Community Science Workshops

April 2018 – Technology Workshops

This year we are excited to start a special technology-focused program for our middle-school students.   We started the year with an introduction to computer programming using SCRATCH – a graphically based system created at MIT for teaching basic concepts and enabling students to create their own interactive games, stories, and […]

March 2018 – Designing Shoes

After studying the anatomy of our legs and feet and the mechanics of motion, we asked our students to design and create their own shoes using cardboard, tape, and other recycled materials.  Their shoes needed to provide the functionality of a basic shoe — protection, improved stability & balance, increased […]

November 2017 – Marble Mazes

Continuing with our study of Forces and Motion, we created “Marble Mazes” to demonstrate gravity, inerita, and momentum.  Students designed and created “tilt mazes” and then moved marbles through them using gravity.  Did your marble roll too quickly and fly off the maze?  That’s because the marble had too much […]

October 2017 – Pizza-box Ovens

We see the sun every day, but have you ever tried to directly capture and use the energy it provides?  By building simple solar ovens using pizza boxes, black construction paper, foil, and plastic wrap, our students were able to learn about important energy concepts like “reflection” and “absorption” while […]

April 2017 – Chicken Feet

Earlier in the year, our elementary school CSW classes learned about the structure of human hands by building working models showing bones, muscles, tendons, and ligaments. In April, our middle- and high-school classes explored this topic by dissecting actual chicken feet.   In addition to learning basic dissection techniques and […]