education

Friends and Family Class: Make a Ukelele

Develop your basic woodworking skills by building a ukulele from a simple wood kit. Sand, glue, assemble, and personalize your one-of-a-kind instrument and learn a few basic chords along the way. No prior music or woodworking experience required. Leave the class with a uke in your hands, a song in your heart, and a smile […]


2019 Candidate Survey: School Committee

Welcome to Scout Somerville’s candidate survey for the 2019 municipal elections, which will take place on Tuesday, November 5. We sent surveys to all candidates running in opposed races for Somerville mayor, city council, and school committee, and present their answers to you here. Today we are featuring the school committee race. All candidates were […]


Survivor!

In this five-day Summer Science Week program that starts July 22, students will experiment with the “primary technologies” used by the early peoples of North America to survive and thrive. In our hands-on lab, in the museum galleries, and outdoors, students will learn skills such as leatherworking with stone and bone tools, paint making, feather […]


Community Growing Center Reopens with Strong Eco-Friendly Focus

The Somerville Community Growing Center reopened at the end of June after renovations, offering several new spaces for locals to enjoy nature, pluck produce, and attend free events. The quarter-acre Growing Center—located near Union Square at 22 Vinal Ave.—was founded by activists in the mid-1990s on part of the former Southern Junior High School property. […]


Time Travelers / Viajeros en el Tiempo

Monday, July 8–Friday, July 12, 9:30 am–12:00 pm In this five-day Summer Science Week program that starts July 8, students will explore the daily life of the ancient Maya and Aztec people through hands-on activities and art. Learn about hieroglyphs, food, music, ancient games, and traditions such as Day of the Dead—and also learn a […]


Summer Solstice Celebration 2019: Night at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture

Celebrate the longest day of the year and mark the beginning of the summer season at the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture. Enjoy free admission to four museums and access to special performances. Make flower crowns and other sun-inspired crafts, and learn about the astronomical significance of the solstice. Save the date for this […]


EurekaFest 2019

Join us for EurekaFest 2019 to see the working prototypes developed by high school and college students who are solving real-world problems through invention. High school students from across the country who participated in InvenTeams will discuss how they moved through challenges and built an invention during their school year. The top collegiate inventors who […]


Preserving Zapotec Weaving Practices

Porfirio Gutiérrez, Zapotec Master Dyer and Textile Artist The town of Teotitlán Del Valle in the Mexican state of Oaxaca is renowned for its weaving traditions and its importance as a Zapotec cultural center. Porfirio Gutiérrez will examine the rich history of Zapotec weaving from the perspective of its practitioners. He will also discuss his […]


Exploring Zapotec Wool-Dyeing Techniques

Saturday, May 18 OR Sunday, May 19, 2019; both sessions run 10:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Instructor: Porfirio Gutiérrez In this one-day workshop, master dyer and textile artist Porfirio Gutiérrez will discuss the history and uses of cochineal dye from the perspective of the Zapotecs from Oaxaca, Mexico, who have used the pigment since pre-Columbian times. […]


New England in the South Seas: Two Centuries of Trade and Exploration

Ingrid Ahlgren, Curator of Oceania, Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology As early as the 1700s, the fledgling United States actively explored and exchanged goods with the islands across the great wide Pacific Ocean. New England—and Massachusetts in particular—played an active, varied role in these explorations, which included the China Pacific trade, the whaling industry, […]


Caspian: The Elements

Chloe Dewe Mathews, Artist, Photographer, and Filmmaker For five years British photographer Chloe Dewe Mathews traveled through the countries surrounding the Caspian Sea: Kazakhstan, Azerbaijan, Turkmenistan, Russia, and Iran. In images that range from stark and elemental to lush and mysterious, she recorded the vastly diverse peoples, politics, and geography of Central Asia, centering always […]


LOBSTER WAR: The Fight Over the World’s Richest Fishing Grounds

Lobster War is an award-winning documentary film about a conflict between the United States and Canada over waters that both countries have claimed since the end of the Revolutionary War. The disputed 277 square miles of sea known as the Gray Zone were traditionally fished by U.S. lobstermen. But as the Gulf of Maine has […]