NSHSS members gathered in Boston in 2022 to explore their STEM passions and gain hands-on experience in real-world labs during a five-day STEM Immersion tour!
During this tour, students focused on a variety of STEM-related activities, including spending time in a real, working lab, taking a guided tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), participating in multiple STEM workshops and labs, visiting the Museum of Science and Harvard Natural History Museum, and taking part in fun team building activities to make friendships that will last a lifetime!
See the full itinerary recap below for more details!
For an inside look at everything they experienced during the tour, check out the STEM Tour Highlight Reel on the NSHSS Instagram!
Meet NSHSS and EF Tours Staff at Boston Logan International Airport
Travelers on this tour met up in Boston and began some Boston sightseeing!
Walking Tour of Boston
While for all of the tour participants to arrive, our tour director led us on a historical sightseeing journey through Boston! We walked the freedom trail, visited the USS Constitution, Boston Massacre site, New England Holocaust Memorial, Paul Revere's house, Granary historic graveyard, and more!
Duck Boat tour
Students enjoyed Boston views on a guided bus tour that also turned into a boat and took us into the river!
Dinner at Quincy Market
Interchangeably referred to as Faneuil Hall or Quincy Market, here, students were allowed to pick their own eatery and grab their first meal in Boston and snag some souvenirs.
Take a guided tour of the Harvard University
As a last minute add on, tour participants got to take a tour of Harvard and explore Harvard Square!
Visit the Harvard Museum of Natural History
Self-guided visit to the museum with everything from dinosaur bones, geology displays with every element on the periodic table, rooms of life sciences exhibits of countless life-size animals and birds, archeological finds, and so much more!
Visit the Museum of Science
Self-guided visit to the museum where some activities couple with a STEM presentation conducted by museum scientists; there was plenty of time for students to explore the endless exhibits in the museum on their own!
Dinner at Maggiano's
Ended the first full tour day with some much needed pasta!
Enjoy an evening activity
Students got another POV of Boston with a historical ghost tour!
Enjoy a New England ecosystem activity
We took a quick stop in Lexington & Concord to visit the start of the Revolutionary War and take a morning walk around some of the historical monuments and artifacts!
Participate in a STEM Workshop
Video game production workshop at Empow studios with a boxed lunch included!
Participate in a STEAM workshop at the Boch Center
Students toured the historic Wang Theater and participated in a soundwave activity
Hone your puzzle-solving skills at Boda Borg
An escape room with a Swedish twist! Students divided into teams of three+ and solved a dozen different "quests", each consisting of three to four interconnected puzzle rooms.
Participate in a hands-on workshop developed by FIRST Robotics
FIRST, For Inspiration & Recognition of Science & Technology, hosts one of the largest student robotics competitions in the world. Students participated in a half-day robotics workshop facilitated by MassRobotics where they worked in teams to learn how to program a robot and tested their programming by block coding the robot to complete a maze.
Take a guided tour of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Students toured MIT's campus while learning about the history of the university and campus life with an MIT student tour guide.
Visit a working lab
Tour participants began to conceptualize what real research science looks like when visiting and hearing from real scientists at a working lab. Students participated in a STEM activity at the Koch Center for Integrated Cancer Research at MIT before touring the working lab!
Enjoy an evening activity
Old fashioned candlepin bowling at Sunnyside Bowladrome!
Participate in a STEM workshop
Students visited the Waterworks Museum for a tour of the historical facility and took part in a water pumping activity
Depart for home from Boston Logan International Airport