You can donate to the Newton Schools Foundation Annual Appeal to support all of these STEM initiatives in the Newton Public Schools:
The Calculus Project aims to narrow the achievement gap in mathematics and increase the number of African American, Hispanic, and low-income students who complete calculus in high school. Rising seventh and eighth graders participate in small-group intensive summer instruction in mathematics and related workshops to gain academic skills and confidence, followed by after-school tutoring during the school year.
The Middle School Engineering and Sustainable Energy Generation curriculum focuses on new blade design for wind turbines to engage students in hands-on STEM projects at all four middle schools.
The Green Trail is a collaboration among Newton South HS History, Science, and Family and Consumer Sciences departments focused on climate change, invasive species, and protection of biodiversity, using an outdoor classroom.
The DaVinci Program Newton South HS is a project-based collaborative approach to learning science, technology, engineering, arts and math. Students build skills in experimentation, analytical problem solving, collaboration, presentation, communication, and artistic representation through authentic and student-driven learning.
Science and Society is a new, interdisciplinary senior elective in science and history at Newton North HS using case studies to explore how science has changed and responded to society over time. Studies include the development of the atomic bomb, DNA and how it connects to identity and medical innovation, germ theory and the development of public health, biological evolution, environmental history, the development of modern cities, and the science of race.
The Ligerbots robotics club engages students, teacher coaches, and parent mentors from both Newton North and Newton South High Schools to provide students with challenges that foster interest and skills in STEM and create the next generation of scientists, inventors, and engineers.