BWSI Program Application Process


The application process is multistep, all correspondence is done through email, so its important to chose an address that is not blocked by a firewall and you know how to check spam-filtered mail

1) Teachers or mentors must nominate the student for access to the online course (

          They can request the BWSI information package from

2) Student will receive a unique ID number and a link to register for access to the online course

        The online course will open for study in January 2020, students will also need to register on Piazza to be able to participate in the course forum for Q&A

3)  In March 2020, students will receive the enrollment application for the summer program and will need to complete and return by March 31.

      The enrollment acceptance is based on progress in online course, short essays in the application and teacher recommendation. 

4) All students applying will be notified on April 30 of acceptance decisions.

The Beaver Works Summer Institute is pleased to announce our current program offerings for summer 2020. The following programs will be offered:

  • Autonomous RACECAR Grand Prix
  • Autonomous Air Vehicle Racing
  • Hacking a 3D Printer
  • Cog*Works: Build Your Own Cognitive Assistant
  • Medlytics
  • Embedded Security and Hardware Hacking
  • Build a Cubesat
  • Unmanned Air System–Synthetic Aperture Radar
  • Remote Sensing for Crisis Response
  • Designing for Assistive Technology

If you are interested in appling to one of these courses, you must complete the BWSI Online Education Program, designed to prepare students for the technically rigorous BWSI summer programs. To participate in the online course, a student must submit the following:

  1. A nomination for online course by a school technical point of contact (POC), typically a STEM teacher or school administrator familiar with the student’s schoolwork and technical abilities. The nomination form for the teacher/recommender can be found at BWSI nomination for online course
  2. The BWSIx registration for the student will be sent to them once the request comes in from the teacher/recommender.

The official courses do not start until late January 2020 and students will not be able to start the courses until then. 

At that time if your application is approved, the student will receive an email containing a unique ID number and password as well as instructions on how to access the online course website.

Teachers, prior BWSI students, and teaching assistants (TAs) can also apply for online course access by using the same BWSI online course request link and filling out the form.

The online course is free to all students.   Teachers, mentors and recommenders should email for more information.