Summer Explorations

Coming soon: Information for the 2017 Summer Explorations for Allston-Brighton Youth!


The Harvard Ed Portal is gearing up to offer a range of summer learning opportunities for members. From learning how to build robots or how to code, to creating art projects based about your favorite books, exploring the world of art/science or how to fix your own bicycle, join us for a variety of summer explorations at the Ed Portal! Space is limited.

Information on the 2016 Summer Explorations program is below.

Time: All programs are held from 9:00 - 12:00.  

Pick up and Drop Off: Doors open at 8:40am. Please DO NOT drop off your child prior to that time, as the Ed Portal will not be staffed. Pick up is at 12:00pm. Please arrange to have your child picked up no later than fifteen minutes after twelve.

Please indicate on your registration form, how your child will be arriving and leaving each day. If there is a change, please call the office at 617-496-5022.

Food Policy: Breakfast and a mid-morning snack will be provided. There will be a nut free snack option provided. However, please be aware that if your child has any additional food allergies, he or she should bring in a safe snack. 

ArtScience Summer Intensive
July 5th-8th
Ages 14-16
Explore the world of art/science through hands-on activities in ceramics and 3D printing. You’ll learn how clay interacts with glaze to create finished pottery and design your own 3D-printed creation. You’ll get up close with centuries-old artifacts at the Harvard Art Museums, work with professional artists in residence on Harvard’s campus, and test out cutting-edge technology in a makerspace at Harvard’s Instructional Physics Lab. *Applicants MUST have turned 14 by July 1st to participate in this program.

AMGEN Biotech Experience
July 6th & 7th
Grades 8-10
Come learn current techniques in biotechnology while exploring how your genes control what you can taste and smell. Rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders will learn basic concepts and skills including the manipulation of DNA and how to use micropipettors.

Summer Safe Bicycle Riding
July 11th- 15th
Grades 4-6
Learn how to ride safely throughout the neighborhood, how to troubleshoot common problems and fix your own bicycle! In Summer Safe Bicycle Riding, you’ll also ride on-site at the Harvard Ed Portal, as well as take off-site, safe-route rides along the Charles River. Bikes are provided for the workshop, and participants will earn a helmet and a bicycle light upon completion of the workshop.

Soft Robotics
July 18th-22nd
Grades 6-8
Learn how to build robots! Students will work together in groups to design soft robotics to solve real-world problems, and will explore how soft robotics is helping to revolutionize healthcare, field exploration, and cooperative human assistance.

Pretexts Summer Workshop
July 18th-22nd
Grades 1-3
Pre-Texts introduces students to simple ways you can explore literature at home through art making. Art activities include book cover making, creating songs and dances!

Creative Coding Studio
July 25th-29th
Grades 3-6
Design, develop, animate, create, and express yourself in this one-week of creative coding! Learn how to use Scratch programming to explore creativity and the world of code.

How to apply:

  • Complete the FamilyID application form online OR
  • Pick up an application and return to the Ed Portal via mail or in-person during public hours

You will receive an email from Ed Portal staff with a confirmation of your child's enrollment and additional information during the week of June 13th.

Deposit: There is a $20 refundable deposit per child required to apply for the Summer Explorations program. If your child attends all sessions with no unexcused absences, your deposit will be refunded in full. Please let us know if the deposit would prevent your child from attending.  

Registration: All students need to fill out a registration form and provide all the information requested. The forms include information regarding health information (i.e. allergies), emergency contacts, and a media release.

Application Deadline: Thursday, June 9th  

Thursday, June 9th:
All applications are due. Applications can be submitted online through the FamilyID application or in person at the Harvard Ed Portal.

Week of June 13th:
Applicants will receive an email from Ed Portal staff with a confirmation of enrollment and additional information.

Week of July 5th:
Summer Explorations begin.

Who can sign up?
Any Ed Portal member (or Ed Portal eligible) who meets the age/grade requirements. Ed Portal eligible children will be required to sign up for a free Harvard Ed Portal membership.

How do I sign my child up?

All applications are due Thursday, June 9th. You will receive an email from Ed Portal staff with a confirmation of your child's enrollment and additional information during the week of June 13th.

How many sessions can I sign my child up for?
Identify the sessions for which your child is both eligible (based on grade) and interested in. Please identify up to two choices. All applications will be processed after the June 9th deadline. Every effort will be made to give each youth a space in his or her first or second choice program. If space allows, youth may be enrolled in a second program.