Weekly STEM Announcements

EHS STEM Academy Weekly Newsletter 9/24/21

First STEM Lecture - Fri, Sep 24

Our first STEM lecture will be from Louise Rosales, a nurse practioner. The talk will be on Zoom during flex, you can either stay in your advisory and watch or sign up for the talk as an Enrichment Activity with Mrs. Smith and come to the auditorium to watch it on the big screen.

Fall Clean Up Day at Indian Brook - Sat, Sep 25

The Essex Conservation and Trails Committee will host the 2021 Fall Clean-Up Day at Indian Brook Park on Saturday, September 25th from 1:00pm-3:00pm (bad weather date is October 2nd)

You will help maintain trails, clean up debris from drainage swales, and remove invasive species. The focus this time will be clearing trail corridors and removing debris from culverts and drainages. Depending on how many volunteers show up, there may be multiple teams working along the main loop around the reservoir, so expect a decent hike as well.

They will meet in the picnic area parking lot (above the dam) at 1:00pm. Please bring work gloves, sturdy shoes, water, and bug spray. They will not be able to offer refreshments this year, so please also bring any snacks you will need, as well as rakes, shovels, and loppers / pruners if you have them, but know that some tools will be provided.

First STEM Workshop during advisory on Sep 30

Our first STEM workshop is on Thursday, Sep 30. You can choose from a variety of hands-on activities, you will pick a session during advisory on Monday. Attendance at one of the sessions is mandatory, please contact Mrs. Smith or your advisor if you have a conflict on that day.

Senior STEM withdrawal deadline is Oct 1

If you are a senior in the STEM Academy who is no longer interested in obtaining the endorsement, you need to withdraw from the Academy by Oct 1. Seniors who withdraw after that date will have this noted on their transcripts.

Are you curious about Biotech?

The Biogen Community Lab and Lemelson-MIT Program invite you to participate in:

Biogen-MIT Biotech in Action: Virtual Fall Program

This 9-week virtual program throughout the Fall 2021 semester will provide students with the opportunity to expand their knowledgeand skills in STEM, while getting a real inside view of what it is like to work for a biotech company. Students will use virtual labs, online learning and conferencing software, and real-time conversations with employees of both Biogen and MIT to learn all about biotechnology and invention with a focus on Alzheimer’s disease.

Open to all high school students currently in 10th - 12th grade (or ages 14-18 if outside of the US).
Priority will be given to students from low-income households and groups historically underrepresented in science.

Program Dates & Times:

Oct 2nd 2-3 PM ET Technology Check
Oct 9th and 10th 2-5 PM ET 2-day Kick-off
Oct 16th – Dec 11th
Every Saturday 2-5 PM ET
(No meeting on Nov 27th)


Requirements: Students will need access to a computer and internet during the program times listed.

Questions: Contact us at rtpcommunitylab@biogen.com Application opens September 14th, 2021 and closes September 26th, 2021. Click here to apply.

CubeSat Project at UVM

Dr. Hamid Ossareh is running a Vermont-wide student-led effort to build CubeSats. He is looking for students who are interested in joining these efforts. See their Twitter page for more information: https://twitter.com/VTCubeSat If you'd like to know more about CubeSats, you can check out this link.

If you are interested in being a part of this, please let Mrs. Smith know.

Teen Science Cafes are Back - Join us on September 28!!

We are going to kick off the year with a virtual cafe on Tuesday, September 28 from 5:00-6:00 pm. Join us to learn about "Develecology: The Science of How Our Ecosystem Shapes Our Development" from Lawrence G. Shelton, an Associate Professor in the Human Development and Family Studies program at the University of Vermont.

Learn more and register no later than 9/28 @ 12 noon in order to get the Zoom link needed to join the cafe. Click here to register.

Teen Science Cafés are informal, interactive programs that promote exploration, curiosity, and life-long learning about current and cutting-edge ideas in science and technology. Teens engage in lively discussion and hands-on learning with experts. The cafes are free and organized by teens for teens.

Join Girls Who Code at UVM

The Girls Who Code club at the University of Vermont is looking for new members. Middle/High school students of any gender identity are welcome to join. The club is running in a hybrid format so students can either attend in-person at UVM or virtually via Zoom. The club is free of charge and sessions are on Saturdays 10am-12noon. Interested students can fill out this form: https://forms.gle/pCencN5FQG5Ugr1S9