WellesleyWeston Magazine

FALL 2017

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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QuickBase, Wellesley Toyota, and Wolf Greenfield. Board member Sheila Olsen adds, "STEM Expo is a feast for one's scientific senses. You can sample or dig deeply into a variety of top- ics — from food science to black holes — all in a couple of hours. Wellesley is so lucky to host this event every two years." Based on survey responses from approximately two-thirds of this year's Expo attendees, 77 per- cent rated the event as "excellent" and 23 percent rated it as "good." Attendees were mostly from Wellesley (81 percent), but others came from Bellingham, Framingham, Holliston, Hopkinton, Mansfield, Marlborough, Natick, Newton, Walpole, Weston, and Woburn. DNA-related exhibits were among the most popular. These included The Nature of You: Capture Your DNA in a Necklace, The Science Club for Girls, and MilliporeSigma's DNA extraction. Linda Chow said that other events that received high praise were the CreateAthon, the Sustainability Challenge, and the Career and College Readiness panel discussion. The College and Career Readiness Panel for high school students was composed of five experts in various STEM fields. A large number of Wellesley High School students and parents attended the event, and a thoughtful discussion took place regarding course selection in high school and college. All panelists encouraged young students to "forge their own paths" and "tell their own stories" on college and graduate school applications. Two of the panelists, a medical school professor and a physics professor, told students that the col- lege course that meant the most to them over the years was Introduction to Philosophy, because it taught them to "think deeply." WEF Co-President Erica Recht summed up her organization's involvement with STEM Expo 2017: "WEF was proud to have the opportunity to present the third Wellesley STEM Expo 2017 to the community. WEF is dedicated to advancing innovation and excel- lence in the Wellesley Public Schools and has identified STEM as a high priority curriculum area. Through the generosity of our donors, we are thrilled to have the opportunity to provide needed resources to the district to advance STEM initiatives and to sponsor this wonderful event." To Learn More: n TO HEAR the Keynote Speaker, Dr. Edward Bertschinger, Professor of Physics at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and his address on "Rocking Spacetime: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes," go to youtu.be/tqAHE2-pNkM. n FOR A FIRST-HAND LOOK at the CreateAthon, visit youtu.be/iAVR1vWl3mI. n TO SEE the Sustainability Challenge, go to youtu.be/93ROipeuZEI. n TO SEE the College and Career Readiness Panel discussion on Wellesley TV and online, tune into Wellesley Public Media through the month of September. Visit www.wellesleymedia.org for more information. turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up opinion sound off town green my turn op-ed issues speak up [ forum ] 52 W e l l e s l e y W e s t o n M a g a z i n e | f a l l 2 0 1 7

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