This summer offers another opportunity for rising 7th graders to graduating seniors to take classes at MIT through HSSP. Students can choose from a variety of academic and non-academic courses. The program runs on Sundays from July 9, 2017 - August 13, 2017 from 12:00 pm to 4:00 pm. The cost of the program is $40, as always, generous financial aid is available. Space is limited. The course catalog is expected to be released on May 23rd and registration will open tentatively around May 28th. Registration closes on June 13th.
Registration is now open for CODEIT!, a free program offered by MIT students aimed at decreasing the gender-gap in technology. Middle school girls with little or no programming experience will have the chance to explore computer science through interactive workshops and MIT student mentors. The program meets weekly on Saturday afternoons from 11 a.m. - 3 p.m. beginning October 7, 2017 through December 2, 2017 (students are expected to attend all classes). Computers and smartphones will be available for student use and a catered lunch will be provided.
Girls Space Day Adventure, hosted by The Society of Women Engineers, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MIT AeroAstro Department and MIT Women's Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics, will be held this Saturday, May 13, 2017 at the MIT Johnson Ice Rink. Girls, grade 6 - 8, will participate in hands-on activities and demonstrations while learning about the role of science and engineering in space exploration. There will be interactive demonstration and the young women will have the opportunity to meet women scientists and engineers.
Student Check-in: 9:30 a.m. - 10 a.m.
Speakers & Demos: 10 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
We loved the library when my kids were little, we were there all the time. We listened and sang at Mommy & Me story time, we played with puzzles, and borrowed lots and lots of books. We loved the kids performers – the magicians, the jugglers, and the science shows. It was a great time to get together with friends. The calendar was always full with upcoming activities.
It was a sad day when I realized my kids had outgrown the library. They were excited when they realized they were now going to a new room upstairs with a whole new variety of books, booths to sit in and computers work on. We quickly discovered, most of the time the door was locked and the room empty. The library staff were quick to unlock the door but it was soon locked again after the kids made their selection. The sense of feeling welcome was left in the first floor childrens’ room. My kids now prefer to just download a book on their electronic device and there is no real reason for them to head to the library anymore. It seems this is a common trend at many libraries and the middle and high school kids get lost. There is a void, a sense of loss of community that we had when the kids were little, we had loved the library.
The question I was left with is, what do you do when your kids outgrow the library? More and more people are turning to makerspaces. Makerspaces are community spaces where people can gather together for learning, exploring, making and sharing using a variety of tools and materials. Makerspaces are unique to the community they serve. Some may be in a small space consisting of primarily art supplies and Legos while others can be in a vast location offering a variety of tools and classes.
I recently had a chance to tour Technocopia, a makerspace in Worcester, with Lauren Monroe, the founder of Worcester Think Tank. Worcester Think Tank, established in 2008, is a youth education center providing hands-on experiences in science, technology and the arts for youth ages 8 to 17. Technocopia offers workshops, tool trainings and youth education. Memberships are available to individuals and families to use the space and tools. Workshops are offered to both members and non-members of the makerspace. The space includes a Design Studio, Glass Shop, a Metal Shop, a Laser Cutter, 3D Printers and a classroom with computers. The two organizations have formed a unique relationship, sharing a space and collaborating on a full time basis.
In addition to workshops throughout the year, Worcester Think Tank is offering 2-weeks of summer programs in August. There will be a variety of workshops including: Illuminated Sculpture where students will learn 3D printing, how to use a laser cutter to create a sculpture and electronics to light up the sculpture; Screen Printing where students will create a design and to screen print on a t-shirt.; Minecraft and 3D Printing workshop; and Art Biology.
…This may just be the answer to what we do now that we have outgrown the library.
Join the 2017 BrickFair, celebrating its tenth year!
The show will include:
- Stay & Play area of endless LEGO bricks where visitors may demonstrate their creativity,
- Face-to-face discussion with popular LEGO artists, such as Daniel Siskind, creator of the world's largest LEGO aircraft carrier – see it for yourself!
- Bounce houses for the little ones to expend their extra energy,
- Self-serve photo booths and photo ops. Share your pics at www.BrickFair.com,
- Bingo with LEGO prizes,
- Midway games with LEGO prizes,
- LEGO Derby Racing,
- Guesstimate jars full of LEGO elements, all day every day,
- Endless inspiration, camaraderie, like-minded fans of LEGO, discovery, learning, encouragement, and more!
If you live in Central Massachusetts, sometimes it can be hard making the trek into Boston to attend STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, & Math) enrichment programs with your kids. Luckily, close to home, is the Worcester Think Tank. The Worcester Think Tank offers many STEAM based hands-on youth programs for kids ages 8 - 17.
This summer, the Worcester Think Tank is hosting 2 weeks of summer programs with planned hands-on STEAM projects in science, technology and art. All classes will take place at Technocopia's Maker Space or outside on the Worcester Common. Summer programs will be held the weeks of August 7 and 14th, 2017.
Saturday, May 13, 2017, middle school girls (grades 6-8) will have the opportunity to participate in a free program "Girls Space Day Adventure" being held at MIT's Johnson Ice Rink. This is a FREE program in which young women can participate in hands-on activities while learning about the role of science & engineering in space exploration. They young women will also have a chance to meet and interact with women engineers and scientists.
This event is hosted by The Society of Women Engineers, MIT Lincoln Laboratory, MIT AeroAstro department and the MIT Women's Graduate Association of Aeronautics and Astronautics.
9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m. Student Check-In
10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Speakers and Demos
Is Cambridge a little too far for you to trek for the Cambridge Science Festival? No worries, on Saturday, April 15th the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster will be hosting their 4th Annual Central MA Science Festival from 10 am - 3 pm.
This FREE event has hands-on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts & Math) Activities for all ages, children to adult. There will be demonstrations, exhibitions and workshops throughout the day.
Today is the last day to receive 25% off Higher Orbits "Go To Launch" Summer program.
Go For Launch! is a 3-day program that uses Space Exploration as a platform to launch student involvement in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math, teamwork, communication, and leadership. Speakers include a NASA Astronaut who will present with Michelle Lucas who spent over 10 years working at NASA's Johnson Space Center. Students will be broken into teams and must work together and complete task for daily rewards. Each team must define and design a space experiment which will be presented to a panel of judges with the winning team having a chance to have their experiment launched to the International Space Station!
Event for students in grades 8 -12 to be held at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg & Leominster on August 22 - 24, 2017. Cost is $250 per student and includes supplies, lunch, snacks, t-shirt, patch and other goodies.
Discount to STEM Advocates users: MASTEM25 for 25% off through the end of March 2017
(Disclaimer: STEM Advocates does NOT receive compensation of any kind for those registering for this program. This information is provided as a public service announcement)
Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys and an IT Professional.