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6.UAT Oral Communication
Fall 2017

6.UAT Conference for High School Students

Date: Tuesday, Oct 31, 2017
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost: Free 
Location:  MIT Student Center, 84 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge (see pictures below)

You may view programs from previous conferences.


High school students are invited to attend a technical "mini-conference" presented by MIT students. As part of a hands-on learning exercise in oral presentation, MIT students from the Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) will be giving talks on various topics from Math, Physics, EE and CS, prepared specifically with a HS audience in mind.


The conference runs throughout the day from 9am-3pm usually. Every hour, 5-6 short presentations occur in each of 5-7 different rooms in the conference venue. HS students are allowed to choose which room they would like to be in during any particular hour, and are asked to stay in that room for the entire hour.

Rather than have high schoolers sit through 6 hours of talks (they are welcome to do so if they really want to), some high schools come for the morning sessions (9am-12noon or 1pm), while others attend the afternoon sessions (11am or 12noon-3pm). The former should arrive by 8:45am, and the latter by 10:45/11:45am. High schools are responsible for their own transportation to and from MIT Campus.

High schools that are interested in attending should coordinate with Tony (tleng[at] A limited number of lunches for the high school students will be provided to those that respond early, commit to coming and attend for three hours or more. (Note: there is no lunch break - typically HS students eat lunch while watching talks in one of the presentation rooms.) Check with Tony to see if any are still available.


Specific details including the schedule and location of talks will be posted within a week of the conference date.

Programs from previous conferences:

What is 6.UAT

Effective communication is extremely important in a highly technical environment. To learn how to better communicate, MIT undergrads in the EECS Department must take a course called "6.UAT". In this course, students are: exposed to model technical speakers, taught the basics of good communication and given ample opportunities to present technical material orally to a range of audience types.

What is the 6.UAT Assignment?

MIT students are adept at explaining technical material to individuals with technical backgrounds, but it is much more of a challenge for them to relate the same material to a less technical audience. In this assignment, MIT students select a technical topic, and explain it to the layperson who has a high-school equivalent level of education. 6.UAT students give their presentation twice. The first is a dry-run during a normal 6.UAT recitation. 6.UAT students receive feedback from the 6.UAT staff and their peers, and are expected to present revised talks at the actual conference.

Benefits for Participating MIT Students

Students in 6.UAT will be able to:

  • gain experience from giving a live talk to an actual audience, that is different from their safe recitation audience,
  • learn how to orally convey technical material, and
  • learn how to dynamically adjust to an audience, and how to answer questions

Benefits for Attending High School Students

High school students who come are able to:

  • visit MIT,
  • listen to talks that are specifically geared towards their level of knowledge,
  • learn about different technical concepts in EE, CS, Math and Physics, and
  • learn how ask questions

MIT Student Center Photos

Last Modified: May 25, 2016