Students Prepare for a Mars Landing at Summer Science Camp at WPI
Tuesday, July 22, 2014
Students will learn about camp founder and veteran astronaut Bernard Harris Jr. and his journey to become the first African American to walk in space. They will also learn about the extreme conditions he encountered during his two space shuttle missions.
"From building spacecraft to designing robots and bridges, students see, firsthand, science, technology, engineering, and math come alive through real-world applications," said Harris, president of the Harris Foundation, who oversees the mentoring of underserved youth at 20 such camps nationwide.
As a part of the program’s science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, students will use a variety of household materials to create a spacecraft capable of absorbing the shock of a planetary landing. University administrators and faculty, as well as an ExxonMobil engineer, will work alongside campers, offering guidance as they construct their designs.
A Focus on Teamwork
The program is a two-week, all expenses paid experience designed to help middle school students enhance proficiency in STEM based learning.
This year’s camp has a special focus on teamwork and hands-on activities such as creating rockets, rollercoasters, model homes, and more, using specially designed software.
Additionally, area teachers will show campers math and science at work in their community through field excursions to local ecosystems, nature parks, and area museums.
"Technology is essential to nearly every industry, and students need to be well-versed in science and math in order to be prepared to succeed in the high-tech nature of the 21st century," said Suzanne McCarron, president of the ExxonMobil Foundation. "ExxonMobil is committed to preparing the future workforce through programs like the Bernard Harris science camps that help today’s youth develop an interest and solid foundation in STEM."
A Yearly Fixture
This summer marks the ninth consecutive year the ExxonMobil Foundation and The Harris Foundation have partnered to offer science camps that help close the achievement gap. This is the fifth year WPI has been selected to participate in the program.
"This is the fifth time in six years that WPI has partnered with ExxonMobile and Dr. Harris to bring this program to underserved students in Central Massachusetts," said Bonnie Hall, executive director of the ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp at WPI. "This type of hands-on STEM program will help give them the self-confidence to thrive in the classroom and beyond."
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Cars of Summer Classic Car Show and Auction
Green Hill Park
Friday, July 4, 2014 - Sunday, July 6, 2014
7:00 AM-7:00 PM
A three day classic car show held in Green Hill Park on Skyline Drive in Worcester MA. There will be live bands, food vendors, product vendors, over 1000 collectible cars, kid zones, canoe/paddle boat rides, live auto and collectibles auction, costume characters, and bounce houses.
The Hanover Theatre for the Performing Arts
Youth Summer Program- Footloose
Classes focusing on music, drama, and dance as well as rehearsals for the final production will be held daily from 9AM-3PM Monday through Friday.
Two sessions will be offered: YSP I (July 7 - July 26) and YSPII (July 28 - August 16).
Students will present three performances of the popular movie musical “Footloose” at the end of each session
Worcester Brave Hearts
The Worcester Bravehearts have 56 games scheduled for its inaugural season. Included are 28 home games at Hanover Insurance Park at Fitton Field in Worcester with 15 of those games taking place on Fridays, Saturdays, or Sundays. The opening weekend includes 4 home starts with post-game fireworks on Friday, June 6.
Rowing Lessons on Lake Quinsigamond
June 14 – June 29 – 6:00AM – 8:00AM
Open to non-members. 6 sessions for beginners. Learn the fundamentals of the rowing stroke; focus on basic body positions, 2 phases of the stroke, and blade work. Become familiar with boathouse & bay rules, learn how to handle equipment safely and lake traffic patterns. Practice good boat-handling skills both on water and off water.
Worcester Art Museum
Knights! reveals the fascinating place of arms and armor in the broader context of history, storytelling, and art. Only three months after the closing of Worcester’s Higgins Armory Museum, this exhibition marks the first step in the long-term integration of arms and armor into the collection of the Worcester Art Museum.
Worcester Windows Summer 2014
Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Sunday, August 31, 2014
For its summer 2014 exhibition the Worcester Windows Community Gallery Program presents works by Worcester painter Brian Burris and a series of abstract photographs by members of the Worcester Alliance of Photographers.
Worcester Windows is a community gallery program which uses storefronts throughout downtown Worcester as exhibit space to enhance the Citys downtown and to provide display opportunities for local emerging and established artists. Originally intended simply as a means to provide exhibit opportunities, Worcester Windows has grown dramatically, successfully raising the awareness of Worcester as a Creative City by not only bringing artwork to the public and showcasing local talent, but in also establishing itself as a true community gallery through which many of the exhibiting artists have sold works.
Summer Sailing Camp
Lake Quinsigamond/Regatta Point State Park
June 23 to August 22
Kids learn the basics of sailing including, boat parts, rigging/derigging, wind direction, points of sail, and water safety as well as playing games, swimming, kayaking, and paddle boarding.
Longsjo Classic and Family Fitness Festival
Destination Worcester, in partnership with the Longsjo Classic, Greendale Family YMCA, Blue Cross Blue Shield will host a free, fun fitness festival that supports healthy living. The event will feature a family Zumba dance party, a Kids Run, a Bike Parade, healthy living vendors and more!
The Festival will take place on Saturday, June 28, 2014 – rain or shine, from 2:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m., at the Worcester Common Oval behind Worcester City Hall, 455 Main Street.
The Longsjo Classic race will begin at 4:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series and Farmers Market
The Out to Lunch Summer Concert Series & Farmers' Market is back! The 2014 series kicked off on Thursday, June 19th and will run until Thursday, August 21st. Farmers' Market opens at 11:00 AM, main stage talent performs 12:00 PM - 2:00 PM.
The lineup for this year includes the following:
July 3rd - The Hip Swayers
July 10th - The SouL DeScendants
July 17th - Jubilee Gardens
July 24th - Testify
July 31st - Ashley Jordan
August 7th - Throwback to the 1960s
August 14th - Matthew Sanchez Y Su Orquesta
August 21st - East Coast Soul
Massachusetts Symphony Summer Concert Series
The Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra's admission-free Summer Family Concert Series has been presented each year since 1951. The first week in July each year (for the Fourth of July holiday) features a concert with fireworks at Worcester's East Park (Cristoforo Colombo Park) on Shrewsbury Street. The orchestra presents a program of Independence Holiday patriotic music, celebrated Broadway and other orchestral selections, with the concert culminating in fireworks accompanying Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture and Sousa marches.
Canal District Wagon Tours
Tours start in Kelley Square next to the Farmer's Market
Thursdays, July 3, 2014 - August 21, 2014
5:00 PM-8:00 PM
Join trained interpreters from South High School for a journey through Worcester’s Canal District as they tell the farm to factory story of the Industrial Revolution and the immigrants that made it happen.
Elm Park Summer Concert Series
Every Thursday from July 10 through August 14, from 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
uly 10 - The Beatles night with a live performance by UnionJack
July 17 - The 20-piece swing band The Milford Big Jazz Machine Orchestra performs
July 24 - Country night with Mychael David with The Help Wanted Band (Nashville recording artist), featuring their No. 1 hit “Nothin.”
July 31 - Performance by legendary R&B singer Toni-Lynn Washington
August 7 - Swinging soul night with The Love Dogs
August 14 - Jump blues with Little Red and the Riders
For more information, call 508-799-1400.
7th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival
Broad Meadow Brook Conservation Center and Wildlife Sanctuary
Enjoy educational fun for all ages at the 7th Annual Barbara J. Walker Butterfly Festival at Broad Meadow Brook, where butterflies fly free in their natural habitats. Festival activities will include naturalist led walks & workshops, performances, live caterpillars, butterfly art, face painting, children's activities, butterfly garden tours, butterfly garden plant sales, delicious food and much more. Come in costume and get a prize! Rain date August 10.
Worcester 4th of July Celebration, Concert and Fireworks
Worcester’s annual 4th of July celebration and fireworks display is scheduled for July 3rd at East Park beginning at 6:00PM. There will be food vendors and kids’ activities followed by a ceremonial flag raising at 7:45PM followed by a performance by the Massachusetts Symphony Orchestra at 8:00PM and fireworks at 9:30PM (rain date is July 5th).
Hot Night in the City
July 9, 2014
The night promises to be a hot time with cool adventures in creating, making, eating, and viewing. The Craft Center’s studios include the equipment necessary to produce using Hot processes like glass blowing, enameling, jewelry making, and firing ceramics. Hot Night in the City focuses attention on those processes as well as many of the opportunities for making that are provided annually at the Craft Center.
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