Newton North HS has once again won first place in the 31st annual Massachusetts Envirothon competition and will represent the state at the North American competition, July 22-28 in Pocatello, Idaho. After a year of intensive preparation and study, the team traveled to the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge to compete against 26 other high schools in an all-day schedule of written tests and hands-on activities assessing knowledge of soils, forests, water, and wildlife. Each team also gave a presentation about its research into its own community’s water infrastructure resources and needs, identifying a partnering opportunity and making specific recommendations for action. This is the sixth time in seven years that Newton North HS has won this honor.
This weekend the LigerBots participated in the two-day Battlecry 19 post-season FIRST robotics competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with 59 other teams from the region. The LigerBots ended the Qualifying Rounds with a record of 5-3-0 and were invited to join an alliance headed by The Bionics from Billerica. This alliance advanced to the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by the alliance that eventually won the competition.
The ever-community-minded LigerBots plan to bring their robot to events in May and June, including the Newton Memorial Day Parade on May 27, Newton Highlands Village Day on June 10, and Tour de Newton on June 17. The team will also host an evening meeting for all parents and potential coaches (all are welcome!) to learn about FIRST LEGO League (FLL) on Wednesday, June 20, 7-9PM, at the Newton North High School Film Lecture Hall. And the team is starting the process of recruiting new students for the 2018-2019 school year.
MassEcon will hold its annual conference, World of the Future: Key Drivers of Change, on June 1, 7:30-9:30AM, at the Newton Marriott hotel. Speakers include:
- Nav Singh, McKinsey & Company, focused on innovation in pharmaceuticals and medical products
- Shirley Leung, Boston Globe columnist and associate editor
- David Lucchino, Frequency Therapeutics, co-founder, president and CEO
- Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL, professor of computer science and artificial intelligence
- Corey Thomas, Rapid7, CEO
Stay in MA, sponsored by Flybridge Capital Partners, aims to foster entrepreneurship and innovation by offering scholarships of up to $100 for full-time college students in Massachusetts to attend business and technology networking events such as this one. Apply for a scholarship to offset the $85 conference fee for those who are not members of MassEcon.
Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) still has room in its High School Workshop, July 23-27, for Grades 9-12 to explore simple machines, aerodynamics, robotics, and maker tools using woodworking tools, laser cutters, the EV3 robotics platform, and microbit controllers.
Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm — will host its sixth annual Women in STEM event July 29-31, inviting selected women between senior year of high-school and freshman year of college to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business. Travel, hotel, and meals will be paid by the company. Apply by June 29 , including your resume and a statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
UMass Amherst is accepting applications for a range of residential summer programs for high-school students. STEM topics among the courses (spanning 1, 2 or 6 weeks between July 1 and August 11) include:
- Modern Astronomy
- Engineering Institute
- Hydrology & Climate Change
- Genetic Engineering & GMOs
- Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
- Plant Biology
- Visualizing Cells in Cancer & Disease
There are also opportunities for 6-week research placements for high-school students in the Research Intensives program. Apply early, since programs fill up on a rolling basis, and no later than mid-June.
The Newton Festival of the Arts is sponsoring Skywrite Newton, an installation of augmented reality (AR) art in the skies above 13 sites in Newton, May 5-31. Instructions for viewing the installation with a smartphone are here. The artist, Prof. Will Pappenheimer of Pace University, will discuss this work in a free event at the Newton Free Library on May 16, 6:30-8PM. Win a prize by emailing SkywriteNewton@NewtonCommunityPride.org with your answer to: “What do the 13 Skywrite phrases have in common?”
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University will host a multimedia presentation, How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hands, on May 18, 6PM by Kimberly Kowal Arcand of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA. The program is recommended for ages 14+ and does not include a planetarium show. Pre-registration is strongly recommended. The event is free, and a suggested donation is $5 welcome.
At Waban Village Day on May 20, Einstein’s Workshop will have activities for kids while parents can learn about Einstein’s Workshop’s summer-camp programs at Zervas Elementary School for Grades K-6 — offered in half-day, full-day, and/or extended-day sessions. Classes include Minecraft, Robotics, Coding, and Making & Inventing.