The support of technical education is a key element of Draper's corporate mission, and our efforts to advance engineering and science education through our community outreach programs is a natural extension of this mission.
High School Summer Research Internships
Each year, Draper offers a summer research opportunity for rising sophomores and juniors from Cambridge. Students have worked on breath sensors for tuberculosis detecting, sensors that will analyze the surface of Mars, glucose detecting nanosensors, and RF antennas.
High School Co-op Program
Working closely with the co-op education staff at area technical schools, we are able to place level-3 seniors in technical internships for both pre-engineering and electronics programs.
National Science Festivals
Draper proudly sponsors and participates in science festivals around the country. Look for Draper and our exhibition partners, the Smithsonian’s Lemelson Center, at upcoming science festivals: St. Petersburg Science Festival (April 2011), Cambridge Science Festival (May 2011), and the USA Science & Engineering Festival (Spring 2012).
US FIRST Robotics
The Lab is proud to have been an inaugural sponsor of the Boston FIRST Competition, and continues that tradition annually. In addition, Draper provides both monetary and mentor support for the Cambridge Rindge & Latin School (CRLS) Team 97, and many Draper technical staff volunteer with local teams in their communities.
Tours, Speakers, Events
The Lab provides limited tours of its facilities for local civic/educational groups, and technical staff visit classrooms and participate in local career days upon request. Draper invites high school students to public events during the school year.
Draper provides scholarships to Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair award recipients who focus their project in an engineering discipline, to graduating Cambridge Rindge & Latin School students who plan to study engineering in college, and to a Lesley University undergraduate student studying science or mathematics education.
Draper's Corporate Contributions Committee awards a number of Community Grants each year to agencies with Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics (STEM) educational programs in the local public schools. These organizations include Cambridge School Volunteers, the Charles River Conservancy, CitySprouts, Community Farms Outreach, Massachusetts Audubon Society, Science Club for Girls, Tutoring Plus, and US FIRST Robotics.
Community Relations & K-12 STEM Manager
555 Technology Square
Cambridge, MA 02139