Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Google Science Fair

Google is putting on a virtual science fair, and anyone 13-18 years old can participate by creating a video or slideshow about their experiment. The winner gets a 10 day trip to the Galapagos Islands! The deadline is April 4.

Check out the webiste here for more information and to watch a really cool intro video.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Boston Youth Environmental Network

4th Annual Environmental College & Career Fair for Youth
February 22, 2011 at the Curry Center at Northeastern University

Contact: Helen Christou, Network Weaver, Youth Employment at
hchristou@environetwork.org for more information on this event and other program offerings.


Program Vitals - http://esp.mit.edu/learn/Spark/index.html

What: A Saturday in which you can take multiple classes on a huge variety of subjects.
When: March 12, 2011.
Who: Students in grades 7-12
Cost: $20.
Registration: Registration for Spark 2011 is likely to open sometime in mid February 2011.
Courses: View the 2010 (OLD) course catalog.
Where: On the MIT main campus.

Spark is a short program designed to give our students the opportunity to explore a wide range of subjects. MIT students and community members teach a variety of classes, from urban orienteering to mathematics to Chinese brush painting, and everything in between! Spark runs one Saturday in early spring. Registration is done online on a first come, first served basis, and begins a few weeks before the program. Starting on registration day, you will be able to register for Spark through this website.

If you have any questions, please click contact to send us a message or email us at esp-spark@mit.edu. Financial aid is available for all of our programs on a need-based basis. You can apply for financial aid when registering for our program.

MIT - SATPREP - Registration Open in January

Create an account at http://esp.mit.edu/learn/index.html to receive information directly.

Program Vitals
What: Test preparation for SAT I
When: Spring and fall semesters on Sundays from 1:30PM to 5:00PM for 10 weeks. Fall SATPrep 2010 runs from September 12th to November 28th.
Where: On MIT’s main campus.
Who: Students in grades 9-12
How: Registration for Fall 2010 SATPrep is now closed. Spring 2011 SATPrep registration will open sometime in January (a definite date has yet to be determined).
Cost: $100 which can be paid in cash or by check. Generous financial aid is available!

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Young Scientist Challenge


The 2010 competition is now closed. Sign up to receive information about the 2011 competition.

The Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge is the premier national science competition for students in grades 5 through 8. The Young Scientist Challenge is designed to encourage the exploration of science and innovation among America's youth and to promote the importance of science communication. In 1999, Discovery Communications launched the competition to nurture the next generation of American scientists at a critical age when interest in science begins to decline. In 2008 3M joined forces with Discovery Education in a quest to nurture the next generation of American scientists with an innovative and interactive science program open to every middle school student in America. Over the last ten years, more than 600,000 middle school students have been nominated to participate in the competition, and winners have gone on to speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation's top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.

How To Enter
In order to enter, students must be in grades 5 through 8, and must submit a video entry online.

Students will be challenged to create a one- to two-minute video about a specific scientific concept which they will select from a list of concepts provided by YSC judges.

Video entries must demonstrate the student's understanding of the scientific concept explained and should also exhibit his or her comfort level discussing science in general.

Videos do NOT need to be "produced" or have high production value. Judges are not evaluating production skills. Videos may be recorded on cell phones or simple digital cameras, for example. In addition, local libraries and schools may be able to loan cameras to students.

Videos will be screened to determine whether they meet all entry requirements and will then be presented to a panel of online judges.

Video entries will be due in May 2011.

Over the summer, judges will review the video submissions and choose up to 51 semifinalists: one from each state and the District of Columbia.

The Finals
In the fall, 10 finalists will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the competition finals, consisting of a series of scientific challenges designed for students in grades 5 through 8.

Finalists will be judged on their scientific problem solving and communication skills.

At the end of the competition, America's Top Young Scientist will be awarded $50,000 in U.S. savings bonds (a $25,000 cash value), and other finalists will receive exciting prizes.

Sample prizing for winners include:

Semifinalists (up to 51 - one from each State and the District of Columbia)

Cash Prize
YSC Premium

Finalists (10 - chosen from the Semifinalists)

An all-expenses- paid trip for the student and ONE parent/guardian to competition finals
Cash prize
A chance to win various prize trips (in the past we've sent students to Space Camp, on a trip with Rangers at a National Park, etc.)

First Place

$50,000 in U.S. Savings Bonds (Cash value $25K)
A trip to 3M's World Headquarters