The Metrowest STEM Education Network (MSEN) has developed an online portal for STEM At Home to assist families and educators. The portal is currently featuring a survey for families and a survey for educators to gather input on what resources MSEN might provide to help address the challenges of at-home learning. The portal also links to a variety of resources for both families and educators, along with an input form to nominate additional resources to be included.
Boston Tech Mom — a great resource for all things STEM around Boston — continues her monthly catalog of At-Home STEM Activities for Kids with her May roundup of free resources for kids and their caregivers.
Mad Science of North Boston is offering a free daily email of STEM activities that are designed for individual grade levels (Grades K-5), do not require additional screen time, and follow state frameworks. See a sample email and sign up here.
The Newton LigerBots high-school robotics team has started its “Awesome Mentorship Project 2877” to match high-school student mentors with elementary students by common interests for online mentoring sessions. Each mentor-student pair will spend an hour each week over a video call doing science experiments, tutoring in school subjects, or simply drawing and chatting — whatever the elementary student needs. All mentors are vetted and trained by the LigerBots and are excited to get to work! Parents of elementary students are invited to fill out this interest form. High-school students (both LigerBots and others) interested in mentoring are invited to fill out this form.
In response to the need for at-home learning, MIT has rapidly developed Full STEAM Ahead, a collection of free resources for online teaching and learning for Grades K-12 and life-long learners. Besides curricula for higher education and workforce learning, this site includes these weekly packages of materials for Grades K-12, which are available on-demand starting on the dates shown:
- March 23: Spread of Disease
- March 30: Stepping into Invention Education
- April 6: Exploring and Living in Outer Space
- April 13: Making Music and Sounds
- April 20: Earth Week
- April 27: Investigating Problem Finding and Problem Solving
…as well as these online STEM projects for Grades 4-12:
- Amplifier with Piezo Pickup
- Arduino Garden
- Arduino Particle Meter
- Copper Pipe Glockenspiel
- Kinetic Sculpture
- Light-Up Tiles
Boston Tech Mom — a great resource for all things STEM around Boston — has adapted her monthly post about STEM Events for Kids in Boston to catalog this month a range of At-Home STEM Activities for Kids.
For #StayAtHome families, local institutions are offering free online virtual tours and presentations.
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 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-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.