Spark 2020 Information

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Unfortunately, Spark will not take place this year due to COVID-19 concerns. More information can be found here.

Information for Spark 2020

Times and Dates

Spark 2020 will be on March 14–15, 2020. On March 14th, classes will run from 10am–5pm, and on March 15th, classes will run from 9am–5pm.


Check-in will open on Saturday at 8:30am in the DuPont Gymnasium in Building W31. When you arrive at MIT for Spark, you should first come to check-in to pay, turn in your forms, and receive your schedule.

If you're arriving after 11:00am on Saturday or checking in for the first time on Sunday, you should check in at Lobby 10.

Once again, because it's important: You MUST check in before you do anything else when you arrive. Please plan to arrive for check-in at least 30 minutes before your first class, especially if you're arriving around 9am when lines tend to be long.

Please let us know if you are going to be more than half an hour late to your first class by e-mailing us at so that we don't remove you from your classes!

You can download the liability waiver here. It must be submitted as a hard copy at morning check-in; do not attempt to email it to us. We must receive a completed liability waiver from you before giving you your schedule at morning check-in; this includes the signature of a parent or guardian, so make sure to plan accordingly.

Class Locations

Spark is on the MIT campus. In particular, almost all of our classrooms are in buildings that are connected to the Infinite Corridor — buildings numbered 1 up to 66 (that don't start with W or E). You can see a map here. All of these buildings are connected, and students will rarely have to go outside or cross a street. When you check in on the day of Spark, you will get a schedule with the location of each of your classes.

Financial Logistics

Spark costs $40 for the entire weekend, regardless of the number of classes you take. As always, generous financial aid is available; apply on the student registration page. You may pay for Spark online during the class changes period of registration (after lottery results are released) or by cash or check on the day of the program. You can also apply for financial aid on the day of the program if needed.

The cost of Spark also includes lunch for all students. T-shirts can be separately pre-ordered or purchased; see below.

Class Changes

You can make changes to your schedule by going to the class changes room (4-163) until Saturday at 3pm — after this, class changes will be at Help Desk in Lobby 10. If you want to add or change any classes, you MUST check in first in DuPont or Lobby 10.


Lunch will be served both days at Walker Memorial (Building 50), and is free for all Spark students. Your schedule should contain a block for eating lunch already. Students are free to bring their own food or purchase food elsewhere (like at the Student Center, W20).

Food both days will not contain nuts, although the kitchen may not be nut-free. There will be vegetarian options for lunch, but we are unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions, including gluten free.

Transportation and Parking

Parking is very limited around MIT, so we highly recommend you take public transit. The Kendall/MIT stop on the MBTA Red Line is the closest, and is approximately a 10 minute walk from check-in.

If you are driving, you can also park at Alewife Station and take the MBTA Red Line five stops to reach the MIT campus. Alewife has very plentiful parking.

If you absolutely must drive to campus, very limited parking is available on and near MIT's campus. Parking options include:

  • Albany Garage at 20 Albany Street ($9 per day)
  • Westgate Lot at 282 Vassar Street ($9 per day)
  • Visitor Lot at 139 Massachusetts Avenue (Rates posted at lot; "Pay by Phone" payment system)
  • Street parking along Memorial Drive, Vassar Street, Albany Street, and Massachusetts Avenue
  • Public garage at 55 Franklin Street. ($35 per day)
  • Public garage at 260 Green Street. ($13 per day)

More parking options further from campus can be found on MIT's website and the City of Cambridge's website.

Meeting Your Parents

If your parents (or anyone else) is picking you up at the end of the day, you should set a meeting place and time before you separate. We recommend Lobby 7 (77 Mass Ave).

Walk-in Activities

Spark is again offering walk-in activities this year. If you find yourself with nothing to do between classes or want a break from the ordinary lectures, come over to Lobby 13, and do something fun. You don’t need to register for activities; just drop by whenever you have some free time.

Find out more about walk-in activities.

T-Shirt Sales

Spark 2020 T-shirts can be pre-ordered online during student registration. In addition, a limited number of Spark 2020 T-shirts will be available for $10 at Help Desk in Lobby 10 starting at 12:45pm on Saturday, until they run out.

Offerings for Parents

We have a parents' program! More details are available here.

Hitchhiker's Guide to Spark

The Hitchhiker's Guide to Spark is a small booklet with information about logistics, a map, and other useful information. It will be available closer to Spark.

Special Arrangements

If you have any physical handicaps, please inform us ahead of time so we can make suitable arrangements (a volunteer to lead you around, or a large-print map for visual impairments). If you have any other special needs, please inform us as far ahead of time as possible so we can make suitable arrangements. While we will work with you to the best of our ability, our teachers are college students and are not specifically trained in how to handle special needs. Along with all other concerns, email us at

Where to Stay

Many students come from far away to come to Spark. It you need somewhere to stay overnight, you can start by looking at these hotels. We do not offer space in MIT dorms for Spark students.

Last modified on March 06, 2020 at 04:07 p.m.