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STEM Programs


As part of the science program at Dexter Southfield, each student is able to experience firsthand the process of conducting scientific observations during class visits to the observatory. Students are able to view the Sun, Moon, planets and the stars through the telescopes in broad daylight.
The telescopes are also available for night-time viewing by students and their families.
The School is pleased to offer a variety of after school science programs. These are extracurricular, hands-on, enrichment clubs designed to encourage inquiry and learning in a fun, positive, educational environment. Clubs meet in the Clay Center and the S.T.E.A.M. Room, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. or 6:00-8:00 p.m. on specific weekdays. Snack or dinner will be provided. Please note: There will be no bus transportation for after school attendees. A lab fee for each enrolled club will be charged to help offset the cost of these extracurricular programs.


Offered programs include: 

CubeSAT Project with MIT Media Lab (Classes 7–10)

This is a full-year academic and hands-on spacecraft-building program where you will learn about rockets, space science, and climate research, then design and build a spacecraft that will launch into space in 2019. This term students will build a project to launch on a high-altitude balloon. No previous experience is required, but preference will be given to students who trained in the program last year. Scientists at the MIT Media Lab will help you learn everything needed to accomplish this project. Meetings involve regular field trips to MIT, so the meeting blocks are necessarily longer. This is a full-year project, so a commitment will require re-joining Tuesday meetings this winter and spring. You will have a unique and amazing experience to write about on your college applications.

MEETINGS: Tuesdays, 3:30-6:00, March 26, April 2, April 9, April 16, April 30, May 7, May 14, May 21, May 28. Date of final high-altitude balloon launch to be announced. Lab fee is $280 per term.

Public Telescope Nights - Evening Program

Dexter Southfield community and the public are invited for open observatory night at the Clay Center on clear Wednesdays in the fall and spring seasons. Depending on conditions and the season, we will point the telescope toward a variety of planets, the Moon, nebulas, and stars. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of greater Boston from the observation decks, and walk among the constellations on the stars court.

MEETINGS: To be confirmed.


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