Hilltown Families

Engaging for scientists of all ages and specialties, SciShow's videos spotlight everything from outer space to the mysteriously fantastic smell of old books. Families can use SciShow's videos to spark curiosity,...

Some of the best science learning happens when experiments turn into a big mess - and summer is the best time to do such activities, since they can be done outside....

Animals are a common interest among children. Whether they’re in love with cats of all shapes and sizes or fascinated by the destructive power of a shark’s jaws, children can learn...

Why does popcorn pop? Corn contains water, which turns to steam, creating pressure inside the hard outer shell and eventually exploding. This is an example of a commonplace chemical reaction. Another...

This Valentine's Day spread friendship and kindness throughout your community by making handmade Valentine cards with your family to swap with friends and neighbors! Making Valentine cards together is a family...

For many, this last month ushered in strong feelings of uncertainty for the future. Mindfulness meditation is a useful tool for embracing uncertainty and learning to live fully and compassionately within...

An interest in studying astronomy can develop from an interest in mathematical calculation, or a simple appreciation for the beauty of the sky. Observing the stars can be an act of...

One of summer's best gifts is sunshine, and the long hours of daylight are perfect for sun-based science explorations. Experiments calling for the creation of sun dials, solar ovens, water...

Offering a wealth of space-based information presented in a playful way, NASA's online Kids' Club presents opportunities for studies of a fascinating yet largely inaccessible realm. Relevant for most ages and...

3D printing, a type of industrial robot which can synthesize three dimensional objects for a variety of purposes, is one of the most exciting technological, scientific, and creative innovations of recent...

Intergenerational collaborations can provide young students with hands-on lessons in the basic science of physics and principles of design at the 5th Great Holyoke Brick Race happening on Saturday, June 4th!

Elms College is throwing a Bioblitz this Saturday at Chicopee Memorial State Park. Teachers, students, parents and friends of all ages are invited to team up with scientists to identify as...

CCED seeks to bring international focus to environmental causes, such as clean air, water, and energy. ACS offers events, contests, and educational resources for members, chemical educators, and chemistry enthusiasts to...

Easily overlooked, the tracks and sign left by some of our landscape's smallest creatures are fascinating, and speak volumes as to the habits of the many insect species found locally. ...

Organized by Elms College, BioBlitz 2016 offers an important opportunity to engage in citizen science in Chicopee! Designed to identify and record as many species of living things as possible, the...

Filling the need for spaces in which to combine art and science, maker spaces and meet-up groups are popping up all over western Massachusetts! Offering community-based opportunities to think, make, do,...

Combining science, math, and even human history and culture, studies of stars and constellations can be fascinating. Families can track changes in the night sky using basic math skills, and can...

From monster eggs and flying ghosts to osmosis and convection, Halloween themes can inspire some fantastic (and icky) seasonally themed hands-on science activities. Using easy-to-find materials, families can explore scientific concepts...

Using the best that the outdoors have to offer during fall, families can engage in easy and exciting hands-on science experiments. Requiring few materials and relying heavily on the power of...

Milham Planetarium at Williams College is an incredible high-tech resource for Western Mass. Astronomy students in the area always seem to want to open up the planets for the rest of...

Want to learn CSS or HTML? Ready to turn your app idea into a real app? Perhaps you've been wanting to make 3D drawings using SketchUp or itching to learn about...

Learning can be difficult, sometimes leaving youngsters feeling stress and frustration when challenged. However, by learning about neuroscience and metacognition, young learners can learn to see challenge as a necessary step...

Being accessible to everyone, everywhere, at all times, the sky is the ultimate community-based educational resource! Using a wealth of resources from books to apps, citizen science...

Western Mass really drops an abundance of local food into our laps every summer! It's an incredible bounty that brings with it a possibility of some waste, as storage can prove...

Explore Night Time Nature During National Moth Week July 18-26, 2015 Did you know that there are over 11,000 moth species in the United States alone?  More than just an evening...

Combining science with writing and visual creativity is such a refreshing way to approach a complex topic. American Chemical Society is now seizing the day and holding an innovative poetry competition...

Hilltown Families on Mass Appeal: March Segment Vernal Pools: Natural Habitats & Local Species as Community Resources Hilltown Families and Mass Appeal (a weekday, hour-long lifestyle program on NBC) have teamed...

This March, Holyoke Codes will be offering free STEM based workshops for youth. Holyoke Codes encourages and supports diversity in the field of technology, offering free workshops for youth to be...

Science Quest is an exciting opportunity for high school students to visit the UMass Amherst campus and engage in hands-on science activities, demonstrations, and guided lab tours. All presentations are organized...

Computer code is what makes things work on our screens. Controlling everything from e-mail to video games, computer code has become incredibly important in our tech-filled world. Families can...