The NSHS AP Chemistry summer work packet is now online. It contains a 3-page overview of the summer work plus 21 pages of handouts. There are problems to do in the textbook (first 3 chapters) as well as the worksheets. Contact Mr. McFarland and/or Ms Drury about a textbook if you need one. http://drurey-chemistry.weebly.com/uploads/8/8/2/0/8820638/2014_ap_chemistry_summer_assignment.pdf
Einstein’s Workshop – a family-friendly STEM center in Burlington — will hold a free 3D Printerfest on Saturday, September 6, 1-5PM at 25 Adams Street in Burlington. There will be demonstrations of multiple types of 3D printers and workshops for making 3D-printable objects. Inventors, educators, and vendors of 3D printers are invited to exhibit. Call 781-202-5645 for information.
The Innovation Institute in Newtonville will offer these new courses for the fall, starting September 10:
Check out the full course catalog and register online.
The MIT Museum will focus its next Second Friday event (September 12, 5-8PM) on “Living in the Future.” Included with the price of museum admission: pizza, popcorn, short clips from futuristic movies of the past, and presentations on:
- Autonomous Cookie-baking Robots: Mario Bollini – Chief Technology Officer and Cofounder of GRIT
- Humans as a Multi-planet Species: Olivier De Weck – Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT
- Genetic Engineering: Elinor Karlsson – Postdoctoral Scientist, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
- Robo Cheetah: Sangbae Kim – Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomimetic Robotics Lab, MIT
- 4D Printing: Skylar Tibbits- Research Scientist. Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
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 email@example.com.
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.
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/bookfairs.com during June 21-26 — for purchases made with the Science Team’s book fair ID (#11384203).
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 www.ligerbots.org/support.