Category Archives: Resources

Free Virtual Museum Tours and Presentations: New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, EcoTarium, Audubon, Harvard, Blue Hill Observatory

For #StayAtHome families, local institutions are offering free online virtual tours and presentations.

Boys & Girls Club: Online STEM Activities

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club is offering STEM programs on its website and Facebook page, including LEGO Challenges, DIY STEM, Coding, and other fun programs. Follow on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

Mad Science: Online STEM Lessons; Close-Out Sale of STEM Kits

Mad Science of North Boston is offering 60-minute science lessons online at 10AM daily (discounted pricing for a week). It’s also holding a liquidation sale of its remaining Home Lab Kits (separate kits for Chemistry, NASA, Secret Agent, and Mad Scientist Mystery) for $30 each and LEGO Kits $20 each, shipping included. Order here.

You-Do-It Electronics: Online Sales & Curbside Pickup

You-Do-Electronics Center (YDI) is open online or by phone with shipping or curbside pickup (40 Franklin Street in Needham). It features these STEM educational toys and kits for #StayAtHome families.

Science Club for Girls: Available for All, At Home

Science Club for Girls has moved online, offering hands-on activities, videos, podcasts, and virtual tours each Monday for its STEM Activity for the Week on the SCFG Facebook page. Everyone — not just SCFG members — is invited to try out the experiments and post on social media about them with the tag #SCFGatHome. You can also email photos or videos of your activity to scfg@scienceclubforgirls.org for SCFG to share. SCFG also offers this list of at-home STEM activities, videos, podcasts, and other resources.

Northeastern Splash! has Moved to Online Classes

Each spring, NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) hosts Splash!, a free program for students in Grades 9-12 to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students.  This spring, Splash! has moved online to Digital Splash! STEM courses include:

New England Sci-Tech Offers Online Classes

The New England Sci-Tech STEM education center in Natick is offering online classes in science fact and fiction.  Many of the classes are free for members, and admission is low-cost for everyone else.

NNHS STEMentors Club Offers Experiments to Try at Home

The Newton North HS STEMentors club was formed to bring STEM lessons to Newton students in Grades K-8 in schools, libraries, and expos. During COVID-19 #FlattenTheCurve closings, STEMentors is offering a montage of science experiments for kids to try at home through a video and an online document to demonstrate and explain each experiment. Send them feedback at stementors.nnhs@gmail.com.

The Knowledge Society Offers Remote Learning Materials

The Knowledge Society, with offices in Cambridge and several other cities, is a 10-month accelerator program for curious and ambitious teens to learn how to use emerging technologies to solve big problems. It’s now offering these online resources for teens:

  • Online sessions each week (sign up here), including access to recordings of previous sessions:  Cellular agriculture, Brain-computer interfaces, Human longevity, Gene editing, and Artificial intelligence.
  • Free online learning modules brain-computer interfaces, space technologies, and viruses (sign up here).

WGBH Distance Learning Resources: Broadcast and Streaming

The WGBH Distance Learning Center is broadcasting educational programming in science and social studies, noon to 5PM daily for Grades 6-12 on WGBH WORLD (Comcast 956, FiOS 473, RCN 94, Cox 807, Charter 181) and WGBY WORLD (over-the-air 57.2, Comcast 209, Spectrum 181 and 1275).

In addition, it offers on-demand streaming of education programs for Grades Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.