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.
- Classroom Presentations―Free presentations in local K–12 classrooms by Lincoln Laboratory scientists and engineers on a variety of topics.
- LLRISE—a project-based course for high-school students on how to build small radar systems. full story on 2012 workshop
- CyberPatriot―A national student competition to defend a simulated corporate network from external attacks.
- 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.
- Ask the Scientist―Web-based question and answer forum. Children of all ages can submit a science-related question and receive an answer within a week.
- 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:
- 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.
- MSBP―The MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP) is a four-week summer program for eighth grade boys who have a love of math, science, and baseball, and an interest in academic improvement.
Robotics Demonstration at Science Festivals
In coordination with MIT, LLCO's 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, InvenTeams competitions, and Lexington High School's Science and Engineering Fair. At the 2010 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair, Lincoln Laboratory became a bronze donor of the event by sponsoring winners in the Physics and Engineering competitions. Additionally, nine Laboratory scientists participated in the science fair as judges.
The main goal of LLCO's special 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 include:
- Support Our Troops program
- Used Book Sale
- Clothing and Food Drives
- National Multiple Sclerosis Society's Bike & Hike the Berkshires
- Alzheimer's Association Walk to End Alzheimers
- Fun Run supporting a local veterans hospital
- Holiday Giving Tree program