Hilltown Families

Public art is designed to make us think. Whether it's about local history, traffic safety, or our cultural heritage, public artwork sends a message. Children have the opportunity to create public...

Scientific subjects need not be discussed exclusively in stuffy high school classrooms or college lecture halls... Science Cafes, a grassroots movement to open science to everyone and to bring presentations and...

Monarch butterflies make perhaps the most epic of all migratory journeys! Here we feature an amazing video using Google Earth to track their journey and share ways families can protect them...

It's now well recorded that bees are under threat and that their shrinking numbers will have a negative impact on our environment. Innovative measures are being taken and communities are being...

Support STEM learning & interests at home with this list of recommended science books! Blending images and stories with scientific language, these books will plant seeds and enrich self-directed learning and...

What does the tradition of Groundhog Day have to do with learning science? Well, when you throw in a classic Bill Murray film, the three things combine for an interesting examination...

Experiment with chain reactions this winter when your family is cooped up inside on a snowy day! Dominoes, popsicle sticks and Rube Goldberg Machines are three easy ways kids can learn...

With chilly temperatures and icicles, we're having the perfect winter for some great snow studies this year! The white coating that covers our landscape here in New England not only offers...

"Science and the Sea," a podcast produced by The University of Texas Marine Science Institute on the Gulf of Mexico in Port Aransas, TX, is available online to aspiring oceanographers,...

IceWatch: Citizen Scientist Project Exams Ecosystems via Ice This winter, families can contribute to climate studies by participating in IceWatch, a citizen science initiative that works to collect information about the...

Creating a literrarium, also known as a story terrarium, can engage the spirit of creative free play by interpreting the scene from a favorite work of literature or picture book in...

Calling all budding botanists... Smith College's Lyman Conservatory has an audio tour for kids & adults! With ten different indoor exhibits to explore, the learning possibilities offered by the conservatory are...

The University of Washington’s Sing About Science and Math Project offers an online database of over 7,000 songs that cover an immense variety of topics in technology, biology, environmental science, physics,...

Halloween candy can be donated or repurposed for educational and scientific value by donating to members of the military deployed overseas to candy science experiments...

Add some science to these hot summer days with STEMBite, a YouTube channel that offers snack-size videos focused on topics in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) and the things in...

Science in the Parks in Pittsfield A Remedy to Summer Slide Public parks are accessible green spaces families can visit in the summer months to both observe and explore nature. Whether...

Passport to Chemistry Adventure at Mt. Holyoke College Experiment with science at home, and work towards a chance to participate in a special chemistry adventure day at Mt. Holyoke College in...

After 17 Years, Cicadas Scheduled to Emerge from the Earth Along the Eastern Seaboard. Will They Be Emerging Here in Western MA? This year, for the first time since 1996, a...

Project BudBurst Citizen Scientist Opportunity for Families & Students Students can learn so much by following the seasonal patterns of plants found here in New England. Each plant’s cycle is different,...

Learn how to build and program LEGO robots! The idea of robots can seem like very sophisticated machines, created by highly trained robotics specialists.  However, robotic machines don’t have to be...

Studies of outer space can be mysterious and intriguing to young minds and there are many resources to support a students interest in the study of space, both online and in...

The 3M Young Scientist Challenge sparks a sense of wonder in young students ages 10-14 & discovery in science, innovation, & communication.

The Girl Scouts: So Much More Than Cookies Have you checked out the Girl Scouts recently? What an impressive institution! They are celebrating their 100th anniversary and they are better than...

Hurricane Sandy and Halloween Offer Learning Opportunities Online Hurricane Sandy might have schools closed while we await her arrival, but the learning can continue at home (so long as you have...

UMass’ Science Quest Saturday, October 27th Students learn about a wide variety of STEM topics in school – everything from the periodic table to the Pythagorean Theorem – but often aren’t...

Hilltown Families Event Volunteer Opportunity: Citizen Scientist Wednesday, October 17th @ 3:30pm West Branch of the Westfield River For the third year in a row, Hilltown Families will be partnering with...

UMass Hosts Women in Engineering Career Day for Local High School Students Monday, October 29th, 2012 Historically, the field of engineering has been male dominated.  Today, however, women are breaking into...

Berkshire Bioblitz Burbank Park in Pittsfield Sept 22-23, 2012 When learning about biodiversity, students are often shown far away landscapes – such as jungles and deserts – as examples of places...

The Moon and its Craters at Arunah Hill Days in the Hilltowns Spend Labor Day weekend exploring and learning all about stars, constellations, and other out-of-this-world phenomenon. Arunah Hill Days in...

Perseid Meteor Shower 2012 The Perseid meteor shower is underway. There’s more to see than meteors, however, when the shower peaks on August 11th through 13th. The brightest planets in the...