Family Resources

Summer STEM Programs

Biogen Idec Community Lab offers a one-week Adventures in Biotechnology session and an advanced two-week session for middle and high school students to participate in lab work and poster sessions.

Briarwood Marine Science camp on Cape Cod offers boys and girls entering grades 5 through 10 programs that integrate life science, technology and mathematics frameworks through a relevant, stimulating and fun course of study.

Broad Institute Summer Internships are for students between junior and senior years of high school who want to learn more about science and genomics. Applications are available in January.

BU’s Artemis Project is a five-week summer program in which Computer Science undergraduate women introduce rising 9th grade girls to computer science.

BU’s CityLab SummerLab BioTechnology Program provides an opportunity for students from the Boston area to develop a deeper understanding of basic techniques and concepts related to DNA science.

BU College of Engineering’s U-Design summer science and engineering program is for middle school students currently in Grades 6-9, to engage them in the real work of scientists and engineers: design, exploration, invention and experimentation. Three workshops are offered in two one-week sessions: Robo-Alley, Electrical & Mechanical Gizmos, and Flight School 101.

BU’s Research Internship in Science & Engineering is a six-week honors program for students who have completed junior year. Students conduct lab research in a discipline of their interest, gaining valuable technical and analytical skills as well as insight into the scientific process. information for next summer available December 15.

BU’s Summer Pathways is a one-week program for rising Juniors and Senior girls to explore STEM careers.

CDC Disease Detective Camp (DDC), started by CDC′s Global Health Odyssey Museum, is held at CDC′s headquarters in Atlanta, Georgia. By learning through hands–on activities and seminars, upcoming high school juniors and seniors learn to identify five careers within public health, understand basic epidemiology terms, calculate basic epidemiologic rates given an outbreak scenario and data, recognize how infectious and chronic diseases are tracked, and understand the role of public health law in protecting the public′s health in the United States.

Dana-Farber’s Continuing Umbrella of Research Experiences (CURE) offers mentored cancer research experience augmented with professional development, career advisement, networking opportunities, and presentations of research findings to a world-renowned scientific community. Applications available December 1 and due February 21.

Emagination Computer Camp at Bentley University in Waltham — as well as in Atlanta, Chicago, and Philadelphia — offers day and overnight programs for kids and teenagers who love technology.

EXPLO Wellesley offers a 3-week summer program for students entering grades 8 – 9, and its 80 course offerings include STEM and non-STEM topics.  EXPLO St. Marks offers similar programs for students entering grades 4-7.

Gains in the Education of Mathematics and Science (G.E.M.S.) is a one-week, paid, extracurricular, science education summer internship program aiming to allow students to experience science in a real laboratory setting. It seeks highly motivated middle-school students as research participants and also high-school and college students as paid, near-peer mentors. Contact Ms. Leslie Levine at leslie.levine@us.army.mil or 508-233-5900.

The Innovation Institute, in Newtonville, offers one-week STEM mini-courses in the summer for students from kindergarten through high school.

Jackson Laboratory’s Summer Student Program in Bar Harbor, ME provides high school and college students with an opportunity to conduct independent research under the guidance of staff scientists.

Life-TECH Ventures (affiliated with the Nature’s Classroom program familiar to NPS middle-school students) offers residential and day-camp programs in Charlton, MA for children 8 – 16 years old.  Areas of focus include physical science, natural science, performing arts, fine arts, and adventure challenge.

MassBay Community College’ Summer STEM is a two-week program of STEM classes and collaborative, multi-disciplinary projects for students entering Grades 7 and 8 to build skills in research and critical thinking.

Math Power! is a summer program for children entering grades 2-8. It’s offered at Green Planet Kids in Newton Highlands, 22 Lincoln Street in Newton Highlands. 617-332-7841

MIT Educational Studies Program: Junction is a non-residential summer program offering college-level, academic courses for students entering 9th grade through first year of college. Classes are challenging, exciting, and experimental; usually a step beyond what’s available in typical high school curricula.

MIT’s Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES) is rigorous, six-week, 100% scholarship-based program to attract minority students to science and engineering. Applications are available in mid-November and due Feb. 3.

MIT’s Research Science Institute (RSI) invites 80 of the world’s most accomplished high school students for a six-week, cost-free program designed to kick-start their careers of leadership in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology. Participants experience the entire research cycle from start to finish, reading the most current literature in their field, drafting and executing a detailed research plan, and delivering conference-style oral and written reports on their findings.

MIT’s Women’s Technology Program is a rigorous, four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade. It is aimed at students who are not yet certain about their future college majors, and who would like to explore engineering and computer science to determine whether these fields might be of interest. Applications are due Jan. 1.

The Museum of Science offers a series of hands-on, week-long summer courses for students entering grades 1-8.  Topics range from bugs to robots to food chemistry, and more.   See the online course catalog to view courses and register.  Early registration is offered to Museum of Science members.  Full and partial scholarships are available for families in need.

National Institutes of Health Summer Institute Program in Biomedical Research is a highly competitive program offering opportunities for students 16 and over to work side-by-side with leading biomedical research scientists. Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis from November through April by scientists who select their own interns. Labs are located in Bethesda, Baltimore and Frederick, MD; Research Triangle Park, NC; Phoenix, AZ; Hamilton, MT; Framingham, MA; and Detroit, MI. See FAQs.

New England Aquarium Harbor Discovery Camp is an interactive marine and environmental science program for students entering grades 4 through 9.  Activities include behind–the-scenes activities in Aquarium galleries, excursions to Boston Harbor Islands, daily field trips to North and South Shore habitats, an overnight experience, and traditional camp activities.  Several programs run for one or two weeks during July and August.

Northeastern’s Young Scholars Program is a highly selective program for Boston-area students who have finished sophomore or junior years. It includes lab research experience, career exploration, education and career counseling, field trips, and a taste of college life.

Roxbury Latin School’s Advanced Biotechnology Institute offers an advanced lab-based curriculum for outstanding science students in grades 9-12. Admission is on a rolling basis for 20 positions.

Sally Ride Science Camp for Girls at MIT is a day camp for girls entering grades 4 – 9.  Major topics include marine science, introduction to engineering, and astronomy.

Scitech Camp at Dexter-Southfield school in Brookline, for boys and girls entering grades five through ten, offers rich and stimulating experiences designed to encourage curious minds to embark on a lifelong journey through the wonders of science.

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine offers a one-week career -exploration program for students in grades 7 and 8, during spring break as well as in summer.  It also offers two-week summer programs for high-school students in grades 9 through 12.

URBANFRAME offers summer day programs at MIT for teens to design and build architecture in response to community needs. The program includes field trips to meet designers in their firms.

After-School STEM Activities

The Ligerbots is a team of Newton North HS and Newton South HS students competing together in FIRST Robotics Competitions.

Newton has several FIRST Lego League teams, some in school after-school programs and some run independently by parents.

Newton Community Education (see Newton Public Schools below)

Cabot’s After-School Math Puzzle Club is for 4th and 5th graders at Cabot Elementary school.

The Innovation Institute, in Newtonville, offers after-school STEM courses for students from kindergarten through high school.

MIT Educational Studies Program: ProveIt runs for an academic year at a selected local middle school, usually as an after school club, to help middle school students see the fun side of mathematics. This year’s school is not in Newton. Check in June if your school is interested in hosting the program in the future.

Weekend STEM Programs

MIT Educational Studies Program: Spark is a Saturday in which students in grades 7-12 can take multiple classes on a huge variety of subjects. Lottery registration closes Feb. 24, and first-come-first-registered is March 1-7 for the March 12 event.

MIT Educational Studies Program: Spark is a weekend (before Thanksgiving) in which student in grades 7-12 can take multiple classes on a huge variety of subjects..

MIT Educational Studies Program: HSSP offers students in grades 7-12 an in-depth look at a variety of both academic and nonacademic subjects, on Saturdays in spring, summer, and fall.

New England Aquarium’s World of Water offers marine science courses on Saturdays in fall and spring, for students in grades 9 and 10, focusing on problem solving, leadership and environmental stewardship.   Two courses for 2012:  (Spring) Wow: Fish and (Fall) Wow: Scientist.

School Break STEM Programs

Tufts University Adventures in Veterinary Medicine offers a one-week career -exploration program for students in grades 7 and 8, during spring break as well as in summer .

Whitehead Spring Lecture Series for High School Students is a three-day program in Cambridge over spring break for students in grades 9-12 interested in biomedical research. Registration opens in March and is first-come, first-served.

Newton Public Schools STEM Activities

Innovation Lab provides students and teachers with an opportunity to innovate, implement, and scale education initiatives that are centered on real world issues and solutions.

Newton North HS Greengineers is a collaborative think-tank (formerly known as a ‘class’) that combines, among other things, Chemistry, Engineering, Physics, Economics, Finance, Design, and Industrial Safety to design new solutions for known problems and issues that affect local and global communities.

Newton Community Education: Search the NCE catalog for courses such as…
Cooking with a Dash of Science, Domino Physics, Deep Blue Sea, Engineering and Electricity Workshop, Engineering with Legos, Girls Science Club, Lego Engineering, Lego Robotics, Lego Mindstorms Terraforming, Mad Science, Math Mania, Marble Machine Madness, Robotics with Legos, Rocket Science, Wicked Wacky Lab Week, …

Online Resources

Khan Academy offers over 2,100 video tutorials and 100 self-paced exercises over a broad range of topics in arithmetic, mathematics, biology, chemistry, cosmology/astronomy, physics, statistics, … all free.

TenMarks is on online math education resource “to help students achieve their potential in math, and supplement and enrich their classroom learning.”

Scientific American’s Bring Science Home is a month-long series of activities for kids 6-12 years old to see how science is fascinating and part of everyday life. A new activity will be posted every day in May. Each can be done at home in just a few minutes using common household items and is easy to clean up. The activities were developed in collaboration with members of the National Science Teachers Association.

Masters in Data Science is an online clearinghouse of information about education and careers in data science — including The Ultimate STEM Guide for Kids (listing 239 cool STEM sites), entertaining and history-rich discussions of data science in various industries, and lists of schools and degrees focused on data sciences.

OnlineComputerScienceDegree.com offers a database of online computer-science educational programs offered by accredited colleges in the U.S., with information about classes, tutorials, careers, and scholarship opportunities.

Optics4kids.org is the Optical Society’s educational website for young students, parents, and educators.

Scratch is a programming language made freely available by MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Group to help young people learn to think creatively, reason systematically, and work collaboratively.  It’s aimed at ages 8 to 16 but useful for all ages.