Enhancing K-12 education has long been an ongoing initiative at MIT. Locally, we have a very real opportunity to positively impact the lives of many students here in our school systems. Toward this end, the MIT Club of Washington started the K-12 Initiative in 2010 to stimulate, encourage, and attract students to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) curriculum. A further objective is to develop programs that will allow our alumni to interact with the many budding young scientists in the greater Washington DC area. Secondary objectives are to disseminate information about MIT and to encourage some outstanding students to consider applying for admission to MIT. This is all summarized in our mission statement:

To provide opportunities for MIT alumni to promote education in the DC Metropolitan Area, with an emphasis on exciting and engaging students to pursue study in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM).

K-12 Initiative programs that are currently active, include:
  • support for local county Science Fair Programs across the entire DC Metro Area;
  • providing Inspiring Speakers who present and demonstrate STEM subjects to high school students;
  • For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST) robotics/Lego program;
  • supporting the Inspirational Teacher Awards Program of the MIT Alumni Association;
  • sponsoring three area teachers to attend the Science and Engineering Program for Teachers (SEPT) at MIT; and
  • organizing one-day training events with local laboratories and think tanks for local STEM teachers.
Details and success stories about these programs are provided on the individual program pages. In addition, the Club collects and shares information with our alumni on opportunities for them to participate in K-12 activities organized by AAAS and other groups.

All MIT Alumni are welcome to participate in the K-12 program regardless of their membership status in the Club. If you have any questions/comment/suggestions, or just want to find out how to get involved, please contact Ken Gordon, Ph.D., K-12 Chairperson.