Spark!

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Spark 2021 will be a virtual, extended program! Register to teach here by February 12th. 

Welcome to Spark!

Imagine three awesome weekends where over 7th and 8th graders come to MIT's campus Zoom rooms to take all sorts of classes, taught by small groups of people like you! At Spark, you can teach absolutely anything you want to an audience of eager and excited young minds. Join us for this annual teaching extravaganza!

Spark is fully student-run by MIT ESP.

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Middle schoolers playing cards at a Spark class

What’s Different This Year

Spark 2021 will extend Spark over 3 Saturdays from March 13 to March 27. Each day will be 5 hours long, with a morning session from 11am to 1pm, a 1 hour break from 1pm to 2pm, and an afternoon session from 2pm to 5pm (all times in EST). Teachers can register to teach standalone classes (similar to traditional Spark classes) or sequences that span across multiple weekends (similar to HSSP classes).

If you have any questions, feel free to contact us at spark@mit.edu.

Who Can Teach?

Most Spark teachers are MIT undergrad and grad students. We also regularly have students from neighboring universities and other adults in the local Boston area teach at Spark. This year, the virtual format means there are fewer geographical restrictions on who can teach!

Unfortunately, current high school students cannot teach regardless of age or experience. However, we encourage you to consider attending Splash (in November) as a student!

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Middle schoolers and a teacher doing arts and crafts

Teach Anything

Any subject! From rocket design to rap music, from crocheting to calculus, teach whatever "sparks" your interest. Check out the 2019 catalog for examples and inspiration.

Any format! Spark classes can range from huge lectures to small discussion seminars to hands-on projects. These classes can be a one-weekend standalone class or a sequence that develops a subject over three weekends with the same set of students.

We also offer walk-in activities, a special type of class where students drop in as they please.

Register Now!

Teacher registration for Spark 2021 has opened! Make an account on the website and register here by February 12th.

Looking to attend Spark as a student? Visit our middle school students page.

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Last modified on Feb. 21, 2021 at 12:22 p.m.