Students in Grades K-8 — and their parents — are invited to learn about FIRST Lego League (FLL) at FLL Info Night, hosted by the Newton LigerBots on May 30, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall. At the event, students and parents can learn more about FLL and what roles students can play on FLL teams, such as being a researcher, coder, or engineer, and they can meet others who are interested in forming FLL teams.
The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics team, spanning both high schools — offers this information session as a community service, in part because FLL is a great introduction to the engineering, teamwork, and project skills that make great future LigerBots. The LigerBots also support FLL by mentoring local FLL teams, hosting FLL competitions, and promoting the principles of FIRST.
The Grants and Projects Committee of the Newton North HS PTSO has announced funding for the following STEM programs and activities at NNHS, citing notes of appreciation from teachers and staff:
- Lab equipment for a variety of science classes
- Field trip to Harvard Medical School for anatomy classes
- TI-84 graphing calculators to meet needs in the Math Department
- CAD design software licenses for the Engineering program
Engineering is Elementary will host a two-day workshop for elementary-school teachers — Marvelous Machines: Making Work Easier — at the Museum of Science, March 9-10, focusing on integrating engineering and science in the classroom. The cost is $200. Register here.
Tufts University’s Teacher Engineering Education Program (TEEP) offers online courses for K-12 teachers to learn about incorporating engineering in their classrooms and earn an Online K-12 Engineering Education (OKEE) Certificate. Rolling admissions for next Fall’s sessions are processed monthly during March-May.
“e” Inc.’s new Environment Science Discovery & Action Museum opened in (114 16th Street, Room 1030, in the Charlestown Navy Yard, Charlestown) on January 30. It’s aimed at Grades 3-7, and its first exhibit is “Weather and Climate: Our Changing World.” About 50 classrooms and after-school groups have already signed up for 4-hour visits. Teachers and group leaders may schedule visits here ($3 per student + $10 per adult after the first 3 adults). Starting at the end of March, the museum will be open to the public on Saturdays, 10AM-4PM, with online signups for reservations opening in mid-March.
Hologic Corporation has awarded a grant of $30,000 to the Massachusetts State Science Olympiad, which will distribute the funds, to be used for school equipment and supplies, as follows:
- $400 to each of the top teams in each Olympiad (middle-school and high-school) both this year and next year, and
- Up to $400 each to other schools upon the submission of an approved budget in the fall of 2017.
The Newton Public Schools has launched a new K-5 Family Math Page to provide resources for families of students in Grades K-5 to explore mathematics. It contains links to resources for parent and students, including websites, mobile apps, and relevant news items. And there a link to a survey to provide feedback.
MassBioEd will hold two workshops for teachers in January in Cambridge. Attending either of these workshops is a first step toward qualifying for a MassBioEd SPOT grant for classroom equipment and lab supplies for life-sciences activities. These workshops will be held 8:30AM-4PM in MIT’s Building 68 (31 Ames Street):
Smith College and Springfield Technical Community College have developed Through My Window, a free engineering curriculum for Grades 4-8 that integrates STEM and literacy via three flexible components:
- Young adult STEM mystery novel, Talk to Me
- Interactive online learning adventures about engineering topics
- Teachers’ curriculum guide
Applications are being accepted from schools and other programs, both formal and informal, to implement this curriculum in the spring, summer or fall of 2017. Applicants selected through this process will receive a $500 stipend and free educator support, including free customized lesson plans and professional development. Application is quick and easy at goo.gl/forms/LcFmambLBHpk8Lmi2. For more information, email Outreach Coordinator Isabel Huff at firstname.lastname@example.org. She has told NewtonSTEM that Through the Window would love to work with schools or programs in the Newton area.
Videos, photos, and slide presentations from the 2016 Massachusetts STEM Summit heold on November 1 are now available online.