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Family-Style Making for the Cambridge Science Festival

Families and K-5 students design terrariums out of recyclables for their airplants

Lesley STEAM Learning Lab welcomed over 50 families into the makerspace on Friday, April 19th to engage in a wide variety of making challenges. “I Love Trash” kicked off the morning session for K-5th graders and the “Digital Making Playground” rounded off afternoon for 6-12th graders and their accompanying adults.

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Design Your World: Part of the Cambridge Science Fest

Families using Tinkercad software for 3D design.
The Lesley STEAM Learning Lab hosted two hands-on workshops on Friday, April 20th as part of the 2017 Cambridge Science Festival. The session activities invited parents and caregivers to tinker with their children and develop unique solutions for a host of design and engineering challenges.  Continue reading Design Your World: Part of the Cambridge Science Fest

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STEAM in the Riverside Event

STEAM night families engaged

Lesley STEAM joined in another rollicking evening of making at the STEAM in Riverside event at the MLK Jr. Elementary School in Cambridge, thanks to Sharlene Yang, Coordinator of the Cambridge STEAM Initiative. K-8 students brought the idea of Hack the Dollar Store to life with outlandish electronic redesigns of dollar store items.

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Lesley Hacks the Dollar Store at Boston Mini Maker Faire


We were thrilled to join over 80 local makers for the first Boston Mini Makerfaire at the Boston Children’s Museum on Saturday, July 23. The Lesley STEAM Team presented “Hack the Dollar Store” – where we invited participants of all ages to rip apart electronics and other items from the dollar store and, using art supplies, battery packs, conductive tape, and recyclables, repurpose the item into a completely new design or purpose.

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Cambridge Science Festival: Earth Day Makerspace Mashup

Cambridge Science Festival KIBO activity
The Lesley Makerspace hosted two hands on making events as part of the Cambridge Science Festival. The festival boasts ten days of STEAM-related activities across the wider Boston area, including lectures, debates, plays, workshops, exhibits, and more.

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K-Lo Robotics Playground

On May 21st, over  150 Cambridge Public Schools (CPS) families and students converged in the Kennedy-Longfellow School (K-Lo) dining hall  for an evening of creative robotics, prizes, and pizza. K-Lo hosted the first ever CPSD “Robotics Playground” with the idea of sharing out classroom robotics and engineering curricula. K-Lo was in good company — with teacher and student teams from the high school, Amigos, Fletcher Maynard, King Open, Tobin, 8 middle school volunteers from Putnam Ave, and Ingrid Gustafson, who represents all of the middle schools.

We had a host of special guests, including Superintendent Young and Assistant Superintend MaryAnn MacDonald, two school committee representatives, Fred Fantini and Patty Nolan, Terry Gist, President of the Cambridge Education Association, a representative from the City Councilor Nadeem Mazen’s office, reps from the Best Practices group in the STEAM initiative being coordinated through City Hall, a representative from the Cambridge Expanded Learning STEAM Network, the director of the Elementary Education program at Lesley University, and 4 parent representatives from the KLO Site Council.

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A night of STEAM in North Cambridge

The Cambridge Expanded Learning (EL) STEAM Network hosted an evening full of rockets, robots and race cars; providing an open space for students of all ages to engage in maker-minded activities. Families and students gathered at the Peabody School on Wednesday, June 17th to enjoy hands-on activity tables including: making their own “edible” race car, an interactive splatter paint pendulum, creating music with the MaKey MaKey, and pressure powered rockets.


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Teaching Teachers to Code

Twenty junior kindergarten – 5th grade students from the Kennedy-Longfellow School (KLO) took on the challenge to teach teachers, and other community members, how to code at this year’s Lesley University Community of Scholar’s Day. The KLO/Lesley Technology Partnership team are in their third year teaching Scratch and other programming tools to students at the KLO Community Schools Afterschool Program.


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