Jumpstart Fellowship

MassRobotics Annual Jumpstart Fellowship Program provides training and access for High School Girls to enter engineering and other technical fields.  Our goal is to prepare the fellows for the next stage of their career whether that be college, work, tech-related or not.

Female Technical Volunteers & Mentors needed for skills training and career support.

Cohort 3 timeline

Applications for MassRobotics Jumpstart Fellowship Cohort 3 are now closed and the program is currently in session.

MassRobotics Jumpstart Fellowship Program

We created MassRobotics Jumpstart Fellowship Program (which completed its initial pilot in 2021) to provide opportunities for diverse Massachusetts high school girls to learn about STEM careers in robotics and develop their professional networks through direct engagement with industry professionals.

The curriculum exposes young women to the many technical skills in areas that are included in the robotics field, from programming to design and simulation, to hands-on building, prototyping and testing. The goal is to to help develop a more inclusive technical workforce by preparing diverse talent in high school to pursue careers in STEM and robotics.

We experienced great success with our Cohort 1.

We expanded the program and accepted 17 students for Cohort 2 that kicked off in December 2021.   The technical program ran from January through May 2022, and several students completed internships in August.

Learn more about the program in our blog post here.  


Greensight co-founded Jumpstart because supporting STEM education and helping foster DEI in the tech industry are core goals of our company. Jumpstart allows us to make a noticeable difference in both these areas. To us, the lack of diversity in robotics is an obvious sign that a lot of high quality talent simply is not able to break into the industry. Jumpstart is a small but significant way for GreenSight to enlarge the pool of US robotics engineers. Years of experience has taught our company how to make excellent use of engineering co-ops and interns, and the Jumpstart interns we’ve hired have made significant contributions to GreenSIght.” -Joel Pedlikin, Co founder & COO GreenSight

“It is important for fellowships like this to exist because it created a space for women of color to bond over their knowledge of STEM. Together, this cohort got over their shyness and worked as one unit to successfully complete a rigorous program.” – Hermione 2022

“Entering the professional world is not easy, but this program has worked with us to make this path a lot easier. – Tairine 2022

“I found my passion in engineering and coding, my future has never felt so much clearer.” – Helena 2021

If you are interested in hosting Jumpstart students as interns, please contact STEM@massrobotics.org.

Primary Contributors:

MassRobotics jumpstart Program CURRICULUM

Design & Simulation

  • Learn the basics of CAD design and simulation technology.


Fabrication & Electricity

Learn fabrication techniques and technologies such as 3D printing, laser cutting, soldering and circuitry.


Coding

Learn the basics of coding languages through lessons in Python and C++.


Professional

  • Learn how to speak with confidence about yourself and the technology.
  • Learn how to network and prepare for your next steps in education.
  • Work with female mentors in the industry.

Internship

  • Jumpstarters are offered a paid meaningful internship at a local tech company
  • Jumpstarers are treated as a full time employee 

JumpstarT FAQs

do i Need prior knowledge?

NO PRIOR SKILL NEEDED: The program is designed to take you to the next level, regardless of where you start.

How can I find more information or ask questions?

We host informational webinars during the application process. Our blog posts are great source of information too. You can also contact us at stem@massrobotics.org.

Is there fee the Jumpstart program?

If selected, there is no fee to attend the program. Upon completion of the training you will receive a stipend for participating.

What is the program timeline?
  • Applications for new cohort open September through November
  • Accepted students announced and orientation in December
  • January – May Program curriculum weekly on Saturdays and daily during February school vacation
When do applications open?

Applications open annually in September ( Subscribe to our newsletter to keep informed!)

Are there internship opportunities?

After jumpstart training completion, there are opportunities in local robotics and technology companies for paid Summer internships.

Who can apply?

All female high school students (preferably juniors and must be 16 by June), especially those who are Black and Latinx, with a passion for robotics and technology are encouraged to apply.

Program structure/Time commitment
  • All day Saturdays (9am – 4pm) January through May and February vacation week (9am – 4pm)
  • While we request that you attend every session, we also understand sometimes things come up.

Cohort 1 (2021)

COHORT 2 (2022)

Contact

12 Channel Street, Boston, MA 02210
info@massrobotics.org

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