WellesleyWeston Magazine

SPRING 2014

Launched in 2005, WellesleyWeston Magazine is a quarterly publication tailored to Wellesley and Weston residents and edited to enrich the experience of living in two of Massachusetts' most desirable communities.

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consider yourself warned. On Saturday, April 5, 2014, the Wellesley High School is going to be invaded. No hallway, classroom, or auditorium will be safe. Robots will congregate; hovercrafts, satellites, and paper rockets will launch; simulated earth- quakes will rumble; virtual rainstorms will fall; and a crime scene will unfold (all suspects beware, for DNA will be analyzed). But never fear, you'll be safe. For you will be in the hands of some of the nation's top scientists and some of our community's most generous parents. It's all happening in the name of fun and education at the very first Wellesley Science & Technology Expo. This enormous undertaking started two years ago with one goal: to inspire. The Central Council of Wellesley's Parent Teacher Organization began looking for ways to get students excited about the fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (com- monly known as STEM). They had witnessed the success of several elementary school science nights such as the Upham Invention Convention, the Sprague Seedfest, Hardy Science Rocks, and the Bates Science Fair, and they wanted to take the excitement generated by these events to the next level. So a core group of parents with a wide variety of STEM backgrounds, ranging from archaeology to bio-geol- 104 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | s p r i n g 2 0 1 4 Robots and Satellites and Hovercrafts , Oh My ! J E N N I F E R B L E C H E R writer P H O T O S C O U R T E S Y W E L L E S L E Y E D U C AT I O N F O U N D AT I O N 104-110_WWMa14_science-tech fair_v2_WellesleyWeston Magazine 2/2/14 12:03 PM Page 104

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