The MIT Club of Boston (MITCOB) just held a K12 Volunteer
Reception and Information Session on Jan 26. About 30 people of all
attended the event in the Student Center on January 26th. There was a
lot of networking among the alums before the presentations, and people
stayed long afterwards to continue their conversations.
The MITCOB is holding it's annual reception at the FIRST Robotics
Competition Regional on March 24th. Ryan Lester MBA '09, who recently
moved to Boston from Texas, graciously agreed to organize this
reception. He will be needing volunteers for setting up and running
tours. We are also looking for someone to interface with the
Inspirational Teachers awards (student nominate a high school teach who
inspired them to excel in science, etc) and the SEPT program (Science
and Engineering Program for Teachers). These would involve working with
MIT and contacting the teachers as needed. We also need people to
followup with volunteers and to be a K12 resource coordinator.
Frank Merrick gave a slide presentation on the various FIRST programs,
from Jr. FIRST LEGO League up to the FIRST Robotics Competition.
There's a program for every age group from kindergarten to high
school. Last year more than 210,000 kids participated in FIRST, and
it's growing fast. FIRST is always looking for mentors and new teams to
Josh Schuler spoke about the Lemelson InvenTeams
program, a non-competitive, team-based national grants initiative for
high school students. The Eureka Fest in June is the culmination of
the high school program that encourages creativity and problem solving.
and Mind/Hand Alliance:
Peggy Eysenbach described how
the Edgerton Center is supporting local middle schools and high schools
through hands-on science and engineering lessons, along with teacher
curriculum development and a suite of summer programs. They have
worked intensively with Boston, Cambridge, Lynn and Gloucester. They
developed LEGO units that teach chemistry and photosynthesis and DNA
models. The kits cost about $350 and schools are always clamoring for
them. There are also periodic LEGO kit production sessions that need
Michelle Chung gave a fun on-line demonstration of the Scratch
program, a visual programming language that even young kids can use.
Science Festival Trivia Challenge:
Jeff Roberts spoke about
this MIT Club of Boston program that will occur on April 25 at the
Broad Institute. They are always looking for more questions and more
teams to join both the youth and the open divisions. Dinner with a
Nobel Prize winner goes to the top team.
Museum Intitute for
This is a great program that provides
hands-on professional development programs for teachers at museums,
nature centers, aquaria, zoos and science centers.
Brindha Muniappan is looking for
who can talk about the science and technology they do now, or current
research at MIT, discuss exhibits or objects in the Museum that are of
particular interest to them, or even give gallery or exhibit tours.
Some other great organizations presented by attending alums are listed
below. Many are looking for volunteers or members.
Beth Marcus talked about
Boston Kids Club, a group of local companies dedicated to K12
education. Companies include
iCreate to Educate
have provided some special offers
alumni. Please contact Beth for more information on Kids Club
Swanson has started an independent school in Melrose for gifted
and talented students in the Boston area. It is currently K-7 and will
expand to K-12 in the upcoming years. Volunteers are needed for annual
tournaments for their team-based problem solving competition called
Carolyn Meeks reminded everyone what a great site this is and
offered to help people if they had questions about it.
talked about various volunteer and student opportunities
. EduTech runs
the "Math is 4 Girls" program for middle school girls in Boston and
Lynn and is looking for mentors and matching sponsorship. The local
chapter of the National Organization for the Professional Advancement
Black Chemists and Chemical Engineers is forming a high school
chemistry team to compete in Washington D.C. and they are looking for
mentors and students in Boston and Cambridge. The National Society of
is starting study sessions for it's Try_Math_A_Lon jeopardy style
competition and is looking for mentors. The Science Nation Project
School is seeking financial sponsorship for its Amusement Park
Science Girls Rock and Engineering Summer programs. Please contact Prof.
for some more detailed information.
Bonny Kellermann talked about
opportunities to volunteer at Tutoring Plus, an organization that
provides tutoring and enrichment experiences for disadvantaged students
in Cambridge. Interested people can contact Bonny