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Category Archives: Resources
- MIT K-12 MakerLab Newsletter
- Boston Tech Mom: Summer STEM Programs at Mass. Universities
- Seeds of STEM Training for Pre-school Teachers, Dec. 6-7
- Boston Tech Mom’s 2020 Guide to STEM Programs
- Green Newton — Schools Connections
- Red Sox Math: Wally’s Math Academy
- Weston HS Students Offer Tutoring in Scratch Programming
- Zervas School Receives STEM Grant
- DiscoverE Resources for Engineers Week (Feb. 17-23) and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (Feb. 21)
- Free, One-Week Curriculum: Resisting Scientific Misinformation
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.
The Boston Red Sox offers Wally’s Math Academy, a math enrichment application that is available free to educators at redsox.com/
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.
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)
DiscoverE.org 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).
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.