Category Archives: After School

Empow Studios: Another Week of Free Workshops

Empow Studios will offer free workshops at its Newton location to invite kids and their parents to get a sense of Empow’s STEM clubs and classes. Register with these links:

Empow Studios: Free Winter Weeknight Workshops, Jan. 13, 15, 16, 17

Empow Studios will offer free workshops at its Newton location to invite kids and their parents to get a sense of Empow’s STEM clubs and classes. Register with these links:

Mathnasium Opens New Location in West Newton

In addition to Mathnasium franchise locations in in Newton CenterNeedham, and WellesleyMathnasium of West Newton has just opened on 111 Elm Street, right around the corner from Blue Ribbon BBQ. It offers math enrichment for Grades 1-8 with individualized learning plans, assessments, and one-on-one instruction to help make math fun and make sense. Mathnasium offers free, initial one-hour math consultations for all students to assess strengths and weaknesses and develop personalized learning plans. Sign up for a free assessment here. For more information, contact Julie at westnewton@mathnasium.com or 617-340-9111.

CSRecitations (Natick): Spring Classes for Grades 8+

At CSRecititations (5 Michigan Drive in Natick), enrollment is now open for its spring computer-science programs, including Introduction to Web Design Using HTML (Grades 8+) on ten Thursdays starting February 27, 6:30PM-8:30PM.

New Winter Labs at Innovation Institute, Starting Jan. 6

The Innovation Institute (TI2)  in Newtonville has added these new lab courses to its new series of laboratory sessions, Living in the Lab, beginning January 6:

For more information, email welcome@theinnovationinstitute.org or call 617-340-9907.

Newton Free Library: 8 Sessions of STEM for Everyone (especially ages 6 to 8)

The Newton Free Library will host a free STEM course, STEM for Everyone (especially ages 6 to 8). Students will participate in science experiments and fun math games. Registration is required — once for all eight sessions in the series (4:30-5:30PM on January 8, 22 & 29, February 3 & 26, March 11, 18 & 25). For more information, call the Newton Public Library at 617-796-1360.

Empow Studios: Free Drop-in Sessions

Empow Studios will offer free drop-in sessions at its Newton and Lexington locations to invite kids and their parents to get a sense of Empow’s STEM clubs and classes. Register with these links:

New Series at Innovation Institute: Living in the Lab, Grades 2-12

The Innovation Institute (TI2)  in Newtonville has created a new series of laboratory sessions, Living in the Lab, for students in Grades 2-12 to learn about what different types of scientists and engineers actually do. Grade-specific sessions emphasize protocol and techniques to give students in each age group age-appropriate hands-on experience of life in a laboratory. Younger students start with the most basic questions: What is a scientist? or What is an engineer? Instruction is by research scientists and engineers who serve also as role models. The objective is to demystify these career paths for students who do not have informal exposure to them and inspire all students to explore becoming scientists or engineers.

Over four to six weeks, students spend most of their time in one of TI2 four laboratories focused on one of several fields: microscopy, chemistry, anatomy, molecular biology, genetic engineering, mechanical and electrical engineering. Each of these lab fields has its own grade levels and schedule; see summary course descriptions and schedule and enrollment links for each. Enroll by December 31.

Empow Studios: Winter Schedule of Clubs and Classes

Empow Studios has released its schedule of clubs and classes for its winter season, for both weekends and after-school during the week, in its Newton and Lexington locations. You can sign up individually for any session of any of the clubs, or sign up for regularly scheduled classes.

Coding Butterfly’s Free Micro:Bit Coding Workshops, Saturdays

Coding Butterfly (132 Charles Street) will host free workshops on Saturdays (November 23, December 7 and December 14), 11:45AM-12:45PM, for students ages 8-12 to learn how to tinker with Micro:Bit computers, which can be programmed using coding blocks to program sensors, lights, and make simple games. The content will be the same each week, so register for one.