Thursday, February 16, 2012

February Vacation Opportunities

School Vacation Week at the MIT Museum!

The MIT Museum is offering STEM focused activities every day of the week for kids and families this vacation week (20 - 24)! All are free with the price of admission ($8.50 for adults, $4 for kids or students, 5 and under are free).

Monday: Come participate in Gears and More - an exploration of mechanical engineering from 10 am - 12 pm, and then a demonstration by MIT Motorsports from 1 - 4 pm!

Tuesday: There will be a Paper Skyscraper Challenge from 10 am - 12 pm, and then a demonstration by MIT's Electric Vehicle Team from 1 - 4 pm!

Wednesday: Come and try your hand in the Straw Rocket Challenge from 10 am - 12 pm, and then see a demonstration by MIT's Rocket Team from 1 - 4 pm!

Thursday: Participate in the Mind the Gap Engineering Challenge from 10 am - 12 pm, and then see a demonstration of the Paradiso Synthesizer, the "world's largest electronic music synthesizer" and also learn about polymer particles for type 1 diabetes from 1 - 4 pm!

Friday: Try out the Marble Run Engineering Challenge from 10 am - 12 pm, and then see demonstrations by IRobot, Kiva Systems and the Paradiso Synthesizer from 1 - 4 pm!

School Vacation Week at the Museum of Fine Arts

The MFA has free admission for all students during the vacation week, and are running a number of free art programs Tuesday 2/21—Saturday 2/25, 10 am—4 pm! There are guided tours of the museum, painting and sculpting workshops, and story time! You can even build your own model of a museum! There will also be performances by the Revels Repertory Company of “An American Journey”, a play about immigrants in the early 1900’s and their journey to America.

"A Model of a Good Time" February School Vacation Week

Visit the USS Constitution Museum at the Charlestown Navy Yard this break to participate in hands-on gallery programs, practice caulking, or waterproofing, a ship, learn to write using an old quill pen, and enjoy tons of other activities! Also make sure to stop by the 33rd Annual Ship Model Show, and see over 50 handcrafted model ships of all types!

The museum is open 10 am - 5 pm, and for more information, call 617-426-1812!

Boston Centers for Youth and Families

For even more vacation ideas and activities, check out the Boston Centers for Youth and Families website. They work with the city of Boston to bring you tons of great options for your break!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

STEM Summer Opportunities

Youth to Health Careers Mentoring Program
Boston Area Health Education Center is looking for students ages 13 - 18 interested in a career in the healthcare industry. Students will be paired with mentors in the field and work on academic skills, career development, leadership qualities and also just having fun. Students should expect to commit about four hours per month. For more information call 617-419-3402, visit or email

Camp Cardiac
Camp Cardiac is a week-long summer camp for students ages 15 and up interested in medicine. Participants will get the chance to learn from and talk to experts in the field. Scholarships and applications are available now at or 617-659-0246.

Boston Architectural College Summer Academy Open House
Boston Architectural College is hosting a four-week design exploration program focusing on architecture. Interested high school students should attend the open house on February 11 from 10 am - 12 pm at Boston Architectural College to learn more details and scholarship information. Visit or call 617-585-0101 to learn more.

Summer Job Opportunities and Tips for Teens

Apply to the HOPELINE to be considered for employment with the Boston Youth Fund. Teens ages 15 to 17 are eligible to apply - must be 15 by July 8 and under 18 through August 17. Registration is open 24 hours a day from February 1st to March 2nd. See or call 617-635-4204 for details and application information.

ABCD Summerworks is accepting applications for summer employment. Applicants should be between the ages of 14 and 21 and Boston residents interested in getting work experience. Registration opens February 1st, call 617-348-6548 for details and visit to apply!

Boston R.O.C.K. IT!!! Launch into Summer is for anyone interested in learning about the opportunities for youth this summer. All Boston residents are welcome, and those under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. This event will take place at Emmanuel College from 11 am to 1 pm on February 22.

Want Help with Your Job Search, Resume or Interviewing Skills? If you attend a BPS high school, contact your Private Industry Council (PIC) Career Specialist at!

Call the Mayor's Youthline for questions about job opportunities in the Boston area, and check out!

BPL Job & Internship Fair: Teens looking for a job or internship should visit the Jobs & Internship Fair at the BPL. Feb 11, 12-3pm. Mezzanine Conference Room, BPL Copley Branch. Call 617-859 - 2334 or visit!