Are you or do you know a young female high school student, currently in the 11th grade, interested in technology? MIT Women's Technology program offers a four week residential academic experience, designed and taught by female MIT graduate students, exploring engineering through hands-on classes, labs and team-based projects. This program is geared towards students with no prior programming background.
This program is free of charge for families with incomes less than $120,000 and $3,500 for families earning more than $120,000. The program includes classes, housing and food.
This is a competitive application process with over 500 applications for 40 spots.
To learn more watch their YouTube Video or go to their website
Program Dates: June 23 - July 21, 2018
Application Deadline: January 15, 2018
The Bezos Scholars Program, founded in 2005, through the Bezos Family Foundation (founded by Jackie & Miguel Bezos, the parents Amazon founder Jeff Bezos), offers a few select rising seniors the opportunity to attend an all-expense-paid leadership development program in Aspen, Colorado. Students have the opportunity to tap into their passions and work together to address community needs.
Application Deadline: February 9, 2018
Scholars Announced: May 2018
Registration is open for students to attend introductory classes at New England colleges by college students. Programs are available for students grade 5 - 12. Check out the schools, dates and links on the Students-STEM page of our site.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory has just announced their first fall Science on Saturday program, The Art of Science. The program explores the intersection of the sciences and performing arts. The Science on Saturday program is for children ages 5-17 (though I find it best for elementary and early middle school students). Two sessions are offered on Saturday, Oct 21, 2017 on from 9-10:30 and another from 10:45-12:15. The program is free of charge.
Yale University has announced the dates for their fall Splash and Sprout High School Outreach programs. Wondering what Splash is? Check out my previous post, Splashing into Fall.
Yale Splash, for students in grades 7 - 12 , will be held on November 11, 2017. The catalog of classes has not been uploaded yet, but you can check out the spring catalog to get an idea of what classes have been held in the past. The cost of the program is $20, including lunch, full need-based financial aid is available.
Yale Sprout, for students in grades 9 - 12, will be held three consecutive weekends, attendance for all three weeks in mandatory - September 30, October 7 and October 14th. The cost of the program is $45, including lunch; full need-based financial aid is available.
Wondering what the difference is between Splash and Sprout? Splash classes are held over one day, Sprout is held over three days, allowing students to delve deeper into their topics. This years course catalog has not been released yet, but to get an idea of what type of courses might be available, check out last session's classes.
Keep up to date as more New England Splash Programs dates are release check back on my Students - Splash page.
To keep up on STEM Happenings throughout New England follow:
STEM Advocates at www.mySTEMresource.com and on Facebook and Twitter @STEMAdvocates
Girls Who Code is a national non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in technology. In 1984, 37% of all computer science graduates were women, now that number is just 18%. Girls Who Code helps prepare girls around the country for a future in computer science with free after school programs for 6-12th grade girls.
Find a location near you or start your own club!
If you live near Worcester, MA, Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) is running a club for girls in grades 7 and 8.
Dates: September 5 - December 19, 2017 (excluding November 21, 2017)
Hours: Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:00pm
Registration: Opens On Monday, August 14, 2017 at 9:00am
To register, contact the Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs by email at email@example.com or by phone at 508-831-4900.
Ever wonder what the maker movement is all about? Are you interested in learning about 3-D Printing? The Leominster Public Library is hosting a Maker Monday - 3D Workshop this summer for 7th - 12th grade students. You must be able to attend all three sessions to sign up. Sessions are Mondays July 31, August 7, and August 14 from 2:30 - 4:30 pm.
I am very excited to see the Leominster Public Library offer a program like this for teens!
Looking for something fun and educational, and oh by the way...free, to do with your kids this summer? Microsoft stores run YouthSpark Camps for kids 8 - 12 years old. The camps run two hours a day from Monday - Thursday.
Starting a Business Jr - Kids learn that they are never too young to have great ideas and start a business. Students come up with a business idea, build a business plan and present their plan at the end of the camp. They learn how to do market research, create an advertising plan, figure out costs and distribution methods, think about how to finance their business, and write a business plan. If you have a boy scout, this plan meets most of the requirements of the Entrepreneurship Merit Badge.
Get Creative with 3D in Windows 10 - Bring out your inner artist in this fun camp where students learn Paint 3D and create their own emojis, monsters, robots, and landscapes. Students have a chance to present their 3D designs to the other students in the class. (This was my son and his friend's favorite YouthSpark Camp!)
Kodu Makerspace - A great way for beginners to be introduced the concepts game design and coding utilizing the free Kodu Game Lab software.
My son attended all three of these camps and I would highly recommend if you live near a Microsoft store to take advantage of these opportunities.
Mark your calendar, MIT Science on Saturday's 2017-2018 schedule has been released! All events are FREE and opened to students K-12, parents and teachers.
Science on Saturday events on the MIT campus are free and open to all K-12 students, as well as their parents and teachers. Each event features an hour of spectacular on-stage science demonstrations led by MIT presenters with volunteers from the audience, followed by an hour where kids can do their own experiments at 24 different hands-on activity tables. The events will be held 10:00 a.m.-noon on the following Saturdays in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge, MA 02139:
October 14, 2017 Biotechnology
December 2, 2017 Nuclear Science and Engineering
February 3, 2018 Materials with Magical Properties
March 10, 2018 Rockets and Flight
April 7, 2018 Optics
Events are produced by MIT alumnus Todd Rider and sponsored by the MIT Museum and the Akamai Foundation. Attendees receive half-price, same day admission to the MIT Museum.
UMass Amherst is offering a free 4-week pre-college program, Summer Transportation Institute, funded by the Department of Transportation, for current high school students entering the 10th - 12th grade. Students will learn about career paths, including: Connected and Automated Vehicle Technology, Public Transportation, Sustainability, Aviation, Safety and Enforcement, Bicycle and Pedestrian Facilities
The program runs from July 9, 2017 - August 3, 2017. The program includes housing in a
pre-college residence (a commuter option is available as well), a full meal plan and co-curricular programs. Available space is limited, so if interested, apply soon.
Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys who have benefited from some amazing STEM opportunities!