More than 3000 scientists and supporters of science attended today’s enthusiastic Rally to Stand Up for Science in Boston’s Copley Square. See NYTimes video. Organizers asked everyone to text SCIENCE to 90975 or sign up at www.standupforscience.us in order to stay involved and get connected with the organizers of the rally, ClimateTruth.org and the Natural History Museum.
MassTLC’s Technovation promotes technology entrepreneurship among girls ages 10-18. In the Technovation Challenge, teams worldwide compete in identifying and solving a problem in their local communities. MassTLC seeks a few more mentors to share their expertise in coding, marketing, and project management with currently mentor-less teams that want to compete this spring. For more information, contact Rachel Nicoll at Rnicoll@masstlc.org.
The Newton Free Library will host a free hackathon about data science on Sunday, February 26, 1:30-4:30PM for all students in Grades 7-12. It will start with a short lecture, followed by lots of free time for coding in Python. You may bring your own computer (with Python 3 installed) or use a library computer if you register in advance. No prior experience in programming is required. The Library will provide guidance in Python syntax and debugging. Students may work independently or in teams.
Applications are now open until March 31 for New England high-school juniors and seniors to apply for OMEGA scholarships sponsored by the MIT AgeLab, AARP, and the New England University Transportation Center. Three OMEGA college scholarships are available (offering $1000 to the student plus $1000 to his/her high school) to recognize efforts of young adults in creating multi-generational connections in their communities. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-253-3506.
The Davis Companies will sponsor a free ‘lunch-and-learn’ event, Getting Started with STEM, Beyond Judging at a Science Fair, on February 23, noon-2PM at Synopsys (377 Simarano Drive, 3rd Floor, in Marlborough). It’s for technology managers and directors, human-resource professionals, and others interested in encouraging the next generation of STEM professsionals. Panelists include Newton’s Groot Gregory of Synopsys, Paul LeBaume of Dow Chemical, and Kelly French of PSW Youth Careers. Register here.
MIT’s Edgerton Center holds free Science on Saturday programs approximately monthly during the school year for elementary, middle, and high school students — as well as their parents and teachers. Each is a fun, one-hour, interactive presentation beginning at 10AM in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. No pre-registration is necessary but seating is limited and first-come, first-seated. The upcoming programs are March 4: Chemistry and April 1: How the Internet Works.
There are still a few seats left for the High School Marine Science Symposium, to be held on March 9 at Northeastern University in Boston and on March 15 at Salem State University in Salem. The remaining seats are reserved for school districts in which more than half of students are classified as economically disadvantaged.
The Newton-Needham Chamber of Commerce is hosting a panel discussion —
Makerspaces: Building Community with Technology and Art — on March 2, 5:30-8PM at the Price Center, 27 Christina Street in Newton). It’s free for everyone, but registration is required. It’s already ‘sold-out’ for those merely curious but registration remains open for those who are makers or would like to exhibit at the event.
The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation offers these Learning by Doing workshops for teachers in Cambridge
- Investigate Genetically Modified Organisms: Tuesday, March 28, 8:30AM-4PM. Test various food items for the presence of transgenes using three different kits and compare the advantages and disadvantages of each for different classes.
- Investigate Your Personal Genetics- Are You a Taster or Not?: Wednesday, March 29, 8:30AM-4PM. Isolate your own DNA, use PCR to amplify the gene responsible for the ability to taste bitter compounds, and analyze the PCR products by restriction enzyme analysis and electrophoresis.
The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will offer after-school lab training and summer internships to high-school students in Grades 10-12.
The after-school Lab Training Program is for underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged students, to prepare them for summer internships. It will be administered by the BioBuilder Educational Foundation over 8 weeks this spring in two locations: MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering and Worcester Technical High School.
The Summer Internship Program connects students with employers throughout the state and subsidizes intern stipends (up to $12 per hour, for a total of up to $2,880 for six weeks) so that life sciences companies and academic researchers can hire interns. Employers provide a mentor and a hands-on learning experience. Employers sign up here and students sign up here.