Happy end of the school year! We made it! For long-time readers, you know that I am writing a monthly post on STEM programs and events in the Boston region. But since the pandemic started, I’ve focused heavily on STEM activities at home. As we go on summer vacation, I wanted to keep sharing things your kids can do at home. I am happy to highlight a mix of free and entertaining educational activities, practical projects, teaching aids, videos and much more!
Every day at 11 a.m. New England Aquarium Contributions Live videos with educators, a look behind the scenes of animal care and fun activities for children on the social media platforms.
Amazon Future Engineer offers Free access to sponsored courses in computer science and robotics in the United States for independent 6th to 12th grade learners, teachers who teach this age group remotely, and parents.
Registration is open for the year Congress app challenge. Each year, congress members across the country invite students in their districts to create and submit original apps to have a chance to win them Congress app challenge (CAC). The winners of the challenge will be publicly recognized. In order to be eligible for the Congressional App Challenge, you must be an intermediate or advanced student at the time you submit your app. Students can register as individuals or as teams of up to four people. Students can compete in the district in which they live or in the district in which they attend school. Students can register and submit their original apps until October 19. Register here.
Founded by a high school graduate, BioLinks offers a free virtual scientific journal club for students with the aim of arousing interest in biological research by understanding the scientific literature. During the Journal Club, you’ll learn strategies for understanding research, delving deep into complex biological issues, understanding some of the key techniques cell / molecular biologists use in the laboratory today, and making connections to topics learned at high school level were. Over the summer there will be 6 independent week-long journal clubs, and you can sign up for as many as you want. Get the details and Sign up here.
The Science Museum in Boston is host MOS at homeWith live presentations all day long, creative engineering projects, podcasts, child-friendly activities and much more.
The Ligerbots, a Newton, MA High School Robotics team, is offering a free virtual STEAM camp for kids this summer. Topics include math, scratch, music, crafts, and science. Get the details and register here.
Strong women in action (SWIA) hosts a 5-week summer program in which coding languages such as scratch are taught for 6th to 8th grade students. This is FREE for Boston Public School students and $ 250 for non-BPS students.
This summer, the Newton South Science Team (MA) is launching a middle school mentoring program to give interested students an introduction to the science of high school. COVID-19 has unfortunately shortened the middle school’s science curriculum, and it would be beneficial for aspiring freshmen (and younger students) to not only regain some of that lost time in summer, but also interact with high school students. The team will explore the basics of physics, chemistry and biology, as well as other topics such as engineering. Your members would like to look after anyone interested in learning about science. Simply fill out the survey for more information!
National Center for Family Learning offers Camp Wonderopolis, a free online learning goal for the summer for interactive STEM and literacy topics as well as manufacturer experiments.
The Massachusetts Department of Early Education & Care (EEC) has teamed up with WGBH and create the basics Family fun at home / Diversión en familia y en casa: bilingual summer learning activities and weekly raffle for families with children aged 0-8 years. New learning activities for 3-8 years are published every week, which are linked to WGBH programming. Free for families with infants and young children Basics of the Insights SMS program sends science-based tips and recommended activities to encourage early learning and development based on your child’s age. Parents can also access a variety of resources for parents online.
Let your kids get addicted STEM podcasts made especially for children on public radio:
Visit the Atenasciandplay blog and discover more than 100 STEM indoor and outdoor activities for toddlers and preschoolers (0-5 years) performed by Julia – mother of two girls and master of science in computer science. Activities include developing fine motor skills, chemistry, biology, computer science and physics. Each post contains a video of Julia and her daughter Atena, in which the experiment is visualized so that parents and teachers can easily repeat it.
The National Science Foundation Has has compiled a list of NSF-funded science organizations that offer a variety of free virtual resources and experiences that families can enjoy the security and comfort of their home.
Find STEAM lessons, activities, videos and more for elementary school children created by the Winchester High School STEM Education Club.
Finally, if you are looking for more structured activities, Here is a Collection of online STEM camps and classes your kids can attend at home this summer. These programs are offered live and run by teachers for a fee.
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