Boston Area STEM Activities for Kids- August 2018 Roundup

Sudbury Girl Scout Troop 89247

I hope you are enjoying the lazy days of summer!  If you are looking for STEM activities, here are a few I wanted to spotlight this month.   

Empow Studios– Back-to-School Open Houses in August

Come check out Empow Studios classrooms and a showcase of projects made by students at one of their Back-to-School Open Houses. Register for Lexington (Aug 11)  + Register for Newton (Aug 18)

Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts– Grades K-12

Girl Scouts just announced 30 new badges for the 2018-2019 Troop Year. Girls (K-12) can learn important life and leadership skills in cybersecurity, environmental advocacy, mechanical engineering, and robotics. There’s even a NASA-backed space exploration badge! Join or renew your child’s Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts membership for the new Troop Year, which starts in the fall.

Be a participant in a scientific study!

The Social Learning Lab at Boston University is a research lab dedicated to learning about how children develop and acquire knowledge from their social interactions with others. They are searching for the answers to questions like: “How do children decide that someone is an expert?”, “How is parent teaching style related to student learning style?”, “How do families talk about scientific phenomena, like germs?”. The studies involve short science games for the child, some free play time between parent and the child, and are always a lot of fun. This is a wonderful way to contribute to scientific research, meet scientists, and see a real lab at work! Learn more.

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

Sudbury Girl Scout Troop 89247
Sudbury Girl Scout Troop 89247

August (multiple dates): Microsoft Stores in Boston, Burlington and Natick are offering a variety of FREE STEM summer camps for students ages 8+. Register now.

August 1: Meet live animals and learn about amazing reptile characteristics at the Parker Hill Branch of the Boston Public Library. (Ages 6-12)

August 3: Free Friday night admission to The Discovery Museum in Acton.

August 10: Spend the evening celebrating MIT’s accomplishments in AI and robotics at the MIT Museum in Cambridge. Learn about innovations in the field, participate in hands-on activities, and enjoy cake and ice cream, while taking a last tour through the gallery before their robot friends go off for a well-deserved rest. Free (All ages)

August 11: Come watch student teams compete at the Massachusetts World Robot Olympiad™ Qualifier at the Woburn Boys and Girls Club and meet STEM exhibitors. Free event + open to the public.

August 11, 25: Hands-on engineering and design programs are offered by the MIT Museum in Cambridge. Free with Museum admission. (Ages 12+)

August 15: Participate in a webinar by KTBYTE discussing the benefits of learning Computer Science early and how students are able to use this knowledge as a stepping stone to excel in different areas.

August 16, 23, 30: Attend a KTBYTE open house in Lexington or Newton, where prospective students can participate in a free trial class about computer science.

August 18: Visit the Verizon innovative learning lab at the Verizon Destination in Boston (745 Boylston Street). In the Holography activity, kids use laser lights and hologram film to create a hologram of their own. (Ages 8-12) Free

August 20: Learn coding through playing games with Dot & Dash robots at the Central Library in Copley Square. (Ages 6+)

August 20-24: Empow Studios will be running their first ever girls-only STEM camp in Newton. (Ages 7-14) Cost: Half day $335; Full day $595

August 30: Opportunity for enterprising local students to pitch their businesses at Venture Café Kendall Youth Night in Cambridge. FREE event. Apply now!

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