Call for Applications

The SEPT 2019 application is now live. There will be three tracks offered this year. 

SEPT 2019 is scheduled for the week of July 8th:  Sunday, July 7 - Saturday, July 13.

In 2019, we will accept up to 50 outstanding educators from secondary schools worldwide who teach science, technology, engineering, and/or math (STEM) subjects. They come to MIT from schools around the world where they are recognized as innovative, creative, and dedicated leaders in their communities. Would you, or a teacher you know, be a good fit for SEPT?  In the past, the teachers who have made the most of their week at MIT are known to:

  • Integrate technology in their classrooms - particularly technology that enables students to create; and,

  • Demonstrate innovation in their teaching practice, and advancement through past professional development or other extracurricular experiences.

This year, we will be running three simultaneous tracks of afternoon programming. We are asking applicants to rank which they are most interested in, but cannot guarantee they will be placed in their first-rated pick.

Track 1: "Broadening Participation in STEM" 

  • This track will support teachers in their acquisition of skills to support women, racial and ethnic minorities and students with disabilities in STEM.
  • Afternoon programming will consist of workshops, reflections and discussions focused on increasing and maintaining participation in STEM for underserved communities.

Track 2: "Bringing Project-Based Learning & Inquiry into STEM Classrooms" 

  • This track will provide small and large moves that teachers can make to help make their class more student-centered by increasing inquiry and giving students voice and choice
  • Afternoon sessions will include introductions and use of existing and in-development tools, simulations, games, technology and curriculum that can be brought into various contents and classrooms.


Track 3: "Use and Design of Games and Simulations" 

  • This track will inform teachers in the use and design of games and simulations, of use in classrooms to support both systems learning and computational literacy. 
  • Afternoon sessions will include introductions and use of existing and in-development tools, simulations, and games, as well as workshops in game design and game programming. (Prior knowledge of programming and computer science is not required.) 

To apply, download and fill out the 2019 appliction below, and email it to before February 17, 2019. Past applicants who were not selected in previous years are welcome to reapply! Please note that only full-time educators will be considered - accepted applicants should commit to attend all sessions from Sunday, July 7 to Saturday, July 13, staying overnight in dorm rooms.

Application for MIT SEPT 2019:  Download Application for MIT SEPT 2019 (Microsoft Word) (A new blank web page will open - check your download folder for the file)

SEPT Class of 2018

This year’s group of teachers came from the US, Germany, Argentina, and Brazil.  With more international teachers involved, SEPT extends the mens et menus tradition beyond MIT and US borders, and the program’s participants gain invaluable perspectives from their peers in other countries.