Category Archives: Resources

More Resources for At-Home STEM Education

In addition to last week’s post, Online Resources for STEM-Related Exploration at Home, here are some more:

Ensuring Internet Access for All

During the self isolation and shelter-at-home that is necessary to ensure our common health during the COVID-19 pandemic, Internet access becomes even more essential. Low-income families may receive low-cost Internet access from these providers:

  • Comcast’s Internet Essentials (“affordable Internet at Home for Eligible Households”) offers the first two months free, and after that it’s $9.95 per month plus tax.
  • Verizon’s Lifeline Discount offers broadband Internet for $9.25 per month plus tax (details in English, Spanish).

You may be well connected; please spread the word so that others are, too.

Online Resources for STEM-Related Exploration at Home

While your family is at home, here are some online STEM resources to explore:

Talking with Kids about Coronavirus and COVID-19

Area museums have compiled this list of age-appropriate, online resources for learning about the novel coronavirus and COVID-19, as presented by the Discovery Museum:

Project Learning Tree Workshop for Elementary Educators, Mar. 7

Project Learning Tree will present a professional-development workshop for teachers, non-formal educators, and anyone wanting to bring the environment into their work with children. The workshop will use PLT’s K-8 curriculum and will focus particularly on Grates 3-5, but all educators are welcome. It will be held at Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester on March 7, 9:30AM-1PM. Cost is $20 per person. For questions or to register (by February 29), contact Gini Traub at Gini.Traub@state.ma.us or 617-699-2387.  Project Learning Tree’s award-winning environmental-education program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

MIT K-12 MakerLab Newsletter

The MIT K12 MakerLab has launched a newsletter to help K-12 educators in all fields develop fun and effective Maker experiences for their students. Sign up here.

Boston Tech Mom: Summer STEM Programs at Mass. Universities

Boston Tech Mom has compiled a great list of summer STEM programs offered by colleges and universities in Massachusetts.

Seeds of STEM Training for Pre-school Teachers, Dec. 6-7

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 mdubosarsky@wpi.edu.

Boston Tech Mom’s 2020 Guide to STEM Programs

As postlogue to her Boston STEM Fair, Boston Tech Mom has published her 2020 Guide to STEM Programs in Massachusetts.

Green Newton — Schools Connections

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 schoolconnections@greennewton.org.