The 38th summer of the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) program came to a close with the Final Presentations Symposium on Friday, July 19. 79 rising high school seniors from 27 states and Puerto Rico participated in the six-week residential program and presented final projects in five fields: genomics, electronics, digital design, architecture, and engineering design.
During the program, participants took rigorous classes and participated in hands-on enrichment courses. Outside of the classroom, they visited MIT laboratories and engaged with MIT faculty and students, practicing scientists and engineers, and admissions officers. Since returning home, the students have begun the application process to top colleges and universities across the country.
Photos by Joel Laino.
Architecture program students Zoe Toledo of Logan, UT and Esrat Bristee of Boston, MA put finishing touches on their model phone booth, called “Modern Cubism.” In their project description, they wrote that “in essence [the] structure is providing people the opportunity to stop and take a moment to view the world in a different way.”
Genomics program students Eduardo Plascencia of Chicago, IL, Ja’Naysha Hamilton of Detroit, MI, Stephone Christian of Port Saint Lucie, FL (center, from left), and Erika Banuelos of Phoenix, AZ (bottom right) present their research on human micro-biomes. The students learned about the bacteria inhabiting the human body through hands-on experiments.
MITES Faculty Director Dr. Cardinal Warde engages with Genomics program students.
MITES students, staff members and invited guests listen to Electronics program students Rebekah Duemberg of El Cajon, CA, Cari Glanville of Berrien Springs, MI, and Theodore Kern of Las Vegas, NV as they present their project. The team created a prototype of a visible-light camera with basic light source tracking technology.
Cindy Le of Camden, NJ (left) demonstrates her electronics project, PokéMITES, a game that uses an LED pointer and a series of targets. Through building the project, Cindy and teammate Hanh Hguyen of Lawrenceville, GA learned about circuits, soldering and signals.
Architecture student Omotoyosi Oyedeji of Hyde Park, Massachusetts explains his team’s project. Oyedeji, Evelyn Ortiz of San Jose, CA, Flavia Cuervo of Hialeah, FL, and Christian Taveras of Lawrence, MA used opaque plastic to model a modern take on the phone booth for cell phone users.
Engineering Design program student Jeremiah Akinsulire of Jamaica, NY steps into “The Busy Bee,” a model phone booth made by Architecture program students Jennah Jones of Chapel Hill, NC, Carlos Romero of Boston, MA, Emanuel Perez of Chicago, IL and Diondra Dilworth of Las Vegas, NV.
Digital Design Teaching Assistant Johnathon Root, who participated in MITES in 2011, shares a laugh with Symposium participants.
Engineering Design students maneuver machines to retrieve tennis balls. Each team designed and constructed a machine from common engineering materials and components in preparation for the final Symposium game.
An Engineering Design team huddles before resuming competition in the final Symposium game.
Digital Design program student Jacqueline Bonilla of Arlington, TX demonstrates her group’s app. She and the students on her team designed an educational program that teaches children words using picture-based quizzes.
Shawna Young, executive director of the Office of Engineering Outreach Programs, commends MITES students on their hard work.