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05/29/2020 at 06:26AM[edited]

Are there any Online Activities to do at home?

I am a sophomore studying in India. I am interested in top tier colleges like MIT. I havent done any special extracurricular in 9th and now I am worried. Can anyone please suggest some online extracurricular activity that can really impress colleges like MIT? It could be anything related to Physics, Maths , Computers , Statistics , Chemistry or STEM field? It can also include problem solving.

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05/29/2020 at 01:48PM


1. Great question

2. To answer your question, edX is a great way to involve yourself. Since you're interested in MIT, I'd say take courses with MITx and find professors and good classes that you're interested in and make it a reason why you want to go to MIT.

3. Also, what field of STEM are you interested in? For example, if you're interested in Computer Science, you could learn how to code and build computer programs. Also, you could take a CS course on edX, which allows you to learn more about different CS courses and professors. Remember, always look for why MIT appeals to you. Another example is perhaps you're interested in math. Perhaps you can create YouTube videos for elementary and middle school students, which will help you share your knowledge and passion for math to others. Also, since COVID-19 canceled many competitions, you could use this opportunity to prepare for IMO or IOI.

4. There are so many ways to get involved in STEM for MIT, so please consider the examples above and I hope I answered your question.

5. Remember to hit the accept this answer button if your question was answered. STAY SAFE, STAY HEALTHY! Good luck with your MIT application. :)

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[🎤 AUTHOR]@Science1805/29/2020 at 03:58PM

Thanks for answering. I will be checking out the courses on edX. I am really interested in maths,physics and computer science. Thanks a lot for the advice on the olympiads, I'll be checking out those too.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Science1805/29/2020 at 04:07PM

One more question. If i take a course on edx do i need the certificate for application? Thanks again for answering both my questions.

@TheOptimalMITApplication05/29/2020 at 04:36PM

Not necessarily, if you put certain things you learned or what feature of the class appeals to you, then you should be fine. Please accept this answer if you found it helpful.

05/29/2020 at 07:40AM[edited]

First of all, you can partake in MOOCs(Massive Open Online Courses) such as Edx, Coursera, etc. There are loads of courses that are conducted by MIT, and most of them are about STEM. As far as I know, the certificates in Edx cost money(and they aren't cheap), so I'd recommend viewing it and trying your best to retain what you've learned. Another option is to start a STEM YouTube channel. But since the general public isn't all that interested in STEM, maybe make a few videos about daily activities and few about STEM. Or you can just join an online STEM group on Facebook or other social media platforms and conduct projects together(e.g., make an app, code a website, try out a chemistry experiment, etc.). The last option I can think of is to offer STEM tutoring online. You can put out flyers in your neighborhood or just post an advertisement online. I'm not sure about India, but here in Korea, there are 'cafe's(an online group part of the website Naver) where you can post tutoring advertisements for free.

[🎤 AUTHOR]@Science1805/29/2020 at 08:10AM

Thank you so much. I guess I could try learning online on edX. I can also try for a project. If you know about any good STEM group, please let me know.