Monthly Archives: June 2011

Bigelow Middle School Holds Final Bionic Arm Competition

Bigelow MS’s year-end competition to design and build a remote-controlled Bionic Arm shows one facet of how STEM is being taught in Newton’s middle schools. Students were challenged to design and build a prosthetic arm that would lift and place … Continue reading

Robotics is Under Way at Oak Hill Middle School!

This spring, Oak Hill MS formed a new after-school Robotics Club, the MegaOHMS.  About 20 students from all three grades joined together each Monday afternoon to plan, design, build, and program Lego robots to tackle the season’s challenge —navigating the … Continue reading

Summer Math Program, July 18-22 in Newton Highlands

Planet Kids in Newton Highlands is hosting a summer math program led by Christine Moynihan, Ph.D., an educational consultant and former principal of Williams School in Newton. Two programs will run July 18-22: Grades 2 – 5 from 8:30AM to … Continue reading

Paid Summer Internship in Science Education

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (G.E.M.S.) is a one-week, paid, extracurricular, science education internship program, new this summer. Aiming to allow students to experience science in a real laboratory setting, it seeks highly motivated: Middle School students … Continue reading

Khan Academy: Free, Online STEM Education Videos

Salman Khan has created a growing library of over 2000 engaging educational videos — all free on YouTube — in arithmetic, algebra, trigonometry, statistics, calculus, biology, chemistry, physics, astronomy, history, finance, economics.  See for the entire library, including 9-minute … Continue reading

TenMarks: Online Math Education Resource

TenMarks ( is on online math education resource “to help students achieve their potential in math, and supplement and enrich their classroom learning.”  Its co-founder, Andrew Joseph, is a Newton parent featured in the “Newton person of the week” interview … Continue reading

DIGITS Launches in All Four Newton Middle Schools

Newton has become the latest site for DIGITS, a statewide program offered free to middle schools to increase 6th graders’ interest in STEM and knowledge of STEM-related careers. DIGITS pairs volunteer STEM Ambassadors — professionals in STEM-related fields who are … Continue reading