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#STEMCLUB2018

March 8, 2018, 10am – 1pm
The Bruce C. Bolling Municipal Building
2300 Washington St, Roxbury, MA 02119

 

Special Guest & Keynote Speaker:
Ryan Edwards of Masary Studios

 

STEM Club is an after-school program designed to expose, engage and excite middle school students in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). Participating schools form teams of up to 24 students who work together from the beginning of the school year until they display and perform their final project at the STEM Club Festival held this year on March 8, 2018 at the Bruce Bolling Building in Roxbury, Massachusetts. For this year’s STEM Club, each team was given 12 BOSEbuild speaker cubes and a series of light and sound sensors. A teacher from each school was trained over the summer to lead their students through the program. Students began by learning the science behind how sound is created and instruments and speakers are engineered. Teams then built their own speakers and worked to create their own musical instruments, orchestras, sculptures, or anything else they could imagine with the materials provided. At the end of STEM Club, school teams all come together to show off their work at the STEM Club Festival where judges award prizes based on teamwork, technical expertise, creativity and overall performance.

 

If you are interested in attending the STEM Club Festival, learning more about STEM Club or bringing STEM Club to your school, please contact us at contact@i2learning.org

Participating Schools

 

Angelo Patri Middle School
Boston Latin School
Brooke Mattapan Charter School
Dana Hall School
Edison K8 School
Eliot K-8 Innovation School
Excel Academy Chelsea
Excel Academy Orient Heights
Irving Middle School
Lyon K-8 School
Match Next
McKay K-8 School
Mother Caroline Academy and Education Center
Neighborhood House Charter School
Perry K-8 School
Richard J. Murphy K-8
Saint John Paul Catholic Academy (Lower Mills)
Saint John Paul Catholic Academy (Neponset)
Saint John Paul II Columbia Campus
Solomon Schechter Day School
St John North End
St.Stephen of Hungary School
Warren Prescott

The 2017-18 STEM Club competition is titled “The Sounds of Spring” and was developed in conjunction with BOSE. 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 are then tasked with using  the 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 8, 2018 at The Bolling Building in Boston. 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 – 11:30am where judges, parents and visitors will be able to walk around the venue and view and listen to the different teams. 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 8, 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

Program Partners

Vertex
Bose
Boston Public Schools
Lynch Foundation
Shah Family Foundation - Temporary
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.