The EcoTarium (222 Harrington Way, Worcester) offers vacation-week activities, April 21-24, 10AM-5PM. The museum shop features snap circuit kits, brainteasers, logic games, and Steve Spangler science kits. For its Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 24, 10AM-4PM, the EcoTarium offers special activities, planetarium shows, and half-price admission to the museum.
Einstein’s Workshop in Burlington is offering Sci-Chess — a six-week, interactive, high-energy program combining chess with STEM. Players of all abilities in Grades 4-8 are welcome. Classes are led by 1995 United States Women’s Chess Champion, Sharon Ellen Burtman, and meet Sundays at 3:45PM, May 3-June 14. Cost is $171.25. Register online.
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) offers ‘Teachers on the Estuary‘ (PDF) — a field-based professional development program for middle- and high-school teachers interested in watershed and estuary topics, July 13-16, at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth on Cape Cod. See this page for links to syllabus and application. Free but space is limited. Teachers will be awarded equipment and $200 implementation mini-grants. Rustic lodging and camping is available. Contact Joan Muller at 508-457-0495 x107.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science provides professional development and other STEM programs and resources for K-12 educators, in partnership with museums and other non-profits. It seeks an Assistant Education Director, to be based in Quincy.
Environmental Science Program is a summer outdoor and educational program, June 29-July 29, for students entering Grades 7 through 10, under the auspices of the Conservation Commission of the City of Newton. Students engage in hands-on learning about environmental science through hiking, bicycling, canoeing, and backpacking, including a 3-day trip to Mt. Washington in New Hampshire. The cost is $1295, and need-based financial aid may be available. Print and send the registration form and release forms. For more information, contact David Backer at 617-447-9317 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education and MassBay are collaborating to offer TRANSFORM, a one-year, post-undergraduate certificate program in Advanced Manufacturing at MassBay Community College, with specialization in either Manufacturing Innovation or Manufacturing Technology. Two semesters of study (May-December) are followed by a 4-6-month paid internship with one of the partner manufacturing companies. Cost is $4400. Apply online. Information meeting: April 14, 5-7PM at MassBay, 50 Oakland Street (Room 219) in Wellesley. Or contact Claire Duggan, at email@example.com or 617-373-2036.
Junction, a non-residential summer STEM program for high-school students offered by MIT’s Educational Studies Program (ESP), will be different this year. In past years, it was a six-week program of college-level courses taught by undergraduates. Starting this year, it will be a two-week intensive program (August 10-21) in which 42 selected high-school students will:
- Propose, design and carry out an independent study project of their choosing, working closely with an undergraduate mentor in that field (see bios of mentors),
- Participate in hands-on, college-level afternoon seminars in a variety of fields, and
- Be part of a tight community of students and mentors.
High-school students should read the mentor biographies and apply online between April 15 and April 28 by responding to essay questions and submitting a proposal for an independent-study project with one of the mentors. Accepted students will be notified by mid-May and will communicate with mentors weekly until August 10 to refine proposals and begin research, in preparation for their two weeks together. The cost is $600, and need-based financial aid is available. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Cambridge Science Festival is the national leader in its field, with over 100 activities and events spanning 10 days, April 17-26. You can filter this year’s online schedule of events by age (family/teens/adults) and type (activities, workshops, performances, talks, other) or by date. Register now for those events that require pre-registration or tickets. Some events are for educators. The Science Carnival on Saturday, April 18, 12-4PM, has five themes: Earth & Space, Micro-Zone, No Limits, Game Corner, and Robot Zoo! It’s too much to keep in your head. Download the Guidebook app and search for “Cambridge Science Festival 2015″ to get your mobile guide to events.
The deadline has been extended to 9AM on Monday, April 13 for middle-school girls to apply to represent Newton at Envision the Future, a one-week summer STEM program run by the Southeastern STEM Network at Bridgewater State University, July 20-24. Three girls will be selected as Newton’s ambassadors to attend the program, and on their return, to spread the word — through presentations, articles, etc. — about what they learn from the program. The sponsoring organizations (John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club, NewtonSTEM, Newton Free Library, and Newton Community Education) will replicate one or more of the program’s STEM-promoting practices in Newton next year.
Interested middle-school girls should apply online by 9AM on April 13 and also have a parent/guardian sign and submit the Parent/Guardian Approval Form (PDF) by that deadline. Finalists will be invited for interviews in April, and participants will be selected by May 8. The cost paid by each selected participant’s family is $50 (after a $500 scholarship award paid by the Boys & Girls Club). The selected participants must meet the following requirements:
- Participant is a girl residing in Newton who will be 11 to 13 years old as of July 20, 2015.
- Parent/guardian has signed and submitted the Parent/Guardian Approval Form and has paid a non-refundable $50 fee by May 22, 2015.
- Participant’s family is a member of Newton Boys & Girls Club as of May 22, 2015. (Club membership fee is $125 per family per year. Join online. Financial assistance is available for any selected participant for whom this would be a hardship.)
For further information, contact Dawn Proia (email@example.com) or Bruce Henderson (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Worcester’s EcoTarium has been hosting KEVA: Build It Up!, an interactive exhibit for building structures with uniform wood planks. It will close on April 26.