Our Educational Mission

The MIT Educational Studies Program (ESP) was created by MIT students in 1957 so we could make a difference in the community by sharing our knowledge and creativity with local high school students. Since then, we have grown to support well over three thousand students each year with the help of hundreds of MIT students. Our original High School Studies Program (HSSP) has been joined by many other enrichment programs over the years, and our agenda changes each year to best suit the community's needs.

More About ESP

Through an extensive offering of academic and non-academic classes, ESP is dedicated to providing a unique, affordable educational experience for motivated middle school and high school students. ESP is a great activity for teens in the Boston area. ESP classes are developed and taught by MIT students, alumni, and faculty, and members of the community. Our students are given the chance to learn from passionate and knowledgeable teachers; our teachers can gain experience developing their own curricula with access to students with the strongest desire to learn. The result is a unique, dynamic curriculum and an atmosphere of unparalleled energy. We are the largest student-run program of our kind in the United States.

ESP invites students from all walks of life for classes varying from completely fun and non-academic (Duct Tape Design, Bottle Rockets) to the most advanced and challenging (Build Your Own Operating System, Quantum Mechanics) available to high school students. Our organization aims to provide exciting, thoughtful and meaningful classes for anyone with the desire to learn.

Variety and Experimentation

Teach Anything. Learn Anything. Do Anything. Really. No other student group puts on programs involving thousands of high school students. Being part of ESP is being part of one of the most unique organizations anywhere, an organization that is always filled with energy and new ideas --- and isn't afraid of trying those new ideas out. Coming to an ESP program means being a part of the cutting edge of education.

It is an astonishing thing to be a part of any ESP program as it happens, and it always feels wonderful when all the pieces fall into place. ESP invites all members of the MIT community and beyond to come to our meetings and learn more about our organization.

Last modified on Sept. 23, 2020 at 09:08 p.m.