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June 2018

BAE Systems Partners With MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute – A Program That Offers World-Class STEM Program for Talented, Rising High School Seniors

June 18, 2018 – Some of finest young minds in the country will gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) this summer to participate in the third year of the Beaver Works Summer Institute (BWSI). A four-week science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program for talented high school students entering their senior year, the program will take place from July 9 to August 5, 2018.

MIT partnered with high schools from across the country to recruit future engineers who will participate in the program hosted by the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center, a research facility in Cambridge jointly chartered by MIT Lincoln Laboratory and the MIT School of Engineering. Students will participate in hands-on projects, take online courses, and attend lectures presented by leading MIT researchers, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, and the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory.

BWSI is riding on the success of the inaugural 2016 pilot program, and the 2017 program, which featured three project-based, workshop-style courses, including Autonomous Air Vehicle, where students developed an Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV); Autonomous Race Car, where students developed a RACECAR (Rapid Autonomous Complex Environment Competing Ackermann steering) robot; and Autonomous Cognitive Assistant, where students created a cognitive virtual assistant.

This year’s BWSI program is being sponsored by companies with a local Massachusetts presence, including global aerospace and defense company BAE Systems. 

“BAE Systems is committed to supporting world-class STEM programs like BWSI and inspiring the next generation of thinkers and engineers,” said Jerry Wohletz, vice president and general manager at BAE Systems. “Autonomy is a key technology focus area for BAE Systems, and our support of the Autonomous Air Vehicle course will help students develop critical skills that are in high demand in today’s workforce among both commercial and defense companies.”

In 2018, MIT has expanded the program to a total of eight courses, including the following new five courses: Hacking a 3D Printer, which will teach students how to tune the hardware and software of a 3D printer to optimize performance; Medlytics, which will teach students to apply advanced machine learning and data mining to solve real-world medical challenges; Embedded Security and Hardware Hacking, which will cover several cyber security topics; Build a Cubesat, which will teach students how to build a mini satellite for space research; and Unmanned Air System-Synthetic Aperture Radar, which will introduce students to radar imaging.

The program will culminate in a final competition and closing ceremony on August 5. Students from the Autonomous Race Car course will race their vehicles in a miniature Grand Prix at MIT’s Johnson Ice Rink. Students in the UAV course will also get a chance to race their drones in this public event and the other courses will present poster sessions on all they accomplished during the month-long program.

Lisa Kelley, the program manager of BWSI, said: “We are looking forward to a third successful BWSI program this year and are excited to welcome some of the best young problem solvers in the country. These students will receive a transformational experience that will help prepare them for success in their college years and future careers in engineering.”

For questions regarding the MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute, please contact Lisa Kelley for additional information or to arrange to visit the BWSI at lkelley@ll.mit.edu.

For questions regarding BAE Systems and its involvement in the MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute, please contact Meghan Locke at meghan.locke@baesystems.com

   
May 2018

Three gifted county students to study at MIT

 

While most students will spend their summer break playing video games or hanging out by the pool, three Limestone County students will be exploring cutting-edge technologies such as medlytics, radar imaging and artificial intelligence at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

The MIT Beaver Works Summer Institute is a rigorous, world-class Science Technology Engineering and Math program open to a select few. ...

October 2015

Guiding Imagination with LEGO Robotics

As the young participants of the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competition settled into their seats for a Monday evening practice, Lincoln Laboratory staff invited them to share ideas for the team project. Silence fell over the usually exuberant group. One girl finally raised her hand, saying, and perhaps summarizing the thoughts of each of her teammates, "I'm not sure how it will work yet," She paused, "but I have an idea." Within minutes, fresh ideas and excitement flowed throughout the classroom at Beaver Works, a project-based learning center near MIT.

October 2015

Technology Confronts Disasters

In 2010, soon after Haiti was devastated by an earthquake, a team from MIT Lincoln Laboratory collected and analyzed information to help the U.S. Southern Command (USSOUTHCOM), the lead military agency responding to the crisis, effectively dispatch vital resources, including food, water, tents, and medical supplies, to the victims of this disaster.

August 2015

Lincoln Laboratory hosts hands-on activities for the Cambridge Science Festival

Each spring, while runners arrive from around the world to participate in the Boston Marathon, Lincoln Laboratory engages in a different type of marathon—the Cambridge Science Festival—a ten-day celebration which showcases the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, and math.

August 2015

High-school students decipher cryptography

In August, Lincoln Laboratory unveiled LLCipher—its newest outreach program.  LLCipher is a one-week cryptography workshop that provides an introduction to modern cryptography—a math-based, theoretical approach to securing data.

July 2015

Talking Sense - A Body Sensor Networks Hackathon Pushes Solutions to Healthcare Challenges

July 2015

Students build replica of Turing machine - In 1936, Alan Turing devised a theoretical model for mathematical calculation. He described a machine that could calculate anything regardless of complexity.

July 2015
 
June 2015 MIT Mechancial Engineering presents Micheal Stern with a de Florez Award for outstanding creativity in design.
   
June 2015 Radar Workshop at Beaver Works - Lincoln Laboratory offered a new, one-day radar workshop based on the two-week LL Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE). This was for 8th-12th Graders.
   
June 2015 MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center - news article on the MIT School of Engineering Website
   
February 2015 ATHACK - The Assistive Technologies Hackathon (ATHACK) was held at Beaver Works.  MIT Students hack away at problems faced by local community members living with disabilities.
   
January 2015 Practicing Innovation - The Innovation Tournament provided both tactics and strategies to help participants cultivate the habit of innovative thinking.
   
Janaury 2015 RACECAR - Rapid Autonomous Complex-Environment Competing Ackermann-Steering Robot (RACECAR) featured vehicles with a high-performance embedded computer, rich sensor suite and open-source robotics software framework to navigate MIT's tunnels as fast as possible.
   
October 2014 Beaver Works celebrates the "Maker" spirit - On 4 October, when MIT held its first Mini Maker Faire at the North Court on the Cambridge campus, MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works was there to showcase some of the unique systems engineered by students enrolled in School of Engineering capstone courses or MIT's Independent Activities Period (IAP) classes.
   
September 2014 MIT Beaver Works - Merge Architects - The program, which began five years ago using existing classrooms and labs at MIT, moved into its first proper home at the end of 2013. Designed by Boston-based Merge Architects, the new 4,900-square-foot space in an office building just off the MIT campus serves as an academic outpost for a laboratory
   
May 2014 Lincoln Scholar among the 2014 honorees at the MIT Department of Mechanical Engineering - On 15 May at a luncheon event, the Department of Mechanical Engineering at MIT presented 24 awards to 68 undergraduate and graduate students who demonstrated outstanding effort during the past year. Among the honorees is Michael L. Stern, a member of the Rapid Prototyping Group at Lincoln Laboratory.
   
May 2014 Gauging Hazard in The Air - In the spring 2014 course Sensor Networks and the Smart Campus (officially Senior Civil and Environmental Design, Course 1.013), students were charged with developing a system for monitoring air quality; they designed and built a network of sensors to measure levels of gases and particulates around the MIT campus.
   

May 2014

Shin honored for advancing project-based learning
Dr. Robert T-I. Shin received the 2014 Irwin Sizer Award for the Most Significant Improvement to MIT Education at the MIT Awards Convocation held on 8 May.

May 2014

What's in your air?
Course 1 Class of 2014 designs, creates, and deploys sophisticated air quality monitoring system for MIT campus.

April 2014

MIT responds to Typhoon Haiyan
MIT Lincoln Laboratory has set up an initiative through its Beaver Works on campus to explore ways in which its advanced technology can support future large-scale disaster relief operations.

April 2014

MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center builds collaboration
The Center facilitates project-based learning and leverages expertise of MIT faculty and students, and Lincoln Laboratory staff.

January 2014

Robert Shin named director of Beaver Works
The School of Engineering and MIT Lincoln Laboratory announce the appointment of Robert T-I. Shin as Director of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Beaver Works Center.

December 2013

A Chance to Fly – Aero-Astro's Beaverworks class offers undergrads a challenge
The lab is a learning space for students in the Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, some of whom are building small, autonomous aircraft for the first time.

December 2013

Where the 'beaver works' – A collaborative space at MIT Lincoln Laboratory creates new opportunities in project-based learning
This is a space where the "skunkworks" (or "do-it-yourself") philosophy of MIT takes center stage.

October 2012

MIT Lincoln Laboratory challenges students to power an autonomous undersea vehicle
MIT students from a mechanical engineering course built a power source for an autonomous undersea vehicle and presented their prototype at Lincoln Laboratory.

June 2012

Innovative microsatellite could expand understanding of storm systems
For students in two classes in MIT's Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics, it is a special experience to have a microsatellite they conceived and built launched from a larger space vehicle NASA has scheduled for flight in 2014.

April 2011

MIT Lincoln Laboratory researchers introduce students to radar engineering
In just three weeks, students designed, fabricated, and tested a laptop-based radar sensor that was capable of measuring Doppler and range, and of forming synthetic aperture radar images.

December 2010

Student design takes flight
An unmanned aerial vehicle is the second iteration of a prototype designed and built by 40 students in the MIT Department of Aeronautics and Astronautics. The aircraft will be used to carry an MIT Lincoln Laboratory payload for measurement of ground-based antenna patterns.