Category Archives: Recommendations

Help NSHS Marine Biology Students Supply Water Filters to Puerto Rico

Newton South HS’s Marine Biology students are responding to the current hurricane-induced public health crises in Puerto Rico by raising funds to purchase much needed water filters for affected communities there.  Donations by check (made out to “Newton South High School” with “PRWaterFilters” in the memo line) may be delivered to any NSHS house office or advisory teacher or mailed to NSHS Water Filters for Puerto Rico, 140 Brandeis Rd, Newton, MA 02459.

Even More STEM Holiday Gift Ideas from Boston Tech Mom

Following on her recent blog post about STEM-related holiday gift ideas, Boston Tech Mom has written about STEM gift recommendations from Project Lead The Way.

TEDx@BeaconStreet: RSM’s Masha Gershman on “Uncertain Times Call for Certain Math”

At the November 4 TEDx@BeaconStreet event in Brookline, Masha Gershman gave a terrific talk called Uncertain Times Call for Certain Math, about the roots of “Russian Math” as a vehicle for opening children to their full potential.  Masha is the Director of Outreach for Newton-based Russian School of Math.  You can view the talk here.

National Science Teachers: Best STEM Books of 2017

The National Science Teachers Association has prepared its first-ever list of Best STEM Books for the year, following a year of study using criteria described here.  Each of the 31 recommended books for 2017 (pdf) “reinforces STEM thinking — modeling innovation, demonstrating authentic problem-solving and assimilation of new ideas — all while exploring solutions that show progressive change or improvement.”

Newton FLL Team Raises Awareness of Lead in Drinking Water

As part of its research for this year’s FIRST LEGO League (FLL) theme of Hydro Dynamics, an FLL team of 6th graders at Brown Middle School — the Hydro Dragons — has created a website to raise awareness of the problem of lead in drinking water. Take a look. If you have questions, ask them on the site’s blog, and the team will attempt to answer them.

More Holiday STEM Gift Ideas — from Boston Tech Mom

In addition to recommendations last week and the week before, there’s now a great list of STEM gift ideas from Boston Tech Mom.

More Ideas for Holiday STEM Gifts

Following last week’s recommendations, NewtonSTEM readers have suggested more ideas for STEM gift ideas for the holidays.  Please continue to send suggestions to

FLL Team Seeks Your Response to its Short Survey on Water Use

A Newton-based First LEGO League robotics team of 4-8th graders is conducting research aimed at reducing the amount of water people use on their lawns. They are asking the public to respond to this 8-question survey on water usage to help the team with its research and efforts to save the environment. The note that the Environmental Protection Agency has said, “if the average sized lawn in the United States is watered for 20 minutes every day for 7 days, it’s like running the shower constantly for 4 days or taking more than 800 showers.”

STEM-Related Gift Ideas

We’re starting early this year with a grab-bag of suggestions from friends for STEM-related gifts for the holidays. In no particular order, STEM-infused friends recommend these oldies-but-goodies:

Brandeis Professor Eric Olson recommends a 1971 classic, The Great International Paper Airplane Book. “This book really delighted me as a kid. Some of the designs are really easy to make, others are much more challenging, some are familiar, some are truly bizarre.  It’s a lot of fun.”

LigerBots mentor Jonathan Young recommends:

LigerBots mentor Pam Wright recommends:

Please send your recommendations for STEM holiday gifts to

NNHS Science Team Raises Funds by Raking Your Leaves

The Newton North HS Science Team will rake your leaves to raise funds to pay for its competition fees, supplies, and travel.  Contact team vice president Ethan Gahm at to discuss time and price.  Help the team and get a clean lawn!