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 and 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.
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Tech Savy is a program for rising 7th and 8th grade girls, sponsored by the Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative. The young women's days will be busy learning how to use a 3D printer, develop a phone app, use circuits, create an animation and build robots. Students will have activities at Wentworth Institute of Technology, UMass Boston, MIT, Northeastern University and Harvard University. The program is being held July 24-28, 2017 and the cost is $250 and includes lunch. Reduced tuition of $50 is available to students that are covered by MA Health, SNAP or TAFDC. Drop off and Pickup is at Boston University.
It is that time of year again, registration is open for Northeastern University's Building Bridges program. It is a bi-annual event for high school students interested in exploring the school's College of Engineering. The day is packed with interactive engineering activities that cross a variety of engineering disciplines. Students have a chance to learn about research programs and potential career paths. This spring's even is being held on April 7, 2017 from 9 am - 2 pm and costs $15 (including breakfast & lunch). While students attend the program parents have a chance to explore the campus or the local Boston area.
Do you know a young high school freshman or sophomore woman that has an interested in computer security? Codebreakers is a program offered through Boston University where young women will learn security concepts through gaming, modeling and simulations development. Students will learn how to program in Python, gain exposure to robotics, digital forensics, cryptography, system vulnerability and cyberethics. They will have engaging presentations from a variety of guest speakers. The Codebreakers program will run from July 10 - August 4, 2017. The cost for the program is $100 and includes lunch. Applications are open and must be received by May 1, 2017.
Last summer was eye opening for me. My nephew was a senior in high school and starting the college application process. I listened and took mental notes as my sister updated me on their process of planning for college in the fall. This included making college visits, filling out applications, completing the financial aid process and of course college decisions. To say this process seemed overwhelming was an understatement!
College admissions may seem like a ways off, my oldest son is a high school sophomore, but I'm a firm believer in educating yourself early. I began to get informed and wanted to share some things that have helped me along the way:
Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys and an IT Professional.