Are you a high-schooler with an idea for an ambitious environmentally-oriented science fair project that could use a little financial help? That’s exactly what the Marjot Foundation is about. They’re right here in Falmouth and have funded several recent FHS projects! Check it out at http://marjotfoundation.org . Their deadline is APRIL 1.
The 2015 Science Fair is done, and what a great time it was! In addition to the usual excitement this science fair was something of a coming-out party for the STEM Boosters. We had our own table with board members present to talk to folks about our programs, and we had a “Coding Corner” with professional programmers showing kids (of all ages) what coding is about. Thanks to Eliot Glist from Convention Data Services and Gwyneth Packard from WHOI for staffing the Coding Corner!
A phenomenal opportunity for High School kids over February vacation: Transom Teen Radio Workshop:
The first “Hour of Code Family Night” was a big success! The event was open to all and was held Thursday night in the Falmouth High School Library. Organized by Wendy Haskell, Director of Technology and Library/Media, the evening gave students the chance to show their families what they had learned during their “Hour of Code” at school. Technology teachers brought young student coders as assistants and the STEM Boosters invited three guest coders, pictured below, to share their expertise.
Though we have only just received our 501(c)(3) non-profit status, we have already received several generous donations!
A gift of $200 was used to fund buses to bring students from Lawrence and FHS to Woods Hole to participate in field trips with the Zephyr Education Foundation. Classes went on a 1.5 hour scientific cruise on a research vessel and conducted hands-on sampling activities modeled on actual research operations conducted at WHOI.
Another gift of $500 has been designated to buy equipment and supplies for the High School’s Technology Club.
There’s news about the Tech Club at Open Source Advocate Mentors Falmouth Students In New Technology Club
Science Project Q/A:
Beginning this week STEM Booster volunteers will be available every Wednesday after school to consult with high school students on their science project progress in the FHS Library. No sign-ups are needed — students should just drop by and ask their questions!
In mid-January, the Boosters will begin “Lunch with a Scientist” on Wednesdays at the Lawrence School. STEM Booster volunteers will be stationed at a table in the Lawrence cafeteria and will be available to consult on science project questions.
If you’re interested in volunteering to help at any of these sessions, please drop us an email!
“Hour of Code” Family Night
Last year tens of millions of students of all ages and backgrounds, including many Falmouth public school students, tried an “Hour of Code”, a one hour introduction through code.org designed to demystify computer science and show that anybody can learn the basics. This year during Computer Science Education Week, December 8 – 14, many of students will once again participate in an “Hour of Code” at their school. Falmouth STEM Boosters will help sponsor an evening program where students can share their newly-acquired coding knowledge with their families. Boosters volunteers who code as part of their jobs will also be on hand to share their experiences (drop us an email if this sounds up your alley). The event, for Grades 1 – 6, is Thursday evening, December 11 6:30 – 7:30 in the high school library.
A primary aim of the STEM Boosters is to meet the needs of the teachers as best we can. To that end, we will soon be sending teachers an online survey so we can ascertain how to be most useful. Stay tuned for updates! Perhaps a student survey will follow…
January Public Meeting
Our next STEM Boosters public meeting will be held in January – date and time to be determined. All are welcome! Our first meeting was an hour filled with opportunities to learn and share. It is gratifying what we can accomplish in a short time through personal interaction between teachers, STEM professionals, parents and community members.
Open Meeting 5 November 2014 — FHS Library
In attendance: Deborah Coulombe President, David Fisichella Treasurer, Benjamin van Mooy Director, James Newman Secretary, Jessica Mark Welch Director, Chris Brothers, Tracey Quidley, Heidi Egloff, Heather Goldstone, Carrie Fitzpatrick, Liping Xun, John Holmes, Chris Sherwood, Jessica Mark Welch, Cory Dubuque, Alex Perry.
Attendees introduced themselves and signed in.
Deb reviewed history and mission of FSB through PowerPoint. Emphasis on networking, connectivity, personal interactions and asking the teachers what they want. Announced that the official IRS 501(c)(3) letter had just been received! Jim was able to complete the paperwork on line and approval took only a month. Thank you, Jim!
Meeting open to general discussion. Topics included:
11. Check out the new Falmouth STEM Boosters Facebook page!
Thanks to all for attending! Next general meeting in January. Please spread the word about the FSB website, Facebook page and email list.
FSB is incorporated! As of October 2, Falmouth STEM Boosters Inc is a not-for-profit Massachusetts corporation, capable of accepting tax-deductible donations.
We will be setting a meeting date soon for anyone interested in learning more about FSB! To get on our mailing list, so you’ll get notice of all our meetings and events, send us an email at email@example.com.
Don’t miss the article in the Falmouth Bulletin about the exciting program that FHS/Lawrence Science department chair Chris Brothers participated in this summer! http://falmouth.wickedlocal.com/article/20140827/NEWS/140827169/0/
Falmouth STEM Boosters is a new group forming to provide support to the STEM-related programs and curricula in the Falmouth (Massachusetts) Public Schools. We’re mostly parents of current FPS students, looking to help the schools give our kids the best possible STEM experiences. It’s not really an organization yet, more an idea, and we’re open to your thoughts! If you have ideas or just want to be involved please get in touch or leave a comment.
(Sorry if it seems like jargon — STEM refers to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math.)
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