Monday, October 24, 2011

SPLASH at MIT and BC - Programs for students in Grades 7 - 12

Forwarded from our colleagues at MIT ..

Greetings from the Educational Studies Program at MIT! 

It's that time of year again: registration for Splash 2011 is opening soon! Have you ever wanted to take a class about...

- How to Have a Crushing Grip
- Moral Relativism in Comic Books
- Elevator Science
- Weird Atoms and Strange Photons
- Introduction to Zombie Defense
- Advanced Lightsaber Dueling
- Carbon Chauvinism
- To Infinity and Beyond! The History of Pixar
- The Great Lego Challenge: A Hands on Introduction to Engineering Design

...or any of 400 other awesome topics? If so, then Splash is the program for you! Splash will be running November 19th and 20th, the weekend before Thanksgiving, on MIT's campus.

Program Vitals:
What: A weekend in which you can take multiple classes on a huge variety of subjects.
When: The weekend before Thanksgiving. In 2011, Splash will be held on November 19 and 20.
Who: Students in grades 7-12
Cost: $30.
Where: On the MIT main campus.

Registration for Splash will open on October 25th at 8 pm. The class catalog will be available at  shortly before then. **Don't panic** if you can't see the catalog well in advance of registration opening! This year, classes are once again being scheduled by a lottery system to ensure that the process is as fair as possible. Preferences will be accepted until November 2nd; all preferences received before then will be treated exactly the same. It is strongly encouraged that you take your time and pick the classes in which you are most interested. For more information about the lottery, go to <>. After the lottery results are released on November 6th, first-come-first-serve registration will open on November 7th and remain open until November 13th. For more information, go to

If you have any more questions about MIT Splash, feel free to email us at

In addition to MIT's Splash, Splash will be held at Boston College on Sunday, November 13th! Come to The Heights to take a diverse selection of classes all taught by passionate BC undergraduates. Immerse yourself on BC's campus, connect with the undergraduates, and learn about something that would never be offered at your high school. BC's liberal arts classes range from "Political Structures and Policies in the World of Harry Potter" to "Egg Timer Art History" to "Entrepreneur State of Mind". BC Splash is free for all high school students and course registration is open now! For the complete course catalog and more information on how to sign up, you can visit the website at <>, or reach them by email at  or phone at 617- 297 - 7524. 

We look forward to seeing you at Splash!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) for High School Students

About SEAP

The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.
The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.
SEAP provided competitive research internships to 245 high school students this year. Participating students spend eight weeks during the summer doing research at approximately 20 DoN laboratories.
The online application closes on January 6th, 2012.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

National Fossil Day

Celebrate Earth Science Week
Explore the amazing prehistoric world of fossils including trilobites, dinosaurs, Ice Age mammals, and other creatures.

Discover how fossils form and investigate fossilized bones, teeth, claws, and footprints.

Fossil Day is offered as part of Earth Science Week, encouraging people everywhere to explore the natural world and learn about the geosciences.

Wednesday, October 12 from 1 p.m.-5 p.m.
Harvard Museum of Natural History: 26 Oxford Street, Cambridge, MA, 02138

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

AIA-Museum of Science Archaeology Fair

The archaeology fair is an event that features archaeologically themed programs and interactive activities for the whole family, free with a Museum of Science admission this weekend. Activities are created and presented by archaeologists, educators, and other specialists.

This is your chance to dig into the past! Here are some highlights of many participating organizations:

Boston National Historical Park
Digging up the Past: Come have a hand at “Archaeology in a Box!” Participants will use archaeological tools and methods to “excavate” artifacts as though they were on a real dig.

Diablo Glass School
Glassblowing: Come to an outdoor demonstration and watch an interactive exposition with the tools and materials used to blow glass!

Franklin Pierce Anthropology Club
Learn to Throw an Atlatl: Come learn about the history of the atlatl and how it was used in the past. Watch a demonstration of the power of this throwing tool, and even get a chance to try it out yourself!

Joe Bagley - Flintknapper
Flintknapping—The Art and Science of Stone Tools: Come see the ancient art of making stone tools! A hands-on display will feature modern arrowheads and other stone tools, and there will be live demonstrations of flintknapping throughout the day.

Legio III Cyrenaica
Roman Living Historians: Come see a display of accurate reconstructions of Roman Legion artifacts and equipment, some of which you can handle and even try on! Learn how to march and maneuver like a Roman soldier, and listen to a lecture describing the life of a man in the Roman army. Even have your photo taken with a Roman soldier!

9:00-2:00 Friday 10/7
10:00-3:00 Saturday 10/8

Free with Museum of Science admission

1 Science Park, Boston, MA, 02114, 617-353-9361