As the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard ramps up its efforts to increase the number of students, especially those from underrepresented populations, entering and succeeding in STEM careers, the KSA wants to showcase some of their engaging programming that connects thousands of Cambridge Public School students with Broad scientists.

  • Bio-Coding Club. This Broad initiative, with chapters currently launched at two Cambridge Upper Schools, brings a biology-themed after school coding club to 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Broad scientists engage with students through hands-on activities related to scientific areas at the Broad and provide guidance as students code their own projects using the Scratch programming language.

  • Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science at MIT (MITES). MITES is a rigorous six-week residential academic enrichment program for rising high school seniors who have a strong academic record and are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. The program is run through the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs at MIT. The Broad organizes a genomics elective for a group of MITES students that introduces them to the human microbiome through laboratory work and lectures.