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Sale of book to fund grants to Falmouth students!

By Katlin Bowman and local Falmouth author Liz Saito (thank you, Liz!)

liz-saito-bookFollow oceanographer Katlin Bowman on her journey aboard a Coast Guard ice breaker to the frozen North Pole. Stunning photographs and accessible text tell the story of this science expedition to map the chemistry of the Arctic Ocean. Learn about polar bears, mercury pollution, and life on board a science research vessel.

Ages 6-11, 8.5X11in 

For more information and/or to buy a book http://www.healycruisebook.com/buy-book.html

Production of this book was funded by a National Science Foundation grant, as part of the broader outreach component of Seth John and Mak Saito’s proposal for the 2015 Arctic GEOTRACES cruise.

Proceeds from the sale of this book will be split equally between three non-profit organizations one of which is Falmouth STEM Boosters. FSB will use these donation to establish our much-longed-for Student Science Project Fund whereby our students will be able to apply to FSB for small grants for their science project supplies.  Stay tuned for details in early 2017…

Register now for girls Statewide STEM Summit!

It is not too early to register for this fantastic event held on April 2 at Regis College in Weston, MA.  Go to junior tech.org for more information…



Event: Functional Imaging of the Human Brain as a Window into the Mind


“Functional Imaging of the Human Brain as a Window into the Mind”
Public lecture sponsored by the Falmouth STEM Boosters and the WHOI Information Office
Wednesday August 17
7:30 – 8:30 PM
WHOI’s Redfield Auditorium
Water Street, Woods Hole

Join Dr. Nancy Kanwisher, Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience at MIT and Investigator at MIT’s McGovern Institute for Brain Research, as she shares striking new understandings of the human brain. Some of these findings were presented in a recent New York TImes article, “New Ways Into the Brain’s Music Room.”

Twenty-five years ago with the invention fMRI it became possible to image neural activity in the normal human brain. Many regions have been shown to carry out highly specific mental functions, like the perception of faces, speech sounds, and music, and even very abstract mental functions like understanding a sentence or thinking about another person’s thoughts. Dr. Kanwisher will discuss some of the evidence for highly specialized brain regions, what these findings imply and what they do not, and what is next. To see Kanwisher’s short talks on the brain, which require no scientific background, go to:

The event is free and open to the public. Students are welcome and encouraged! Donations made at the door will benefit the FalmouthSTEM Boosters, a local non-profit organization connecting Falmouth Public School teachers and students with science, technology, engineering and math resources and opportunities. For more information on the lecture and the STEM Boosters, contact info@falmouthSTEMboosters.org or the WHOI Information Office at (508) 289-2252.

FSB Holiday Appeal — Every donation helps!

Please consider making a tax-deductible end of year contribution to FSB!  Learn more on our DONATE page.  Thank you!

FSB succeeds because our community generously gives both time and money!  

IMG_0265Where the time goes:

Volunteers organized by FSB have assisted with many STEM-related projects this year!

  • Assisted teachers with locating and writing grants;
  • Science Fair project brainstorming and mentoring;
  • Assisted with the Hour of Code event last December (and coming again soon!);
  • Participated in workshops on science education, for instance “There’s a Scientist in my Classroom” at WHOI;
  • Organized volunteer sign-ups and CORI desk in Woods Hole;
  • Worked with FPS department heads and curriculum coordinators;
  • Surveyed K-12 faculty to prioritize FSB efforts.
  • Worked with Falmouth Community Television to develop a great PSA video.
  • Wrote grants for bus trips (funded!) and for an improved FSB website (not  yet funded!).

Check out our VOLUNTEERS page!

Where the money goes:

In addition to individual donations, we’ve received grants and donations in the past year from the Woods Hole Community Foundation, Martha’s Vineyard Savings Bank, Zephyr Education Foundation, and Convention Data Services.

What have we done with these funds?

  • We’ve paid for buses for STEM-related local field trips!
  • We organized the luncheon at the Science Fair, which ties together the morning presentations and the afternoon awards, and gives a chance for judges, teachers and students to mingle after the judging is over.
  • We joined the Falmouth Chamber of Commerce, with a goal of increasing our contacts in the business community.

If you can help, please go to our DONATE page!

Great Falmouth STEM Video!!!









East Falmouth second grade teacher Elijah Switzer and his class trip to study erosion and weathering resulted in a wonderful video — check it out!!

(Thanks to a grant from the Woods Hole Foundation, FSB was able to help fund this bus trip!)

Science Fair Brainstorming Sessions


Rob Reynolds (of Zephyr Education Foundation) brainstorming science fair projects with FHS students

This fall, FSB helped Science Fair Coordinator Mr. Dubuque organize a second Brainstorming Session at Falmouth High School in December.  These are opportunities for students planning a project to sit down with a STEM professional and get guidance, advice, and support.  They seem to be appreciated and enjoyed by all involved!



First REVERSE Science Fair held at Falmouth High School!

Cory Dubuque, FHS teacher and coordinator of the Falmouth Public Schools Science and Engineering Fair, had an idea: Let’s have a reverse science fair after school early in the fall. Here FHS students would have an opportunity to learn about local STEM professionals willing to mentor a student and the professionals’ areas of research (a.k.a. “science projects”).

The Falmouth STEM Boosters sent out the word and are assembling an ever-expanding list of volunteers, some of whose names were included in a presentation to approximately 40 students on October 1 in the FHS library.  Invited professionals included Jim Newman (Woods Hole Marine Systems, Inc.) and Dr. Chris Sherwood (USGS), both FSB board members.  After the presentation, students were asked to fill out a form with their areas of interest and matches are now being made between mentors and students. Additional mentors and students will be added throughout the fall. The Falmouth Science and Engineering Fair is February 27/28 at the FHS.  

Please contact us if you’d like to help out!


Dr. Chris Sherwood

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In Woods Hole? Volunteer with VIPS and the Falmouth STEM Boosters!

Monday October 19: WHOI Clark Lobby  11:30 – 1

Tuesday October 20: WHOI Redfield Lobby 11:30 – 1

Stop by our table at lunchtime and spend a moment learning about volunteering in the Falmouth Public Schools with VIPS and the Falmouth STEM Boosters.  Bring your photo ID and fill out a CORI form at the same time and you’ll be ready to go!  

To get a head start, go to Falmouth VIPS. You can print out and fill out the CORI form, but please don’t sign it until you bring your photo ID to the VIPS table.  

Open to all: WHOI, MBL, NOAA, USGS, USCG, or anyone else!

Bring a friend!

Nancy Kanwisher is a Falmouth High School graduate, and an MIT professor.  She’s got phenomenal videos about how the brain works at http://nancysbraintalks.mit.edu.

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