Moody’s Mega Math Challenge: Both NSHS Teams in Top 8% Nationwide

In its second year participating Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, Newton South HS fielded two teams, each team earning an Honorable Mention (and $1000) and placing in the top 90 of 1,121 teams nationwide.  Congratulations to students…

  • Bhavik Nagda, James Rao, Erik Uhlman, Jason Crowley, Varun Mann
  • Ayush Upnega, Yifan Xu, Evan Zeng, Anna Dietrich, Bhairavi Chandersekhar

In this nationwide competition, sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation and organized by The Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, teams conduct research, analysis, and mathematical modeling to produce a 20-page research paper for grading by a panel of judges — all in a single 14-hour period.  This year’s challenge — “From Sea to Shining Sea: Looking Ahead with the National Park Service” — called for the building of three mathematical models of the impact of climate change on the national parks:

  • Gauge the risk of sea level change
  • Assign a vulnerability score to particular locations on the coast
  • Predict long-term changes in visitors to various coastal national parks

March for Science: Essay Contest Entries Due Apr. 1 (Grades K-5, 6-8, 9-12)

The March for Science Boston is hosting an essay contest — on the topic “Why should we stand up for science?” — with a winner in each of three grade categories:  K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.  The winning entry in each category will be read from the main stage at the march on April 22. Essays must be 500 words or less, and they must be received by 11:59PM on April 1. Enter by filling out this survey and submitting your essay online. Students in Grades K-2 may submit drawings instead of essays.

Teachers who would like to volunteer to serve as readers/judges for the essay contest and/or to conduct outreach for it, please email to express your interest.


Mass. Science Olympiad Results: NNHS #2, NSHS #3 Statewide

Congratulations to the Newton North HS Science Team and the Newton South HS Science Team for placing second and third, respectively, among 54 high schools in the Massachusetts Science Olympiad held at Framingham State University on March 18.  Each team competed in 26 events throughout the all-day event. Acton-Boxborough placed first, as it has since 2009, when Newton North last came out on top.

In the last ten years, a Newton high school has always placed in one of the top three positions in the Massachusetts Science Olympiad, and in five of those years, both Newton high schools have done so. Newton middle schools, however, have not (yet!) participated in the middle-school Science Olympiads. Middle schools interested in entering the competition next year should contact State Director Brian Niece at

10 Newton Teams Compete in Destination Imagination Regionals, 3 Progress to States

Destination Imagination is a creative problem-solving competition for K-12 students worldwide that is growing in Newton. Participants gain skills in arts, STEM, project management, risk taking, and critical thinking. Last week, ten DI teams from Newton competed against 60 other teams (500 students in all) in the Metrowest regional tournament at Natick Middle School.  Six of the Newton teams placed in the top 3 for one or more of the various challenges they faced, and three Newton teams placed well enough to compete in the State Tournament at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 1.

Over 350 Newton students, in 11 Newton schools, have participated in DI since it was started in Newton six years ago by Matthew Miller, who is now Regional Director of the Boston Metrowest region.  The Newton team show above won 8th place in the world last year! Learn more about participating — or volunteering — at the Massachusetts DI site or email

Studio of Engaging Math: Open House and Summer STEAM, Mar. 26

The Studio of Engaging Math, an after-school program for Grades K-8 in Brighton, has two announcements:

  • Open House for prospective students and their parents on Sunday, March 26, 11AM-2PM at 320 Washington Street, Suite 301, in Brighton.  Play games, solve puzzles, win prizes, and learn about math classes and STEAM summer program.
  • STEAM is a summer program in July and August for children ages 6 – 12 to gain exposure to STEM+Art=STEAM with fun, hands-on activities. Classes include introduction to programming, building and modeling, arts and crafts, logic puzzles, and board games. 

Register for Northeastern’s Building Bridges Program for High-School Students, Apr. 7

Northeastern University’s Building Bridges program, for high-school students interested in engineering, will take place April 7, 8:30AM-2PM.  It’s an opportunity to explore Northeastern’s engineering program, participate in engineering challenges, and learn about education and career opportunities. There will be parallel opportunities for parents and families to explore the campus and Boston. Registration is now open, costs $15 (financial support is available), and includes breakfast and lunch.

March for Science on Boston Common: Saturday, Apr. 22

In parallel with the March for Science in Washington, the March for Science Boston will be held on the Boston Common on Saturday, April 22, 2-4PM.  There will be entertainment for kids from 1PM to 2PM, followed by science activities in a separate area for families during the march. Official T-shirts are available for sale — this week and maybe next week only! — to raise funds for event logistics. Speakers and specifics are being worked out, so register to get updates and follow on Facebook. You can sign up here to volunteer. Companies and organizations that are interested in sponsoring the event should email

Sign Up to Exhibit at Newton Free Library STEAM Expo, July 15

The Newton Free Library seeks additional exhibitors for its fourth annual STEAM Expo, on July 15, Noon-3PM. (Exhibitors should arrive 9:30-11AM.) At the STEAM Expo, attendees experience the work of scientists and engineers through opportunities to explore, experiment, design and invent. Exhibitors should target hands-on activities and demonstrations that would appeal to all ages. Here’s who exhibited last year. For consideration this year, apply online by May 28.

Kids4Coding Summer Programs for Ages 7-15

Kids 4 Coding, based in Atlanta, is expanding its summer offerings in the Boston area in Brookline (Newberry College) and Cambridge (Sherrill Library). Courses for ages 7-15 span Minecraft, Robotics, Programming, Game Design, Engineering, and Architecture.

MECSP Computer Science Orientation for School Personnel, Apr. 1

On Saturday, April 1 (9:30AM-1PM), the Massachusetts Exploring Computer Science Partnership will hold a free information session for school superintendents, principals, and teachers about the Exploring Computer Science program.  ECS is a year-long course of six six-week units to make computer science accessible and socially relevant for a diverse range of high-school students. The information session will be held at the Education Development Center in Waltham. It’s free and includes lunch. Registration is required.