The Newton South HS Science Team — led by captains Frank Liu, David Kim, and Lucy Dutton — is starting an online mentorship program to introduce middle-school students to high-school science. Middle-school students will benefit by filling in gaps in their curriculum during the shutdown while also interacting with high-school students. Students can ask questions about science and high school and get to know Science Team members. The program aims to be introductory and preparatory, addressing the basics of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and related topics. It is designed mainly for students who will be in Grade 9 at Newton high schools in the fall, but it’s open to anyone interested in science. Weekly sessions will be scheduled based on availability and demand. Interested parents should fill out this form to express interest and learn more.
Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) will hold several in-person, one-week workshops this summer for elementary, middle, and high school students to learn engineering from Tufts University staff and undergraduate students who are researching how best to teach engineering to K-12 students. The goal of these in-person workshops is to evoke curiosity and passion for engineering through hands-on design challenges while keeping the health and safety of students and teachers the highest priority. Refunds will be paid in the event that workshops are canceled due to revised guidance from Tufts University or the CDC. Register at these links:
Empow Studios will open in-person summer camps next week in several locations, including its Newton studio and Mt. Ida campus, subject of course to any changes in COVID-19 guidelines for reopening. Registration for virtual summer camps is also available, in any case.
Newton Community Education is offering week-long, online STEM classes for elementary, middle, and high school students. Classes include:
- 3-D Game Development (Grades 9-12)
- 3-D Printing, Coding, & Design (Grades 3-5, 6-9)
- App Inventors (Grades 6-9)
- Camp Invention: Live Online (Grades 1-6)
- Chess Intensive Plus (Grades 3-6)
- Circuitry 101 (Grades 1-4)
- Game Creation (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
- Hands-on Electronics (Grades 3-5)
- Interactive Electronics (Grades 6-9)
- Intro to Programming: Scratch (Grades 3-5)
- Math Meets 3-D Printing (Grades 3-5)
- MathemAddicts (Grades 5-9)
- Minecraft Metropolis (Grades 3-6)
- Minecraft Modding with Java (Grades 9-12)
- Minecraft Mythicraft (Grades 2-5)
- Nature in your Neighborhood (Grades 1-4)
- Python Game Development (Grades 5-9)
- Python Programming (Grades 9-12)
- Science Scramble (Grades 1-4)
- Space Lab (Grades 1-4)
- Web Development (Grades 5-9)
- Wicked Cool Vet School (Grades 1-4)
Boston University’s School of Engineering will offer a one-week, virtual U-Design summer engineering workshop for students entering Grades 7-10 to design and build gliders and also discuss topics in aerospace and astrophysics. This will be an online version of the popular U-Design Flight School program. This year, students will work together online, 10AM-Noon each day. with independent, off-line work on their own schedule. The cost is $200 per student, and a limited number of scholarships are available for those who qualify. Materials, including safety goggle and required tools, will be mailed to students before the workshop starts. Registration is limited to 20 students. For further information, email Ann Mahoney at 617-320-5351 or email@example.com.
This summer Artisan’s Asylum, a 10-year-old makerspace in Somerville, is offering a two-week, immersive virtual program, Mission Control: Build a Martian Colony, for students entering Grades 6-10. The program will run in two sections, July 20-31 and August 10-21, with each running online 10AM-3PM, Monday through Friday. No prior experience is required, just an interest in engineering, robotics, and space exploration. The goal will be to solve engineering challenges and program robots to create safe structures for a team of three astronauts. A kit of materials will be provided for pickup or mailing. Students will learn about programming, robotics & engineering, hands-on building, and critical thinking/problem-solving. Pay what you can afford in the range of $300-$800 per student.
The Newton LigerBots high-school robotics team has room in two free programs it’s offering for elementary students:
- Awesome Mentorship Program: Students in Grades K-6 are paired up with enthusiastic and vetted high schoolers to have Zoom calls once a week for reading together, science experiments, drawing together, and more. Sign your child up here.
- Virtual Summer Camp: In Camp AMP, students entering Grades 1-6 can take online classes in programming, map-making, dance, mythical creatures, and more, 9AM-12:30PM. Materials are provided. Sign up here to confirm interest in Session 2 (July 20-31), Session 3 (August 3-14), or Session 4 (August 17-28).
The Innovation Institute is offering an additional online summer program, Making Sense of Information: The How-To’s of Scientific Reasoning, July 20-31 (Mondays-Wednesdays-Fridays). Ages 11-3 will meet 9AM-10:30AM, and ages 14-16 will meet 11AM-12:30PM. The program will be collaborative, building confidence and skills in quantitative reasoning and experimental design through discussions of modern controversies in science, polling data, and the ‘logic’ of advertisements. Enroll by July 8.
In lieu of its canceled in-person summer camps at Lasell College, Einstein’s Workshop is offering virtual classes online in two-week sessions from June 29 through August 31 for students entering Grades 1-9. See the grade-specific schedules. Each virtual class will be held two days a week (either Monday-Tuesday or Wednesday-Thursday) for about an hour each time, with a “games and activities” session on Friday.
Building upon their successful Awesome Mentoring Project during the shutdown this spring, Newton’s high-school robotics team, the LigerBots, will offer a free, virtual summer camp for students entering Grades 1-6 in the fall. Kids will be grouped by Grades 1&2, 3&4, and 5&6. Classes will include programming, dance, astrology, and much more. The camp will be run over Zoom, with Slack for communicating with parents. It’s free, and materials will be provided. Sessions will run every weekday, 9AM-12:30PM, for multiple two-week sessions: July 6-17, July 20-31, August 3-14, and August 17-28. You may sign up for multiple sessions, though capacity is limited. Sign up by June 22.