The Advent School | Summer Program
Experience The Advent School's unique engineering and design-based summer program for elementary school children.
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Design at Advent

Engineering & Design Summer Program

Welcome to The Advent School’s engineering and design summer program, Design at Advent. Each summer, Advent’s SMART Lab is transformed into a makerspace where children become designers, tinkerers, and builders. Design at Advent offers three completely unique two-week sessions for children ages 5 through 12.

Designers begin each session by sorting through recycled materials, learning proper tool use, and engaging in the design process. Each day, the designers and faculty set out to explore the city, play games, and gather inspiration. On the last Friday of each session, the designers share their creations and prototypes with friends and family at the Design Expo.

Session Dates & Themes

Session #1: Curious Contraptions

Curious Contraptions
June 15 to June 26

Session #2: Wearable Designs

Wearable Designs
June 29 to July 10 (no program on July 3)

Session #3: Make it Massive

Make it Massive
July 13 to July 24


Registration opened to The Advent School community and children who joined us for both the 2018 and 2019 sessions on Monday, January 6, 2020. Registrations opened to the entire community on Monday, January 13, 2020. Email us to be added to our mailing list:


Our Philosophy

Advent’s summer program is grounded in the School’s mission. We believe:

  1. All children are creative problem solvers
  2. In the importance of collaboration
  3. Boston is an extension of the classroom, which helps children identify the needs of their communities and find inspiration

Philosophy in Action

In 2013, students in the summer program explored the concept of simple machines during a session called Marvelous Machines. The goal of this session was to create a Rube Goldberg machine that incorporated each type of simple machine. Watch the resulting machine in the video below!

Program Information

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Drop Off: 8:30 – 9 a.m.

Program: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Pick Up: 4 – 4:15 p.m.

Extended Day: 4 to 6 p.m.


Drop off, program, pick up, and extended care pick up is at the SMART Lab, 99 W Cedar St., Boston, MA 02114

Program Fees

Program Costs: $1,200 for Curious Contraptions and Make it Massive; the fee for Wearable Designs is $1,080

Extended Day Care Cost: $20 per day

What To Bring
  1. A nutritious lunch
  2. Two snacks
  3. Refillable water bottle
  4. Closed-toed shoes. We work with tools and messy things!
  5. Comfortable clothes that can get dirty
  6. Sunscreen already applied for the day, and for application throughout the day. We go outside every day!

Who is eligilbe?

Click the + below to learn more. Children must be the age indicated in each group by September 1 to be eligible.

Junior Designers (5-6 years old)

Reggio-inspiredthe Junior Designers program provides ample opportunities for the exploration of scientific concepts and creation of new theories. Open-ended questions invite the Junior Designers to engage with materials in innovative ways, while the design process helps extend their thinking through problem solving.

Student to Staff Ratio: 9:1

Senior Designers (7-9 years old)

The design process is a central focus for the Senior Designers. Identifying the problem, generating solutions, and exchanging feedback are all steps that aid in the building, testing, and creation of a final prototype. Senior Designers learn proper power tool use and create with a vast array of materials.

Student to Staff Ratio: 10:1

Design Leaders (10-12 year olds)

Combining the principles of design with leadership skills, the Design Leaders teach and support others on their journey through the design process. As they create, the Senior Leaders share their knowledge with the younger designers during joint activities. Trips into the community and visits from guest speakers extend the learning and provide material for new leadership opportunities.

Student to Staff Ratio: 10:1


A typical daily schedule.

  • 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. Morning Exploration
  • 9:00 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. Morning Meeting
  • 9:15 a.m. – 9:30 a.m. Morning Snack
  • 9:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m. Design Challenges/Skill Building/Free Design
  • 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. Lunch and Recess at The Esplanade or Splash Pad
  • 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. Design Challenges/Free Design/Collaborative Projects
  • 3:30 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.  Afternoon Snack
  • 3:45 p.m. – 4:00 p.m. Design Videos
  • 4:00 p.m. – 4:15 p.m. Dismissal
  • 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. Extended Day (additional fee)


We require a non-refundable/non-transferable deposit of $200 per session per child by January 20, 2020. The remaining balance is due on March 2, 2020.

  • Curious Contraptions and Make it Massive balance: $1,000
  • Wearable Designs balance: $880

Please note that enrollment is not complete until payments are received.

You can pay your deposit or balance by check or cash. If you are uncertain about the deposit/balance amount you owe, check your Family ID account. If fees are not received by the deadlines, we will open up the spot to the next family on the wait list. All fees are non-refundable and non-transferable.

Please mail or drop off all payments to:

Summer Program
The Advent School
15 Brimmer Street
Boston, MA 02108

Please make checks out to The Advent School. In the memo line, write your child’s full name and what session they are attending (i.e. “Evan Roman/Make it Massive”).


Advent Summer Program Policies 2020

The Advent School campus is temporarily closed and learning has moved online. For updates, please visit the School's COVID-19 Resource Page.