Innovation at the 2016 White House Science Fair

By Christian Gibbons|2018-11-01T11:05:06-04:00June 30th, 2016|

In my youth, my proficiency and interest in science was stymied by my indecision regarding a career. When asked the famous question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” I almost never had an answer. Those who knew me believed that, one day, I would be involved in something either scientific or artistic. But it wasn’t until a month before [...]

Bridging the Gap Between Deaf and Hearing Individuals

By Tess Renault|2018-11-01T10:52:09-04:00June 8th, 2016|

When I was in college, one of my most memorable courses was Intro to Deaf Studies. Early on in the semester we had to attend an event called “Deaf, Deaf, World,” in which hearing students like myself would be paired with deaf individuals. Within these pairings, we had to carry out what would seem like simple role-playing scenarios: ordering takeout, booking a flight, buying [...]

Boston Latin School’s Hydroponic Farm in Its Backyard

By Kate Domenichella|2019-03-19T10:28:28-04:00May 4th, 2016|

Recently, a friend and I traveled to the Maybarton Community Garden in Clinton, Massachusetts, for community service. Growing Places, a nonprofit community garden organization based in my hometown of Leominster, Massachusetts, helped assist the Maybarton staff with building 15 raised beds. Local farmers plant various fruits and vegetables for low-income individuals, families and communities in North Central Massachusetts. Not only does Growing Places help [...]

Learn with the Old and Laugh with the Young

By Nora Chan|2019-03-19T10:36:55-04:00April 26th, 2016|

I never went to a preschool when I was little. Instead, I stayed home with my mother while my older brother and sister went to the elementary school down the street. My mother and I made friendship bracelets and decoupage treasure boxes, cooked fun snacks and played board games. So it never used to occur to me that preschool could be anything different. [...]

A College Education Past “College-Age”

By Arige Shrouf|2018-10-26T15:00:12-04:00March 15th, 2016|

As a child, I pictured college as something that came right after high school, lasted about four years and then ended. I never imagined older students attending college, so I was surprised to encounter a middle-aged student in one of my classes freshman year. With each passing semester, I met greater numbers of older students, and when I worked in the writing center [...]

Cutting Down on Food Waste in Schools

By David Fox|2018-10-26T14:57:24-04:00March 8th, 2016|

Have you ever seen someone throw out a dish after eating only half of the food on it? It could be at a restaurant, in the park, or back when you were in school, but I’m sure we’ve all seen it or been a part of it—I know I haven’t always eaten 100 percent of the food in front of me. According to [...]

YouTube: The Modern-Day SparkNotes

By Chelsea Wilson|2018-10-26T14:32:20-04:00February 2nd, 2016|

I was introduced to gothic literature late in life, but it wasn’t until I read Sheridan Le Fanu’s Carmilla that I really fell in love with the genre. Published about 25 years before Dracula, Carmilla is the story of Laura, a young girl who lives in an ancient castle in Styria. After Laura learns an expected visitor, Bertha Rheinfeldt, has fallen mysteriously ill and died, she and her [...]

Adopt-a-School Programs Encouraging Literacy

By Tess Renault|2018-10-26T14:28:43-04:00January 28th, 2016|

When I was in elementary school, I was one of those kids who got overly excited for the annual book fair. The night before, I’d spend a lot of time perusing the fair’s flier, looking at all the books that were going to be offered. Being the age that I was, I figured every school had a book fair each year. I didn’t [...]

Augmented Reality in the Classroom

By Kyle Amato|2018-10-26T14:25:05-04:00January 26th, 2016|

Google Glass seems like something out of a Star Trek episode, but, amazingly, this example of augmented reality exists today. Merriam–Webster defines augmented reality as “an enhanced version of reality created by the use of technology to overlay digital information on an image of something being viewed through a device (such as a smartphone camera).” Although Google Glass may have seemed like the only technology of its [...]

Forget PJs and Story Time, It’s PJs and “Solve” Time!

By Tess Renault|2018-10-26T14:13:39-04:00January 19th, 2016|

When I was a little, my mom would read me a story every night after dinner. I always had a stack of my favorite titles ready to go, but it’s probably safe to say that I never asked her to read me a bedtime math problem. However, a recent study suggests that doing bedtime math problems can be beneficial for developing a child’s [...]

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