The Knowledge Society

Boston

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TKS is not a typical STEM program – we’re a human accelerator. Students learn about emerging technologies and sciences, develop foundational mindsets, and build tangible skills so they can make an impact on the world.

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Program Duration

TKS is a 10 month program, which runs from September 2020 to June 2021.

Session Timing

Our sessions are held on the weekend. After a student is accepted into TKS, they will be placed into a cohort, which is when they'll know the timing of their 3 hour session. If there is a conflict with the time, there will be other options to select from.

Cohort Details

There are 3 cohorts in TKS Boston. Each cohort has between 25 - 35 students. Students who are accepted will be placed into a cohort based on their personalities, interests, and other factors that optimize friendships and synergies.

Age

To participate in TKS, students must be between 13 - 17 years old.

Program Details

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Our Program
Application Process

Before being accepted into TKS, students must apply. If their application is accepted, they will be interviewed by the program director. There is no prior knowledge of technologies, coding, or science required to join TKS. We look for students with drive, curiosity, and commitment.

Michael Raspuzzi, Director

Michael Raspuzzi is a serial entrepreneur who focuses on innovation in digital health and global food systems. Formerly, as CEO/Co-Founder of Culinary AI Labs, he helped build algorithms to personalize nutrition support; and as Design Instructor for both the Harvard University Graduate School of Design and the Harvard University John. A Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences, he focuses on applied learning and curriculum development at the intersection of design, engineering, and entrepreneurship. Raspuzzi received his Bachelor of Architecture from Cornell University and an inaugural Master in Design Engineering from Harvard University—where his project EMMA: Maternal Healthcare Coach, earned him the MDE 2018 Thesis Prize. He serves on the board of directors for Life Changing Labs supporting the Cornell startup community and on the executive board for the Boston Hub of the Global Shaper Community from The World Economic Forum.

TKS Boston is hosted at Microsoft Research Center.

📍 1 Memorial Dr, Cambridge, MA

Option 1: Monthly Fees

$589/Month (10 Months) + $1,000 Deposit

Option 2: One-Time Payment

$6,560 ($330 discount)

🟢 Financial Aid

After a student is accepted into the program, our financial services team will work with them to provide assistance. We are committed to helping high-potential students join the program, regardless of their financial situation. If you are worried about the cost, please still apply to TKS. If you get accepted you can work with our team to receive financial aid.

Cohorts Finalized

August 15, 2020

Student On-Boarding

August 21, 2020

Program Kick-Off

September 6, 2020

TKShowcase

May 23, 2021

Final Session

June 6, 2021

Tip: Click on the student's name to see their portfolios.

"I honestly don't know where I would be right now without The Knowledge Society. TKS has helped me reach my full potential, and I'm solving problems with emerging technologies that I never knew I was capable of solving. TKS has given me opportunities at places like Harvard, MIT, and GSV Labs that no other high schoolers get to go to."

 - Mikey Taylor

"TKS has changed my life. They've changed the way I see the world, the way I react to it, and the way I move forward. Joining TKS may have been the best choice I ever made."

- Amelia Settembre

"In one word: PHENOMENAL. I've gotten to meet so many new and likeminded people from all walks of life - I can't articulate how much that means to me, growing up feeling like an outcast in school because no one liked the same things as me. I've developed different skills in ways I've never thought about developing them. Everything from presentations to just talking with other people (and those two go more hand-in-hand than I thought!). Learning about new tech makes me SO happy and grateful. I get to learn about all of this amazing tech and be able to implement in a way that's going to impact billions!"

- Apurva Joshi

"I've really enjoyed diving deep into topics that I've never really learned about before. The way that I perceive the world around me is changing, and my ability to confidently make decisions is improving."

- Mukundh Murthy

"It's been great, not only did I develop a deeper understanding on a few emerging technologies, I also developed other critical skills including writing, communication, confidence."

-  Alice Liu

"I absolutely love it so much. It has completely changed my life already. My perspectives have changed, as well as my goals, my future, and everything I ever hoped for I feel like I can achieve now."

- Alyssa Gould

By September, we believe there is a high probability that the physical isolation measures will loosen. However, in case it doesn't, we have contingency measures. We’re committed to being the gold-standard of education (there’s a reason why the World Economic Forum recognized us as a “School of the Future”).
From the beginning, we’ve made large investments in our digital platforms and online infrastructure. This means that we’re 100% prepared for any situation to happen, and if physical distancing continues, we believe that we’ll still be able to deliver an incredible experience. Here’s some of the things we have in place:

  • We’ve developed our own online portal (think of it like LinkedIn meets Google Classroom). Students from all TKS cities can connect with each other here, while also learning about emerging technologies.
  • We use a communication tool called Slack, which allows students to interact throughout the week.
  • We are using Zoom, a video conferencing platform that enables us to create monitored breakout rooms, as well as interactive features like whiteboards and polls.
  • We’re hosting special guest speakers from companies like Tesla and NASA, digitally.

We are fully confident that we will deliver a life-changing experience that will impact the trajectory of our student’s lives. There is much more to TKS than the once/week sessions.

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"I have loved being a part of TKS!!! Since I started, I have both grown as a person by completely changing my mindset, grown in my knowledge by being given access to new resources and inspired/motivated to learn more, and grown in socially as a part of the TKS community!!!"

- Faith Inello, TKS Boston