36 Boston Middle Schools Implement Hands-On Learning During Boston STEM Week
Last week, 36 middle schools across Boston took part in Boston STEM Week, suspending normal curriculum and transforming into hands-on learning labs offering 20-25 hours of project-based learning. Hosted by i2 Learning, this immersive STEM experience allowed students to work like real scientists and engineers, asking questions, leading investigations, building models, and developing solutions to real problems.
“I was skeptical at first,” said Patricia Lampron, principal at the Henderson K-12 Inclusion School, “but this really lit a fire in our kids. This is how science should be taught all year.”
BoSTEM Workshop: Practicing Science and Mastering Content
On Tuesday October 11th, Boston After School & Beyond hosted its first BoSTEM Workshop: Practicing Science and Mastering Content. The workshop was led by Olga Feingold from Thompson Island Outward Bound Education Center and focused on incorporating science and engineering practices into activity design and questioning and discussion strategies.
The following tips were shared during the meeting:
- Prescript questions for your facilitators to have on hand that ask students to make detailed observations or think more deeply. Click here for some examples
- Be aware of whether you are asking broad questions or narrow questions. Click here to read about the difference
- In order to get students comfortable discussing their scientific ideas in groups, consider starting students with 1:1 conversations with peers and small group discussions before asking them to share their thinking with the full group. Click here to learn different discussion routines
- When writing and editing curriculum, try to explicitly identify the STEM practice you want your students to engage in and write it at the bottom of your lesson plan. Click here to view the NGSS Practices
- Consider whether your curriculum aligns with The Learning Cycle.
Partner Events and Announcements
CitySprouts Seeks Volunteers for Cider Pressing Events
CitySprouts is looking for volunteers to help facilitate cider pressing events at each of its school sites. Volunteers will help setup and clean up cider presses, and will get a chance to spend time outdoors with students as they learn how to make cider and experience their school gardens. Email Andrea Locke to get involved!
Museum of Science OST STEM Educator Needs Assessment Survey
The Museum of Science is surveying out-of-school time STEM educators to assess professional development experiences and needs. Participants can enter a drawing to win an Engineering is Elementary Teaching Guide. This survey will close on October 14. Click here to participate
Education Conversation: The Opportunity Gap Breakfast Forum
On October 25th, join Thompson Island Outward Bound as they launch a series of symposiums aimed at fostering discourse on pressing educational issues in Boston. Registration covers breakfast and transportation costs. Click here to register
MathPOWER Job Opening
MathPOWER is currently seeking a Math*STARS Site Director to manage its after school program at the Curley School in Jamaica Plain. Click here for more info
Science Club for Girls Job Opening
Science Club for Girls is seeking an experienced educator or youth development professional to manage its out-of-school STEM programs in Boston and Brookline. Click here for more info