There are many wonderful STEM activities to explore this summer with your kids. Here are a few activities I wanted to highlight this month.
Museum of Science– New temporary exhibit: Space: An Out-of-Gravity Experience
Put the Museum of Science on your calendar this summer because they just opened a new temporary exhibit about living in space. I had the opportunity to visit the exhibit and it was out of this world! Kids are going to love this very hands-on experience and learn what it’s like to survive in space and live on board the International Space station. The exhibit includes a life-sized replica of a space lab that simulates what astronauts encounter, and you will get to experience it first hand as it rotates around. Cost: Free with Exhibit Halls admission.
World Robotic Olympiad Massachusetts National Qualifier and STEM Fair– Saturday, August 11 in Woburn
Semia will be sponsoring the Massachusetts World Robot Olympiad™ Qualifier at the Woburn Boys and Girls Club on August 11, 2018. Robotic clubs and teams are invited to be a part of this summer event where they will compete to qualify for the Nationals games in September. Register your team today.
Congressional App Challenge– App competition for middle and high school students
This is a great summer activity for middle and high school students. Students create an original app and enter it for submission in The Congressional App Challenge. This is a public effort to encourage students to learn how to code through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress for their district. In Massachusetts, Districts 2, 5 and 9 are participating this year. Register now and get started creating and coding. Submissions are due October 15.
Here is a list of free or low-cost STEM activities for your kids to consider this month. Enjoy!
July 1, 7, 21: Hands-on engineering and design programs are offered by the MIT Museum in Cambridge. Free with Museum admission. (Ages 12+)
July 2: Explore the science behind magic tricks while performing experiments at the Roslindale Branch of the Boston Public Library. (Ages 6-12)
July 3: Design, build, and test balloon rockets and reentry parachutes at the West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library. (Ages 6-12)
July 11: Use Code and Go mice to try programming a mouse to find his cheese or challenge yourself by creating a color-coded maze for Ozobot robots at the Worcester Public Library. (Ages 7-12)
July 20: Attend Science Tellers as they present “Wild West: The Mystery of the Golden Piano” and explore the fascinating science behind chemical reactions, acids and bases, combustion, air pressure, inertia and more at the Frances Perkins Branch of the Worcester Public Library. (Ages 5+)
July 21: Visit the Verizon innovative learning lab at the Verizon Destination in Boston (745 Boylston Street). In the Emoji Design lab, kids use the Vectr design program to create their very own emoji. At the end of the session, participants will take home their emoji file to use as they wish. (Ages 8-12) Free
July 24: Design a computer game using Scratch at the Newton Free Library. (Grades 5-7)
Photo credit: Museum of Science