Wednesday, March 21, 2012

ARTEMIS Computer Project for Rising 9th grade girls

Boston University is pleased to announce that it will host the 2nd  annual Artemis Project@BU.  Artemis is a free, five-week computer  science summer program for 8th grade girls who will be entering 9th  grade in September 2012. Artemis introduces participants to the  creative thinking and problem-solving skills that are at the core of  computer science.  The program was founded in  1996 at Brown  University and we launched the first program at BU last summer. The  girls who participated found Artemis to be both fun and engaging as  evidenced by the video montage on the program homepage.

 Artemis sparks the interest of girls by making fundamental topics in  computer science fun and engaging, incorporating lessons with  hands-on activities as well as real-world applications. Artemis  teaches girls how to design their own websites in HTML/CSS, build and  program robotics, and create games using programming languages such  as Java, Python, Scheme and Visual Basics. Sample conceptual topics  included introduction to search and sort algorithms, cryptography,  artificial intelligence, circuits, and recursion through Towers of  Hanoi. In addition, students go on weekly field trips and hear from a  variety of guest speakers. We hope that students will leave Artemis  with both the practical skills and the conceptual background that  will help them succeed.

 The program will be held in Boston University's Photonics Center from  June 25 through July 27, 2012 M-F from 9:00-3:00.  Please note, this  is a day program and accommodations are not available. For more  information and to apply, please visit the program website at

Thursday, March 8, 2012

Summer Camp - Boston Nature Center

Summer Camp at Boston Nature Center

Set against 67 acres of a beautiful wildlife sanctuary, the Boston Nature Center (BNC) day camp provides a unique nature experience right in the middle of the city! Every day is filled with hands-on/minds-on experiences, outdoor exploration, gardening and many other exciting camp activities. We have an experienced and caring staff that creates a safe, inclusive and fun atmosphere.
The Sanctuary includes trails, meadows, forests, gardens and beautiful indoor space at the George Robert White Environmental Conservation Center.
Camp Offers:
  • A safe environment with a high staff to child ratio
  • Ten one-week sessions for 5 to 13 year olds
  • Four one-week sessions for 14 to 15 year olds
  • Volunteer opportunities for 16 year olds
  • Drop off between 8:30 am – 9:30 am & Pick-up between 4:30 pm – 5:30 pm
  • Extended day options
  • Weekly field trips
  • An Open House for families every Friday Afternoon
 The Boston Nature Center Camp must comply with regulations of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health and be licensed by the local Board of Health. You may request copies of BNC’s policies regarding background checks, health care, discipline, and grievances.
Join our wonderful camp community that blends the traditional camp experience with a high quality science education!
Download the 2012 Summer Camp Brochure Summer Camp - English (PDF 1.5 MB)

2012 Summer Camp & School Vacation Week Registration
Please Read:
Camp & Vacation Week Information and Policies (PDF)
2012 Weekly Themes (PDF)

Please print and submit these registration forms for 2012:
BNC Registration Form (PDF)
Camp Health and Waiver Forms (PDF)
Community Agreement (PDF)
Financial Aid Application (PDF)

More Information
Mailing Address:
  • Boston Nature Center
    500 Walk Hill Street
    Mattapan, MA 02126

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Enter the 2012 Google Science Fair

Have you asked a question today? What did you do with it?

Did it take you somewhere new? Did it bring you here?

The Google Science Fair is an online science competition seeking curious minds from the four corners of the globe. Anybody and everybody between 13 and 18 can enter. All you need is an idea.

Geniuses are not always A-grade students. We welcome all mavericks, square-pegs and everybody who likes to ask questions. Simply upload your project here to win some life changing prizes.

Everyone has a question. What’s yours?