Monday, November 4, 2013

“Hour of Code," a campaign to introduce 10 million students to one hour of Computer Science

“Hour of Code," a campaign to introduce 10 million 

students to one hour of Computer Science.

Want to start learning how to code?  Some great resources can be found at -

More Apps to Teach Kids

LightBot (iOS + Android)
Drag commands to move a robot. Age 4+
CargoBot (iPad)
Help a robot-arm solve puzzles. Age 8+
Move the Turtle (iOS)
Drag/drop code to move a turtle. Age 8+
Kodu (xBox, Windows)
Design a 3D game world. Age 8+
Learn to program using Ruby. Age 12+

More Online Tutorials

Hackety Hack
Free Ruby-based environment aiming to make programming easy for beginners.
Beginner level tutorials for Ruby, Python, and Javascript.
Learn core programming languages such as Java, C#, and HTML5. 
Free and fee-based video tutorials that walk through lessons. 

University Courses Online

Free university courses taught online by real professors. Start with CS 101
Free university courses plus discussions, quizzes, and other interactive learning. 
Free interactive college classes on computer science for all levels.
Free college lectures on computer science for advanced students. 

Learn to Make Webpages

Mozilla's Thimble
Use this app to easily create and share your own web pages.
Code Avengers
Fun and effective learning tools for the total beginner.

Make Your Own Mobile Apps

MIT App Inventor
Learn to build apps for Android phones and tablets within hours.
Codea (iPad)
Create games and simulations — or just about any visual idea you have.

Write Code for Robots

For anyone interested in creating interactive objects or environments.
Lego Mindstorms
Create small, customizable and programmable robots. 

Thursday, October 24, 2013

"How well prepared are the students in my state in science and mathematics? Am I doing enough to help my child as a parent? What are the career opportunities in science and engineering fields? How much do science and engineering workers earn?

This website allows you to explore the answers to those and other questions, by providing easy access to data on science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and related careers."

Designed for parents, this site has direct links to numerous reports and publications re: STEM.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Delve AP registration open; Summer HSSP approaching

Announcement from MIT ESP

Greetings from MIT ESP! 

We're excited to announce that registration for our Delve AP program has recently opened.
In addition, registration for Summer HSSP will open on June 16, and our Junction summer program continues to accept applications for some of its courses.


Delve offers a chance to learn Advanced Placement subjects from enthusiastic teachers on Sundays during the school year, and prepares students to take an AP exam in the subject at the end of the course.
What: Offerings include Biology, Calculus, Chemistry, Computer Science, Physics, Psychology, and more depending on teacher interest.
Who: Motivated students in grades 9-12.
Where: All classes are held on MIT's campus.
When: Classes run most Sundays from September to May (the full calendar can be found at <>), for approximately four hours in the morning and early afternoon.

The cost of the program is $250, but generous financial aid is available! For more information or to apply, see <>. Apply by the early-bird deadline of June 15th to have the best chance at your first-choice class! If you have any questions, feel free to email us at <>.

Summer HSSP meets on Sundays for 7 weeks during the summer, from July 7th to August 18th, and is open to students entering grades 7 through freshman year of college. Classes include “Dreams, Dreaming, and the Subconscious”, “A History of Mathematics”, “Thermal and Fluid Dynamics” and many more.

Registration will open at 4:00 PM on June 16th, and will remain open until July 1st on a first come, first served basis. Register early to get your pick of classes! HSSP costs $40, but generous financial aid is available. For more information, see <>.

Our Junction summer program continues to accept applications for intensive college-level courses including "Understanding Topology", "Biology of Reproduction", "Classical and Modern Physics", and "Moby-Dick and Modern America". Junction meets weeknight evenings, July 8 - August 15 and is a more selective program intended for advanced high school students. For more information, see <>


You are receiving this email because you signed up at <> to receive updates about the programs we run. To unsubscribe, please click the link at the bottom of the message. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

FREE Samsung Mobile App Academy

New opportunity for high school students:

11th or 12th graders can apply for a chance to attend a FREE
Samsung Mobile App Academy
 in summer 2013. All attendees will 
receive a Samsung Galaxy Note™ 10.1 tablet and a chance to win
up to $20,000 in scholarships.

Thursday, April 25, 2013

The New England Resource Directory

The New England Resource Directory provides information to students, advisors and administrators on outreach efforts, internships and science-related programs at New England educational institutions, and biomedical and biotechnology organizations. The directory describes non-degree programs sponsored by high schools, colleges, universities, professional and graduate schools, hospitals, private industry, foundations and government agencies.

The New England Resource Directory was developed in 1992 by the Biomedical Science Careers Program (BSCP) because of the need for a centralized resource describing New England non-degree, biomedical science related programs offered by the private and public sectors. This directory contains programs developed to serve minority and disadvantaged populations, as well as programs open to anyone.

Major program categories include:
Career/Academic Planning.

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

The Educational Studies Program at MIT is now accepting applications for their Junction Program (see below):
We have recently opened student applications for Junction, one of ESP's two summer programs. Junction is a non-residential program for advanced high school students in the Boston area, typically 10th grade and up. Each year at Junction, 100-130 motivated students join us to learn unique advanced subjects, meet new friends, and enjoy an academic challenge in a fun environment. Junction meets weekday evenings, July 8 - August 15 on MIT's main campus.
This year, Junction is offering ten core courses in a variety of subjects. Take a literary whaling voyage 'round the world in Moby-Dick and Modern America, debate the philosophy of wealth and resources in Distributive Justice, learn about the fourth dimension in Understanding Topology, or see if we've got a course on your favorite subject at <>. Junction courses are college-level and expect students to spend significant time outside of class on readings, assignments, and projects.

For more information or to apply, visit <>. All applications will be considered equally before April 10; after this date, we will consider applications on a rolling basis to fill any remaining spots in classes. If you have any questions, e-mail us at <>.
Information about ESP's other summer program, Summer HSSP, will become available in May. Summer HSSP will meet once per week on weekends, and is open to students in grades 7-12.
We look forward to seeing you at our programs this summer!

The MIT Educational Studies Program

Wednesday, March 6, 2013

S.E.T. in the City

S.E.T. in the City is an exciting day of science, technology and engineering career exploration for high school girls!

Participants will begin their day at Boston University, meet women in STEM careers, participate in hands-on activities at Biogen, Simmons, Emmanuel, Northeastern, Wentworth, or Harvard! 

This event will take place Saturday, April 6th from 9 am - 5 pm. Please register online at!

Pre-registration is required, and the $10 fee covers breakfast, lunch, and bus transportation between venues.

Thursday, February 28, 2013

The New England Aquarium is excited to offer Careers in Science programming

Careers in Science Programs

The New England Aquarium is excited to offer Careers in Science programming to area youth who are interested in a future marine-related career. These programs feature women and men in the marine science field who speak about their work in a series of presentations and activities. By introducing middle and high school students to professionals working within the science field, participants can start to see themselves in these same roles and understand what skills they will need to develop to enter these careers. Each program provides students with ideas on possible career paths, activities designed to showcase aspects of various jobs and highlight opportunities at the New England Aquarium and other local organizations that can get participants started on the right path. All programs are free and open to any students with generous support given by the Lowell Foundation.

Open to students from 7th through 12th grades, participants will be able to tailor their experience to their own interests. Attend one lecture or all of them. Each program includes the chance to hear from a panel of Aquarium staff members on a particular skill or topic. Staff will be on hand for questions and discussion following the presentation. A short, hands-on activity will allow participants to practice some of the skills they have just learned about. Snacks and dinner are provided at no cost.

This is a program designed for individual students, school groups, scouts or youth groups. Each person in the group should register themselves. Look for the link under program date to register.

Working on Local Marine Issues

April 10

 4 p.m. – 6 p.m.

 Harborside Learning Lab

Presenter Scott Dowd, Senior Aquarist, with participants from the Live Blue Ambassadors Program will share their experience helping local herring species complete their migration from the ocean to Whitman’s Pond in Weymouth, MA to spawn. Also joining the panel will be Bill Murphy, Senior Aquarist, who will talk about a special red bellied turtle program here at the Aquarium.

Please email Gina Parente at  for more information or questions. To join the Career Pathways e-mail list, please e-mail Lucy Indge at .

Thursday, February 21, 2013

MIT Opportunities

MIT has some great one day and extended opportunities available!  Check these two out:

**** Spark ****

Want to take classes on nearly any subject imaginable? Come to Spark on March 16th!

Spark is a one-day program, similar to Splash, on the MIT campus for students in 7th to 12th grade. Come take awesome classes from MIT students on a variety of subjects from arts and crafts to hardcore math and science topics! This year's topics include:

- Fluid Mechanics
- How to Make Robots
- Folk Music Jam
- Introduction to Latin

Spark will be on Saturday, March 16th this year. Class registration will be open between February 20 and February 28. Spark costs $30 for the entire program, but as with all our programs, generous financial aid is available.

Go to <> to register or apply for financial aid. You will not be able to take classes at Spark if you do not register online.
If you have any questions, please email <>.

**** Spring HSSP ****

One day just not enough? Spring HSSP, a seven week long program on Saturdays for 7th to 12th graders, has reopened registration. Sign up for classes like Space Systems, Theater, Linguistics, or Actually Cool Math. This round of registration happens on a first-come, first-served basis, so register soon for best selection of classes. HSSP costs $40, but generous financial aid is available.

Register online at <> before February 26th, and email <> with any questions.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

The Boston Youth Fund’s Hope Line is a city initiative that helps connect students to summer jobs. The deadline is March 3, 2013, so please make sure you submit your application before then!

Applicants must be Boston residents and 15 years old before July 7, 2013 and not 18 before August 16, 2013.

Here is a link for more information:

Here is a link to the application:

Monday, January 28, 2013

Summer STEM Program offerings at NU

Summer Program offerings at
The Center for STEM Education at
Northeastern University
For Middle School Students –
The 2013 NU Summer Science Program for rising
 6th, 7th and 8th grade students…

This year, the summer science program will NOT be an overnight program. 
The program is still open to Boston area middle school students (rising 6th, 7th and 8th grade) students who live within a 30 mile radius of Boston.  The program will be free to all selected participants.  Transportation is not provided.
Applications and further information can be found below.

For High School Students -
The 2013 NU Young Scholars Program
The Young Scholars Program, a summer research program for rising high school
juniors and seniors is also accepting applications.  Students must live and/or go to school in Massachusetts.  This is a commuter program. 

Applications and further information can be found below.

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Microsoft Achieve 2013: EduTech Family Summit - 1/26/13 @ UMASS BOSTON - pre-registration required

Microsoft Achieve 2013: EduTech Family Summit, in collaboration with BATEC and YouthSpark, invite you to join us and explore how we can best support our students in their quest for academic and career success by using innovative technology to learn and achieve. We're expecting over 2,000 students, educators, community leaders and local government representatives to participate in this exciting one-day event at University of Massachusetts Boston on Saturday, January 26th!

We know education is a journey that opens doors for students. It connects them with exciting careers where they have the power to change their lives, our communities, and the world. But how do we help our students tap into creativity, innovation and productivity in our classrooms to earn that degree, start that career and make it happen? And how do we ensure they achieve their full potential?

At the Boston EduTech Family Summit, we will discuss how using technologies like Microsoft Windows, Office 365, SkyDrive, Bing, Skype in the Classroom, and Kinect enhance not only what our students learn but how they learn. Also discover how Microsoft's Partners in Learning Network and the Innovative Educators program support making our classrooms dynamic and fun learning environments that increase student engagement.  

Our theme for the Summit is Achieve. Our keynote speaker, Victor Ortiz-a protégé of Oscar de La Hoya and one of the brightest stars in boxing today-exemplifies what it means to Achieve. Overcoming a difficult childhood, Victor aims to inspire, mentor and support our youth to believe they can achieve great things.

We want you to be part of the summit and make your voice heard. Don't miss out! 

Microsoft will be offering special event prizes to social media friends, so join the conversation on Twitter at #Achieve2013 and follow Microsoft at @Microsoft_EDU.
Pre-registration is required. To pre-register, go to 

Deborah Boisvert, Executive Director