Category Archives: Resources

Highlights of the Mass. STEM Summit

Videos, photos, and slide presentations from the 2016 Massachusetts STEM Summit heold on November 1 are now available online.

MassBay Offers One- and Two-Semester STEM Certificates

MassBay Community College in Wellesley offers one-semester certificates in central processing technologies, emergency medical technician, phlebotomy, cyber security analyst and certified nursing assistant.  It offers two-semester certificates in practical nursing, advanced manufacturing, computer-aided design, web design, technology support, cyber security, automotive technology, medical coding, surgical technology, paramedicine, business information technology, and high tech sales.

NNHS Science Team Raises Funds by Raking Your Leaves

The Newton North HS Science Team will rake your leaves to raise funds to pay for its competition fees and supplies for building and studying.  Contact team vice president Jessica Chen at jessicachen2018@gmail.com.  Help the team and get a clean lawn!

K2 Enrichment STEM Program in Nonantum, Ages 5-10

K2 Enrichment Program has moved its STEM programs for ages 5-10 to a new location, at 307 Watertown Street in Nonantum.  K2 Enrichment offers after-school and weekend programs of about 7 weeks each, in addition to summer programs, school-vacation workshops, and birthday-party events. Free trial classes are available. For more information, call 617-916-0433 or email kristine@k2enrichment.com.

BostonTechMom: How to Start a ‘Girls Who Code’ Club

So many parents and students are looking for opportunities to learn about programming and introductory computer science, and the Girls Who Code clubs at the Newton Free Library fill up quickly.  BostonTechMom has stepped forward with step-by-step instructions to alleviate the shortage:  How to Start a Girls Who Code Club.

Computer Science Ed Week Webinar for Teachers, Oct. 13

Teachers are invited to a free, one-hour webinar on October 13, at 4PM or 8PM, to prepare for Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11).  It’s sponsored by  the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Education Foundation and will include information on lesson plans and workshops.  Register online for either live viewing or to get a link to a recording of the session.

NHL Hockey Online STEM Program — Free for Schools, Grades 4-7

For a second year, the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, and Boston Bruins are sponsoring an online STEM program, Future Goals, free for Massachusetts schools.  It’s recommended for Grades 4-7 and consists of 12 online modules of 15-20 minutes each.  See the demo video and curriculum guide (PDF).  Teachers, students, administrators, coaches, and community members are invited to fill out the contact form on the Future Goals site.

Summer STEM Fun: Khan Academy + Pixar

Khan Academy and Pixar Studios have teamed up to create Pixar in a Box, a series of free online tutorials that demonstrate how STEM and the arts are used in film animation. Each tutorial focuses on the use of a concept learned in school and starts with a design-challenge lesson (for Grades 5+), followed by several different grade-appropriate lessons focused on particular math concepts.  Topics include:  Effects, Patterns (randomness), Rigging (controls), Animation (curves), Environmental Modeling (parabolic arcs), Character Modeling (weighted averages), Crowds (combinatorics), Sets & Staging (geometric transformations), and Rendering (algebra).

Mass. Audubon Offers “Virtual Internship” Simulation for Land-Science Education

The Massachusetts Audubon Society invites both formal and informal educators to apply to join the Land Science Educator Network LSEN and gain free access to Land Science, its online simulation of an urban planning firm during the coming school year.  This “virtual internship” is suitable for middle- and high-school students, either in the classroom, in after-school clubs, or in other organizations.  Over the course of 8 to 12 hours, students play the role of interns at a virtual urban planning firm and take on real-world STEM problems in land science that have no clear-cut, optimal solutions.  Teachers overseeing these projects can share resources online via LSEN.  For more information, contact Jen Klein, Mass Audubon LSEN Project Manager, at jklein@massaudubon.org.

Mass. ESE Adopts Voluntary Curriculum for Computer Science

As reported by WBUR, last week the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) adopted a voluntary curriculum framework for computer science.  The Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network (MassCAN)to is collaborating with ESE to help districts implement the standards and the Education Development Center (EDC) is developing elementary school curriculum units to integrate computational thinking into math and science lessons.