Faculty - Edge on Science

Summer fun for budding scientists and engineers!

A project based, fun approach to applied science and engineering with summer programs held at prestigious colleges and universities.

Or choose custom programs for your school, museum, library, 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.

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 a background in civil engineering.

Accomplishments include:
• 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

Kay Bros STEM Astronomy Instructor

Kay Bros
2020 BS Astronomy at UMass Amherst College of Natural Sciences
Space Sciences Track / Physics

Kay has been introducing elementary and middle schoolers to the scientific method for five years. She has done multiple internships in the field of scientific communication, including two rounds with NASA (the L’SPACE Academy), an Appalachian Mountain Club/National Science Foundation partnership, and founding a Google Camp at her hometown New Jersey library. Most recently, she worked at the UMass Amherst All Campus Makerspace, specializing in soft circuits and wearable electronics.    

Molly Crown STEM Drone Instructor

Molly Crown
Majoring in Computer Science at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Molly is returning, the summer of 2020, to lead Drone & Code. She has previously worked as a camp counselor and at a science museum. In her free time she plays soccer and tennis. She is a rising senior studying computer science and has worked with TypeScript, Python, Java, and C++.

Lindsay Hirt marine biologist

Lindsay Hirt
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)

Lindsay Hirt, a native New Englander, loves her salty community so much that she has shaped her life and passions around the ocean. With over fifteen years experience in the field and a strong background in the natural and biological sciences paired with a Master’s Degree in Emergency Management, Lindsay is well equipped to demonstrate and facilitate discovery in the sciences for others. As a marine biologist and science educator, Lindsay splits her time between the “field” and the classroom.

Working with whale watch companies in the Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary, Lindsay keeps her thumb on the pulse of what’s happening with sensitive marine life populations like sea turtles, North Atlantic right whales, and seals. She guides the public on whale watch cruises every day, all summer long!

In an effort to monitor and protect these creatures in their natural environment, Lindsay acts as a first responder to marine wildlife in trouble and teaches others how to safely coexist with them. She works collaboratively alongside environmental conservation organizations, such as International Fund for Animal Welfare, the Healthy Oceans Coalition, and the New England Aquarium. This means wearing multiple hats, so-to-speak, thanks to a background in marine biology, veterinary medicine, and emergency management! On any given day it might mean photographing animals to track their identity and behavior, helping research interns collect data, presenting information at a conference, teaching a children’s naturalist program, informing policymakers, or designing curriculum for students at all age levels. Join her on an adventure and learn some cool things while having fun!

Tyler VanHelene

Tyler VanHelene
Studying mechanical engineering at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst

In 2018 and 2019, Tyler assisted with Edge on Science summer programs, notably Drone & Code, Catapult Engineering and the Summer Rocket Blast Off. He has a wide variety of achievements and activities he dedicates his time to. While still in high school, he was the captain of his high school robotics team, continuing his study of black-belt in karate, sailing on his school’s varsity sailing team, and interning at the hematology and oncology lab at Boston University.