By creating new and consolidating and coordinating existing outreach programs that will have a significant impact on the STEM pipeline, on STEM teaching and learning in GK-16, on GK-12 STEM outreach, and on STEM Education Research, this Center aims to solidify Northeastern University’s role as a major contributor to the improvement of K-16 Education in Boston and the state of Massachusetts.


Current Programs

  • TRANSFORM [Job-Seekers]

    Northeastern University and MassBay Community College, with support from the National Science Foundation, are collaboratively creating and implementing an innovative TRANSFORM model to develop the skill sets of non-technical college graduates in order to prepare them for advanced manufacturing jobs. The year-long program includes two semesters of certificate courses in Manufacturing Technology or Manufacturing Innovation in addition to a 4-6 month paid Internship with an industry partner.

  • Research Experience for Teachers (RET) [Teachers]

    The RET program at Northeastern University is a six-week summer research experience for middle and high school mathematics and science teachers and Community College STEM faculty. Participants work in research laboratories affiliated with the Colleges of Sciences and Engineering. Supporting professional development is led by program alumni and partner faculty affiliated with the Center for STEM Education. Funding for the RET program have been provided by federal and private sources, including the National Science Foundation.

    • K-12 School Field Trips [BPS Teachers, Students]

      Throughout the academic year, teachers bring their class(es) to Northeastern for a free, day-long field trip. Teachers choose from a variety of different hands-on, STEM-related activities, such as biomechanics or oil spill cleanup.  Activities are led by Center for STEM Staff with support from Northeastern undergraduate students. Annually, we reach approximately 800 students through this offering.

  • Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) [5th-7th Grades]

    This free, two-week academic day program for students entering grades 6, 7, and 8, emphasizes increasing students’ mathematics and science skills, introducing them to college life, and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path. Each day, students participate in activities that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, design concepts, and field excursions. Activities are led by Northeastern graduate students and supported by undergraduate science and engineering students.

  • Young Scholars Program (YSP) [10th-12th Grades]

    This program offers students with a strong interest and ability in STEM the opportunity to engage in a paid summer research experience while still in high school. Students learn a wide range of technical, academic, and personal skills whilst working in research laboratories, engaging in technical seminars, taking field trips to corporate and government sites, and experiencing college life firsthand.

    • Afterschool Programs [K-12 Grades]

      We offer weekly afterschool programs at various Boston-area schools and public libraries. We are currently working at the Curley K-8 School and Parker Hill Public Library. Curriculum we use includes Sustainable Cities curriculum, CEP-designed STEM curriculum, and Museum of Science Engineering Adventures.

    • Building Bridges [9-12th Grades]

      Bi-annual event that provides high school students the opportunity to explore Northeastern University’s College of Engineering through interactive engineering activities, presentations about research programs and initiatives at Northeastern, and an overview of potential career paths and higher education options.

  • BPS Science Fair [6-12th Grades]

    The Center for STEM Education in conjunction with Science from Scientists and the BPS Science Department hosts the Boston Public Schools Citywide/MA Region VI Science Fair every spring. Each year, more than 350 middle and high school students exhibit projects which are judged by more than 100 professionals. In addition to the student exhibits, an activities expo is also set up to expose students to hands-on science activities during the fair.



Prior Programs

    • CAPSULE (CAPStone Unique Learning Experience)

      Through this NSF-funded ITEST grant, Northeastern University, with the Museum of Science and the Boston Public Schools, developed a replicable model for the integration and implementation of an innovative, engineering design project-based high school STEM curricula within diverse urban school districts.


  • Investing in Tomorrow’s Engineering Leaders (ITEL)

    This was a scholarship program providing financially needy students a scholarship and various other resources. It was in collaboration with the Bernard M. Gordon Center for Subsurface Sensing and Imaging Systems.



    This five-year university partnership sought to increase the number of students receiving degrees in STEM disciplines. The collaborating community colleges were: MassBay Community College, Middlesex Community College, and Northern Essex Community College.



    Northeastern University, the University of Connecticut, the University of Massachusetts Amherst, the University of Rhode Island, and Worcester Polytechnic joined to form the Northeast Louis Stokes Alliance for Minority Participation (NE LSAMP). Through NSF funding, the group strengthened the preparation, representation, and success of historically under-represented minority students in the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.


  • ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (EMBHSSC)

    This was a two-week, all-expenses-paid, overnight camp featuring inquiry-based curricula to strengthen students’ STEM skills, whilst also fostering leadership and teamwork. The camp was a program of The Harris Foundation, funded by Exxon Mobil.

  • Step UP

    This initiative aimed to assist with the design and delivery of STEM professional development and student support for 10 partner schools and the coordination of programs and services across five university partners–Boston College, Boston University, Harvard University, Northeastern University and Tufts University.

  • Early College Experience

    This program offered high school students the opportunity to receive mentorship and tutoring support at Northeastern University, whilst also taking a 20-week Engineering Design course typically offered to 1st year NU Engineering students.


    This NSF funded program sought to increase the number of students majoring in science and mathematics at Northeastern, by attracting undeclared students to these fields whilst retaining the number of existing majors.

  • Boston Science Partnership

    This NSF funded program brought together Northeastern University, University of Massachusetts Boston and Boston Public Schools with the aim of raising student achievement in science, beginning with 6th grade and all the way through the university level.

  • Greater Boston North Shore Science Partnership

    This program provided intensive professional development and support activities to middle and high school science teachers with the goal of improving student outcomes in science, leading to a Master’s Degree in Science from Northeastern.


Additional STEM Outreach Programs in the Boston Area

  • Boston Summer Advanced Math/Bridge to Calculus

    Boston Summer Advanced Math prepares underserved urban high school students for their calculus course in their senior year in high school. The program also links rising seniors with one-on-one counseling to prepare for college. Reform precalculus prepares students for calculus in their high schools, and for college. Counseling from Bottom Line prepares for college.


  • Science Club for Girls

    SCFG fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in science, technology, engineering & mathematics.