Category Archives: Resources

MIT K-12 MakerLab Newsletter

The MIT K12 MakerLab has launched a newsletter to help K-12 educators in all fields develop fun and effective Maker experiences for their students. Sign up here.

Boston Tech Mom: Summer STEM Programs at Mass. Universities

Boston Tech Mom has compiled a great list of summer STEM programs offered by colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

Seeds of STEM Training for Pre-school Teachers, Dec. 6-7

The STEM Education Center at Worcester Polytechnic Institute will offer pre-school teachers and administrators two days of training in its Seeds of STEM pre-school curriculum on December 6-7 (8:30AM-3PM). Information and registration is here. For further information, email Mia Dubosarsky at

Boston Tech Mom’s 2020 Guide to STEM Programs

As postlogue to her Boston STEM Fair, Boston Tech Mom has published her 2020 Guide to STEM Programs in Massachusetts.

Green Newton — Schools Connections

Green Newton created its School Connections initiative two years ago to promote environmental sustainability in and beyond Newton classrooms. It’s currently working with seven of Newton’s 15 elementary schools, one of four middle schools, and both high schools to create school gardens, teach sustainability, and develop awareness of environmental challenges and solutions. The group also sponsors Students for a Greener World — an organization of Newton middle- and high-school students interested in making a positive environmental impact and teaching kids about the environment. For more information, sign up for the School Connections e-newsletter and/or email

Red Sox Math: Wally’s Math Academy

The Boston Red Sox offers Wally’s Math Academy, a math enrichment application that is available free to educators at  For students in Grades 2-4 (and soon for other grades in elementary and middle school), it replaces generic word problems with actual game data, incorporating video recaps of Red Sox games and photos of players.

Weston HS Students Offer Tutoring in Scratch Programming

Nathaniel and Theo, two high-school students in Weston, are offering to tutor students in the Scratch programming language. Both students have completed college-level courses in computer science and have experience working with kids. They offer one-on-one tutoring sessions (at $20/hour) at the Weston Public Library and the Newton Free Library. Their Scratch tutoring is part of the students’ social venture in vermicomposting called MunchPoop, to help address climate change. Go to their website for additional information or to sign up.

Zervas School Receives STEM Grant

The family of Cynthia Zervas, wife Dr. Frank Zervas (principal of the former Beethoven Avenue School), has generously donated $5,000 to Zervas Elementary School to establish the Cynthia Zervas STEM Center at the school and purchase classroom kits for building students’ skills in STEM. The School Committee formally accepted this donation at its most recent meeting.

DiscoverE Resources for Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23) and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Feb. 21) offers a substantial catalog of over 450 free activities for Engineers Week (February 17-23) and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 21), as well as free kits (poster, classroom activities, and other resources) to support teachers for Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day ($2 shipping charge per kit).

Free, One-Week Curriculum: Resisting Scientific Misinformation

Resisting Scientific Misinformation is a free, one-week curriculum for Grades 6-12 designed to help students learn to guard against misinformation. It was created by Andy Zucker (former Senior Research Scientist at the Concord Consortium) and Penny Noyce (Tumblehome and STEM Next), with video production assistance from NOVA staff at WGBH, and it consists of four lessons and homework. Most of the class time is spent not in videos or lectures but in activities such as researching to investigate a variety of “scientific” claims. All materials, a teacher guide, and a one-page introductory flyer are freely available online.