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Program Overview

This summer, we welcome elementary and middle school students to join us for our in person Design and Engineering Workshops on Tufts’ Medford campus. Students entering grades 1-8 will engage in open-ended engineering design challenges that will help them gain experience in engineering design, as well as critique, collaboration, and other group-work skills. Since engineering is not just about the technical aspects, design challenges will employ students to develop empathy for clients who are having problems, while counselors help students make connections to other students.

Before (8:30AM-9:00AM) and After care (3:00PM-5:00PM) will be provided and you can select this during the registration process. Make sure to check out the application instructions below before registering.



Programs for Rising 1st - 3rd Graders

Robotics & Engineering
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST 
June 27 - July 1, 2022 | July 18 - 22, 2022 | August 8 - 12, 2022

In this workshop, students entering grades 1-3, will explore different ways of making artistic creations such as kinetic sculptures, drawing robots, and robotic puppets. They will collaborate as a group to design an interactive set for their own puppet show as a final project.

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Pet Helpers Engineering
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST
July 11 - July 15, 2022 

In this workshop, children will explore different ways in which engineering can be used to help animals that people love and care for. Children will use and learn about the engineering design process through a combination of robotic and non-robotic activities, making designs such as an automated pet feeder to filtering water for a fish tank, children will engineer solutions.

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The Circus is Coming
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST
July 25 - 29, 2022

Students in this workshop will engage in engineering design challenges that focus on designing their own circus attractions. Students will use the LEGO Education robotics platform and craft materials to design their big top attractions.

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Novel Engineering
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST
August 1 - 5, 2022

In this weeklong workshop, students will move through the engineering design process as they design solutions for characters in the books that they will read throughout the week. Readers of all abilities are welcome as books will be read by the instructors. They will use the LEGO Education robotics platform and craft materials to design their solutions.

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Programs for Rising 4th - 8th Graders

Robotics for All - SPIKE Prime
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST
June 27 - July 1, 2022 | July 18 - 22, 2022 | August 8 - 12, 2022

In this workshop, children will be working on several open-ended design challenges, starting with basic building and programming skills and moving to more complex ones. Participants in this workshop will use the LEGO SPIKE Prime kit.

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Wizarding Engineering
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST
July 11 - 15, 2022

Students will use robotics and craft materials to create magical designs that the characters might use as well as create their own spells. They will use the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime robotics platform and craft materials to design their solutions.

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Girls Engineering
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST
August 1 - 5, 2022

This week-long workshop for students who identify as female will consist of open-ended mini-challenges using a variety of recycled and office materials culminating in a larger user-centered design project. The focus will be engineering, but special attention will be paid to the client and understanding problems to better address problems in design solutions.

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Spy Games
1 Week Program | Daily 9:00am - 3:00pm EST
July 25 - 29, 2022

In this workshop, students will act as agents as they work through missions and develop gear. They will use the LEGO Education SPIKE Prime robotics platform and craft materials to design their solutions.

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Application & Policies

Application Instructions

Submitting your Application

Step 1 -- Student and Parent Information: Please fill out your student’s personal information, general contact information, and at least one parent or guardian’s personal information. After this information has been submitted, you will receive an email with a temporary pin to log into your account and then you will move on to step 2.

Step 2a -- Design and Engineering Workshops Program Selection: Log into your student’s account and start the enrollment process. Enrollment in our workshops are on a first-come, first-served basis. We highly recommend applying as soon as possible to ensure enrollment in your first-choice program. Enrollment is not complete until you have provided full program payment. Please use this section to select your student’s grade, and select between course offerings per week in which you are interested. 

Step 2b -- Workshop Selection Review: This page is for you to review all of your workshop selections. Please ensure that you have made the correct selections along with daycare preference. If you are interested in receiving financial aid, please indicate your interest and complete the information required to be considered. After you click submit, you will receive approval or waitlist notification within 3 - 5 business days. Additional required forms will be uploaded to your application portal once your student has been confirmed a spot into the workshop. 

Step 2c -- Parent, Questionnaire, Release and Consent: This page is for parents to complete to provide us with additional information that we may need to know about your student. Additionally, this page asks you to confirm photo consent, dismissal contact information, as well as a final parent signature which confirms your permission in your student’s participation in our workshops. To complete this step, you will need to have the following on you:

Step 3 --  Review and Submit: This is the final review page to confirm that you have completed all required parts of the application. If you are ready to submit the application for review, please press “Submit Application” in the lower left hand corner.


After your Workshop Approval Confirmation

Step 4 -- Payment: Once the application is complete and submitted, members of our Design & Engineering Workshops program staff will review your application within 3 to 5 business days and let you know via email if your student has been approved for course enrollment. Upon confirmation of enrollment, applicants should expect a link for tuition payment as well as post-enrollment forms which must be completed prior to program start on the applicant portal.

Step 5 -- Required Enrollment Forms: Once you have completed full program payment, you will need to complete several post-enrollment forms. To complete this step, you will need to have the following on you, you will need the following:  

  1. Pediatrician contact information
  2. Immunization records from pediatrician office for upload to secure system
  3. Health insurance card

Please note: The K-8 Design and Engineering Workshops will be following all Tufts policies and procedures in regards to COVID-19 and vaccination. While we will be requiring submission of COVID-19 vaccination status, guidance on how to provide this information will be communicated to participating students and families closer to program start. 

Frequently Asked Questions
  • Are these workshops in person and where are they located?
    • In summer 2022, we are on track to have all K-8 workshops in person on the Tufts Medford Campus. Location of the workshop will be emailed to you after the registration process is complete. 
  • Do you provide before and aftercare?
    • Yes, before care is available from 8:30-9:00AM and aftercare is available from 3:00-5:00PM for a flat rate of $100 per week. 
  • Will I need to provide lunch and snacks?
    • Yes, due to COVID protocols on campus, students will be expected to bring a snack, lunch, and a water bottle
  • Will my child go outside during the day?
    • Yes, if the weather is nice, students will go outside to play. Please put sunblock on your child before dropping them off and make sure they have clothes appropriate for the weather.
  • Will my child wear a mask during workshops?
    • Per Tufts University COVID19 Policy, masks are required at all times inside of our buildings. We will update this policy if Tufts makes changes to their policy this summer. Masks should be KN95, N95, or surgical masks. Cloth masks are not allowed. 
  • How do I register two+ children?
    • To register two+ children, you must make a separate account for each child using a different email address. You cannot register more than one child with one email account and one student profile. 
  • I was added to a waitlist, what does that mean?
    • If you are added to a waitlist, you will be notified if a spot will open in the workshop you registered for. You do not pay for any waitlist workshops with your final billing. You will receive an email if a spot has opened up for you and then you will have 2 days to claim your spot and pay. 
Financial Aid

Financial aid is available for students and families on a first-come, first-serve basis for all of our Design and Engineering Workshops.

Instructions for K-8 Financial Aid
  1. While you are selecting and reviewing your workshop selections on the application, there is an opportunity to indicate interest in financial and to complete brief application. 
  2. Once you submit your application, our K-8 Design and Engineering Workshop program staff will review your application and financial aid request within 3 -5 business days. 
  3. If your student's application is approved and the financial aid request is granted, you will see the aid amount deducted from your final price when you receive your bill to pay.
Important Dates & Policies

June 1: final date for all Design and Engineering Workshop refunds.


K-8 Design and Engineering Workshop Withdrawal Policy

K-8 Design and Engineering Workshop Refund Policy


Please see the policies section of this website for a complete list of applicable policies.

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Here's what some of our former Students and Parents had to say..

My son goes to a variety of camps every summer, each with a different focus. This was BY FAR his favorite program. He enjoyed every minute and came home super excited and over eager to share about his day, which is not typical. Keep up the great work!

Parent of a 2nd Grade Workshop Participant

This is my favorite place in the world. You guys have everything!

Workshop Participant, 4th Grade