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Vacation Week – Newton Style April 28, 2010

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(21 girls x 4 days) + 4 field trips + 8 workshops = a whole lot of science fun!

Last week, the Newton site of Science Club for Girls held its second annual April Vacation Science Club at Myrtle Baptist Church, the regular location of our Saturday clubs.  The week was generously sponsored by Cubist Pharmaceuticals.  About two-thirds of the girls attending were from our year-round program, but seven girls came to Science Club for Girls for the first time ever.

Bird Houses at Eliot School

Each morning, the girls divided into two age-appropriate clubs for some hands-on workshops.  Our guests for the week included:

  • Zoo New England
  • Michele Cuneen, Animal Research Consulting
  • MSPCA – Nevins Farm
  • Framingham State College Nutritionists
  • Fitness Forward
  • Massachusetts College of Pharmacy
  • High Touch High Tech
  • Mass Audubon, Broadmoor

From live animals to ultraviolet bracelets, from yogurt parfaits to chloroform rubbings, from habitat models to exploding “volcanoes,” there was a little something for everyone!

Touring the Greenhouse

Each afternoon, the girls went to see a bit of what they had just learned in action in the real world.  Field trips included:

  • MSPCA – Angell, Boston
  • Tangerini’s Spring Street Farm in Millis
  • Cubist Pharmaceuticals
  • The Eliot School, Jamaica Plain

While putting on such an action-packed week is a labor-intensive experience, it certainly is a labor of love – love of science and all those who want to know more about it!  The real proof of success comes from the comments after it’s all said and done:

Hanging out with some animals

– My daughter turned off the tv and went to bed early ever since she learned how important it is to get good sleep and limit tv watching.

– My daughter asked for fruit for a snack after dinner.  She’s never done that before!

– My daughter will not stop talking about the baby squirrel she saw and she wants to find snakes in the park.

– We hung the birdhouse in our yard.  My daughter put out stuff for the birds to build a nest. She is so excited.

– This week was heaven sent!
I don’t know what we would’ve done during the week off from school without this program.


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