Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Free events this weekend!

World Oceans Day
Sunday, Jun 3, 2012

Join the New England Aquarium on Central Wharf to experience a full line-up of Oceans Day activities, including submersible robots, cooking demonstrations, hands-on activities for kids and plenty to learn about ocean animals and habitats.

This annual event is a great way to learn about our ocean’s incredibly diverse creatures and habitats—and what we can do to protect them.

As an added bonus, look for Calvin, the Aquarium's inflatable 42 foot long right whale on the Greenway at Milk Street. (Weather permitting)

All World Oceans Day activities are free and open to the public. Aquarium admission is separate, but you can still enjoy the World Oceans Day Celebration.

Please visit www.neaq.org/oceansday for more information and event details.
Cambridge River Festival
Saturday, Jun 2, 2012

The Cambridge River Festival celebrates the arts with a free outdoor event, attracting an enthusiastic audience of 200,000 to the banks of the Charles River. With 30 years under its belt, the River Festival has become a venerated Cambridgeg institution and a highly anticipated annual event.

Beginning with a procession from Harvard Square to the Charles River, the Festival's enormous variety of visual and performing art and food reflects the city's diverse neighborhoods and cultural heritage.

Visitors experience a wide array of Cambridge-based visual and performing arts which extend along a mile-long stretch of Memorial Drive between JFK Street and Western Avenue. The Cambridge River Festival collaborates with many local organizations and programs to showcase multiple stages of live national and local jazz, folk, world music, dance, poetry and theater performances.

Visitors also enjoy family entertainment, hands-on art-making activities and demonstrations, crafts, and a grand assortment of specialty foods and traditional festival fare.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Young Achievers Summer Institute for rising 8th, 9th and 10th graders

Register today for the Young Achievers Summer Institute, an innovative summer learning experience for middle school and high school students.

Students eligible are youth who are entering the 8th, 9th and 10th grade who are encouraged to participate in this unique career exploration program. Youth will be introduced to various careers in the arts, government and health and get a sneak peek at college life through field trips, speakers, workshops and activities on the campuses of area Colleges and Universities.

Through each session, students will gain knowledge that will help them shape their own career paths and college aspirations. Students will develop leadership and networking skills through fun, interactive and hands on activities. Students can participate in one week or two weeks sessions, choosing one or all to attend.

Please check the link I have provided to obtain cost and registration information.

Please sign up as space as limited by emailing mwendling@ymcaboston.org, or call 617-522-4789
Programs run from 8:30-2:30 p.m.
All sessions meet at YMCA Achievers, 3134 Washington Street, Boston, MA (Egleston YMCA)
Cost is $87.50 for one week and $175 for 2 weeks – Financial aid is available!

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

MIT Science of Baseball Program - 8th and 9th Grade Boys (Boston/Cambridge)

The MIT Science of Baseball Program (MSBP), a four-week summer program, is aimed at improving the mathematics and science skills of entering eighth and ninth grade boys who attend Boston and Cambridge public schools. This summer, MSBP will provide opportunities for 30 boys to learn physics, biology and math by building on their interest in baseball.

The program will feature an integrated, experiential curriculum, including both academic and athletic components that exploit connections between student experiences and academic topics. MSBP strives to teach students to take pride in their academic and athletic performance and to appreciate the math and science hidden in their everyday lives. The objectives of MSBP are to:
• Stress the importance of self discipline, organization, personal goal setting and cooperation.
• Increase student’s awareness of science technology engineering and math (STEM) fields as a future education and career option.
• Foster meaningful and lasting relationship between staff and students.
• Create an enjoyable and memorable experience.

In partnership with families, schools, little league clubs, and other community-based organizations, MSBP strives to spark a passion for science in students by approaching them through a sport they love, baseball. The program is offered free of charge to participants through the generous support of our sponsors and MIT.

How to Apply We are excited to be moving to an online application for the 2012 MIT Science of Baseball Program. To complete your application you will need to complete an information request and obtain a user name and password through the application website at:

Tuesday, May 8, 2012

Climate Change Summit May 12th MIT - High School Students

The first BYEN Environmental Career Exploration Symposium, part of Youth CAN's annual Climate Change Summit, is this Saturday! 

Date & Time:
May 12th 9:30AM-3:30PM
Location: MIT Stata Center

High school students and young adults are invited to this FREE event that includes:
  • lots of PRIZES
  • cool workshops to choose from(skill building, to prepare to transition into staff positions...)
  • a table fair with music, hands-on activities and more,
  • the opportunity to meet and talk with environmental professionals,
  • opportunities to take action for sustainability,
  • breakfast & lunch.

Check out the event website

for more information and to register. (https://blsyouthcanclimatesummit.mit.edu/ )

The workshops will engage participants in hands-on activities to learn about a range of topics and build skills that will strengthen resumes. 

In the Environmental Career Symposium professionals from the fields of Clean Energy/Clean Tech, Natural Resource Conservation, and Community Action (Environmental Policy at the grassroots level) will speak directly with young people about their jobs and how they got there.

Consider registering today and sharing this announcement with youth and those that work with youth. Questions may be directed to me at hchristou@environetwork.org or (617)345-5322 ext. 110.