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An after school program to develop the next generation of scientists and engineers

STEM Club is designed to engage middle school students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Schools form teams of up to 24 students who work after school starting the week of October 30, 2017 and continue until their final project is completed for STEM Club competition on March 10, 2018. Teams can meet as frequently as they are able during that period with an expectation that they get together at least once each week (except vacation weeks). For the program, teams are each sent 12 BOSEbuild speaker cubes and a number of light and sound sensors and wires. At the beginning of the program, students are taught the science behind how sound is created and how instruments and speakers are engineered. Teams build their own speakers and then work to create their own musical instruments, orchestras, sculptures, or anything else they can imagine with the materials provided.

 

Teams are led by a team advisor from the school. In addition, i2 provides team mentors from STEM corporations and universities for teams who would like further assistance. Final products performances and presentations however are all to be done only by the students.

Form a Team

The 2017-18 Competition

The 2017-18 STEM Club competition is titled “The Sounds of Spring”. Teams are tasked with using 12 BOSEbuild speaker cubes and their light and sound sensors to create a musical performance that best captures the spring season. Performances will be judged on a rubric measuring creativity, technical ability, teamwork and presentation. The specific rubric and scoring rules can be found here.

 

The 2017-18 STEM Club competition will be held from 10am-1pm on March 10, 2018 at a to be determined Boston location. All participating teams should arrive by 10am and will have from 10am-10:30am to set up their project/performance. Open judging will run from from 10:30 – 11:15 where judges, parents and visitors will be able to walk around the venue and view and listen to the different teams. Each team will then have a formal scheduled 15 minute presentation for the judges sometime from 11:15 – 12:15. Team advisors and mentors are expected to attend but not be part of the team performance or presentation.The awards ceremony will begin at 12:30.

 

Upon arrival, teams will be given team t-shirts in the color of their choice. Teams are welcome to invite parents, friends, and other students and teachers to attend and cheer them on at the event. Admission to the event will be free and food will be available for purchase.

Training

A one-day training session in the summer of 2017 is available but not required for all team advisors. There is also an online tutorial with detailed instructions on how to use the BOSEbuild materials and the physics of sound which will be made available to all STEM Club teams.

 

In addition, there will be a webinar in the fall of 2017 where all advisors will be given the guidelines and rules for the 2017-18 competition.

Requirements

STEM Club teams are limited to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and can be no larger than 24 members. (There is no minimum number.) Each team needs a team advisor who will introduce the BOSEbuild materials to the students and teach them about the STEM concepts that are relevant to the program. The advisor then oversees the team during the year and provides support for their final project. Advisors are usually teachers or administrators from the school.

 

In addition to the advisor, teams can request a mentor to help the advisor and team members during the school year. STEM Club mentors will come from local STEM corporations and universities and will be assigned to STEM Club teams by i2 upon request.

Costs

First year participation $3,000*
Future year participation $1,500

 

*This includes a one-time payment of $1,500 for the custom BOSEbuild speaker cubes, sensors and wiring. These materials can be used in future years as well as in the classroom during the school year.

Support a Team

If you are interested in volunteering to become a mentor for a school STEM Club team or to help with logistics at the final competition on March 10, 2018, please contact us at stemclub@i2learning.org

 

If you are interesting in sponsoring a STEM Club team or sponsoring the final competition, please contact us at stemclub@i2learning.org

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Boston Foundation

About i2 Learning

i2 Learning partners with schools and school districts to bring immersive, hands-on STEM learning to middle school students. Working with school leaders, STEM corporations and philanthropic foundations, i2 Learning provides curriculum, teacher professional development and materials and supplies for schools to run STEM weeks during the school day and STEM after-school activities in over 30 cities across the United States and throughout the world. For more information, please visit i2learning.org

The 2017-18 Competition

The 2017-18 STEM Club competition is titled “The Sounds of Spring”. Teams are tasked with using 12 BOSEbuild speaker cubes and their light and sound sensors to create a musical performance that best captures the spring season. Performances will be judged on a rubric measuring creativity, technical ability, teamwork and presentation. The specific rubric and scoring rules can be found here.

 

The 2017-18 STEM Club competition will be held from 10am-1pm on March 10, 2018 at a to be determined Boston location. All participating teams should arrive by 10am and will have from 10am-10:30am to set up their project/performance. Open judging will run from from 10:30 – 11:15 where judges, parents and visitors will be able to walk around the venue and view and listen to the different teams. Each team will then have a formal scheduled 15 minute presentation for the judges sometime from 11:15 – 12:15. Team advisors and mentors are expected to attend but not be part of the team performance or presentation.The awards ceremony will begin at 12:30.

 

Upon arrival, teams will be given team t-shirts in the color of their choice. Teams are welcome to invite parents, friends, and other students and teachers to attend and cheer them on at the event. Admission to the event will be free and food will be available for purchase.

Training

A one-day training session in the summer of 2017 is available but not required for all team advisors. There is also an online tutorial with detailed instructions on how to use the BOSEbuild materials and the physics of sound which will be made available to all STEM Club teams.

 

In addition, there will be a webinar in the fall of 2017 where all advisors will be given the guidelines and rules for the 2017-18 competition.

Requirements

STEM Club teams are limited to 6th, 7th and 8th grade students and can be no larger than 24 members. (There is no minimum number.) Each team needs a team advisor who will introduce the BOSEbuild materials to the students and teach them about the STEM concepts that are relevant to the program. The advisor then oversees the team during the year and provides support for their final project. Advisors are usually teachers or administrators from the school.

 

In addition to the advisor, teams can request a mentor to help the advisor and team members during the school year. STEM Club mentors will come from local STEM corporations and universities and will be assigned to STEM Club teams by i2 upon request.

Costs

First year participation $3,000*
Future year participation $1,500

 

*This includes a one-time payment of $1,500 for the custom BOSEbuild speaker cubes, sensors and wiring. These materials can be used in future years as well as in the classroom during the school year.

Support a Team

If you are interested in volunteering to become a mentor for a school STEM Club team or to help with logistics at the final competition on March 10, 2018, please contact us at stemclub@i2learning.org

 

If you are interesting in sponsoring a STEM Club team or sponsoring the final competition, please contact us at stemclub@i2learning.org

About MathWorks

MathWorks is the leading developer of mathematical computing software for engineers and scientists. Founded in 1984, MathWorks employs over 3500 people in 15 countries, with headquarters in Natick, Massachusetts, U.S.A.

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About BOSEbuild

Kids are brilliant, creative, imaginative, curious creatures. At BOSEbuild we come to work every day with one mission: to find new ways to inspire their curiosity and spark their instinct for exploration. And to do that, sometimes we have to think like a kid, ask the questions a kid would ask, get out the scissors and tape and crayons and get to work. Because we believe that when kids build something with their own hands, and ask questions along the way, (“Why is it this way? What would happen if I did it that way instead?”) they are building so much more than a mere object – they’re building knowledge, creativity, and confidence.