The Latino STEM Alliance is wonderfully effective in inspiring under-served middle-school students in Boston and Lawrence through hands-on STEM enrichment activities (both summer and after-school) and contact with relevant role models. Take a look at this video of their citywide robotics competition. Newton’s Chuck Hurwitz (retired chair of Newton South HS Science Department and founder of the LigerBots) is on LSA’s board and is passionate about Newton students and adults sharing their robotics experience with students in urban areas.
When NewtonSTEM asked how we could help, LSA responded: “Donations are what we really need.” LSA relies on individuals, foundations, and corporations to provide essential financial support. Please join PTC, Verizon, iRobot, Eastern Bank, Suffolk Construction, National Grid, and others with a partnership or tax-deductible donation to support LSA’s programs.
The Russian School of Math will offer free classes at the Newton Free Library for children ages 4-5 in 12 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 11AM-noon, starting September 9. The program introduces mathematical concepts and sparks interest in math in a fun and playful setting. Register online.
The Newton Free Library will again host its successful Girls Who Code Club this fall. Interested girls in Grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to an information session at 7PM on September 16 in the Druker Auditorium. GWC is a national non-profit organization aiming to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills. For more information, email email@example.com or call 617-796-1360.
The Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) will offer the following STEM programs this fall. Register online at bostonjcc.org/register or call 617-558-6486.
Junior FIRST LEGO League (Grades K-3), Thursdays 3:30-4:45PM, September 17 – November 5 Work as a team to make mechanized, programmed LEGO models, which will be presented to a Junior FIRST LEGO League Exposition. Learn about research, methodologies, motorized computer controlled LEGO and teamwork. Einstein’s Workshop
FIRST LEGO League (Grades 4-8), Thursdays 5-7PM, September 17 – December 10 Build and program LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to perform missions on an obstacle course. Participate in a regional tournament. Einstein’s Workshop
Lego Animation (Grades 1-2), Sundays 1-2PM, September 20 – December 13 Make movies with LEGO® pieces. Develop story-telling skills, learn professional software, work on post-production process to add titles, transitions and sound. Empow Studios
App Design for Droids (Grades 3-5), Sundays 2:15-3:15PM, September 20 – December 13 Use MIT’s App Inventor to program an app from start to finish. Tablets will be provided or students can bring their own. No previous programming experience necessary. Empow Studios
Unity 3D Video Game Design (Grades 4-6), Sundays 3:30-4:30PM, September 20 – December 13 Make console-quality 3D video games using the free game engine, Unity, for plan on PCs, Macs and online. Open to beginner and experienced game makers. Empow Studios
Worcester’s EcoTarium offers general admission and planetarium shows at half price in September. This month’s Budding Scientists program (for children ages 4-6 with accompanying adult; free with museum admission) will be on September 3 (10:15AM and 11AM), exploring the sounds of nature and music. The EcoTarium’s summer exhibit, Wild Music, will close September 6. Cool Moves: The Artistry of Motion will open September 22.
The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club will offer Curiosity Club, its new after-school STEM program for Grades K-1, starting September 8, with support from Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation. See the curriculum and daily schedule. Program times will vary within 12:30-6PM to fit school schedules. Open houses will be held:
- Tuesday, September 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
- Wednesday, September 2 from noon to 1:30 PM
- Thursday, September 3 from 6 to 7:30 PM
- Friday, September 4 from noon to 1:30 PM
Return the application form (PDF) by email (firstname.lastname@example.org), or fax (617 630-8999), or mail.
The Microsoft Store at Prudential Center invites experienced coders aged 11 and older to its YouthSpark Smart Game Coding (Intermediate) camp this week, August 17-20, 9-11AM daily. The focus will be on coding and game creation in Windows App Studio and Project Spark. Registration is required and available for August 18-20, and we don’t know if onsite registration is available for Monday. Parent/guardian must be present for kids under 18.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University will present a free planetarium program, Pluto, the Planet that Never Was, on Wednesday, August 19, at 100 State Street in Framingham. It will provide a closer look at Pluto, its moons, and the Kuiper Belt. Registration is required. The 5:30PM show for children under 11 is full, but you can register for the 6:30PM show, which is for the general public, including families with children 12 or older, and college students.
“e” inc. — Boston’s environment science learning and action center — seeks funding to send two more Boston youth to attend its Summer Science Discovery Programs: “Oceans” August 17-21 and “New England Habitat” August 24-28. Through a campaign in July, it raised $1362 for financial support for four kids, but two more have applied and need assistance. “e” inc. is a community-based non-profit that creates scientifically confident environmental citizens by providing civics and science sessions to children and teens in school-year and summer programs at over 20 Greater Boston schools, community centers, and other educational institutions. Donations to their IndieGoGo campaign go directly to a scholarship fund that will offset costs for low-income families.
The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club is expanding its STEM programming with these offerings for the fall season:
- L…E…G…O…Go LEGOS! (Grades 2-4): Children will use LEGO Education WeDo kits to design and build models while having fun and trying new things in a casual, yet challenging environment.
- Keep an Eye Out for… Science! (Grades 3-5): Through observation, evaluation, and creative thinking, children will build on their natural curiosity to explore science in fun and exciting classes.
- Make a Big Deal with the Russian School of Math (Grades 2-4): The award-winning Russian School of Mathematics will provide a full-year math program for an hour a week to build up skills, develop critical and logical thinking, and involve alternative approaches such as hands-on activities, puzzles, and projects to engage students.
All programs start on October 5 and run for 10 weeks (except Make a Big Deal, which runs the entire school year). Registration opens September 1 and is available to Boys & Girls Club members. (Family membership is $125 per year, and financial aid is available.) For more information, contact Education Director Tamara Brogan at email@example.com.