Pre-College Programs

Research Experiences for K-12 Teachers and Community College Faculty

The Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) PLUS program at Northeastern University provided six-week summer research experiences funded by the National Science Foundation for middle and high school mathematics and science teachers and Community College STEM faculty.

Participants worked in research laboratories affiliated with the Colleges of Arts & Sciences and Engineering, ALERT, the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems (Gordon-CenSSIS) at Northeastern University and Boston University, and the Center for High-rate Nanomanufacturing at Northeastern University and the University of Massachusetts-Lowell.

Middle School Science Camp – Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp

The mission of the camp was to enable youth, entering grades 6th, 7th, and 8th, to develop and achieve their full potential through support of social, recreational and STEM-based educational programs. Core principles included: Encouraging education in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM), encouraging and motivating youth to pursue STEM careers, and fostering teamwork, leadership and citizenship. The program goals consisted of engaging students in the practical aspects of STEM, introducing students to college life, and inspiring students to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

High Tech Tool & Toys Lab Dissemination to Community College

The High-Tech Tools and Toys Laboratory was developed as a discovery-based educational laboratory. This program helped to promote a philosophy of putting modern technology into the hands of students as early as possible in their education, and using this technology to solve real, open-ended problems in a series of Tools and Toys Modules.

The laboratory created an exciting problem-solving environment where generic engineering skills (e.g. data analysis, writing and project planning) were learned. State-of-the-art components such as digital cameras, global positioning systems, and ultrasound imaging equipment nourished student enthusiasm for the profession, familiarized students with industry documentation and methods, and motivated them to pursue the engineering details.

Additional K-12 STEM Resources

Northeastern University Center for STEM (Click here)

The Center for STEM Education at Northeastern University seeks to build and support a community of educators, researchers, and students, with the collective goal of strengthening the K-20 STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) educational ecosystem. Opportunities for K-12 students include outreach to local schools, summer programs, and more!

Bottle Rocket Challenge

Middle School Students and College Mentors participate in the “Bottle Rocket Challenge”, part of the Exxon Mobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp.

Innovation Fast Track

EXCLUSIVE TO CENTER MEMBERS: Log in to explore your Innovation Fast Track, an online portal that gives you one-stop access to center researchers, funding opportunities, exclusive events and more.

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Student Central

Students, get connected with Industry Partners, find out about research and volunteer opportunities within ALERT, or get advice on how to best showcase your work at Student Central.

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The Partnership

ALERT is led by Northeastern University (NEU) and includes three key academic strategic partners: Boston University, Purdue University, and University of Rhode Island (URI).

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