Boston Area STEM Activities for Kids- August 2017 Roundup

I hope you are having a delightful summer! If you are looking for STEM activities for your kids in Boston and around Massachusetts during August, check out these free or low-cost STEM events and programs.

I also wanted to let you know the third annual Congressional App Challenge just launched and runs through November 1, 2017. This program encourages kids to learn to code by creating apps, through annual district-wide competitions hosted by Members of Congress. The App Challenge is open to students in these Massachusetts districts: 2, 4 and 5.

Finally, there is going to be the Perseid meteor shower on August 12 and the American Total Solar Eclipse on August 21.

Meteor Shower

Meteor Shower

August (various dates): Learn to code with CodeCampKidz and write HTML, CSS & Javascript code at Microsoft Store in the Burlington Mall and Natick Mall. Intro classes free. (Grades 6, 7, 8)

August (various dates): Attend YouthSpark technology camps at Microsoft Store in the Prudential Center Boston, Burlington Mall and Natick Mall. Free

August 1: Local astronomer Rick Fienberg will explain why eclipses happen, how to watch them safely, and what to expect on the big day at the Watertown Free Public Library.  

August 1: Program and decorate your own KIBO robot, giving the children the chance to make their ideas physical and tangible at the Newton Free Library. (Grades K-1)

August 1, 8, 15: Learn basic coding concepts and sequencing by playing different coding apps at the Worcester Public Library. (Ages 7-12)

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Ask questions, make messes, and experiment in engineering at the Central Library in Copley Square. (Ages 6+)

August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30: Learn to make unbreakable bubbles, closed ecosystems, simple machines, and more in hands-on projects at the Egleston Square branch of the Boston Public Library.  (Ages 5-10)

August 3: Explore and work with Scratch to create games, animation, and stories at the Newton Free Library. (Grades 3-4)

August 5, 6, 12, 13, 19, 20, 27: Hands-on engineering and design at the MIT Museum in Cambridge. Free with Museum admission. (Ages 12+)

August 9: Program and decorate your own KIBO robot, giving the children the chance to make their ideas physical and tangible at the Newton Free Library. (Grades 2-3)

August 9, 16: Work on a project with Arduino, a credit card-sized micro controller, and see what you can create at the Worcester Public Library. (Ages 13-17)

August 16: The Morse Institute Library in Natick is hosting a Maker Fest with a full day of activities.

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