Two students wearing masks work on a STEAM project at their desk

Living learning lab opens at Mount Ida Campus

In September 2021, UMass Amherst and Digital Ready, a Boston-based non-profit, launched a groundbreaking new living learning lab to give talented, young Black and Latinx students from Boston Public Schools a no-cost head start to a STEM degree from UMass. The lab offers approximately 40 Boston Public School graduates the opportunity to live in an experiential learning environment, where students are immersed in an innovative community and have the resources and support to identify their purpose and their passions in STEAM. The unique model provides underrepresented young people—students of color, first-generation college students, and students from low-income backgrounds—with the knowledge, skills, and networks to pursue careers in Greater Boston’s innovation economy. Learn more.