MIT Introduction to Technology, Engineering, and Science

Advancing access and equity in STEM through transformative, pre-college experiences

MITES (formerly OEOP) provides transformative experiences that bolster confidence, create lifelong community, and build an exciting, challenging foundation in STEM for highly motivated 7th–12th grade students from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds. Catalyzing change in STEM, our goal is to advance equity and access through hands-on programs that are free of cost to participants and their families.

We create new pathways for our students; help them develop the skills they need and a sense of belonging in the STEM fields; and empower them to use their knowledge to address urgent issues facing their communities and the world at large. Together, all of us at MITES—our staff, our instructors, and our scholars—live MIT’s mission to make the world a better place, for everyone.

Our programs

MITES Saturdays

Multi-year STEM academy for 7th–12th graders in Boston, Cambridge, and Lawrence, MA public schools (formerly known as SEED Academy).

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MITES Semester

Six-month hybrid STEM experience for rising high school seniors, June through December (formerly known as MOSTEC).

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MITES Summer

Six-week, residential STEM experience for rising high school seniors (formerly known as MITES).

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Free for students

MITES programs are free of cost to students. All educational, food, and boarding costs are covered by generous individuals, foundations, corporations, and MIT. Students only pay for transportation to and from MIT. Transportation is provided to students from Lawrence, MA participating in MITES Saturdays. Travel scholarships are available to MITES Summer and Semester students.

MITES was my first real exposure to STEM fields beyond my own at-home and online research.

I got a truly unique experience that I wouldn’t have otherwise had because of my circumstances. I was connected with professionals in many fields, not just the ones I knew about or had an interest in. Because of MITES, I know that there is nothing I can’t overcome and that I am capable of more than I know. I am so much more than a Latina from an underprivileged neighborhood with big dreams. I am a challenger of today and a transformer of tomorrow.”

Yashaira Longras

MITES ’19, Brooklyn, NY

MITES Summer alumna Yashaira Longras

Watch and listen

MITES students share their experiences in our Saturdays program.

MITES Saturdays seniors video

Our Impact


Students served in 2022


Students from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM


Alumni who earned STEM degrees in the past 10 years


Alumni who attend most selective colleges and universities

MITES has not only trained me analytically, but also socially.

In this program, I was granted the opportunity to challenge myself and learn about new sciences I had never encountered before… and I’ve gone from being a shy and reserved student to an outspoken and fiery adult, ready to tackle the next chapter of my life head on.”

Denzel Ekes

MITES ’20, Boston, MA

MITES Saturdays scholar Denzel Ekes