The New England Sci-Tech STEM education center in Natick is offering online classes in science fact and fiction. Many of the classes are free for members, and admission is low-cost for everyone else.
- Amateur Radio License Course – Technician (all ages): Learn the basics of wireless technology and get an FCC radio license.
- Amateur Radio License Course – General (all ages): Upgrade to a higher level
- Ask a Fire Fighter (Grades 3-10): Learn about fire fighting and fire safety.
- Ham Radio Shop Talk (all ages): Ask a mentor how to use your radio.
- Yes, This is Rocket Science (ages 8-adult, or younger children accompanied by an adult): Learn concepts, design a rocket, run simulated flights, print parts lists and plans.
- Deep Thought (Grades 6-12): Discuss time travel, faster-than-light travel, teleportation, relativity, quantum mechanics, and more.
- Sci-Fi Fan Club – (grades 6-12): Discuss sci-fi literature and share sci-fi short stories.
- Dinner and a Sci-Fi Movie (grades 6-12): Discuss sci-fi movies and examine the plausible science behind the fiction.
The Newton North HS STEMentors club was formed to bring STEM lessons to Newton students in Grades K-8 in schools, libraries, and expos. During COVID-19 #FlattenTheCurve closings, STEMentors is offering a montage of science experiments for kids to try at home through a video and an online document to demonstrate and explain each experiment. Send them feedback at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Science Pickle offers a free game to help you hone your skills in questioning and finding patterns in numbers (in series, between pairs, and among triplets). John Pickle asks that anyone attaining Expert level with three or fewer misses should email him a screenshot at email@example.com. His website is chock full of information and challenges in questioning, observing, learning, earth systems, and software.
The Knowledge Society, with offices in Cambridge and several other cities, is a 10-month accelerator program for curious and ambitious teens to learn how to use emerging technologies to solve big problems. It’s now offering these online resources for teens:
- Online sessions each week (sign up here), including access to recordings of previous sessions: Cellular agriculture, Brain-computer interfaces, Human longevity, Gene editing, and Artificial intelligence.
- Free online learning modules brain-computer interfaces, space technologies, and viruses (sign up here).
The WGBH Distance Learning Center is broadcasting educational programming in science and social studies, noon to 5PM daily for Grades 6-12 on WGBH WORLD (Comcast 956, FiOS 473, RCN 94, Cox 807, Charter 181) and WGBY WORLD (over-the-air 57.2, Comcast 209, Spectrum 181 and 1275).
In addition, it offers on-demand streaming of education programs for Grades Pre-K, K-2, 3-5, 6-8, and 9-12.
Empow Studios is offering working parents 2-4 hours of uninterrupted time each weekday through its new virtual online STEM classes for kids to learn coding, digital arts, and design in small classes with live instructors. Classes are organized by grade level and offered several times a day, with emphasis ranging from exploring a wide range of interests to focusing on one, with the option to receive maximum 1:1 support.
On April 9, 7-9PM, Manifest Boston will live-stream a conversation about engineering biology, highlighting a new book, Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species. Register here. The conversation will be in Long Conversation format (“a daisy chain of timed but spontaneous 2-person dialogues with no slides and no moderator”) featuring:
- Christina Agapakis — Synthetic biologist, artist, creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks
- Siranush Babakhanova — Transhumanist, founder of the MIT student group Xapiens
- Brian Bergstein — Deputy opinion editor, Boston Globe and coeditor of Neo.Life
- George Church — Harvard professor of health sciences and technology
- Juan Enriquez — Futurist, author, managing director of Excel Venture Management
- Steve Ramirez — Neuroscientist, professor at Boston University
- Jason Kelly — President of Ginkgo Bioworks
- Jen Reddy — Wired Ventures Co-Founder; NEO.LIFE Founder and CEO
Tumblehome Books, a non-profit STEM book publishing company in greater Boston, is offering a series of free STEM books (shipping included) in its Read-Review-Repeat program. Select a book from their list, read it, review it on Amazon (good, bad, or indifferent), and then repeat with another book on the list. Here are some of the books:
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University offers teachers and caregivers these STEM resources for Grades PreK-12: