KEYs - Keys to Empowering Youth

Spring 2016 Sessions

Dates : Feb 27, Apr 2, Apr 30 | 10am - 3pm | MIT Campus

The dates for MIT's Spring 2016 KEYS program have been set! Sessions will be held on February 27, April 2, and April 30 from 10 am to 3 pm (all Saturdays). Sign up is now open on a first come, first serve basis. All sessions are free!

To sign up, make sure to fill out our application.

For a bit of background on our program: "Do you want to do fun experiments? Build things? Meet women who design and invent? If you are a middle school girl, come to our KEYs sessions to learn about the exciting areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) through fun, hands-on activities and engineering challenges. Visit MIT labs! Make new friends! Work Together! Have FUN learning!"

Looking forward to seeing everyone for another amazing semester of KEYS! If you have any questions at all, don't hesitate to send our SWE Keys Coordinators.

Registration Form



What is KEYS?

KEYs is a motivational program that brings 11-13 year old girls together with MIT women students to participate in workshops held periodically throughout the year. The goal of KEYs is to empower young women by promoting their self-confidence, increasing their self-esteem, and unveiling opportunities for their potential career paths. Girls are encouraged to take a closer look at science and its impact on society. Workshops such as "Moving Beyond Stereotypes," "Women's Health and Medicine," and "The Environment and You," are designed to excite girls about science and inspire them to think about their lives in new ways. By showing girls what possibilities exist in their own lives, KEYs strives to help them develop their own goals and dreams.

Girls ages 11-13 are at the center of a critical educational dilemma in the United States. Educational bias, gender-based preconceptions, and stereotypes leave girls with diminished self-esteem and a compromised educational foundation. In response to this phenomenon KEYs was initiated at MIT in 1993, working toward the following goals:

  • Promoting self-confidence
  • Increasing self-esteem
  • Unveiling opportunities for potential career paths
  • Promoting interest in science, particularly among ethnic minorities/under-served girls
  • Providing positive role models
  • Encouraging direct action
  • Overcoming negative stereotypes

Questions? Contact the MIT SWE KEYs Outreach Chairs.