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.
The Science Center has re-opened for the new school year. We are looking forward to rolling out two new science curriculums:
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
We have opportunities for adult and high school volunteers. Animal jobs require you to meet with Sciecnce Center staff for training.
Adults: We are looking for volunteers to come to the Science Center on Thursday, Sept. 14 from 10am - 12noon. We'll be preparing materials for our new Grade 5 weather unit. Be aware that this project will likely get a little messy, as we'll be working with tea bags and soil. If you are interested, contact the Science Center by phone or email.
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).
- After School High School volunteer (work with a Science Center staffer and earn community credit)
- Office work (call us 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)
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!
On the Prowl:
Ms. Winer's class enjoys the new Grade 4 Insect Unit.
Science Center is looking for...
- Bedsheets: Must be flat (not fitted), full-sized bed or larger. White only. These will be used as part of our new Grade 4 insect unit.
- 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.
Celebrating 54 years of service to Needham Public Schools!