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Thanks to everyone for making our final event so great!

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Information for BWSI participants

All students and parents/guardians received the Welcome email - the Welcome letter, code of conduct and daily schedule is included in that email.  A generic version can be found here.

Always check your course discord/slack channel for latest updates on daily schedule and syllabus

Note about Boston After School and Beyond Surveys:

We're sending out permission forms to the parents of 3 courses so that the students can participate in their assessment of our program.  Not all courses are doing this, but we hope that in the relevant courses, that all the students will participate, whether they live in the Boston area or not.  The data helps establish our program as a standard for other project-based and educational programs.  These course will have an trained observer attend 1-2 classes as part of the evaluation process.  

Thank you for your support.

BWSI Assignments for students

  • Take a video of yourself opening up kits, packages or swag from our sponsors, if you post on social media, please include us @mitbwsi for Instagram and Twitter using #BWSI2021 !
  • Share your videos with us by uploading to this dropbox folder, please use you name (as in coursename_lastname_firstname) in the name of the file!!


BWSI 2021 Assignments



upload site

Postcard to BWSI to tell us about yourself - Due 7/5 

(Please use coursename_lastname_firstname when you upload but don't worry about resubmitting if you have already)

 pdf file



Opening Day Challenge - find a location in the US where we can get Bob's Beaver hat! Bob's Beaver Hat


Thanks!  (Search on Amazon for "Critter Caps – Big Eyes – Bucky Beaver" )

Beaver Baller's New Hat Closed!

Video of opening kits, packages or swag from sponsors

Please use Coursename_lastname_firstname when you upload but don't worry about resubmitting if you have already

 30sec video



YOUR personal video about you and your BWSI experience Video - No Later than July 26

Please use Coursename_lastname_firstname when you upload

We've gotten questions about this one- we do survey's about the technical content but this is a chance for us to hear you-

Suggestions to talk about include - Why did you say "yes" to the enrollment?  What have you learned about yourself? Who have you made connections with?

There's no formula to this and hope that this helps guide you.

 2 min video



Moments of discovery or failures!  (Individual or teams as they work together and reach goals) 

 1-2 min video



Team presentation videos for Final Event - Due July 29 at 5pm ET

Not required, but this is strongly encouraged, talk with your instructors about final presentations that are live presentations vs recorded presentation.

Here's some suggestions from MIT Video Productions

Please make sure the Coursename_TeamName is in the filename!

 5 min video



Team Zoom Collage/Screenshot

Please make sure the Coursename_TeamName is in the filename!

 jpg, zip, png




Self-reflection on your progress is important and informing us helps us to improve our program - links for surveys will be posted here soon. 

Three courses are participating in surveys from the BASB (Boston After School and Beyond) which will have additional short surveys to complete.

Student Progress Survey






Survey Link



 Now Live

The instructors and staff are having a contest to see which course has the HIGHEST completion rate on the Post-program survey - SUPPORT YOUR COURSE Now!

Internship Opportunities (to be updated as we have more information)-- See After BWSI for on-going internships and will post new links from our sponsors soon.


Special Events - BWSI 2021

Event Name Date SIgnup

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel 1 - College focus

 MIT Students panel and moderator


Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel 2 - College focus

 MIT Students panel and moderator




 Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Panel 3 - Career focus

 Lincoln Laboratory Staff panel and moderator



  At maximum attendence

 Women's Network Dinner,

 Speaker List


6:00pm- 8pm



Seminars during July, Monday - Friday,12:30-1:30 ET,  Download the booklet of all the abstracts

2021 Schedule and links to recorded videos

Seminars that are livestreamed can be viewed on our YouTube channel  or viewed in this playlist


Name Date Time (ET).  Title Organization Rec
Prof Sertac Karaman, Dr. Bob Shin, BWSI staff 7/5/21 12:00 Day 1 Kickoff!  Time: 12pm ET MIT, MIT/LL  
Dr. Marija Ilic 7/6/21 12:30-1:30

Can we have plug-and-play autonomous electricity service?  

Bringing Data to Make Electric Energy Services Clean and Resilient. Abstract

Don Kieffer 7/7/21 12:30-1:30 Dynamic Work Design: Principles, Structures, Methods. Abstract and PDF of presentation MIT Sloan Video
Cheryl Paradis, BAE, VP of FAST Labs 7/8/21 10-11:00  Lessons from an Introverted Innovator. Abstract BAE Video
Dr. Yael Kalai 7/9/21 12:30-1:30

The Magic of Cryptography. Abstract



Prof. Asegun Henry 7/12/21 12:00-1:00 Rethinking Problems in Thermal Science and Engineering - From Atoms to Applications. Abstract MIT MechE Video
Chris Peterson 7/13/21 12:30-1:30 How to apply to MIT (and other colleges) as a Maker. Abstract MIT Admissions Live only

Brad Tousley, VP of Advanced Cocepts & Technology, Raytheon

Dr. Timothy Chung, PM Tactical Technology Office, DARPA

7/14/21 12:00-1:00

Emerging and Disruptive Technologies of Today, Abstract

The Heilmeier Catechism

Raytheon Video
Prof. Dina Katabi 7/15/21 12:30-1:30

From Wearables to Invisibles: Monitoring Sleep, Motion and Vital Signs with Radio Signals.  Abstract

Prof. Sangbae Kim 7/19/21 12:30-1:30 Robots with Physical Intelligence. Abstract MIT MechE  Video
Dr. Eli Niewood, MITRE VP 7/20/21 12:30-1:30

System Analysis of an Engineer’s Career (8 Things I Wish I Had Known Before I Started My Career)

MITRE  Video

Dr. Fikile Brushett

7/21/21 12:30-1:30 Building an Electrochemical Future: Innovators Needed! Abstract MIT Chemical Eng live only

Dr. Eric Evans, Director, MIT/LL

            BWSI T-shirt day for Zoom Group Photo!

7/22/21 12:30-1:30 MIT Lincoln Laboratory Overview. Abstract MIT Lincoln Laboratory live only
Louie Lopez, Director, DoD STEM 7/23 12:30-1:30 DoD STEM Program Overview, Biography, Abstract, Presentation & Opportunities Office of the Under Secretary of Defense in Reasearch and Engineering  Video
Malik and Miles George 7/26/21 12:30-1:30 TikToking about Science: The Importance of STEM Communication and Diversity. Abstract MIT Course 20 (3rd Yr)  Video
Vilas J. Dhar 7/27/21


From Video Games to Artificial Intelligence: Using Tech for Good. Abstract PJ McGovern Foundation  Video
Dr. Alyssa Bennett 7/28/21 12:30-1:30

The Importance of a Holistic Approach. Abstract

Email if you are interested in Dr. Bennett's slide deck

Office of Naval Research Live only
Regina Apodaca 7/29/21 12:30-1:30 Learning How to Fly in Mars and Space. Abstract MIT Media Lab, Space Enabled  





2020 Schedule and links to recorded videos

Name Date Title Organization Rec
Prof Sertac Karaman, Dr. Bob Shin, BWSI staff 7/6/20 Day 1 Kickoff!  Time: 10am EDT  MIT, MIT/LL  
Prof. Leslie Kaelbling 7/7/20 Doing for our Robots What Nature did for us  MIT CSAIL Link
Prof. Daniela Rus (Note 12:00 EDT start time) 7/8/20 Unleashing Your Inner Maker  MIT CSAIL Live only

Jerry Wohletz 

Dr. Francesca Scire-Scappuzzo


Autonomous Intelligence: The AI You Don’t Know

One Story- 3 messages: Determination, Flexibilty and Purpose

BAE Systems


Prof. Amos Winter 7/14/20 Leveraging Technical and Socioeconomic Insights to Create Products for Developing and Global Markets MIT MechE Link
Chris Peterson 7/15/20 How to apply to MIT (and other colleges) as a Maker MIT Admissions Office Live only
Dr. Eric Evans 7/16/20 MIT Lincoln Laboratory Overview MIT Lincoln Laboratory Live only

Jennifer Benson and

Major General Michael Schmidt

7/21/20 LASER Communications & a Personal Perspective from a Major General Raytheon Technologies  
Dr. Simon Verghese 7/22/20 Self-Driving Cars and Lidar Waymo live only
Prof. Anant Agarwal 7/23/20 A New Normal for Education MIT Open Learning


Dr. Natalia Guerrero 7/28/20 Worlds Beyond Our Own: New Exoplanet Discoveries by NASA’s TESS MIT Kavli Institute


Prof. Julie Shah 7/29/20  Enhancing Human Capability with Intelligent Machine Teammates MIT AeroAstro Live Only
BWSI Staff   7/30/20 Short discussion on Final Event    

Program Links

Name Link
BWSI 2021 Brochure Click Here
BWSI 2021 Seminar Series Click Here
BWSI 2020 Brochure (7/30/20) Click Here
BWSI 20200 Seminar Series Click Here
BWSI’19 Program Brochure Click Here
BWSI’19 Final Event Brochure Click Here

Kerberos ID (aka MIT email addresses)

All enrolled students will be receiving an MIT email ID, known as kerberos ID.  We will always send program information to the email that you used in registration, the Kerberos ID is to authenticate for MIT-provided IT services, such as or the educational version of Minecraft. To check your MIT email, please use, DUO authentication is not required.

This account will allow you to join zoom meetings that require an MIT account authentication.  It will be up to you to pick a username (be wise in your selection) and password that you will need when authenticating on zoom.

Your Kerberos account will be active for one year and is not renewable (well, unless you become an MIT student or employee ☺ ).  The account set up is all handled remotely.  If a student is asked to leave the program for any reason, their Kerberos account will be deactivated.

MIT Information Services and Technology (IS&T) are responsible for managing the process and can be reached at for questions on this process for MIT kerberos accounts.  

For DUO/Touchstone questions and directions: 

Questions about what's available or how-to's can be search for on  For specific information on resetting your MIT password, see:

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.