Category Archives: Opportunities

Innovation Institute Classes Start Sept. 10

The Innovation Institute in Newtonville will offer these new courses for the fall, starting September 10:

Check out the full course catalog and register online.

Last Day for MIT’s Summer HSSP Registration: June 18

Lottery registration — during which all applications are considered equally — ends today, June 18 for MIT’s Summer HSSP.  Summer HSSP is a seven-week academic program that runs on Sunday afternoons, July 6-August 17.  Classes — both academic and non-academic — are offered in 3 timeblocks between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m., with a one-hour lunch break.  It’s open to students who in the fall will be 7th Graders through college freshmen.  View the catalog and register online.  Rank up to three choices per block.  Classes will be assigned by lottery and published on June 23.  You can add or drop classes until June 27l  The cost for 7 weeks is $40, regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.  For information, email

Spaces Still Open for MIT’s Junction

Rolling admissions are still open for MIT’s Junction, a summer, non-residential series of evening courses taught at the undergraduate level.  Junction teachers design their own classes, so most Junction subjects do not conform to any standard high school or college curriculum. They are intense, exciting, experimental, and reliant on students’ work outside of class.   Core classes this year that are still open include Cryptographic Security, Advanced Classical Physics, and Chemical Biology and Evolutionary Medicine.  Courses meet 5-9PM, Monday through Thursday, July 7-August 14.  Each evening includes a core class, dinner, and a seminar class (single- or multi-session classes of great variety, not requiring outside work).  The cost is $600, including tuition, dinners, and supplies.  Generous, need-based financial aid is available.  Apply online.

NNHS Science Team: Barnes & Noble Fundraiser to Support Their Success, June 21

The Newton North HS Science Team won second place in the State TEAMS competition and will be one of two teams representing Massachusetts at the national competition in Washington, DC.   The team is holding a booksale event to introduce rising freshmen to the high-school team and to raise funds for its trip to DC:

During a Mystery Architecture Competition at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington on Saturday, June 21, 1-5PM, the team hopes to talk with rising freshmen about high-school life and the Science Team.

Barnes & Noble will contribute a share of all in-store sales in their Burlington store on June 21 — as well as all online sales at www.BN.COM/ during June 21-26 — for purchases made with the Science Team’s book fair ID (#11384203).

ASM Materials Camp for Teachers, July 14-18

The American Society of Materials (ASM) Materials Education Foundation is sponsoring a free, 40-hour materials-science workshop — ASM Teachers Camp — at Wentworth Institute of Technology, July 14-18.  STEM educators can access grant funding for classroom projects, learn about resources, and gain ideas for labs and experiments.  These camps are held across the U.S.  Apply online.  The Foundation sponsors twenty grants a year of $500 each for K-12 teachers to enhance awareness of materials science.   For information, contact

Innovation Institute: Enrolling for Fall, with Some Room in Summer Courses

The Innovation Institute in Newtonville has added new courses for this Fall:

See the fall schedule and register online.  For information or requests about new classes, contact or 617 340-9907.

There’s still room in some one-week mini-courses for this summer.  Check the schedule and register online for:

  • Architects of the Future: Using Recycled Materials to Create a ‘Greener’ City (Grades K-2)
  • Engineering: A Design Challenge  (Grades 1-2)
  • Luminescence and Fluorescence: Investigations in the Natural and Built Worlds  (Grades 2-4)
  • Under the Microscope: Exploring Microorganisms (Grades 3-5)
  • Engineering Design Challenge: Robotic Arm  (Grades 4-6)


Help the NNHS Science Team Attend Two Summer Competitions

The Newton North HS Science Team seeks financial support for trips to two competitions this summer:

To make a donation to help the NNHS Science Team attend these competitions for which they have qualified on merit, you may send a check (to “City of Newton” with “NNHS Science Team” in the memo line) to:

Amy D. Picard Winston, Department Head
Science and Technology/Engineering
Newton North HS
457 Walnut St., Newton, MA 02460

MIT’s ‘Radix Endeavor’ Seeks Math/Biology Teachers to Pilot a Multi-Player Online STEM Game

MIT’s Scheller Teacher Education Program seeks high-school math and biology teachers to pilot The Radix Endeavor, an immersive virtual learning experience to support math and biology instruction.  The game incorporates a play-anytime web-based design, quest-based learning aligned with current standards in biology (Genetics, Ecosystems, Evolution, and Human Body Systems) and math (Algebra, Geometry, and Statistics), and optional lesson plans and support materials.  Interested teachers may enroll online or email for more information.

The Radix team holds virtual office hours each Wednesday at 3:30PM EDT and will host a workshop at MIT on June 26 (9AM-3:30PM) for high school math, biology and technology teachers interested in using multi-player games in their classrooms. Register online ($22.09).  It has also posted videos and recordings of webinars to explain Radix.

Amplify CS: Free, Online Computer-Science Course

Amplify AP CS is a free, two-semester course for anyone interested in Java programming, and it’s aimed specifically toward high-school students who want to take the AP Computer Science Exam in Spring 2015.  It’s taught by Rebecca Dovi, a Google Trailblazer Fellow in computer science education, an education advisor to, and one of ten teachers selected nationwide to pilot the new AP CS Principles course.  The course requires about 5 to 7 hours per week for 16 weeks each semester (August 29-December 19 and January 2-May 7).  You can sign up now for Fall 2014.  Course highlights:

  • Learn problem-solving strategies that can be applied to real-world problems.
  • Design and implement solutions to problems by writing, running and debugging computer programs.
  • Code fluently in Java using the standard Java library classes from the AP Java subset.
  • Explore and use common algorithms and data structures to solve problems.
  • Read, understand and manipulate large programs consisting of several classes and interacting objects.
  • Recognize and consider ethical and social implications of computer use.

Amplify AP CS Plus extends this online course to provide high schools with training, support, and other resources to accredit and support students in this course.  The fee is $85 per student or $1750 per school.

MIT’s Summer SeaGlide Workshop: Applications Open

MIT’s Edgerton Center and the National Defense Education Program sponsor SeaGlide, a two-week, intensive design workshop for rising Grade 9-12 students in the greater Boston area.  Students of all experience levels are encouraged to apply to learn how to design, build, and operate an Autonomous Underwater Vehicle.  The workshop runs in MIT’s Building N51 from July 28 through August 8, from 9AM to 4PM.  It’s free (except for lunch), but a $250 refundable deposit is required.  Apply online.  For more information, contact K-12 project coordinator Robert Vieth (email).