Category Archives: Recommendations

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!

NASA’s Advice on Viewing the August 21 Solar Eclipse

The August 21 solar eclipse will be visible in totality from within a 70-mile-wide band across the United States, from Oregon to South Carolina, for a couple of minutes in each location.  From elsewhere — and before and after those brief minutes of totality within that band — the eclipse will be partial and thus will present a danger to anyone viewing the sun without proper eye protection. NASA’s advice on viewing the eclipse safely includes a list of reputable vendors of solar filters and viewers. Avoid off-brand, sub-standard “eclipse glasses” that are reportedly being sold. Since retinas do not sense pain, it’s possible to incur severe damage to eyesight without being aware of it at the time. Watch safely, so you can see future solar eclipses, too — including the one over Newton on May 1, 2079 at 6:06AM!

MetroWest STEM Network: Online Survey of Needs

The MetroWest STEM Education Network (MSEN) invites all interested parties to take a 5-10 minute online survey of needs in STEM education and workforce development. MSEN is a regional network of schools (at all levels), businesses, and non-profit organizations to address STEM education and workforce needs, under the management of the state Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Update on Newton South’s DaVinci Program

Newton South HS’s interdisciplinary STEAM program, DaVinci, is in its second year.  Its first cohort, now Juniors, started the year with computer design, building models of wind turbines, and they are now moving into engineering to build on their models.  Next year, as Seniors, they will undertake longitudinal, year-long, student-driven projects, for which they will present proposals this spring.  Last fall, a new group of Sophomores joined DaVinci and has proven to be highly curious and motivated — thus well suited to the program. Next year’s Newton South Sophomores — and their parents — are encouraged to contact Newton South Science Department head Gerry Gagnon ( to learn more about the DaVinci Program and explore how it may beneficially fit their academic plans.

BostonTechMom Recommends The Discovery Museums in Acton

BostonTechMom continues to offer great advice and reviews, this time with a strong recommendation to visit (or join!) The Discovery Museums in Acton.  The museums are the Children’s Discovery Museum, the Science Discovery Museum, and the new Discovery Woods, suitable for ages 3-10.

“Hidden Figures” STEM Movie Opened This Weekend

Hidden Figures tells the inspiring, true, and highly acclaimed story of three brilliant African American women working at NASA –Katherine Johnson, Dorothy Vaughan, and Mary Jackson — who helped develop our space program and served as the brains behind the launch of the first American into orbit.  It opened this weekend nationwide, including at these local theatres.  Here’s an excerpt of the book on which it’s based and the Boston Globe’s review of the movie.

Science Club for Girls Seeks Your Votes to Win Yelp Funding

Science Club for Girls is a finalist for receiving between $2,000 and $5,000 from the Yelp Foundation.  You can vote once each day through December 9 to help SCFG win the top prize — enough to fund one SCFG club for one year.

Boston Tech Mom’s STEM Gift Ideas

Just in time for the holidays, Boston Tech Mom has compiled a list of recommended STEM-oriented gifts in the areas of Toys & Kits, STEM Reading, Maker Movement (DIY), Robotics Team, and Coding Club.

Science Club for Girls: #TeenSTEM Campaign and YLS Summer Showcase

On Monday, August 1, Science Club for Girls launches its 12-day #TeenSTEM Campaign to support its Young Leaders in STEM (YLS) summer program in Boston and Cambridge. See the campaign video and consider making a donation for items such as:

  • Programmable circuit boards for girls to design and make their own wearable technology
  • Materials for hands-on STEM outreach activities designed by teens
  • Career-exploration field trips and job shadowings at leading STEM companies
  • Gel transfer stacks for working with proteins during “neuroscience week”

The public is also invited to the YLS Summer Showcase on August 11, 5:30-7:30PM, at Simmons College’s Paresky Conference Center (Main College Building, 300 Fenway in Boston), where YLS students will present their summer projects.  Register (free) and donate (optional) for a terrific program.  Check out Science Club for Girls on Facebook and Twitter.

A note about reading NewtonSTEM’s weekly newsletter…

NewtonSTEM aims to write about STEM events as early as possible, and in general, we refrain from repeated posts about the same event.  This means that events can be lost in the shuffle if they were posted with a lot of lead time.  The NewtonSTEM weekly newsletter includes all new posts written in the previous week, but it does not include all posts relevant to the upcoming week.  In order to keep current on upcoming events, newsletter readers may want to:

  • Review the “Earlier Announcements” list at the end of each newsletter.
  • Review the NewtonSTEM calendar for upcoming events.  (The description of each event includes a link to the NewtonSTEM post about it.)
  • Use the Search box in the right-hand column of the NewtonSTEM site.
  • Click on Categories of interest in the list in the right-hand column of the site.