Spark 2016 Information

Spark 2016 will be on March 12-13, 2016. Student registration is now closed. Learn more about Spark here.

Spark 2016 Information

Times and Dates: Spark 2016 will happen March 12-13, 2016. On March 12th, classes will run from 10am-5pm and on March 13th classes will be 9am-4pm.

Check-In will open before classes start 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 11:30am 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 late by e-mailing us at so that we don't remove you from your classes!

The liability waiver can be found here. We must receive a completed liability waiver from you before giving you your schedule; this includes the signature of a parent or guardian.

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 16 (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.

A limited number of t-shirts will be sold in Lobby 10 during the program until they run out. T-shirts will go on sale at 12:30 pm on Saturday for $10 each. Lunch is now included for all students.

Class Changes: You can make changes to your schedule by going to the class changes room (4-163) at any time during Spark. If you want to add or change any classes, you MUST check in first in DuPont or Lobby 10.

Lunch: Lunch will be served on Satuday at Walker Memorial (Building 50) and on Sunday in Lobdell (on the second floor of the W20 student center). Your schedule should contain a block for eating lunch already. While students are free to bring their own food or purchase food elsewhere (like at the Student Center, W20), the served lunch is free for all Spark students.

On Saturday, food will be pizza from Domino's. Vegetarian and vegan options will be available. On Sunday, food will be burritos from Anna's Taqueria, and vegetarian options will be available. Food both days will not contain nuts, although the kitchen may not be nut-free. We are generally unable to accommodate other dietary restrictions.

Transportation and Parking: We have limited parking available, so we recommend that if you're choosing between driving and public transit, you choose public transit. The Kendall/MIT stop on the MBTA Red Line is the closest, and there will be plenty of signage directing you to Spark from the subway stop.

If you will need a place to park, parking is available on both Saturday and Sunday in West Garage and Albany Garage for $7 per car all day, paid via credit or debit card.

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.

Find out more about walk-in activities here.

T-Shirt Sales: Spark 2016 T-shirts will be available for $10 at Help Desk in Lobby 10 starting at 12:30pm on Saturday.

Offerings for Parents: We have a parents' program! Read the schedule here.

Hitchhiker's Guide to Spark: An online version of the 2016 Hitchhiker's Guide to Spark is available here. You will also receive a copy at check-in. There's more information about campus and the program, but note that some details have changed.

Special Arrangements: If your child has any physical handicaps, please inform us ahead of time so we can make suitable arrangements (a volunteer to lead him around, or a large-print map for visual impairments). If your child has 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 your child to the best of our ability, our teachers are college students and are not trained in how to handle children with 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 13, 2016 at 10:00 a.m.