The Massachusetts Institute of Technology is research university in America.
Benny Sherwood and his parents visited a family friend at MIT on his summer holidays. He explained to Tom Clarke that they have huge labs, their own nuclear reactor and their technology research includes robots.
Benny received an invitation from MIT to go and study there on their 'Gifted Young Person Programme'. Sad about Benny leaving, Tom became cross, resulting in a dispute between the boys. However, as the two resolved their differences to stop the Nekross, Tom encouraged Benny to accept the offer. A few weeks later, Benny leaves for America and breaks down in tears as he says goodbye to his friend.