Seen in Boston Yesterday: Science is Real

These were among the many signs carried by some of the 175,000 or so participants in yesterday’s demonstration in Boston.  It is strange and alarming to find that, in this century, so many feel the need to make statements such as “Science is Real” — but it’s also comforting to know that when they feel it’s necessary, they will do so. Promoting STEM takes many forms.

Girls Who Code: Apply Now for Free Summer Internships

Girls who are currently in Grades 10-11 — and interested in technology and willing to learn — are invited to apply now for the 5th annual Summer Immersion Program offered by the non-profit Girls Who Code.  It’s a free, 7-week summer program hosted by various technology companies to provide project-based education in computer science, connections with female engineers, and exposure to tech careers.  It’s an introductory course, and no previous experience is required. This year, there will be 75 Summer Immersion Programs sponsored by 39 major companies and philanthropic foundations serving over 1,400 girls in 11 cities. Locally, programs will be hosted by Trip Advisor in Needham and Akamai and Twitter in Cambridge.

Summer STEM Programs at Northeastern University

Northeastern University offers three summer STEM programs for middle-school and high-school students (free, but with a commitment fee to ensure attendance)– and two paid summer research opportunities for college students:

  • Young Scholar’s Program (YSP) for Boston-area students entering Grade 12, to provide hands-on laboratory research, career exploration, and field trips for future scientists and engineers.  The program runs June 26 – August 3Apply (online, in one sitting, answering these questions) by March 31, including transcript and two teacher recommendations. $150 commitment fee.
  • Summer STEM Program (NUSSP) for historically under-served and under-represented students entering Grades 6-8 who live within 30 miles of Northeastern University, to educate them in STEM skills, engage them in the practical aspects of STEM, teach them about college life, and inspire them to pursue STEM fields.  It runs 8AM-4PM on these days:  May 20, June 3, 17, and 26-30.  Apply by March 31., including essay and two teacher recommendations. $50 commitment fee.
  • Imagining the Future of Transportation Program (IFTP) for students entering Grades 9-10 living within 30 miles of Northeastern University, to offer project-based engineering focused on transportation, along with an introduction to college life. July 17-28. This program is conditional on receipt of grant funding.  Apply by March 31.

Application Open for PROMYS: BU’s Summer Math Program for Young (Motivated) Scientists

Applications are now available for PROMYS, a six-week (July 2-August 12) residential summer program at Boston University for strongly motivated high-school students (ages 15-19) to explore in-depth the creative world of mathematics.  About 80 students are selected from a nationwide/worldwide pool based on online applications consisting of solutions to challenging problem sets, school transcripts, teacher recommendations, and short essays explaining their interest in the program.  Financial aid is available as necessary to ensure all who are selected may attend.  Applications are due April 1.  For more information, see the FAQs and then contact promys@bu.edu.

LLRISE: MIT Lincoln Laboratory Summer Radar Program for Rising High-School Seniors

MIT Lincoln Laboratory offers the Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE), a free, two-week summer workshop for 18 rising high-school seniors to build small radar systems.  It will be held at Lincoln Laboratories in Lexington, MA, July 9-22.  Applications must be printed and postmarked (or completed online) by March 31.  Transcripts, standardized test scores, and two teacher recommendations are due April 7. For more information, contact LLRISE@LL.mit.edu.

1 Application for 3 Free MIT Summer Programs for Rising High-School Seniors

MIT’s Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers three free summer programs for rising high-school seniors with strong academic records. A student completes one combined application (due February 1) for all three programs, with recommendations due February 15.  Exact dates for summer 2017 have not yet been set.

RSM Foundation Offers International Math Contest, Grades 3-8

The RSM Foundation, a non-profit promoting K-12 STEM activities and affiliated with the Russian School of Math, is sponsoring its second International Math Contest for students in Grades 3-8.  The first round, which opens on February 6, is a 30-minute Online Challenge consisting of fun and challenging problems based on international math curricula.  Top scorers in the first round will be invited to the final round on April 9 for a Math Olympiad of non-routine math problems that promote and reward deeper thinking, math ingenuity, and creativity.  Registration is free, and there is an optional performance report (see sample) available for $10 ($20 after January 22).  Visit rsmfoundation.org to view last year’s problems or sign up for practice problems.  For more information, email contest@rsmfoundation.org.

BostonTechMom Recommends The Discovery Museums in Acton

BostonTechMom continues to offer great advice and reviews, this time with a strong recommendation to visit (or join!) The Discovery Museums in Acton.  The museums are the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Science Discovery Museum, and the new Discovery Woods, suitable for ages 3-10.

WGBH Seeks Earth-Science Teachers as Digital-Media Advisors

WGBH seeks fifty K-12 earth-science teachers as advisors next year for its collaboration with NASA to create free digital media tools in its Bringing the Universe to America’s Classrooms initiative.  Apply by February 8.  For more information contact carolyn_jacobs@wgbh.org.

Educators: Register for Project WILD Workshop, Feb. 11

Educators of  K-12 students — both in and out of school — are invited to a free professional development workshop about Project WILD, an award-winning, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program sponsored by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.  The workshop will be held February 11, 9AM-3:30PM, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (183 West Main Street in Westborough).  It’s designed for school teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, nature center/museum staff, home educators, after-school programs, etc.  Bring lunch and clothes suitable for indoor and outdoor activities.  Register by February 1 by contacting Pam Landry (pam.landry@state.ma.us or 508-389-6310) or Barbara Shumaker (shumakerb@westboroughk12.org).