Boston Tech Mom’s List of At-Home STEM Activities for Kids

Boston Tech Mom has curated a fine list of free, at-home STEM activities for kids to undertake this summer.

MAST Awards: Nominate a Science Teacher by Oct. 1

Nominations are open until October 1 for several awards for science teachers from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST):

  • 14 county-level science educator awards
  • 1 award for an exemplary new teacher
  • 1 award for a distinguished “friend of science” working with educators
  • 1 award for a K-8 teacher who is inspirational in environmental education

Anyone may submit a nomination by completing this online form. All nominees will be notified of their nominations, and awards will be presented at the MAST Annual Conference.  For more information, contact Laura Carlin at awards@massscienceteach.org.

LigerBots: Two Free Programs for Elementary Students

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).

Museum of Science Online Town Hall: Urban Ecology — Bringing New Lenses on the Sea, June 22

Boston’s Museum of Science will host a free, online town hall, Urban Ecology — Bringing New Lenses on the Sea, on June 22, 7PM-8:30PM. Registration required.

FSU Planetarium AstroNight: Live Virtual Event, June 26

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University has moved its free planetarium events for families from onsite to online in its Dome to Home: AstroNights program. Their next live virtual event, the Colorful Stars of Summer, will be June 26 at 7PM. You can view recordings of previous events on their YouTube playlist.

NNHS STEMentors Club Offers Online Speaker Series for Kids

The Newton North HS STEMentors club, formed to bring STEM lessons to Newton students in Grades PreK-8, is offering a free online speaker series with six sessions this summer, each featuring an adult explaining his/her field of STEM along with Q&A. Sessions are aimed at Grades 3-8 but open to all. Each will be about 45 minutes starting at 4:30PM (except as noted below). Sign up here. For more information, email stementors.nnhs@gmail.com.

  • July 9: Software Engineering
  • July 13: Computational Chemistry and Drug Discovery
  • July 17: Medicine
  • July 20: The Science of Eyes
  • July 22: Synthetic Biology
  • August 12 (12PM): Radar and Airborne/Space-based Sensors

Support Science Club for Girls

Science Club for Girls fosters excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls and young women from underrepresented communities. SCFG offers free, experiential activities in STEM for K-8 girls; junior mentoring and leadership experiences for high school girls; and adult mentoring and role modeling by committed women with STEM careers. This non-profit is worthy of your support, and you can donate here.

Innovation Institute: New Online Summer Program in Scientific Reasoning, July 20-31, for Ages 11-3 and 14-16

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.

Einstein’s Workshop: Virtual Classes Replace Summer Camp at Lasell

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.

Mass. Audubon: Upcoming Online Programs

The Massachusetts Audubon Society is offering these programs online, each 7PM-9PM. $25 members, $30 non-members: