Last Day for MIT’s Summer HSSP Registration: June 18

Lottery registration — during which all applications are considered equally — ends today, June 18 for MIT’s Summer HSSP.  Summer HSSP is a seven-week academic program that runs on Sunday afternoons, July 6-August 17.  Classes — both academic and non-academic — are offered in 3 timeblocks between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break.  It’s open to students who in the fall will be 7th Graders through college freshmen.  View the catalog and register online.  Rank up to three choices per block.  Classes will be assigned by lottery and published on June 23.  You can add or drop classes until June 27l  The cost for 7 weeks is $40, regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.  For information, email

Spaces Still Open for MIT’s Junction

Rolling admissions are still open for MIT’s Junction, a summer, non-residential series of evening courses taught at the undergraduate level.  Junction teachers design their own classes, so most Junction subjects do not conform to any standard high school or college curriculum. They are intense, exciting, experimental, and reliant on students’ work outside of class.   Core classes this year that are still open include Cryptographic Security, Advanced Classical Physics, and Chemical Biology and Evolutionary Medicine.  Courses meet 5-9PM, Monday through Thursday, July 7-August 14.  Each evening includes a core class, dinner, and a seminar class (single- or multi-session classes of great variety, not requiring outside work).  The cost is $600, including tuition, dinners, and supplies.  Generous, need-based financial aid is available.  Apply online.

NNHS Science Team: Barnes & Noble Fundraiser to Support Their Success, June 21

The Newton North HS Science Team won second place in the State TEAMS competition and will be one of two teams representing Massachusetts at the national competition in Washington, DC.   The team is holding a booksale event to introduce rising freshmen to the high-school team and to raise funds for its trip to DC:

During a Mystery Architecture Competition at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington on Saturday, June 21, 1-5PM, the team hopes to talk with rising freshmen about high-school life and the Science Team.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a share of all in-store sales in their Burlington store on June 21 — as well as all online sales at www.BN.COM/ during June 21-26 — for purchases made with the Science Team’s book fair ID (#11384203).

ASM Materials Camp for Teachers, July 14-18

The American Society of Materials (ASM) Materials Education Foundation is sponsoring a free, 40-hour materials-science workshop — ASM Teachers Camp — at Wentworth Institute of Technology, July 14-18.  STEM educators can access grant funding for classroom projects, learn about resources, and gain ideas for labs and experiments.  These camps are held across the U.S.  Apply online.  The Foundation sponsors twenty grants a year of $500 each for K-12 teachers to enhance awareness of materials science.   For information, contact

Khan Academy: Math Missions for Summer

This summer, Khan Academy‘s free, online educational resource is launching grade-specific math “missions” to help kids review the previous year’s lessons and get a jump on understanding concepts to be learned in the fall.  Categories:  Early Math, separate levels for Grades 3-8, Algebra I & II, Geometry, SAT Prep, Trigonometry, Probability and statistics, Pre-calculus, Differential calculus, Integral calculus, Multivariable calculus, Linear algebra, and Differental equations.

See and Drive the Ligerbots’ Robot at Whole Foods (Four Corners), June 7

The award-winning Ligerbots — Newton’s FIRST robotics team, back from the FIRST World Championships — will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, June 7 (10AM-2PM) at the Whole Foods Market at Four Corners (intersection of Walnut and Beacon Streets).  Come buy a hotdog, support the team, see the Ligerbots’ robot in action, and if you wish, drive it as well.  If you can’t make it to this event, you can make a donation at

Latino STEM Alliance: Robotics Competition & Science Activities Fair, June 7

On Saturday, June 7, the Latino STEM Alliance and Collaborate Boston will hold a Robotics Competition & Science Activities Fair from 10AM to 2PM at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley Street in Boston.   It will feature fun, hands-on science and engineering activities for the whole family offered by partners from the Museum of Science, Zoo New England, and other sponsoring organizations.

Innovation Institute: Enrolling for Fall, with Some Room in Summer Courses

The Innovation Institute in Newtonville has added new courses for this Fall:

See the fall schedule and register online.  For information or requests about new classes, contact or 617 340-9907.

There’s still room in some one-week mini-courses for this summer.  Check the schedule and register online for:

  • Architects of the Future: Using Recycled Materials to Create a ‘Greener’ City (Grades K-2)
  • Engineering: A Design Challenge  (Grades 1-2)
  • Luminescence and Fluorescence: Investigations in the Natural and Built Worlds  (Grades 2-4)
  • Under the Microscope: Exploring Microorganisms (Grades 3-5)
  • Engineering Design Challenge: Robotic Arm  (Grades 4-6)


Help the NNHS Science Team Attend Two Summer Competitions

The Newton North HS Science Team seeks financial support for trips to two competitions this summer:

To make a donation to help the NNHS Science Team attend these competitions for which they have qualified on merit, you may send a check (to “City of Newton” with “NNHS Science Team” in the memo line) to:

Amy D. Picard Winston, Department Head
Science and Technology/Engineering
Newton North HS
457 Walnut St., Newton, MA 02460

MIT’s ‘Radix Endeavor’ Seeks Math/Biology Teachers to Pilot a Multi-Player Online STEM Game

MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program seeks high-school math and biology teachers to pilot The Radix Endeavor, an immersive virtual learning experience to support math and biology instruction.  The game incorporates a play-anytime web-based design, quest-based learning aligned with current standards in biology (Genetics, Ecosystems, Evolution, and Human Body Systems) and math (Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics), and optional lesson plans and support materials.  Interested teachers may enroll online or email for more information.

The Radix team holds virtual office hours each Wednesday at 3:30PM EDT and will host a workshop at MIT on June 26 (9AM-3:30PM) for high school math, biology and technology teachers interested in using multi-player games in their classrooms. Register online ($22.09).  It has also posted videos and recordings of webinars to explain Radix.