Category Archives: Opportunities

BU’s Artemis Project: Summer Computer Science for Rising 9th-Grade Girls

Registration is open for Boston University’s Artemis Project, a five-week computer-science summer program for girls entering 9th grade next fall.  No prior computer experience is required.  Participants learn computer languages (Scratch, AppInventor, HTML, CSS, Python, etc.) and are introduced to robotics, cryptography, artificial intelligence, and circuits.  Guest speakers and field trips provide insight into how computer science is applied in the real world.  The Artemis Project is led by BU undergraduate women studying Computer Science and Engineering, guided by Cynthia Brossman, Director of BU’s Learning Resource Network.  It runs June 30-August 1.  Lunch is provided.  There is no tuition, but there is a nonrefundable registration fee of $100.  Applications, including an essay and two recommendations, are due May 1.  For more information, email artemis@bu.edu.

Girls Entering Grades 11-12: BU’s Summer Pathways in Science & Engineering, July 10-17

Summer Pathways is a 7-day residential program for girls entering Grades 11-12 who show promise and/or interest in STEM.  During July 10-17, participants live on the BU campus; explore opportunities in STEM fields; meet with students and faculty in all disciplines; visit laboratories, companies, and museums; listen to career panels; and spend one night as part of the crew of a schooner whale-watching.  The fee of $675 includes all costs, and financial assistance is available for demonstrated need.  Applications, including two recommendations from teachers, are due May 1.  For more information, contact Cynthia Brossman at cab@bu.edu or 617-353-7021.

Register Now for MIT Spark: A Weekend of Classes for Grades 7-8, Mar. 14-15

MIT’s SPARK offers students in Grades 7 and 8 a variety of short, interesting classes on the MIT campus over one weekend, March 14-15.  The registration lottery is open now through February 28, and until that deadline all course preferences will be treated equally in the lottery.  Students may choose from over 100 STEM courses*(plus other courses) and are encouraged to register on their own.  A $40 fee covers two days of classes and lunch and lots of walk-in activities.  Generous financial aid is available.  For more information not covered here, email spark@mit.edu.  *Here are the STEM courses: Continue reading

Newton Library: Scratch Programming for Grades 3-6, Mar. 19

Registration will open on February 26 for the March 19 session of the Newton Free Library’s Scratch Club for Grades 3-6.  From 6:30PM to 7:30PM, kids work with the Scratch programming language to create games, animations, and stories.  Online registration is required, and space fills quickly.  This program repeats monthly so search the Library’s calendar for upcoming sessions.

Boston Citywide Science Fair Seeks Judges, Volunteers, Demonstrations, Mar. 7

The Boston Public Schools, in cooperation with Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education and Science from Scientists, will host the 69th Annual BPS Citywide Science Fair and Science/Engineering Expo at Northeastern University’s Cabot Center on Saturday, March 7.   Over 300 middle- and high-school students — selected from thousands of science-fair participants citywide — will present their work, with an audience of over 800 expected.  Exhibits will be open for public view 1:30-2:45PM (full schedule here in PDF format).  The organizers seek people to serve as judges, to host table-top activities and presentations, and to otherwise volunteer.

  • Judging begins at 8AM with orientation and breakfast, and it continues 9AM-noon.
  • Table-top activities and presentations run 10AM-noon and 1:30-3PM.
  • Volunteers work for at least three hours on Friday, March 6 and/or Saturday, March 7 to assist with registration, logistics, and escorting students to activities.

Register online for any of these opportunities.  Lunch will be provided.  If you have questions, contact Daniel Sullivan at da.sullivan@neu.edu or 617-373-8380.

WGBH STEM Video Challenge: New Deadline (Mar. 1) and Entries Submitted to Date

With support from Google, WGBH is conducting a STEM Teacher Video Challenge for Massachusetts teachers to submit short videos (1-5 minutes) that demonstrate STEM concepts, experiments, or best practices.  Since our post last October, the deadline has been moved back to midnight on March 1 and a new introductory video has been posted to explain the online training that is available and how to submit entries.  Entries may be old or new but must be made by the submitter.  Winners will receive an iPad or document camera for their classrooms, and their videos will be shared nationally by WGBH and PBS Learning Media.  All participants will receive Google Play app cards.   You can see the videos submitted to date on the WGBH STEM Video Challenge Youtube channel.

BU’s Summer STEM Programs for Middle- and High-School Students: Open for Registration Now

Boston University hosts many STEM-related summer programs for middle- and high-school students.  Some have registration open now and processed on a rolling basis, while others have registration open now with a deadline.  Stay tuned for still others for which registration will be opening soon.  Here are the ones open now: Continue reading

NSHS Da Vinci Program: Full STEAM Ahead!

Newton South HS is set to launch next fall its Da Vinci Program, an interdisciplinary, project-based, collaborative STEAM (STEM + Arts) learning environment.  The sophomore level of the program will start with about 46 students in the class of 2018, and for each of the next two years another sophomore cohort will be added as students move up in the program.  This year, NSHS teachers in Math, Biology, Chemistry, and Art have been planning together and visiting relevant programs in other schools.  Themes of the Da Vinci program will include:  What is life?  What is change?  How do we manage it?  What is the role of the individual?  Students in all curriculum levels will work together in these sophomore courses: Continue reading

MIT Spring HSSP Courses: Registration Lottery Open Until Feb. 10

MIT’s Spring HSSP is a 7-week academic program for students in Grades 7-12 running at MIT on Saturdays (February 21 through April 11, skipping March 14), 10:30AM-4:30PM.  Classes – both academic and non-academic – are offered in multiple time blocks.  The cost is $40 regardless of the number of classes attended, and generous financial aid is available.  Registration is now open, and all who register their course preferences by February 10 will receive equal consideration.  For more information, email spring-hssp@mit.edu.  The course catalog includes these 22 STEM-related courses: Continue reading

Shine for Girls: Grades 6-8 Learn Math Through Dance, Monday Afternoons at MIT

While tutoring and teaching math, Kirin Sinha noticed that when stumped, boys would often say, “I don’t understand,” while girls would tend to say, “I can’t understand.”  She created Shine For Girls to address that gender gap.  Shine for Girls is a free, 8-week after-school program that equips middle-school girls with abilities, interest, and confidence in mathematics.  It does so through a unique combination of mentorship, kinesthetic learning through dance, and customized online instruction.  The program is taught by MIT undergraduate women who are math mentors — many of whom are trained in dance and dance instruction.  Continue reading