About Edge on Science
Summer fun for budding scientists and engineers!
A project based, fun approach to applied science and engineering
with programs for your school, museum, youth group or community.
• work in teams, building individual & group projects •
• use tools, drawings, computer applications & scientific instruments •
• child to instructor & assistant ratio of 7:1 or less •
• lead instructors are engineers, scientists or scholars •
Outdoor games & challenges add to the fun!
John Aviste, P.Eng.
Engineering degree from the University of Toronto
John is one of the lead instructors this summer. His youth programs have been held at university campuses, libraries, schools and museums. Thousands of students have participated. John has also served as a Webelos Scout leader and as an assistant to Boy Scout Troop 23. He has a background in civil engineering.
• solving the challenge of using less plastic, in hot-filled beverage bottles
• engineering and prototyping a tamper-proof, temperature sensing device
• researching ways to reduce spoilage in silage, used to feed dairy cattle
• producing the Tree City USA instructional video & manual
M.S. Emergency Management, Summa Cum Laude at the Massachusetts Maritime Academy (MMA)
B.A. Biology, Magna Cum Laude at the University of Maine at Machias (UMM)
This summer, Lindsay leads Whales n’ Things, in Plymouth, MA and the Super Science Sampler, at Regis College, in Weston, MA. She is a Senior Whale Watch Naturalist for Captain John Boats. She has taught science at the Bourne Middle School. Lindsay has fifteen years of biological research and environmental educational experience.
Computer Engineering at Hofstra University
B.A. in astrophysics, Villanova University
This summer Evan brings his expertise to Galileo’s Astronomy! He has contributed to the study of eclipsing stars. This, in of itself, is sure to delight children, as he bridges the work of Galileo to current discoveries in astronomy.
Arun Channan, P. Eng.
Engineering degrees from the University of Toronto and the University of Waterloo
MBA from the Ivey School at the University of Western Ontario
Mr. Channan has over 30 years of management consulting and direct management experience with domestic and international organizations. He is the founder of myndwerx, a talent management consultancy focused on identifying, retaining, coaching and training top performers.
Ms. Cohen is the founder of Celsius and Beyond, an award winning science enrichment program for youth in San Francisco. The program offers classes led by scientists, in all disciplines of science.
Ms. Cohen has spent 12 years in the high tech industry and served in the Israeli Defense Forces as a technical communications specialist. She is a Cum laude economics graduate of Temple University in Philadelphia.
Debra Koloms, M.D.
Loyola University Stritch School of Medicine
Electrical engineering degree
Dr. Koloms is Board Certified in Ophthalmology. She completed her ophthalmology at the prestigious Loyola/Hines University where she had the honor of being a representative to the Chicago Medical Society.
An avid rocketeer, Dr. Koloms serves on the Board of Directors for the Tripoli Rocketry Association, Inc., devoted to the advancement and operation of amateur high powered rocketry.
Engineering degree from the University of Toronto
MBA from York University
Mr. Weinman is the founder of Weinman Consulting, a results-driven firm with close to 30 years of finance-related experience. He serves independent business owners and companies of all sizes across multiple industries.
Special Thanks to
Lyn Aviste, CCRN for critical support and strategy.
Cyndi Reitmeyer for her valuable support, putting on the Boston STEM Fair and her website Bostontechmom, A parent’s guide to raising a Future Techie.
Tom Reff, M.Ed. for sharing best practices in teaching, with considerable enthusiasm.
Bill Mack, for assisting with the development and building of the trebuchets used in Catapult Engineering.
Adam Aviste, for applying his fine woodworking expertise in making the suspension bridge structural components.
Duane Weed, DW Video & Multimedia, for his sage marketing and sales directives.
Ben Wiehe, Project Manager, Science Festival Alliance, for his direction, suggestions and introduction to the Cambridge Science Festival. He is a catalyst.
MaryCat Chaikin, Events & Logistics Manager, Cambridge Science Festival for welcoming us to the Festival & Carnival and facilitating the process.
David Gutierrez, Director of Growth & Outreach at Empow Studios, for entertaining collaboration and offering procurement tips.
Ben Koch, M.Ed., CEO, NuMinds Enrichment, for sharing best practices.
Meredith Lawrence, Communications and Alumni Coordinator, MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs for adding Edge on Science to their directory of summer programs for middle school students.
Katey Goehringer, The Wellesley STEM Expo, Wellesley Educational Foundation for facilitating our entry as an exhibitor and an overall wonderful expo.
Bruce Henderson, Chair, NewtonSTEM for a comprehensive STEM resource for Newton parents, educators, students and STEM professionals.