Makers’ Corner: Vacation and After-School Programs for Grades 6-8

The Makers’ Corner for Grades 6-8, located at Underwood School, has announced February Vacation activities, for which students may sign up by individual days: Woodworking (February 19), glassblowing (February 20), and making a mock newscast at NewTV (February 21). In addition, the Makers’ Corner has announced Early Spring Clubs starting in the first week of March.

High-School Summer STEM at University of Vermont

The University of Vermont runs a challenging 4-week summer program (July 7-19 weeks on campus, followed by July 20-August 2 online) for students who have completed Grades 10-12 and wish to explore one of these STEM fields:

  • Adventures in Neuroscience
  • Biomedical Science and Human Disease
  • Drones for Environmental Mapping
  • Health and Medicine

Admitted students may apply by March 15 for a limited number of scholarships available.

MIT Museum FebFest Vacation Events, Feb. 18-23

The MIT Museum celebrates February school vacation (February 18-23) with FebFest — a range of activities:

Events for teens and adults, included with museum admission:

  • Nautical Chain Reaction:  February 18, 10AM-Noon and 1:30-3:30PM
  • Nautical Day: February 23, 1-4PM

High-school students (free with pre-registration, which opens February 8):

  • Teen Science Cafe: February 23, 6-8:30PM. Dinner provided.

Workshops for ages 11-14 ($40 per student; pre-registration required):

  • Sail Through Engineering: February 19, 9AM-Noon
  • Structural Engineering: February 20, 9AM-Noon
  • Illuminating Protein Expression: February 22, 9AM-Noon

Walk-in workshops for ages 11+ (under 15 must be accompanied by an adult) $10 per person in addition to museum admission. On-site registration, first-come/first-served, starts at 10AM on day of workshop.

  • Sail Through Engineering: February 19 & 22, 2PM-3:30PM
  • Structural Engineering: February 20, 2PM-3:30PM
  • Intro to 3D Design: February 19 & 21, 10AM-1PM
  • Float Your Boat: February 20 & 22, 10AM-1PM

Idea Hub: Drop into the Museum’s maker space (included with museum admission; 30-minute sessions available for on-site signup on day of event)

Free, One-Week Curriculum: Resisting Scientific Misinformation

Resisting Scientific Misinformation is a free, one-week curriculum for Grades 6-12 designed to help students learn to guard against misinformation. It was created by Andy Zucker (former Senior Research Scientist at the Concord Consortium) and Penny Noyce (Tumblehome and STEM Next), with video production assistance from NOVA staff at WGBH, and it consists of four lessons and homework. Most of the class time is spent not in videos or lectures but in activities such as researching to investigate a variety of “scientific” claims. All materials, a teacher guide, and a one-page introductory flyer are freely available online.

Boston Tech Mom: Math Programs for Kids in Mass.

Boston Tech Mom (“a parent’s guide to raising a future techie”) has published a very useful, comprehensive list of Math Programs for Kids in Massachusetts — for both year-round and summer.

Learn2Code: Online Coding Classes

Learn2Code offers live online, hands-on coding classes — taught by students from universities such as MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, and Caltech — for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Students learn coding concepts and write, test, and debug code with an instructor in private, semi-private, or group online settings and can access all course material at any time.

Public Expo: Results of Reality Virtually Hackathon, Jan. 21

The MIT Media Lab’s Reality Virtually Hackathon concludes tomorrow, January 21, with a Public Expo, 2PM-5PM, to showcase cutting-edge developments in augmented reality and virtual reality created by the hackathon’s 400 participating developers, designers, and AR/VR storytellers. It takes place at the Media Lab (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge). Registration is required and free, and a donation is requested (suggested $10 per person) to support the group’s future work.

Wellesley STEM Expo Seeks Exhibitors, Workshops, and Sponsors for Apr. 6

The fourth Wellesley STEM Expo will be held on April 6 at Wellesley High School.  The organizers invite individuals, organizations, schools, companies, and groups to sign up to host an exhibit, run a workshop, or become a sponsor. For more information, email

Genes in Space: Contest for Grades 7-12, Experimental Designs Due Apr. 19

Genes in Space invites students in Grades 7-12 to a contest to design DNA experiments for space. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring by Harvard/MIT scientists and present at the International Space Station R&D Conference for a chance at the national award.  Winners will attend Space Biology Camp and send their experiment into space. Applications are due April 19.  The contest is free and does not require equipment.  Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit.

Newton Free Library Makerspace Starts Open Studio Hours

The Newton Free Library’s Makerspace will offer public Open Studio hours starting in February, so that people of all ages can share ideas and knowledge using the Makerspace’s 3D printers, sewing machines, serger, die-cutting machine, etc. It’s in the back of the library, near the teen space. Children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. All are invited to join the Makerspace’s online Meetup to stay connected.

  • Mondays 3PM-6PM (but not the first and fourth Mondays of the month)
  • Wednesdays 2PM-9PM
  • Thursdays 9:30AM-Noon
  • Fridays 2PM-5PM