Giving Program helps Laboratory provide STEM programs year round


Lincoln Laboratory’s work in advanced technology, research, and development activities is widely known, but what about its work in the community? Lincoln Laboratory upholds initiatives in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education programs in the local area (such as high school robotics teams) and state-wide (such as the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair).

Laboratory educational outreach

LLRISEgroup2012The participants of the first LLRISE program received college-level instruction on how to build their own Doppler and range radars.

In the summer, Lincoln Laboratory hosts a two-week residential program in the summer for student engineers to learn about radars and build their own. The Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE) program, open to outstanding high-school students from across the country, fosters a realization that engineering is about problem solving and applying knowledge in innovative ways.

The Laboratory also partners with MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP), which accepts students from underserved neighborhoods in four programs in an effort to increase the number of students pursuing careers in the STEM-related fields. Students accepted into the OEOP programs (the Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science program; the Saturday Engineering and Enrichment Discovery program; the MIT Science of Baseball program; and the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics program) are treated to a day at Lincoln Laboratory to take tours, talk to technical staff, and see presentations about careers.

MightyBots2013Members of the MightyBots robotics team won prestigious awards in both regional and state-wide tournaments.

Robotics competitions begin in the fall, and the Laboratory sponsors twelve teams made of students in Grades 6 to 12.  Eight sister teams from the community receive funds from Lincoln Laboratory to build and program their robots in preparation for competitions.  The Laboratory enjoys a special relationship with John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury, Massachusetts by way of mentoring their school’s robotics team and having them visit the Laboratory annually to better understand career choices available in technical fields.

In winter, the Laboratory’s Communications and Community Outreach Office assembles a team of students to enter the Cyberpatriots competition.   This national high school competition created by the Air Force Association inspires students toward careers in cybersecurity or other disciplines critical to our nation’s future.  Participants learn how to defend a simulated corporate network from external hostile attacks while detecting and correcting different categories of vulnerabilities. The Lincoln Laboratory team has competed in the national finals both years of participation.

CyberPatriots Group 2013The students in Lincoln Laboratory’s second-year CyberPatriot team earned a position at the national competition in Washington, D.C.


Spring marks the time for the annual Mass State Science and Engineering Fair. Lincoln Laboratory awards two $500 scholarships from the John Welch Memorial Educational Outreach Fund to the 2nd place winners in physics and in engineering.  These funds, and others, are part of the MIT Lincoln Laboratory Giving Program.

Specific opportunities for making a difference
The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Giving Program supports initiatives in STEM education for students in kindergarten to high school, as well as community service projects. The program provides:

  • Support for activities directed by the Laboratory’s community outreach office
  • Funding for special STEM events and workshops offered at the Laboratory
  • Grants to participants in programs run by OEOP

If you’d like to support STEM outreach, visit the Give to MIT Lincoln Laboratory website. You can contribute to funds for educational outreach activities: the Barbara P. James Fund for general support for Lincoln Laboratory, the Roger W. Sudbury Memorial Fund supporting community outreach, or the Lincoln Laboratory Director’s Fund for STEM education which supports the Laboratory’s educational outreach programs.

These endowed and expendable funds enable programs that complement the Laboratory’s mission of support to national security by helping ensure that the U.S. workforce remains preeminent in technology. All contributions, in all forms, are important to sustaining efforts to motivate and prepare students to become the next generation of scientists and engineers.


Posted September 2013

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