In keeping with its goal to help kids make, design, build, code, and learn together, Einstein’s Workshop is offering #StayAtHome parents and kids a lot of free online STEM resources. Visit Einstein’s Virtual Learning Workshop for free, trustworthy virtual classes and tutorials to help entertain and educate. There are recorded videos, a daily live video session, printable activity sheets, apps and tools, and other resources. The content is updated every day by the Einstein’s Workshop team.
This week a Boston Globe reporter read NewtonSTEM posts here and here about online STEM education resources available for families remaining at home during the COVID-19 pandemic, and this week NewtonSTEM highlights several more online resources. Sydney Hager, a Boston University journalism major and Boston Globe reporter focusing on Newton, would like to interview parents of students using such online STEM resources to learn about their experience. Some of these resources are new offerings, created quickly from in-person curricula, and there will surely be a lot of experimentation and improvement as we all learn about learning remotely. Sydney would like to know about your initial experience, as well as your hopes and suggestions. If you would like to be interviewed, email Sydney Hager at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Pickle offers a free game to help you hone your skills in questioning and finding patterns in numbers (in series, between pairs, and among triplets). John Pickle asks that anyone attaining Expert level with three or fewer misses should email him a screenshot at email@example.com. His website is chock full of information and challenges in questioning, observing, learning, earth systems, and software.
Tumblehome Books, a non-profit STEM book publishing company in greater Boston, is offering a series of free STEM books (shipping included) in its Read-Review-Repeat program. Select a book from their list, read it, review it on Amazon (good, bad, or indifferent), and then repeat with another book on the list. Here are some of the books:
The Newton Schools Foundation has announced that, for a fifth year in a row, an anonymous donor will match up to $25,000 in donations made in March for the Newton Public School’s Calculus Project. The Calculus Project works in all of Newton’s middle and high schools to have more Hispanic, African American, and low-income students successfully complete calculus in high school, as a path to success in college. Since its start in 2013, the program has increased enrollment by 70%, 200%, and 800% for these groups, respectively. The program provides intensive, small-group summer classes, enrichment activities, and year-round mentoring and tutoring. The summer program includes instruction in Computer Science, field trips to STEM-related companies, and college campus visits for rising 11th graders with a focus on STEM majors and careers. The program currently includes 149 students in Grades 8-12 and will welcome 30 incoming 8th Graders this summer.
While the NPS operating budget funds part of the program, tax-deductible donations via the NSF are needed for the summer program, tutoring, enrichment activities, and supplies.
You-Do-Electronics Center (YDI) — a local store that’s also a source of STEM awareness and inspiration for the community — will host two events: Arduino Day (March 21) and Robo Day (April 4, during National Robotics Week). Both events will be 11AM-4PM, filled with exhibits, activities, raffles, and special offers related to STEM. (See photos of last year’s Robo Day.) If you have an Arduino/Robotics project to showcase, or if you represent a STEM-related organization and would like to be an exhibitor at one or both events, email firstname.lastname@example.org to reserve a table. YDI is at 40 Franklin Street in Needham, between Rte. 128, the Charles River, and Highland Avenue.
The New England Sci-Tech STEM education center (16 Tech Circle, Natick) will host Your Project in Space: Citizen Science Projects for Teens to enable teams of two to four in Grades 7-12 to send their science projects in a high-altitude balloon to the edge of the atmosphere. It’s scheduled for nine Saturdays: Education and building on seven Saturdays, 3:30PM-5PM March 7 to April 25 (but not April 18), then all day for balloon launch on May 2, 9, or 16, then follow-up on May 30. The program is free for paid members of New England Sci-Tech, plus a $55 lab fee for materials.
MIT’s Spring HSSP is a six-week academic program for Grades 7-12, held at MIT on Saturdays, February 29 to April 11 (except March 14), 1PM-4PM. All online registrations completed by February 20 will be considered equally in the course-assignment lottery, and registrations after that will be taken first-come/first-served until February 26. The cost is $40 per student (regardless of the number of courses taken) and generous, need-based financial aid is available. Email email@example.com for more information. The Spring HSSP course catalog covers many academic and non-academic topics, including these STEM offerings:
- Brainy Bots: Robotics and Probability Lab
- Introduction to Programming with Python
- Design / Build / Fly
- Being Real about Bioengineering
- How to Build Nuclear Weapons
- “Coincidences” in planar geometry
- Introduction to Cryptology
- Win Games with Math: Impartial Game Theory
- The Mathematics of Music
- The Gadget Framework: Which types of changing mazes can simulate each other?
- How the immune system works
- Building a Body
- The Earth, Its Dynamics, and the Environment
- The Science of Food
- Current Topics in Public Health
- Human Intelligence vs Artificial Intelligence
- Fundamentals of the CRISPR-Cas9 World
- Introduction to Immunology
- STEM Lecture Series
- A Gentle Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
- Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere, Ocean and Cryosphere
- The Biological Basis of Neurological Disorders
- Sensational Neuroscience: How Your Brain Understands the World
- Crime Scene Chemistry: Forensic Collection and Analysis
- Viruses: The craziest collection of molecules in our time (and in all time)
- Emotional and Artificial Intelligence
- Global Health
- Board Game Design
- Politics for the Modern Era
- Economics for Good: Applying Economics to Real-World Social Challenges
The Cambridge Science Festival is again hosting its Curiosity Challenge for ages 4-15. Submit entries by February 15 at any Cambridge public school or public library branch or by mail. Write an essay or poem, take a picture, or create a drawing about your curiosity and how it prompted you to explore your world. See details here. Winners will be announced at the Cambridge Science Festival, April 16-26.