MathWorks Partners with The Discovery Museums to Bring Hands-On STEM Workshops into School Classrooms

ACTON, MA—The Discovery Museums announced today a renewed partnership with MathWorks of Natick, MA to bring the museums’ Traveling Science Workshops (TSW) program to elementary and middle schools. Now in its 24th year, TSW is a state curriculum-based program that brings hands-on science and STEM (Science-Technology-Engineering-Math) concepts into pre K-8 classrooms throughout New England. This is the sixth consecutive year that MathWorks has underwritten the program.

Backyard and Beyond: Signs of Fall!

Explore the natural world through science, art, and writing. We’ll be making nature journals and then you can take them on a nature walk to search for signs of fall and through Discovery Woods and the Great Hill conservation land. If you’ve made a nature journal with us before, bring it to add new activity pages. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible, please wear appropriate footwear and clothing – this program is weather and conditions dependent. For more information on Great Hill, please visit trails.actonma.gov.

What About Grandfathers?

  • Posted on: 30 September 2021
  • By: cbeaudoin

Discovery Museum CEO Neil Gordon became a grandfather just over a year ago. Neil’s grandfather name is Gogo! I always love hearing how grandparent names come about—for Neil it was because of one of the first books he read to his granddaughter was “Go, Grandpa, Go!”  Love it!!! ("Go, Grandpa, Go!" is by Lynn Plourde, illustrated by Sophie Beer.)

I had the opportunity to talk to Neil about his experience and thoughts about being a grandparentand a grandfather in particular. 

Update from our CEO | September 2021

Dear Friend of the Museum,

Let me be clear right up front: I am equally proud of all four of my kids. But as our team at the Museum thinks about the importance of gender representation of STEM professionals to our young visitors, I can’t help wondering why my two sons are both engineers and my two daughters both work in education. Of course, neither field is "better"…but why the gender fault line? As it turns out, my family is not atypical.

Halloween Hullabaloo

Join as we celebrate Halloween weekend! Dress for the occasion and give your Halloween costume the chance to spook, sparkle, and shine. Challenge yourself to a few holes of Pumpkin Putt Putt and other outdoor games with a frightfully fun twist. Use your powers of observation on a Spooktacular Scavenger Hunt and expect other ghostly surprises to pop up around the Museum! Some outdoor activities will be weather dependent.

Halloween Trail Walk and Scavenger Hunt

Get dressed up in your Halloween costumes and take a walk through the conservation land. Help us find the ingredients we need to add to our Witches’ Brew!

This program is weather and conditions dependent. Please note that the conservation land trails are not ADA or stroller accessible; please wear appropriate footwear and clothing. For more information on Great Hill, please visit  http://www.actontrails.org/great-hill/. Inclement weather may result in changes to the program or cancellation.
 

Celebrate National Chemistry Week: Fast or Slow . . . Chemistry Makes it Go! Mix it Up!

Discover the wonders of chemistry as we celebrate National Chemistry Week. Join us for a fun, hands-on activity around this year’s theme, Fast or Slow…Chemistry Makes it Go! We’ll tinker about combining common household ingredients. Will you design a powerful potion or a glob of gummy goop? Either way, we'll have fun mixing up some experiments, observing chemical reactions, and making creative concoctions!

Lil’ SMART Gals (Science, Math, Art): Sydney Hamilton, Kinetic Art

Join us as we learn about women who have made important contributions throughout history to the fields of science, math and art. Learn about the work of Sydney Hamilton, an Aerospace Structures Stress Manager at Boeing, who is a passionate about STEM education and an advocate for recognizing the power within diversity. In today’s program we will tinker about and engineer our very own kinetic art inventions using recycled materials. Suspended sculptures, motion masterpieces, kinetic creations - what kind of “moving” work of art will you make?

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