016-17 Activities included:
- MIT Tour & College Prep Talk
- MIT D-Lab
- MIT Museum Girls Day
- Digital Logo Design at the Boston Public Library
- Peabody Essex Museum – Maker Lounge
- Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics
- MIT Spark
- Young Men Leadership Conference Morehouse Alumni
- Coding @ Microsoft
- Innovation Careers Day
- U Mass Lowell Plastics Engineering Labs Tour
- Design Challenge & Tour @ Olin College of Engineering
- 3D Printing Workshop
- Design Thinking Challenge (students & parents)
Registration is limited to 30 students. Participants must agree to attend 75% of the activities.
Dates: 15 Saturdays from September 2017 – May 2018
Hours: 11am – 3:00pm
Location: MIT, 77 Mass Ave. Cambridge, MA