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Welcome to the Needham Science Center. Located at the Newman School, the Science Center serves as the science curriculum resource for Needham grades K-5, providing lesson materials, teacher binders, live animal visits, equipment, and field trips. The Science Center also provides Needham teachers with quality professional development.

New for Needham Teachers:
Science Center's Fall Newsletter

Science Center news.9.2017-1.pdf

Sending a Shout Out to Michele!
Char is saving up the tough questions for you.

Pssst: Free to Needham Teachers: The Science Center has accounts with Enchanted Learning and Super Teacher. Contact the Science Center and we'll tell you how to access these web sites.

Happy 2017-2018!
This year, we've introduced two new units:

Grade 4 Insects. Highlights include live insects in your classroom, an insect design project, and a Science Center Bee program.
Grade 5 Weather. Highlights include real data collected by state-of-the-art weather instruments atop your school, a water filtering project, and a Science Center watershed demonstration.

2017-2018 Volunteer Opportunities

Save the date: Our next adult volunteer gathering will be Thursday, November 16 from 10am until 12noon at the Science Center. The tasks will likely involve cutting and sorting. Plus we always provide snacks. If you're new to the Science Center, feel free to contact us - we're always happy to welcome new volunteers.

Skilled Adult Volunteers: From time to time, we have projects for people with specialized skillls such as woodworking, electrical, or taxidermy. If this is something that interests you, contact the Science Center.

High School Students:
  • Weekend animal caregiver (if you are under 18 years of age, you must come with an adult).
  • Our after school animal positions are currently filled.
  • Office work (call or email for more details)
  • Weekend animal caregiver (at least one adult must be present)
  • Take home an animal over long weekend or school break (contact the Science Center as early as possible to ensure that you get your first choice animal visitor)

Grade 2 News
Ms. Garsh and her students have fun at their Town Forest trip.

Grade 1 News
Enjoy watching Mr. Daitch's class learn about life cycles during their Oak Trees of Eastman field trip.

Newman Snappers!
Close to 30 baby snapping turtles emerged from their underground nest near Newman's preschool area on Sept. 13. The mother turtle does not stay to watch her babies emerge, nor does she help them to survive. Luckily, the babies have great instincts. These little turtles know how to find their way to the nearest pond. But this year, Science Center staffers decided to give them a lift. Enjoy the photos!

Looking down into the snapper nest.
Baby snappers are loaded up and ready to take a ride to the Eastman Pond.
The baby snappers eaded for the water and swam away!

The New Grade 4 Insect Unit
Mrs. Hwang's Broadmeadow class examines what they've found.

Ms. Winer's student on the prowl for insects.

Science Center is looking for...
  • 2-Liter Soda or Water Bottles:  Empty, clear plastic bottles, 2-Liter only. The brand and the former contents aren't important.  We can take them with or without the bottle caps.Small Plastic containers approximately sandwich size:  Tupperware or similar.  Okay without lids. Any shape is okay.
  • 2-Liter Soda or Water Bottles:  Empty, clear plastic bottles, 2-Liter only. The brand and the former contents aren't important.  We can take them with or without the bottle caps.
  • Cocktail Napkins: Cocktail-sized, paper napkins in any color, with any theme, as long as the content is appropriate for elementary-aged children.  Napkins must be unused - it's okay if they come from a pack that has been opened. These napkins make great parachutes for our Grade 1 air and weather unit.
  • .5 (half) liter bottles of Poland Springs Water with caps. You drink the water, we'll take the empties. These will be used to help students study water filtration.
Items can be sent to the Science Center via Interoffice Mail or dropped off on our doorstep.
Thank you!

Celebrating 54 years of service to Needham Public Schools!

Needham Science Center
1155 Central Avenue
Needham, MA 02492
Sept - June
Monday - Friday
8:00am - 4:30pm