Boston Area STEM Activities for Kids- February 2019 Roundup

The winter is a great time to explore new STEM activities. Here are some opportunities you might consider.

Ward’s Science Offers Free Assistance with Grants

Ward’s Science is happy to announce a free grants services program. Ward’s grant professionals work with teachers and others to find STEM grants and then help them develop a project that includes activities, equipment, materials, and supplies to benefit K-12 students. Simply go to www.wardsci.com/grants to see the details of this amazing service and to let the Ward’s team know of your interest. Very shortly a member of Ward’s STEM grants team will get back to you. Or, you can send an email directly to Dr. Rusti Berent at rusti.berent@avantorsciences.com.  This free service is confidential with no obligation. It is Ward’s way of giving back to teachers and schools, helping ensure all students have access to the very best and latest ideas in technology and science education.

MATHCOUNTSNational Math Club

The National Math Club is a free MATHCOUNTS Foundation program that gives students in grades 6-8 the opportunity to play fun math games in a non-competitive, social environment. MATHCOUNTS provides a free Club in a Binder to all club leaders filled with games tailored not only to students who love math but also to ones who fear it. The National Math Club is designed to be flexible–clubs must consist of at least 4 students who have regular, in-person meetings, but the specific number of math club meetings and frequency are determined by the club leader. Register for free to access the National Math Club’s free resources.

Velocity Engineering Lab at the Discovery Museum

The Discovery Museum in Acton, MA has launched a new exhibit: Velocity Engineering Lab. Balls, ramps, jumps, loops–and physics fun! Race golf balls along winding, sloping, and looping tracks and explore how gravity, friction, speed, and acceleration affect the velocity and trajectory of moving objects. The Velocity Engineering Lab will be located at the Discovery Museum through April 28, 2019.

Make an Animated Bracelet with Micro:bit– February 22 in Woburn

Join Medtronic and TechGirlz for a free workshop for middle school girls where students will learn how to design and code their own animated Micro:bit bracelet! Visit the event page and/or register for free here!

 

National Math Club

MATHCOUNTS: National Math Club

Here is a list of free or low-cost STEM activities for your kids to consider this month. Enjoy!

February/March (various dates): Students will have the opportunity to attend any (or all) of BioBuilder’s Kids Who Clone Learning Lab workshops – The Sweet Smell of Science, Making the Invisible Visible, and What a Colorful World. These workshops are great for students ages 10+ and offer hands-on science in a fully-equipped lab space at LabCentral in Cambridge. (Cost: $35)

February (various dates): Hands-on engineering and design programs are offered by the MIT Museum in Cambridge. Free with Museum admission. (Ages 12+)

February (various dates): Free tech works at Microsoft Stores in Boston, Natick, and Burlington for kids. Check each store’s calendar for specific events.

February 1: Free Friday night admission to The Discovery Museum in Acton.

February 2: Register now for Brandeis’s Splash program for middle school and high school students. Take a bunch of short classes on a variety of cool topics at Brandeis. (Grades 7-12) Free

February 3: Take part in family-friendly STEM activities and get your hands wet meeting some cool local ocean animals when the New England Aquarium visits BCYF Paris Street Community Center in East Boston. Free

February 10: Take part in family-friendly STEM activities and get your hands wet meeting some cool local ocean animals when the New England Aquarium visits Curtis Hall in Jamaica Plain. Free

February 17-24: Celebrate National Engineers Week with activities all week long that will challenge you to build, design, create and problem-solve at the Boston Children’s Museum.

February 18-22: Einstein’s Workshop in Burlington is offering “Tabletop Games” camps during February vacation. (Grades 1-6) Cost: $350/half-day and $700/full-day

February 19-22: Attend the Girls in STEM Camp in Lexington and engage in hands-on STEM activities led by Minuteman High School’s Girls In STEM Club. (Girls, grades 7-8) Application required. Free to in-district attendees and $149 for out-of-district.  

February 19-22: Acera School in Winchester is hosting STEAM camps during February vacation. Topics include virtual reality, woodworking, electronics and more. (Ages 7-14) Cost: $70/half day and $130/full day

February 23: MetroHacks is hosting their second annual MetroHacks Women’s hackathon for high school girls at the Microsoft NERD Center in Cambridge. This is an opportunity for high school girls to learn from leading experts, explore in a pressure-free environment, create solutions, and compete for prizes. Application required. Free

February 23: The MIT Museum is hosting Teen Science Café: Tiny But Mighty: Nanoscale Engineering. High school students connect with local scientists and learn about nano-engineering and how it impacts our lives from the scientists researching it! FREE event. Register now.

February 23-24: Attend Blueprint, a weekend-long learnathon and hackathon held for high school students on MIT’s campus. Free

Upcoming events:

March 16: The North Shore District of FIRST Robotics is hosting an FLL Jr. Expo at an FRC event at Reading High School. They are looking for teams to exhibit. If you are interested in exhibiting, visit here. You can also contact Matthew McBride at mmcbride7yy07@gmail.com and Stephen Green at sgreen@nefirst.org.

Spring 2019: Applications for the MIT CodeIt Spring program are now open. This is a FREE coding program for middle school girls in grades 6-8. Application deadline: February 6.

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