The Innovation Institute is a leading academic enrichment program but it is also learning community, in which families make new friends, share resources and often linger after class to continue conversations. We are so pleased that families see themselves as part of our community.

Ask a Ti2 family and you will learn that we are responsive, nurturing and exceeding their expectations. Here is what families are saying...

Unfortunately, [our daughter’ schedule will mean giving up at least one of her current activities, but when I initially brought this up a few months ago, she said, “Well, one thing I *definitely* don’t want to give up is Innovation Institute.” It looks like we’ll sacrifice a dance class instead 😊 I’ll sign her up for IDD II shortly.
— Young-ho, Parent, May 30, 2017
Thank you Jennifer and Vivek for all your support and for the excellent program!
[Our daughter] is having a great time and very excited to keep learning. My husband and I appreciate very much your time with her.
— Patricia, Parent, May 20, 2017
Hi Jennifer,
[Our daughter] really liked the last class on Stem Cells. The whole focus on Microbiology has been awesome. Thank you so much! I wanted to write a special thank you for being an encouraging, brilliant, woman of science in [our daughter’s] life. We can’t tell you how much this means to all of us. You are incredible. You are so positive, inspiring and supportive. Thank you for making science fun and exciting. Thank you for believing in [our daughter]. When [she] comes home, she tells me how enthusiastic and passionate you are when you talk about the material. This really fuels her. I know that she sees so many possibilities because of you. In our eyes, you are a true educator of the highest caliber. We are so grateful for all of your hard work and dedication.
— Email from Amy, Parent, March 4, 2017
The Innovation Institute has played a key role in encouraging, nurturing, and expanding my son’s enthusiasm for science. I don’t know of a school where he could have found equivalent instruction at his age. There is a big difference between between teaching a kid about science and helping a kid become a scientist. The Innovation Institute, where students don’t just follow a textbook along with an educator, but work on experiments alongside experienced and professional scientists, has helped my son develop an understanding of the scientific world today and of himself as a budding scientist with a place in it.
— Gareth, Parent, June 26, 2016
Locals. For those of you keeping your ears open for science opportunities for your kids .... I just wanted to share that Ella just finished an amazing science camp — Innovation Institute in Newton - biomechanical engineering. It was expensive and far for us (from Dorchester) but worth it (they do offer financial aid). They also did extra outreach to her encouraging her as a girl interested in science. They did things like learn about cardiac function, observe a lambs heart dissection, and design new heart valves. I learned a lot from her this week!
— Follow Up Post, Jenny, Parent, August 2015
Thank you for the powerful and life changing education you gave [our daughter] this week along with the mentoring (and free ginger ale!). As you know [she] really wants to take another bio focused course with Sarah Grace...
— Jenny, Parent, August 2015
Dear Jennifer,

We wanted to say thank for making it possible for our children to join your institute last year. It was a wonderful and exciting opportunity for us. John and Anne are grateful and appreciate your kind gesture. They have learnt so much over the past months and have gained more interest in science and are determined to work as hard as necessary to gain admissions to Harvard or MIT God willing, in the future . A few weeks ago John discovered on the Internet that he was published in the Harvard Gazette for an interview he gave at the DNA lecture last year. That really surprised and encouraged him too. Thank you for helping us build their interest in science.

God richly bless you, your family and business.

Thank you!
— Email from Sam and Mary, Parents, July 2015
The Innovation Institute (TII) is the best hidden gem in greater Boston for curious kids who want a hands’ on approach to learning real science. I was thrilled when a friend introduced me to TII last year when my son was in fifth grade. He enrolled in a course on renewable energy that was fantastic - studying real world issues, working in teams and being creative. He loved every minute of it! He’s continued at TII in sixth grade and topics continue to challenge ... *****Rating to Ti2
— Google Review by Alison Meyer Hong, Spring 2015
We are huge fans of The Innovation Institute. Our son loves learning, so The Institute has been a great place for a weekday class, vacation programs and 3 weeks in the summer. They have small classes, engaged and knowledgeable teachers and a very hands-on curriculum. The material is age-appropriate but sophisticated. Our son come comes home discussing light rays and i can barely follow. And he’s ... *****Rating to Ti2
— Google Review by Michael Cohen, Winter 2015
Amazingly engaging and fun for kids who are hungry for science. The level of rigor combined with real connection with the teachers has been very rewarding for our son. ***** Rating to Ti2
— Google Review by Simeon Simeonov, Fall 2014
Our son attended Innovation Institute for his whole 5th grade year, and it was an incredible experience for him. Jennifer and her teachers exude enthusiasm about, and appreciation for, kids’ curiosity, questions and excitement about learning. Innovation is most definitely a place where it is cool to be smart and cool to CARE about science and math and engineering. It’s not always cool to be a 10 year-old-boy who wants to talk about wind turbines or friction or what available materials will help a toy car bounce better when it hits a barrier. Innovation provided a safe, comfortable and engaging environment for our son to express his innate curiosity and be rewarded for his enthusiasm. And, from his perspective, he would probably say that it was simply an enormous amount of fun. Innovation Institute is a local treasure.
— Christina, Parent, August 2014
I wanted to share with you that one of the wonderful things that [my son] took away from getting to know both Matt and Hanny is a sense of hope and empowerment around climate change. Kids are so often taught about the environment/climate change in ways that are frightening and disempowering and it has been great to see how having the opportunity to meet scientists who are working on problems related to climate change can counteract that.

I hope you have had a great summer. We are looking forward to class starting soon!
— Third Grader's Parent, August 2014
When I stopped in to check out the whole scene, I was tremendously impressed with the combination of inquisitive investigations with serious, studious pondering, with spontaneous joy, as when a group of 7/8 year olds gleefully decided to have their snack in the beautiful pyramid they had built this week. I’m 71 and a retired family and child therapist, but before that I was a ghost-writer for famous physicists (not their papers for Phys. Rev., but science and public policy speeches for congressional committees, etc.) As American Physical Society liaison to the Education Committee, I reviewed and recommended for support many alternative science education programs. The Innovation Institute gets an A+. The staff are connected to MIT, and bring their brilliance and contagious enthusiasm to their work with children, all of whom (as we know) are natural scientists before rigid public school systems bore them and turn them off.
— Edy Rees, Grandparent, July 2014
Grace has really enjoyed her Genetics and Neuroscience class. She goes once a week for two hours, and the teaching is excellent and the subject matter very well geared to the age group. Grace has been interested and easily learning about the subject material without feeling like she has to slog through the usual “Boring science stuff” she’s accustomed to from regular school. The other day she mentioned to my husband Dan (a neuroscientist at Novartis) that she was studying gene expression and its effect on embryonic development. He was blown away, and said “Grace! That’s what I do all day, did you know that?” Then the other night, in a similarly offhand way she mentioned that yes, she new what neurotransmitters were, GABA, acetylcholine, etc.... As if the subject were a. interesting and b. it was no big deal that she already knew about it!
— Ann Curtis, Parent, May 2014