Lincoln Laboratory Community Outreach (LLCO) is an initiative to promote community giving and education in science and engineering in partnership with the MIT Public Service Center. Outreach programs capitalize on strengths of the Laboratory's scientific community and strive to integrate service with education and research.
Lincoln Laboratory offers many forms of outreach to college students on certain campuses across the country, as well as internships in the Laboratory. These types of programs are outlined on the college recruiting page or in the Community Outreach Brochure.
Newer in our outreach efforts, and enthusiastically received, are Lincoln Laboratory's K–12 science education programs listed below.
- Science on Saturday―Fun, free science demonstrations at Lincoln Laboratory several times each school year.
- LLRISE—a project-based course for rising high-school seniors on how to build small radar systems. full story
- TARC—Teams of high-school students compete in Team America Rocketry Challenge nationally to design, build, and launch a rocket according to specific design parameters, reaching a precise altitude, landing withing a specidfied flight time, a returning a raw egg ("the astronaut") without cracking.
- CyberPatriot―A national student competition to defend a simulated corporate network from external attacks.
- LLCipher―A one-week summer workshop providing an introduction to theoretical cryptography for high-school students interested in cyber security.
- Ceres Connection―Naming minor planets in honor of students and teachers to promote interest in science.
- AFCEA International―Research internships at Lincoln Laboratory for three graduating high-school seniors through the Boston Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association.
- Minuteman Career and Technical High School Internships―Research internships at Lincoln Laboratory for two high-school seniors attending the nearby technical school. Interns work throughout the school year, performing hands-on work with a mentor in support of a technical program.
- Make Your Own Wearables―This workshop introduces high-school girls to engineering and gain skills in computer programming and computer-aided design. full story
- Capture the Flag―MIT Lincoln Laboratory Cyber Capture the Flag (MIT/LL CTF) is an annual hands-on computer security competition for Boston-area college students organized by staff and faculty from Lincoln Laboratory, MIT, and Northeastern University. This intense weekend-long competition focuses on hands-on learning by enabling student teams to practice defending and attacking vulnerable applications provided by event organizers.
- Do-It-Yourself Science Kit―Instructions for 64 experiments are contained in this booklet, along with a list of materials needed for the experiments. The materials fit into a quart-sized plastic bag. Experiments vary from aerospace engineering, archaeology, astronomy, forensic science, chemistry, geology, optics, physics, acoustics, electrical engineering, and mechnical engineering.
- WOW! That's Engineering―Hands-on engineering workshop for grade 6-8 girls.
- Robotics Outreach―Helping students learn about robotics and engineering by:
- providing robotic demonstrations and classroom support
- advising robot-building FIRST teams
- sponsoring and mentoring teams competing in FIRST robotic tournaments
- developing a robotics merit badge for the Boy Scouts of America
- Collaborations with MIT's Office of Engineering Outreach Program―A partnership that sponsors four specialized programs for middle- and high-school students. Lincoln Laboratory plays a part in each program by sponsoring particular children, providing presentations about science and engineering career choices, and giving a behind-the-scenes tour of Lincoln Laboratory.
- MITES―The Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) Program is a six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for talented high school students who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering.
- SEED―The Saturday Engineering Enrichment and Discovery (SEED) Academy is an academic enrichment and career exploration program for traditionally underserved high school students that attempts to increase the number of students in the technical workforce.
- STEM―The Science Technology Engineering and Math (STEM) Program is a year-round academic enrichment opportunity provided for talented middle school students who want to get ahead in math and science.
Robotics Demonstration at Science Festivals
In coordination with MIT, ROLL volunteers man a booth in the Cambridge Science Festival, providing robotics demonstrations and hands-on activities (such as the nanobots robotics demonstration shown above) for an estimated 15,000 people.
Expert Judges at Science Fairs
Lincoln Laboratory technical staff have been volunteering as judges for various science and engineering fairs since 2000, including the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, Carlisle Middle School Science Fair, and Lexington High School's Science and Engineering Fair. Lincoln Laboratory is a bronze donor of the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, sponsoring winners in the Physics and Engineering competitions. Additionally, the Laboratory typically sends at least 10 scientists to participate in the science fair as judges.
The main goal of Lincoln Laboratory giving events is to engage Lincoln Laboratory employees in activities to support worthy causes and contribute to the overall quality of life within and outside of our community. Our community service and giving programs grow every year and include:
- Support Our Troops program
- Used Book Sale
- Walk for Hunger
- Toys for Tots
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Bike & Hike the Berkshires
- Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers
- American Heart Association's Boston Heart Walk
- Fun Run supporting a local veterans hospital
- Holiday Giving Tree program
- Coats for Kids drive
- Harbor to Bay Bike Ride
- Autumn Escape Bike Trek
- Run to Home Base
- Greater Boston Food Bank
- Boston Strong/ MIT Strong
- Pie in the Sky for Community Servings
- TeamWalk for CancerCare
- Soldier Ride for Wounded Warrior Project
- Many walkathons and fun runs supporting worthy charities
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