MIT Spring HSSP Courses: Registration Lottery Open Until Feb. 10

MIT’s Spring HSSP is a 6-week academic program for students in Grades 7-12 running at MIT on Saturdays (February 20 through April 2, excluding March 12), 10:30AM-4:30PM.  Classes – both academic and non-academic – are offered in multiple time blocks.  The cost is $40 regardless of the number of classes attended, and generous financial aid is available.  Registration is now open, and all who register their course preferences by February 10 will receive equal consideration.  For more information, email spring-hssp@mit.edu.  The course catalog includes these 22 STEM-related courses:

  • Automated Spreadsheets: Theory and Practice
  • Making Games with Gameblox
  • The Science and Engineering of Perception
  • Electronics for Medical Device Design
  • Building and Bending Circuits
  • This is How We Do It: Methods and Technologies behind Modern Biological Questions
  • Make Your Own Color Organ!
  • Solid State Chemistry
  • The Planets
  • Organic Chemistry
  • Relativity
  • Parallels between Art and Physics: the Makings of an Intellectual Revolution
  • The Science of Nutrition: A Microscopic to Macroscopic Exploration
  • Adventures in Marine Biology
  • A Brief Intro to Quantum Field Theory
  • The Physics of Modern Technology: AM Radio
  • The Mathematics of Very Stupid Programming Languages
  • Relational Databases Before There Were Such Things
  • A Primer on Functional Analysis
  • Introduction to Real Analysis
  • Differential Geometry
  • Math & Science Lecture Series

Science Club for Girls: Seeking a Few More Junior Mentors

Science Club for Girls seeks a few more Junior Mentors — teen leaders (Grades 8-12) who teach after-school STEM to girls in Grades K-8 in a team with other Junior Mentors and women in STEM careers.  Over an 11-week program, the Junior Mentors learn and grow, while earning a stipend and exploring STEM.  Openings are available:

  • Wednesdays, 3-5PM:  Mother Caroline Academy (3 openings)
  • Thursdays, 5:15-7:30PM:  Walter Denney Youth Center (4 openings)
  • Saturdays, 1:45-5:15PM:  UU Urban Ministries (1 opening)
  • Saturdays, 10-12:15PM:  Northeastern University (1 opening)
  • Saturdays, 2:15-4:45PM:  Pine Manor College (1 in Grades 10-12)

Apply online.  For more information, contact Gina Varamo, Teen Program Manager, at gvaramo@scienceclubforgirls.org or 617-391-0361 x108.

MSMR Student Competition: Enter a Poster, Essay, or Website

The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research will hold its 25th Annual Student Competition, in which New England students in Grades 7-12 learn about a breakthrough in life sciences and report about it via a poster, essay, or website — as if reporting for the What A Year website for science discovery.  Awards of up to $500 will be made in two levels:  Grades 7-8 and Grades 9-12, with education grants for the teachers/advisors of the winning students.  Entries are due by May 9.  See the student packet and entry form.

High-School STEM Innovators at Framingham State, Mar. 17

Ten80 Education will hold a STEM Innovators-in-Training session for teams of high-school students at Framingham State University on March 17, 9AM-1PM.  Students will attend workshops on the engineering process, innovation, and leadership.  Any high school or organization serving high-school students may register a team of five or more students.  Lunch is provided for teams registered by March 7.

Bentley is Donating Free Science Supplies to Mass. Schools

As it prepares to renovate its astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics laboratories, Bentley University is donating science supplies to Massachusetts school science programs.  The full inventory list will be available February 15 and will include glassware, plasticware, TI graphing calculators, magnetism demonstration kits, Vernier spirometers, Vernier EKG sensors, Ward’s minerals and rock collection, framed display maps, student electronic balances, Gallenkamp incubator, precision balance, analytical balance, stackable tablet armchairs, and more.  School teachers should make requests on school letterhead. Contact Eileen McMorran, NAS DEPT Bentley University 175 Forest St, Waltham, MA 02452 781 891-3109 emcmorran@bentley.edu.

“e” Inc. February Vacation Camp: Winter in the Rainforest, Feb. 16-19

The “e” Inc. Discovery and Action Center (114 16th Street in Charlestown) will offer Winter in the Rainforest, a February vacation camp for ages 6-12, 9AM-4PM on February 16-19.  With experiments, hands-on activities, and live specimens, kids will explore  topics such as how rainforest trees get so tall, how slowly a sloth moves, whether there are people living in the Amazon rainforest.  Cost is $300.  Extended hours available.  For more information, contact Sarah Chang at sarah.chang@einc-action.org.

Empow Studios: Girls STEAM Club on Sundays in Lexington

Empow Studios in Lexington is starting a Girls STEAM Club for Grades 1-8, meeting on Sundays (11:30AM-1PM), starting February 14.  The cost is $80 per month.  Register online.

UMass Amherst Summer Programs for High-School Students

UMass Amherst will offer several short pre-college summer programs for high-school students interested in various STEM fields.  Limited financial aid may be available.

  • BioTech Bootcamp, July 10-16
  • Understanding Your Brain: An Introduction to Neuroscience, July 10-16
  • Genetic Engineering and GMOs, July 24-30
  • Light Optics and Illusion, July 24-30
  • How Food Scientists Feed the World, July 10-23
  • Particle Physics, July 10-23
  • Summer Engineering Institute, July 10-23
  • Forensic Chemistry, July 24-August 6
  • Modern Astronomy: Observing the Physics of Our Mysterious Universe, July 24-August 6
  • The Science of Water and Watersheds, July 24-August 6
  • Lab Placements with University Faculty, June 26 – August 6

Horace Mann Science Night

Horace Mann Elementary School held its 8th annual Science Night last Friday.  These kids get it!  It’s a blast to hear them explain what they have learned.

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Registration Opens Feb. 4 for BU’s U-Design Summer STEM for Middle Schoolers

Boston University offers several U-Design summer STEM workshops for students in Grades 6-9 at the BU College of Engineering in two separate sessions (8:30AM-4PM):  July 11-15 and July 18-22.  Here’s info on last summer’s workshops, which included Electrical and Mechanical Gizmos, Robo-Alley, and Flight School 101. Students pick one workshop per session.  Registration opens February 4 and is limited to 20 students per session.  Cost is $425 and limited scholarships may be available for those in need.  For more information, call 617-353-6919 or e-mail u-design@bu.edu.