BWSI FAQ

Welcome students to BWSI 2021! !

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) re. Beaver Works Summer Institute

  • Note: BWSI is managed with just a few people, *PLEASE* make every effort to read or *search for your keyword/question* on this FAQ and to find the answers prior to emailing staff bwsi-admin@mit.edu

  • We have not yet opened the online course registration for 2021. At this time, we know that we will be providing a program in 2021, and are planning a virtual program! The online courses open by Feb 1, and we expect that the July synchronous program will start on July 5, 2021.

  • We are updating these for our 2021 class some links may be out of date until we are ready to start the 2021 program. Please be patient.

  • Check our website for updated information and how to apply to the 2021 program.

 

 

Courses for 2021 (tentative list)

  • Designing for Assistive Technology (AT HACK!)

  • Autonomous Underwater Vehicles (NEW!)

  • Cyber Security (NEW!)

  • Quantum Software (NEW!)

 

General Information

Question

Answer

Which programs are available?

2020 Information pamphlet is here

Where can I get more information?

We try to keep our website as up-to-date as possible

What is the daily schedule?

We will be hosting classes from 9am - 5pm EDT, Monday-Friday, July 5-Aug 1. There will be a mix of lectures, labs, and office hours. As we accept students from across the US, some classes may be adjusting hours for different time zones based on their students.

Do you offer programs for middle school?

We piloted our first course in 2019 with the Mini-RACECAR course, we will not be able to host a middle school program this year. Here is info on our Middle school program.

What other STEM programs are available?

MIT has many programs [here](https://outreach.mit.edu), Lincoln Laboratory has more listed [here](http://www.ll.mit.edu/outreach ) and pleased to link to Media Lab's [AI Education site](https://aieducation.mit.edu/index.html#curriculum). All are adapting to policy changes based on COVID-19

I'm a freshman/sophomore, can I apply?

We encourage interested students to be nominated to access the online course, but as we can only accept a limited number of students, accepted students are generally finishing their junior year (i.e. rising seniors)

hat does the program cost? Is there a fee for the program?

he program is free for students, we are making every effort to provide materials to support the virtual BWSI but students may have to purchase some supplies to participate.

 

Nomination Process for Online Course (pre-requisities)

Question Answer

I'm a teacher/parent/mentor/coach - how do I nominate a student?

Please use this link to nominate, up to 5 students per form and you can submit additional forms as wel|.

Can i get the teacher information package?

Request the teacher information package email from Lisa Kelley, if you need it again, please contact bwsi-admin@mit.edu.

 

Application Process for Online Course

Question Answer

How do I apply?

See our website for information.

Have I been nominated for online courses?

After nomination, students are sent an email that contains a link to register.

Do I need teacher a recommendation?

Yes, a nomination for the online course and a recommendation for the enrollment application. You will need a teacher (or mentor) to nominate you to register for the online course, and you will need a teacher (or mentor) recommendation for the enrollment application.

I did not receive BWSIX (or online course) registration email- why not?

Emails are sent to the addresses provided by your teacher, very often our emails are blocked by school network firewalls

I used my gmail/hotmail/icloud address and still did not receive BWSIX (or online course) registration email- why not?

Please check your spam or junk mailbox to make sure it wasn't filtered, See this document for more in-depth answers.

I did not receive BWSIX (or online course) registration email after I completed the online form- why not?

Did you check the email entered was correct? The automatic response is sent to the email provided on the form, please contact bwsi-admin@mit.edu to see if this needs to be corrected.

How can I get BWSI emails at my school?

Talk to your school administrator to allow emails from "mit.edu" through the school firewall

How can I get BWSI emails at non-school email address?

Provide a non-school email address to your teacher when you ask them to nominate you for BWSI

an you change my school email address on the form?

Due to our limited resources it may be faster to ask your teacher to resubmit a new nomination form with an email that won't be blocked

What do I do after I get the BWSIX email?

We are updating based on making the program virtual as we are not having an in-person program this year, but this document has more in-depth answers.

Can I apply if I'm not a US Citizen?

Every student can enroll for online course, but acceptance is limited to US Citizens or students already attending school in the US

Can I apply if I go to school internationally?

We can accept US citizens going to school in non-US schools, the process is the same, contact us if your instructors cannot access the required forms.

Can I apply if I am homeschooled/go to alternative school?

Yes, the process is the same, (nomination for online, registration for online, enrollment for onsite) contact us if your instructors/mentors cannot access the required forms.

 

Enrollment Questions for the MIT BWSI Summer program

Question

Answer

My first choice course was canceled- how much progress do I need to do in the new course?

Start the new course to demonstrate your interest, get as far as you can by Enrollment due date, we will take progress on your original course into consideration

What do I need for the enrollment application? What are the enrollment instructions?

Here is the 2020 link that provides information on the required fields and information that you will have to provide on the enrollment application.

You ask for 3 choices (1st, 2nd, 3rd) for courses- do I have to do all three?

Enrollment is competitive and you may not get your first choice. Upon acceptance into the program, you will be placed into one (1) course and will need to complete the online portion for that course.

When is the teacher recommendation due?

Your teacher recommendation due date will be the same as the application due date

 

 

Passwords for Registered Students

Question Answer

What's my password??

For BWSIX.mit.edu- see 1) below,

for piazza- see 2) below.

1) What's the password for my BWSIX account on the login page?

At first login, simply select the "forgot password" link on this page, and you will be able set it (or reset it) at any time.

2) What's my password for Piazza?

Piazza is self-registration (select sign-up)

How do I get to correct course on Piazza?

Go to sign-up, select green Students get started, enter MIT, and select "Massachusetts Institute of Technology", type "bwsi" in the course field and a course selection list will appear.

Where's my access code to register for course on Piazza?

Access codes are located in introductory module for your course or in Course Updates.

 

Online Course- For Registered Students

Question Answer

I did not get into my first choice course - how much progress do I need to do in the new course?

Start the new course to demonstrate your interest, get as far as you can by April 30, we will take progress on your original course into consideration

I registered but cannot access/find the correct course?

Check you have selected the correct semester (Spring 2021) and the courses for 2021 (not 2020)

Can I just do the online course (and not apply to the summer program) ?

Yes, the online course is open to all high school students who are interested. The process for the online course access is the same whether you plan on applying to the summer program or not.

How do I register for the online course?

Select the link provided in the course registration email in this document.

How long does it take to complete a course?

The length of time depends on your experience and skills, as well as the course selected, but encourage applicants to start early as it may take several weekends to complete a course.

I'm having trouble logging into BWSIX, what can I do?

See this document for more in-depth answers.

How do I pick a course/What courses should I do?

After logging in to BWSIX, you will see all the 2021 courses, you should select the one course that interests you most and begin it, other courses, like Python, may be required to qualify for the summer program and it will state that in the course syllabus or description.

Can I take more than 1 online course?

Yes, you are able to work on more than 1 course (courses like RACECAR require it), voluntarily completing additional courses does not improve your chance of acceptance, but can provide interesting learning opportunities

Since the application asks for your top three choices, would you have to finish at least 50% of your top 3 courses before you apply?

No, just your prefered course. Not all students can be accepted into their top preference and this will help make sure promising students can be in a personally interesting course.

How do I register for additional courses?

Your login for BWSIX provides access to any of the 2021 courses, and you self-register by selecting the course and starting it (don't forget that each course has its own piazza forum).

How do I ask questions about course material?

We use Piazza as a forum for online course collaboration, you can register for an account on Piazza but course codes are ONLY available through the individual BWSIX course.

How do I register for Piazza?

See Piazza under Passwords section Q & A; Check the Introductory module or Course Updates in individual course for links and access code

Piazza says my access code is incorrect- what do I do?

EACH course has its own piazza forum, so there are different access codes to each piazza course forum, confirm that you have the correct access code for the appropriate piazza forum

I see the 2020 courses, can I work on them?

No, the 2020 courses are closed, and do not count towards the 2021 application

fter I register on BWSIX, can I change the email for the account?

No, BWSIX.mit.edu is administered by a different organization and we cannot change email/account settings.

What email is used for correspondence for BWSI?

We use the email entered by you, the student, on the student online course registration form as the primary method to send updates and information,

Are there certificates available after completing the online course?

Yes, Certificates will be available at the end of the course and automatically put in the score of the student when selected.

 

Middle School Information

Question Answer

hen will you offer a middle school course?

e will not be running an in-person program this summer, but are working to create new content for a virtual middle school program. (click [here](https://beaverworks.ll.mit.edu/CMS/bw/node/351))

How can I apply/ or apply for my child?

See link above

How can I do this in my school?

We can partner with you and your school to provide the course and curriculum content for classes, enrichment or clubs. Please email us (bwsi-admin@mit.edu).

 

 Last resort!

Email bwsi-admin  with your questions if you do not see the answers you need on this page. BWX-help or BWinfo or BWwebmaster will only take longer to get an answer.

 

Internship Opportunities (and other opportunities after BWSI)

Please see this page for more info. Our sponsors understand that the best and brightest are coming here for courses and offer internships to selected students attending BWSI for the following summer, BAE Systems, Raytheon Intelligence and Space, and MITRE are planning on offering internships to BWSI alum.

 

Program Links

Link

BWSI YouTube Channel

BWSI 2021 Brochure

BWSI 2020 Final Event Pamphlet

BWSI'19 Program Brochure

BWSI'19 Final Event Brochure