Get your feet wet and learn about marine and ocean engineering! Nitsch Engineering is partnering with Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Massachusetts Port Authority to offer girls in Grades 6-12 a one-day introduction to the application of engineering to ships, the sea, and the coastline. It will be held Tuesday, April 1 from 8:30AM to 2PM at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston. Space is limited, so register now (certainly by March 19). An adult chaperone is welcome to accompany each girl. See the registration page for the day’s schedule, directions, and an extra-credit assignment about the blog by the MassMaritime’s students recent term at sea. For more information, contact Anna Luciano at email@example.com or Jessica Yarmarkovich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC Splash is a free, one-day opportunity for high-school students to be immersed in a college environment for a day of fun, informative, and inspiring courses taught by Boston College undergraduate and graduate students. Besides the courses, there are separate opportunities for students and parents to mingle and learn. This spring BC Splash will be held 9AM-4PM on Sunday, April 6. Registration is open now until April 2. (You need to create a free account and sign in before registering for courses.) For more information, see the BC Splash FAQ or email BCSplash@gmail.com or call 617-297-7524.
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Clark University’s 2014 Spring Splash program will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 9AM to 4PM on Clark’s campus (Jonas Clark Building, 950 Main St., Worcester). Splash is a free, one-day, annual event for students in Grades 5 through 12 to explore a wide range of subjects taught by Clark students and faculty. Registration is open now through April 6 and is first-come, first-served. Science classes in the course catalog include:
- The Physicist of Wall Street
- Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe
- What’s a Genome?
- The Science Behind Kerbal Space Program
- Imaging Atoms
- Survival of the Fittest: Fun with Darwin’s Finches
- Environment Science 101
- Disease and Civilization
- Man, Myth and Math: In Search of Pythagoras
- Chemistry Prep
Mathnasium in Newton Highlands will host a one-hour Math Game Night — Fabulous Fractions — at 6:45PM on Thursday, March 6. It’s free, but register ahead of time. For more information, visit www.mathgamenight.com or call 617-340-3665.
Robin Saitz, senior vice president of PTC, recently joined a brief panel discussion on NECN (video) about how the FIRST robotics program inspires students to become engineers and gives them broad experience in design, collaboration, and other skills. PTC is a FIRST Strategic Partner. Robin also explained how FIRST is the cornerstone of the company’s Creating Shared Value program benefiting PTC, its employees who volunteer for FIRST, the students who are inspired to become engineers, and PTC’s customers who hire them.
NNHS and NSHS Science Departments have announced a change in the pathway leading to AP Biology. In the past, this course was taken mainly by juniors as an intensive introduction to biology. Starting with the Class of 2016, students interested in AP Biology will complete Honors or Advanced College Prep (formerly “Curriculum I”) Biology in junior year and then elect AP Biology in senior year.
The Innovation Institute in Newtonville will conduct a weekly seminar course, At the Biomedical Frontiers, for up to 10 “self-disciplined, mature students with a substantive interest in science and/or engineering” who want to experience “university-calibre research.” It’s open to Grades 7-9, plus high-school students in some cases. The course will meet Thursdays, March 20 – June 26 and will address these topics:
- Biology of Cancer and Emerging Cancer Therapies
- Medical Nanotechnology for Cancer
- Quantum Mechanics and Neurobiology: Theory and Applications
- 3D Printing and Medical Applications: Introduction, Progress and Future Applications
- Synthetic Biology: Genetic Circuits
- Vaccines: How They Work, Misinformation and Novel Applications
- Tissue Engineering: Progress and Future Applications
- Microbiomes and the Human Body: Bacteria Living in and on You
- Materials Science and How Molecular Properties Determine Function
Each topic will be led by Harvard/MIT-affiliated specialists, including fellows, post-docs, and graduate students. Registration is open now.
Registration has been extended for a workshop on pH and pH Indicators in Nature — the first in a series of science and math workshops for middle-school girls — to be held on March 2, 3-5PM at Lasell College. The series is being run by a Newton high-school student for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Space available for 20 middle-school girls (non-Scouts are welcome), with a cost of $2 each. Register via email to email@example.com.
The 2014 national conference of the National Science Teachers Association will be held April 2-6 in Boston. Science educators from around the world will gather to think and learn about the future of STEM education. The schedule includes over 1600 sessions selected from a record-breaking 4000 proposals. The following sessions will be presented by Newton Public Schools educators:
- Productive Talk. Find out how to conduct a productive talk session by being actively engaged in the process. Jason Souza and Mary C. Buttiglieri (Bigelow Middle School)
- Infusing Engineering into the High School Physics Curriculum. An approach for infusing the engineering concepts of design, analysis, modeling, and systems into high school physics courses. Shu-Yee Chen (Newton North HS) and Derek VanBeever (Newton South HS)
- Engage with Engineering: Prepare a Science Department to Integrate Engineering Practices into Its Courses. Baby steps, professional development, and fun!: One administrator’s experience preparing a science department to infuse engineering into its science instruction. Amy Winston (Newton North HS)
- Greengineering the Future. Big ideas, lessons learned, and action plans for creating an inspired, inquiry-based integration of science and engineering through the flipped and blended Greengineering program. Steve Chinosi and Matt Anderson (Newton North HS) and Sam Shames (MIT, NNHS ’10)
- Canvas and PVC Boats as a Capstone for Senior Physics. Students in senior level physics course design, engineer, construct and test boats capable of carrying two students across a pool. Michael Hazeltine, Deborah Lund, Matt Anderson and Ellen Williams (Newton North HS)
MIT’s Edgerton Center presents Science on Saturday, a free, fun, 60-minute session for elementary, middle-, and high-school students. On March 6, the focus will be on Chemistry. MIT’s ChemClub will conduct on-stage demonstrations with assistance from the audience. Before and after the show, there will be activity booths for hands-on chemistry experiments. Seating is limited and first-come/first-served. Adult escort required for children under 12. The event will be held 10AM in MIT Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. Park at the West Garage or Albany Street Garage ($5 with a credit card).