Trinity Episcopal School

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Trinity 8th Grader Accepted to Summer Program at MIT
Posted 02/02/2017 04:23PM

Trinity eighth grader Henry Dewey was accepted to the National Geographic Student Expeditions Technology & Innovation program on the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) campus.

Although the nine-day summer program is traditionally offered to high school students, Henry was an exception due to his age, maturity, and demonstrated interest and achievement in technology.

“We are grateful that Trinity sparked Henry's interest in technology,” said his parents, Mark and Jill Dewey. “We are happy to see him continue down that road and meet kids from all over who have similar interests.”

During the program, Henry will study topics including data science, engineering the future, and innovations in robotics. He will visit MIT labs, meet professors and graduate students, and work on projects demonstrating how scientific innovations are being used to solve some of the world’s most complex challenges. He will also have some free time to enjoy games of Frisbee, kayaking, and visits to Boston-area pizza parlors.

“We hope that spending time on the MIT campus will get Henry excited about attending college in four years,” said Mr. Dewey.

Henry’s math teacher Roxanne Thurman, recommended him for the program.

“As a teacher, it is an honor to be able to help my students discover their passion,” she said. “Henry is a talented mathematician with excellent engineering and computer programming skills. I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”

By the end of the program, Henry will have completed a capstone project that uses technology to help address an important issue in his community. 

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