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6.UAT Oral Communication
Spring 2019

6.UAT Conference for High School Students

Date: Tuesday, Oct 30, 2018
Time: 9am-3pm
Cost: Free 
Location:  Buildings 24 and 34, Third Floor   (Building 34 is 50 Vassar St, Cambridge)

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 5-10 different rooms at 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. There is no lunch break - high school students pack a lunch and eat their lunch (whenever they wish) while watching the presentations in whichever room they end up in. MIT will provide water and snack bars.

Instead of sitting through 6 hours of talks, high schools tend to choose either the morning sessions (9am to 12noon/1pm) or the afternoon sessions (11am/12noon/1pm to 3pm) usually based on proximity to MIT (farther schools prefer the former; closer schools are encouraged to consider the latter). 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] He will meet you on the sidewalk outside the glass atrium of Building 34 (see photos below). Building 34 is located at 50 Vassar Street, halfway between Massachusetts Avenue and Main Street.


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 taught the basics of good communication and are 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

Additionally, some high school teachers create an assignment for their students based upon their experiences at this Conference.

Pictures of Venue

Facing Building 34

Coming down Vassar from Massachusetts Avenue, Building 34 is on your right. See the big tree?

Last Modified: Sep 26, 2018