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Hello Everyone!  

Let's get together a Science Opportunities/Events Page of the site!   

5/26/17: Dear Mr. Spezzano,

   We represent StatStart, a STEM outreach program hosted by the Harvard Biostatistics 
Department that aims to recruit high school students from underserved and underrepresented 
backgrounds into statistics and medicine. StatStart is a free 4-week program that takes place at 
the Harvard TH Chan School of Public Health campus on Huntington Ave, Boston, from 10:00 AM 
to 12:30 PM. The program will begin on July 5th, 2017 and end in a closing ceremony on July 28th 
2017. The program consists of interactive lectures and demonstrations on a range of topics in 
science, medicine, and public health led by Harvard graduate students. Students will also receive 
one-on-one mentoring from a Harvard doctoral student. Students will work with their mentors on a 
data-based research project in a public health topic of their choice. Students will give a 
presentation at the closing ceremony describing what they have learned about their topic. The 
online application can be found at 


Should any students need a paper application, the application is also available in PDF format and 
may be emailed back to us. We strongly encourage students use the online application. 
Applications are due Sunday June 9th, 2017.

   We greatly appreciate you sharing this information with your students. If you have students in 
mind, please reply to this email with their names so we can anticipate their applications. In 
previous years, this has ensured that we are able to review all applications, even if some get lost 
en route. More information about the selection process can be found at the end of this email. If you 
have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

9/29/16:  Three announcements!!   

1.  "Mystery Architecture" Competition:   The BLS Science Team will be hosting a Mystery 
Architecture competition this coming Tuesday, October 4th at 2:30pm in the Dining Hall.  Teams 
will be given an unknown collection of objects and be asked to assemble the "best" structure.  For 
what?  That's the mystery!  The winning team wins a prize to be determined"

2.  Meeting to discuss travel to Ecuador rain forests:  Interested in exploring tropical ecosystems 
and culture of Ecuador during April vacation?  Students in the 8th to 12th grade are welcome to 
attend a brief, informational meeting on Monday, October 17th at 2:45pm in room 335 to learn 
more about this exciting opportunity.  Travel funding support available for qualified applicants, too!  
Email Mr. Spezzano (Lspezzano@bostonpublicschools.org) or Mr. Smith 
(thelastenvironment@gmail.com) for more information!

3.  BPS Coders Competition:   BPS Technology would like to inform you about an exciting poster 
competition open to all of our students called #BPScoders. There are awesome prizes such as 
great technology for students and the opportunity to have finalist art work (posters) be featured 
throughout the year in BPS Tech's coding and computer science media including Hour of Code 
2016 and other events.  All submissions due by 5pm on Friday October 21, 2016. 

Go to tiny.cc/bpscoders for more information and follow us on Twitter at #bpscoders 

Also, get ready for Hour of Code @BPS 2016! More info to come soon.

(PDF announcement for that Coders program on Handouts tab!!)  I have one for the Mystery 
Architecture competition, too, if interested!!) 

9/22/16:   From Mr. Smith of Earth Science and Global Exchange fame:   I wanted to invite you and 
your students again to join the discussion between the Danish Students and BLS on Monday 
October 3rd on issues of energy, culture, politics, and globalization.  One of the accompanying 
Danish teachers is their physics guy, and the students have been preparing to talk with US 
students about these issues.  Thanks to those of you that have found in school hosts and more are 
still needed to accompany the 24 Danish students during the day Monday.  RSVPs are appreciated!

So, Mr. Smith needs in-school hosts to guide Danish students (from Denmark!) on Monday and 
folks interested in related discussion!!  Any interested email him or stop by his office across from 
Ms. J-P's room!!
9/21/16:  Interested in working outdoors?   Working with children?
Learning about the environment?    YOUTH LEADERS   BNY

The BNY Mellon YouthLeader Program is a paid internship program designed to introduce Boston 
youth to nature, provide experience working with children and to introduce them to science and 
environmental careers.
Aspects of the Program
 Work 10-12 hours per week Sept-June
 Work 40 per week in summer camp.
 Work with preschool children, teaching about nature.
 Meet and work with other teens from around the city.
 Participate in and lead workshops about teen issues.
Requirements of the Program
 In grade eleven for the 2016/2017 school year.
 Resident of Boston.
 Ability to work two days afterschool and
most Saturdays.
 Personal interest in working outdoors, with children and the public.
Call or email to set up an interview today!
Boston Nature Center
500 Walk Hill St. ● Mattapan ● MA ● 02126 617-983-8500 ● Contact: Erin Kelly or Adam Leiterman


I'll post the flyer on the Handouts tab!!

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