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Online Education & Resources

Career Girls -  Career Girls is a free, online, educational resource with over 400 diverse role models and 8,000 inspiring video clips on careers.

Count Girls In: Book by Katianne Williams, PhD, digital media specialist at Galvin Middle School in Wakefield, and Karen Panetta, PhD, 2018, about how to empower girls to combine any interests with STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) to open up a world of opportunity.

Hoopla- Borrow digital eBooks, audiobooks, comics, movies, music, and more 24/7 with your library card.  Includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math based reading lists, movies, and materials for early learners through teens.

KTBYTE- Online, advanced computer and statistical classes for high school students. Specified classes help prepare high school students for the USA computing Olympiad and for understanding artificial intelligence.  

Nerd Girls - To encourage and inspire girls through media that they can change their world around them by pursuing Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics.

Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) Video Have you ever wondered what would inspire students to see themselves as scientists, artists, creators, and makers? In this video, 5 remarkable women share their favorite stories about inspiring teachers, projects, activities, opportunities, and careers in STEM. Wakefield student interests in STEM careers, and photographs of local women in STEM are also included. Panelists include: Senila Yasmin, a biology student at BU; Patti Doren, a computer science and technology teacher at Wakefield High School; Flavia Pastore, principal systems engineer at iRobot; Katianne Williams, a digital learning and media specialist at Galvin Middle School; Sarah Neal, a business partner at Shire Pharmaceuticals; and Sharon Horrigan, our moderator, who is currently Director of Education and Outreach Programs at the Museum of Science in Boston. Special thanks to the Wakefield Public Schools, Wakefield Parent Partnership, Boys & Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield, Wakefield Community Access Television (WCAT), and many others for making this event and video possible. This event was videotaped on Wednesday, November 8, 2017, at The Savings Bank Theater, Wakefield High School, MA.

Xploration Station:

Host Steve Spangler shows you how to conduct science experiments using everyday items in your own home.  Each TV episode shows focuses on a different experiment.

Kid-Friendly Activities

Apple Store - Kids Hour Sessions - Sessions are designed to spark imagination and creativity through fun, hands-on projects. Kids will explore coding, storytelling, illustration, movie making, music, and more.

Audubon Society Summer camps and nature preserves all over MA. Discounts for Audubon Society museum pass holders.

BlocksCAD is a software tool that combines intuitive nature of blocks-based coding with tangible world of 3D printing. Easy to use for beginners as young as eight, yet robust enough to challenge the most advanced high school or college age student. A fun way to design something original!

Boda Borg, Malden - Uniquely designed mental and/or physical challenges that must each be completed successfully before moving on to the next 'quest'.

Boston Children’s Museum Hands-on activities in a variety of science and art-based mediums, performances, learning resources including lunch and learn lectures on topics impacting children and families, and much, much more.  Ways to save include discounts for WIC and EBT card holders, library-based museum pass holders, teachers, and others.

Boston Museum of Science - Hands-on STEM activities, demonstrations, IMAX movies, planetarium shows, and more. November is Women & Girls in STEM Month. Additional public events include lectures, astronomy after-hours on weather-cooperative Friday nights, and more.  Group overnights at the museum are also available.  Discounts available to WIC and EBT card holders, library-based museum pass holders, teacher partners, and others.  

Boys and Girls Clubs of Stoneham & Wakefield Check calendars for STEM-based classes and opportunities throughout the year.

Cambridge Science Festival - April 17-26, 2020

Discovery Museums, Acton, MA - Hands-on STEM activities, demonstrations, lectures, Discovery Woods, fellowships, and more. Regularly scheduled events for special needs kids including infants, toddlers, and kids with autism, sensory needs, visual impairments, and hearing impairments. Ways to Save include discounts for EBT and WIC card holders, library-based museum pass holders, teachers, and others.
Einstein’s Workshop Burlington, MA - STEAM classes and drop-in play throughout the year.

Explore STEAM Night:  March 12, 2020, 6-8 pm, Galvin Middle School.  Free and open to all Wakefield residents.  This is an opportunity for educators and professionals from science, technology, engineering, art, and math to share their passion for STEAM through interactive demonstrations. The fair will partner high school students and STEAM professionals to offer a variety of hands-on STEAM activities for Wakefield students and their families. If you are interested in supporting this event, please click on the following links to become a sponsorexhibitor, or by making a raffle donation.  For more information on the event, please click on the Explore STEAM Night link.

Franklin Park and Stone Zoo - Year-round activities, demonstrations, shows, and summer camps available. Special offers include Kids-Price Saturdays on the first Saturday of each from October-March until 12 pm, as well as discounts for library-based museum pass holders, teachers, and others.

Girls STEM Summit State-wide, 2020 - Sunday, April 5, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
For:  Annual event for high school girls in grades 8–12 who are interested in pursuing STEM degrees and exploring STEM career choices.  Key goals are to:  1)  Educate young women in grades 8–12 on various STEM career paths through hands-on breakouts. 2) Encourage students to continue studying these disciplines throughout high school in order to prepare for college degree programs. 3) Inspire through interaction with female professional role models working in STEM fields 4) Demonstrate that a STEM career is attainable 5) Effect decision-making at a critical period 6) Close the gender gap in the STEM workforce.

Google for students - Various opportunities for students from Summer Camps to Residency programs.

Art classes for kids, Wakefield, MA

Lucius Beebe Memorial Library, Wakefield - Check library calendar and the community calendar for STEM-based activities. Check museum pass availability to a variety of local museums including the Boston Children's Museum, New England Aquarium, Museum of Science, Einstein's Workshop, Harvard Museums of Science and Culture, Massachusetts Audobon Society, Massachusetts State Parks, Museum of Fine Arts, Peabody Essex Museum, Zoo New England, and many more.

Maker Mill, North Andover - Computer lab for coding, electronics & circuits, robots, 3D printer with required class, legoes, minecraft worlds, and more.

Offering a variety of STEAM-based afterschool and summer classes, K-8.

Massachusetts STEM Summit 2020

MIT Museum Public Programs  - Explore the fascinating world of MIT—cutting-edge research, engineering, and innovations at performances, talks, programs, hands-on workshops, festivals, and more

New England Aquarium (NEAQ) - A global leader in ocean exploration and marine conservation as well as a major public education resource for the region. Exhibits, demonstrations, hands-on activities, tours, teen programs, volunteer opportunities, learning resources, and more. Free, weekly, public lectures presented on topics such as marine animals, marine life, climate change, coral reefs, beach erosion, and more. Video archives feature videotaped, NEAQ lectures from previous years. Offers and discounts available to EBT card holders, library-based museum pass holders, teachers, and more.

Nitsch Engineering - Provides a Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day annually in April for girls in 6th-12th grades.  Click here to sign up for their newsletter for more information and future registration.  Check out their website for additional resources.

Project Adventure, Beverly, MA - Provide a variety of adventure and experiential education programs throughout the year.

RSM Russian School of Mathematics, Andover, MA - Offers after-school classes for students of all ages in math, English SAT, and chess.  Offers summer school classes as well.

Wakefield Academy - Check calendar for science and STEM-based learning opportunities throughout the year.

Wakefield Recreation Department - Check calendars for science and STEM-based activities throughout the year.