Category Archives: Vacation Programs

New England Sci-Tech: STEM Programs and Maker Space in Natick

New England Sci-Tech is a non-profit STEM education center and maker space on the Natick/Wellesley line (16 Tech Circle in Natick), launched last June. It offers classes and workshops in a wide range of STEM fields, amateur radio licensing, maker lab space, summer and after-school programs, public astronomy nights, educational support for schools and home-schoolers, tutoring, support for science fairs and other student STEM projects, space rentals for birthday parties, and more. Sign up for its mailing lists or become a member (rates of $25 to $75 per month).

Empow Studios: 15% Discount for 2019 Camps Ends Oct. 31

Empow Studios has announced its 2019 schedule for camps with a 15% discount available through October 31. This includes vacation camps in February and April (in Brookline, Lexington, and Newton) as well as summer camps (in Belmont, Back Bay, Brookline, Franklin, Lexington, Natick, Newton, Shrewsbury, and other locations coming soon). Camp themes include Tech & Design, Java Coding, and Minecraft.

Empow Studios: Fall Schedule and One-Day NanoCamps for School Days Off

Empow Studios in Lexington and Newton will offer single-day NanoCamps on the following days that public schools will not be in session:  September 10 & 19, October 8, November 6 (Lexington only) & 12, December 26-28, and January 21. Register online.

Also, Empow Studios’ fall schedule is open for registration, including clubs for MineCraft, Girls STEAM, Video Game Design, Coding, Robotics, and YouTube.

Tufts CEEO Spring Vacation Workshops

Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) still has room in the following Spring vacation workshops:

Boston Museum of Science Programs for February Vacation

Boston’s Museum of Science offers these experiences for February school-vacation week:

  • Extended Hours:  9AM-7PM through Saturday, February 24 (and until 9PM on Fridays, as usual).
  • Dream Big: Engineering Our World IMAX Film:  The Museum will offer free screenings of Dream Big at 10AM each day, February 18-24, thanks to NCEES to honor National Engineers Week. Tickets will be available at the box office at 9AM each day on a first come, first served basis to those with exhibit halls admission.
  • Mirror Maze:  Numbers in Nature:  Due to high demand for the maze itself, complimentary timed tickets will be issued at its entrance on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
  • Planetarium Shows
  • Wicked Smart:  Permanent exhibit of products and technologies invented in the Boston area.

Tufts CEEO February Break Workshop for Grades 3-5, Feb. 20-23

Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) still has room in its February break workshop for Grades 3-5, running February 20-23, 9AM-3PM. Students will explore game design and learn about the engineering design process through play-testing and iterative design using both craft materials and Scratch coding. The cost is $400. Register here.

Newton Community Education: Vacation STEM Programs

Newton Community Education will host the following STEM programs during the February school vacation:

BioBuilder February Break Workshop for Ages 10-14, Feb. 20-22

BioBuilder Learning Lab is hosting SynBIO: Fiction vs. Reality, a February break workshop for 10-14-year-old students interested in synthetic biology and getting hands-on time in a biology lab with a trained scientist.  It will be held February 20-22, 9AM-3PM, at BioBuilder Lab Central (700 Main Street, Cambridge). Cost is $600. Register here. For more information, email

MIT Museum FebFest over School Vacation, Feb. 19-24

Over the February school vacation, February 19-24, the MIT Museum will host its annual Feb Fest. This year’s theme is Big Data, inspired by the Museum’s exhibition, Big Bang Data. Except as noted, the cost of all of the following events is included in the charge for museum admission:

Workshops for middle-school students (9:30AM-3:30PM), including trips to the MIT campus:  Pre-registration is required for each of the following (cost $85):

Showcases (daily 10AM-Noon), with topics changing daily. Drop-in; registration not required.

  • February 19:  Chain Reaction Construction with Data
  • February 20:  Data for Energy & Our Environment
  • February 21:  Data for Health & Wellness
  • February 22:  Data Communication & Visualization
  • February 23:  The Internet and Machine Learning

Idea Hub (daily 12:30-2PM) to explore programming in Scratch. On-site sign-up for 30-minute sessions.

Gallery Tours (daily 2-2:30PM) for ages 14+.  Tickets available for up to 25 participants starting 30 minutes before each tour.

  • February 20, 22, 23: Big Bang Data
  • February 21:  CAVS 50, celebrating the 50th anniversary of the MIT Center for Advanced Visual Studies

Finale (February 24, 1-4PM):  Citizen Science Fair:  Public participation in data collection, analysis, and reporting.

February Break: Forensics Institute in Bridgewater, Feb. 20-23

During the February school break, Bridgewater State University’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Education will offer the CASE Science Academy for students in Grades 6-8 to explore the world crime scene analysis, February 20-23, 8:30AM-2:30PM. The cost of $325 covers lab supplies and materials, but not lunch. Register online. For more information, email