Yale Splash is one of the larger SPLASH programs in New England. (If you are wondering what SPLASH is, check out my "SPLASHing Into Fall" post from last fall). This year they are making a few changes to the program. First, they will be reserving some spots from each class that will be distributed through a lottery system. Classes tend to fill up fast, so this gives everyone a chance to try to get a spot in a class that is highly desired by the student. The program fee for Yale SPLASH is $20 per student (lunch included).
Secondly, there will be a new parent program which will include lectures from Yale Professors, talks by admissions officers, campus tours and sample SPLASH classes. There will be a fee of $15 for one parent ticket and $25 for two.
Don't let financial concerns deter you, almost all SPLASH programs offer the opportunity for need-based financial aid. Yale SPLASH will have financial aid applications available.
Yale SPLASH will be held on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Registration will open on March 8, 2017. Check out the dates for other New England SPLASH dates under the Student tab of our website.
This Saturday, 1NTERRUPT, will be hosting a free hands-on cyber security program for students throughout Massachusetts, ages 14-22, on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Yesterday, I had the privilege of chatting with Marc Blackmer the founder of 1NTERRUPT, the Worcester based non-profit organization with a passionate all-volunteer team of IT and cyber security professionals and educators. Their goal is to demystify and make cyber security education more accessible. This is the fourth year this event will be held in Worcester, growing from 16 students in the first year to reaching full capacity of 70 students this year. Ryan Canuel, co-founder and CEO, of Petricore Games will be the key note speaker at the event.
1NTERRUPT is not just another day of school, students are introduced to the concepts of cyber security through real-world challenges from the perspective a white-hat hacker. The first part of the day will focus on ethics, web development, network security and hardware. The second part of the day, teams will be forged where students work together in break out sessions and focus on real world problem solving. The students will complete a treasure hunt where they will need to overcome a series of difficult technical hurdles. It is important to remember the quote from Albert Einstein "We can not solve our problems with the same thinking we used when we created them". Students will work together using offensive techniques in a simulated environment to defeat the bad guys that hacked into the network and take back control.
Want to see in more detail what the program is about? Check out the YouTube video from the 2015 event.
If you head up the coastline of New Hampshire, in Durham, not far from Portsmouth, you'll find the University of New Hampshire. In the summer, the campus will be buzzing with students attending one of many summer youth camps. They have a wide selection of STEM related camps which we have featured below:
EPIC - a day camp geared for students grades 4-6, is focused on an introduction to programming using Lego Mindstorm robots to solve real world challenges. No prior programming experience required.
KEEPERS - a one week, half-day camp, for students entering grades 2-5, offering hands-on engineering challenges. Programs run three separate weeks in July.
Marine Programs at Shoals Marine Lab - Earn college credit while taking marine science courses! The two-week Marine Environmental Science courses earn 3 college credits and the one-week Sharks, Skates, and Rays earn students one college credit.
Plant Camp - a one week day program exploring plants and their uses. Grades 3-6
Project SMART - a residential three-week program for talented high school students to study advanced topics in science, mathematics and computers. Students receive 4 UNH credits. Scholarships available.
TechCamp - in their 12th year, UNH's College of Engineering and Physical Science offers a set of summer STEM programs for students from grades 6 - 12. Engineerista offers two camps for girls entering grades 6 -10 to explore the world of science and engineering. TechSplorers, for boys and girls grades 6 - 8, explores electrical, mechanical, civil, structural and environmental engineering though hands-on activities. TechVenturers, for grades 6 - 10, is for campers who are ready to work on an in-depth project, where they will engage in the engineering design process and problem solving. TechLeaders, for grades 11 & 12, is a two-week program where students will focus on a two-week long engineering project and will build their leadership and entrepreneurial skills. TechCamp offers both commuter and residential options.
Registration for most programs begin on March 6, 2017. Scholarships are available.
Many New England colleges are in the process of releasing SPLASH spring programs dates and times. SPLASH is a one day or weekend event, held on college campuses across the country, with the purpose of proving a fun opportunity to excite and engage middle and high school students in learning process. Classes, designed and taught by college student volunteers, are on anything and everything. Programs are offered free, low cost with financial aid available, or with a suggested donation so that cost is not a barrier for any student.
Learning Unlimited (LearningU) is the non-profit organization, founded in 2007, which supports these self-sustaining student groups to provide learning opportunities to school students. Educational programs offered throughout the country are listed on their website at www.learningu.org. STEM Advocates offered a quick list to many of the SPLASH programs available in New England with their dates, times and costs at under the Student section of mySTEMresource.com.
We have attended many, many SPLASH programs over the last couple of years and are very grateful for the wonderful opportunities provided. My son has had the opportunity to have exposure to many topics he may have not otherwise had the opportunity to learn about. If you're heading to this spring's New England SPLASH programs we hope see you there!
The weekend of March 4 & 5, 2017, motivated high school students will be heading to the MIT Campus to attend Blueprint, a learnathon and hackathon event. The program is free, you are welcome to attend one or both days. The learnathon is held on Saturday where you can attend hand-on programming workshops taught by MIT students. On Sunday, the hackathon is held, this is where you work as part of a team to build a project from scratch. Don't worry if you don't have a team, there will be a team formation session at the beginning of Blueprint to help you.
Hurry, applications are open until Wednesday, February 1, 2017!
oLast night, my 10 year old and I got our first introduction to 3D printing using his new 3Doodler Pen Set. He is hooked! He was thrilled with the helicopter he made using the template that was provided in the project book. He now wants to make more and sell them at school, maybe I'll have a little entrepreneur on my hands!
The pen is super easy to use. To my delight, it actually came charged so we were able use it right away. He just had to press the orange button on the pen to turn it on and then insert a plastic strand to start printing. Neither the pen or the plastic got too hot to the touch and we were able to handle the objects right away.
I would recommend this product to those who enjoy the blend of art and technology. I know it's going to be well used in our house. I'll be ordering some plastic refills soon!
Boston University (BU) is one of the many New England Colleges that offer an opportunity to have a summer pre-college experience. High school students have the chance to live on campus, learn, meet new friends and experience college life. BU offers five different opportunities for students from entering freshmen to rising seniors. Two of the programs, High School Honors and Research in Science and Engineering offer financial aid while the other three do not.
High School Honors - Take undergraduate courses and earn up to 8 college credits. For rising seniors and exceptional rising juniors. 6 Weeks, July 2 - Aug 11, 2017.
$50 application fee. Cost $8,518 for 8 credits. Financial Aid Available.
($50 application, $5,230 tuition, $470 service, $2,718 room, board & 19 meals/wk - an additional $200 lab fees may be applicable)
Research In Science & Engineering (RISE) - Pursue scientific research in university laboratories. For rising seniors. 6 Weeks, July 2 - Aug 11, 2017. Non-credit.
$50 application fee. Cost $7,538. Financial Aid Available.
($50 application, $4,300 tuition, $470 service, $2,718 room, board & 19 meals/wk)
Academic Immersion - Focus intensively on psychology or medicine while living on a college campus. For rising juniors and seniors. 2 Weeks, Psychology: July 2 - July 21/Medicine: July 23 - Aug 11, 2017. Non-Credit. No financial aid available.
$50 application fee. Cost $6,050 ($50 application, $6,000 tuition, room & board)
Summer Challenge - Explore two subjects of your choice and experience college life. For rising sophomores, juniors and seniors. Two Weeks, Choice of 3 sessions: Session 1: Jun 18-30; Session 2: Jul 9-21; Session 3: Jul 23-Aug 4, 2017. Non-Credit. No financial aid available.
$50 application fee. Cost $3,950 ($50 application, $3,900 tuition, room & board)
Summer Preview - Delve into one subject of your choice and preview life at college. For entering freshmen and rising sophomores. One Week, July 23-July 28, 2017. Residential & Commuter Program options. Non-Credit. No financial aid available.
$50 application fee. Cost $1,883 Residential/ $1,487 Day
(Residential=$50 application, $1,380 tuition, $453 room & board; Commuter=$50 application, $1,380 tuition, $57 Lunch)
It doesn't seem like much time goes by before I find another cool thing that MIT has to offer the community. Last night, I stumbled across the MIT App Inventor, which is free open source software. It is designed to encourage all people, especially young people, to become creators of technology through the use of drag and drop programming. The website offers a Getting Started Guide, Tutorials, curriculum and teaching resources for teachers, and active community forums.
I watched the Ball Bounce Tutorial and created my first app! So, what are you waiting for? Why not get started today? Create something really cool and maybe you will be featured on the website's App of the Month!
This is a true love story where the love continues to grow stronger. The story goes back to the beginning of time, or at least my time. In the 1960s, down the halls of the MIT (Massachusetts Institute of Technology) campus there was a young woman that caught the fancy of a young man. My mother had been working as a secretary in the admissions office and my father also worked on campus. They fell in love and soon married and had two beautiful daughters.
Fast forward about 40 years to 2012, MIT came into our lives when my niece was accepted into their freshman class. This coincided with my oldest son reaching his middle school years. We learned about the SPARK program; this is where the love story really begins. SPARK is a program where middle school kids get to spend the weekend at the MIT campus taking classes on anything and everything. The kids that attend SPARK are made of the same cloth, they are excited to be there because they love being challenged and they love learning.
After MIT SPARK came MIT Junction, which is a summer program for select, advanced, self-driven high school students held on the MIT campus for two weeks. Students submit a proposal for an independent study project and those whom are selected are invited to the MIT campus to carry out their project with the support of a knowledgeable student mentor. The students are also able to take college-level hands-on seminars on a variety of topics. My son was lucky enough to be able to participate in this opportunity in 2015.
SCRATCH, is part of the curriculum in both my son’s schools, one in elementary and one in high school. It is a free programming language, developed at MIT, where students can build and share stories, games and animations. It can be used as an introduction to programming and logic and can be used at higher levels for more advanced projects.
When students are in high school, they are able to attend SPLASH, which is held the weekend before Thanksgiving on the MIT Campus. The program is two days of classes on just about everything. Students, not parents, pick the classes that interest them such as Parody Song Writing, Knitting, Cyberespionage, and Introduction to Ancient Greek. The vibe of the campus is almost electric where you can feel the energy and creativity. It is an incubator of ideas. Oh, if you have a friend, or cousin in our case, that attends MIT stay in the dorms for the full college experience.
There are many more reasons we love MIT, but those will be for another post….
I am very excited to report that our new website address is up and running. We wanted something that would be easy to remember. You can now find us at www.mySTEMresource.com !
Debbi - Proud mom of two beautiful boys and an IT Professional.