Technology Education And Literacy in Schools recruits, trains, and places volunteer teaching assistants in high-school classrooms to support partner schools and teachers in offering computer-science courses on a sustainable basis. In Massachusetts last year, TEALS worked with Billerica, Boston, Cambridge, Medford, Revere, and Watertown. Schools must apply by January 26 for TEALS partnerships for the 2015-16 school year. Schools will be selected by mid-February. Volunteers will be recruited February-May and trained June-August. The TEALS mission:
- Help high schools build sustainable computer science programs so that they will be able to offer CS programs on their own
- Increase the number of AP Computer Science test-takers nationwide and across all demographics
- Represent students of all demographics and backgrounds with a specific focus on engaging underrepresented populations
- Provide access and exposure to computer science courses for students who otherwise do not have a pathway to study CS
Botball is a worldwide, team-oriented robotics program for middle- and high-school students. Teams build and program autonomous robots using Botball-provided kits including an iRobot Create robot base, Lego pieces, and other parts — without the need of a machine shop. Botball staff trains team leaders and mentors starting in January. A 7-week build period follows, culminating in a regional tournament on March 28. Teams must be registered by January 9 — two weeks prior to the New England Botball Workshop, which will be held January 23-24, 8AM-5PM, at UMass Lowell. Massachusetts teams signed up so far for 2015 are from Arlington, Ashland, Chelmsford, Everett, Lowell, Hanover, Haverhill, Malden, Martha’s Vineyard, Pembroke, Roxbury, and Wellesley.
The American Mathematical Society maintains a list of summer math camps and programs for talented and highly motivated mathematics students of all ages, but mainly middle and high school. AMS also offers its Epsilon Awards to help support a range of these summer programs each year. The 2015 Epsilon awards will be announced in March, but in the meantime the 2014 Epsilon awards highlight programs of potential interest for students thinking about next summer.
Middle- and high-school teachers — as well as informal science educators — are invited to register for a workshop on demonstrating the universality of physical laws and the connection between the everyday world and the universe as a whole. It will be held January 28, 4:30-8PM at Framingham State University’s Christa McAuliffe Center, 100 State Street in Framingham. Cost is $10. The workshop is supported by NASA and was developed by the Chandra X-ray Center at the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge.
The Newton Free Library seeks a volunteer with chess knowledge and enthusiasm to lead a new Chess Club for teens. Regular meetings will be loosely structured to allow for multiple games between club members, basic instruction for beginners covering the rules of the game and tournament play, and guidance on chess play as needed. Game sets will be provided by the library. Scheduling is flexible — once a week or every other week. If interested, contact Liz Rowland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
In the Moody’s Mega Math Challenge, teams of high-school students work intensely for one day (7AM-9PM) to solve an open-ended, real-world problem using applied mathematical modeling. Each high school may register up to two teams, each consisting of 3 to 5 Junior/Senior students and one teacher-coach. Registration closes February 20, and the challenge may be undertaken on February 28 or March 1. Students who register will have year-long access to Wolfram Research’s Mathematica and Alpha Pro, and they are encouraged to download the handbook, Math Modeling: Getting Started and Getting Solutions. The contest is sponsored by The Moody’s Foundation and organized by the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics.
DuPont hosts various DuPont Challenge STEM writing competitions:
Grades K-5 Science Story: Teacher-led, grade-specific, classroom projects to create a storybook about the impact of science in the world. Submissions are due March 1.
Grades 6-12 Science Essay: A writing competition for individual students sponsored by science teachers to address an issue in Food, Energy, Protection, or Innovation. Review the rules and submit an essay of 700-1,000 words by January 31.
The Research Science Institute hosts 80 accomplished high-school students in a rigorous summer STEM research program at MIT, June 21-August 1. Students first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes, then conduct five-week individual research projects with mentors, and finally prepare written and oral presentations of their results. Applications are due January 16. For more information, email RSI.
Boston Children’s Hospital offers SCOOP — Student Career Opportunities Outreach Program — a six-week summer internship for rising Sophomore, Junior, and Senior high-school students to explore careers in patient care. Students work 22 hours a week alongside mentors in patient services and develop a project to be presented at the end of the program. Applicants must submit this Excel spreadsheet application and a 500-word essay — and arrange to have two letters of recommendation submitted — to email@example.com no earlier than December 31 and no later than March 6. For more information, contact the SCOOP Program Coordinator, Eva Gómez at the same email address.