The first STEAM in the Port night was a huge success! On February 12th, Margaret Fuller House collaborated with Tutoring Plus of Cambridge and The Community Art Center in the FMA gym to provide students and families with a night to learn about Science, Engineering, the Arts and Math! We want to give a special thanks to Sharlene Yang, who was instrumental in the success of this event! Thanks also to Danger!Awesome, Mmmmaven, Volpe Center, and the Fletcher Maynard Academy for participating in the event and offering activity tables. And thanks especially to MIT for sponsoring the event! We look forward to future collaboration with these wonderful organizations to provide this great neighborhood with more STEAM-based fun. Stay tuned for details of the next event!
Two weeks ago, our LITs (Leaders in Training) took a trip to the New England Aquarium. Last week, they went rock climbing at Brooklyn Boulders of Somerville. Here are some of their reflections and pictures:
Adrianna: “I loved it–there was a variety of types of rock climbing to choose from. Auto-belay, manual and free-climbing.”
Mariysa: “I don’t have much to say–it was fun.”
Sage: “I loved the challenge. I was surprised when I completed the intermediate-advanced climb.”
Stephen (on left): “This trip was my first experience rock climbing. I wasn’t expecting anything, good or bad, when I came in but I was surprised.”
Check out these pictures from the trip to the New England Aquarium! It’s been a fun few weeks!
Stay tuned for more of the LIT adventures to come this summer!
Back for a second week of blogging action, the LIT’s (Leaders in Training) interviewed the kids and staff!
Downtime with games around the house!
LITS: What do you like about the house?
Isairee, age 8: Because the teachers interact with the kids.
LITS: What are you looking forward to?
Sayeeda, age 9: Going on more field trips!
LITs: What do you like about going to MFNH?
Darren, staff: Seeing the kids and having fun!
Check out this video interview with Thaila, age 7!
and this one with Charlotte from the staff!
This summer, we introduce a new feature: weekly blogging from the LITs (Leaders in Training)!
We are the LIT program from MFNH!
Our job is to help staff and the kids that go to the summer program.
It may be a job but it’s also going to help us in our lifestyle.
• To be able to work with kids better
• To improve working with others
• To try new things this summer
• To keep us off the streets
The Gold Star Pool is newly filled with crystal clear, chlorinated water. The sands of Crane Beach have already been heavily trodden this season. The herbs and flowers of our garden are in bloom. And the grates of our grill have already been graced with the fiery grease of hundreds of hot dogs and hamburgers. As the sun steadily stays out longer and longer into the evening and thermometers creep higher and higher, a very special time to be a kid at the Margaret Fuller House is about to begin – SUMMER CAMP! Both students and staff alike are itching like an old sunburn from a day spent outside in the hot sun (which is why we don’t forget the sunscreen!) for the final few days of school to end and the summer to begin. Summers at the Margaret Fuller House are full of new friends, learning and exploration, and adventure. We couldn’t be more excited to meet new students and reconnect with those who already know what we’re all about. We have some incredibly new and exciting programs – Lego robotics, a STEM curriculum in partnership with MIT, Harvard and STEMconX, drama, photography, tennis, and cooking workshops. Hopefully, this is the year our basketball team wins the league’s championship trophy! It’s time to pack your backpack with a lunch, water bottle, hat, bathing suit, and towel and dive headfirst into summer because we’re ready for it to begin!
Ben Crystal, Site Manager
Thanks to Cycle Kids, Inc and Cambridge City Councilor Marc McGovern, our kids got brand new bikes on Tuesday! Check out the pics below from our annual Welcome Summer party, a backyard festival with food, music, and plenty of fun.
Thanks to our great partnerships with MIT, Harvard, and the local science community of Cambridge, we here at the Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House are now offering a Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (S.T.E.A.M.) enrichment education program for our youth. Our program takes full advantage of our facilities here at the house (including an art room, computer lab, and classroom space equipped with modern technology comparable to what is used in high schools and colleges), as well as the many opportunities afforded by the cities of Boston and Cambridge!
Learning is fun!
“We made a program for kids to play on the computer!” – Roodjina, 7
“We’re learning about energy and roller-coasters. It’s cool.” – Jean, 8
“We played with magnetic force.” – Lisa, 9
“We went to the MIT [Edgerton Center]…. I went up on stage!” – Daniel, 7
By attending this year’s 9th Annual Sweet Soul Supper at MIT, you are supporting our emerging S.T.E.A.M. Education program for our School Aged Program and Summer Explorations Program!
Buy your tickets to the 9th Annual Sweet Soul Supper today!
Please join us for our annual Summer Party here at the house to kick-off the season:
We will be receiving an AMAZING donation from Cycle Kids, Inc. with the help of our friend, Cambridge City Councillor, Marc McGovern! Our youth will be the happy recipients of 28 BIKES to enjoy this summer! We will be celebrating the start of summer with this amazing gift and we hope many of our friends and supporters will join us here at the house for this fun event!