The Newton Free Library will again offer its hugely popular Girls Who Code after-school program for girls in Grades 6-12 on Friday afternoons 4-6PM during the 2016-17 school year. Can you volunteer 2 hours per week as an instructor using the Girls Who Code computer-science curriculum? It’s best if you’re proficient in programming languages, with intermediate knowledge of data structures and algorithms. Perhaps you’re a current or former software developer or a current undergraduate/graduate student in computer science. The most successful volunteer GWC instructors have experience teaching or working with youth — as teaching assistants, camp counselors, or tutors — although this is not required. To express interest or get more information, email email@example.com. Make a huge impact — in two hours per week over the school year.
Men and women in the innovation economy, young professionals, and students are invited to a free story slam focusing on Women in Innovation: AHA Moments, September 27, 4:30-6:30PM at Microsoft NERD Center (1 Memorial Drive in Cambridge). Female leaders in Boston’s innovation economy will share 10-minute stories — of career-changing realizations, discoveries, and conversations — followed by Q&A. It’s part of HubWeek and sponsored by Microsoft and LaunchSquad. Register now.
Can you — or your company or your organization — contribute to the success of the Girl Scouts’ STEM Geek is Glam event at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, October 15? Registration for girls in Grades 4-8 opens August 19, and the Girls Scouts would like to hear from potential presenters by July 31 so all may be included in the promotional materials for the event. Fill out this participation form if you can offer any of the following:
- Hands-on, interactive workshops (55 minutes; for up to 15-20 girls)
- Career workshops (55 minutes; 3-4 presenters each speak 10 minutes, followed by Q&A)
- Tables in expo hall (12:25-4:35PM; inviting, informative, and preferably hands-on)
- Donations of any relevant sort
For more information, contact Tammy Breen at firstname.lastname@example.org or 413-584-2602 x3608.
Yesterday there was a great turnout for the Newton Free Library’s second annual STEAM Expo, with 20 interactive exhibits. Thanks to all who organized, exhibited, and participated!
Upcoming STEM-oriented events in the Newton Free Library’s calendar:
- Einstein’s Gift to Us: Gravitational Wave Astronomy (July 18, 7-9PM): Talk by MIT Physics Professor Emeritus Dr. Rainer Weiss.
- Finch Robots (July 20 & 27 7-8:30PM): Second and third of a three-part series about programming robots, for Grades 6-12.
- Teen Tinker Club (July 21, 4-5PM): littleBits, Hexbugs, and LEGO WeDos, for Grades 6-12. Registration required.
- Hands-On Arduino (July 23, 10AM-Noon): Work with Arduino microcontroller kits to build interactive objects. Some previous coding experience required. Ages 18+. Registration required.
- Museum of Science Presents Blizzards — Outwit the Elements (July 25, 3-3:50PM): Hands-on engineering workshop. For kids entering Grades 1-6, with accompanying adult required for Grades 1-3 and encouraged for Grades 4-6. Registration required.
- 3D Printing for Teens (July 25, 7-8PM): Use the Library’s 3D printer. Register for waiting list.
Khan Academy and Pixar Studios have teamed up to create Pixar in a Box, a series of free online tutorials that demonstrate how STEM and the arts are used in film animation. Each tutorial focuses on the use of a concept learned in school and starts with a design-challenge lesson (for Grades 5+), followed by several different grade-appropriate lessons focused on particular math concepts. Topics include: Effects, Patterns (randomness), Rigging (controls), Animation (curves), Environmental Modeling (parabolic arcs), Character Modeling (weighted averages), Crowds (combinatorics), Sets & Staging (geometric transformations), and Rendering (algebra).
The Newton Free Library will host its third annual STEAM Expo on Saturday, July 16, 1-4PM. It’s an interactive gathering of tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, and students. There will be 20 exhibitors in the auditorium, gallery, and outside plaza.
The Massachusetts Bay Community College offers its iCREATE summer program for high-school students — a month-long exploration of engineering design, electronics, and coding. This summer’s participants will showcase their work on July 21, noon to 1PM, on the MassBay Wellesley Hills campus (50 Oakland Street). The event is free and open to the public, with particular invitation to business/industry professionals, community organizations, and high-school students, teachers and administrators.
The Massachusetts Audubon Society invites both formal and informal educators to apply to join the Land Science Educator Network LSEN and gain free access to Land Science, its online simulation of an urban planning firm during the coming school year. This “virtual internship” is suitable for middle- and high-school students, either in the classroom, in after-school clubs, or in other organizations. Over the course of 8 to 12 hours, students play the role of interns at a virtual urban planning firm and take on real-world STEM problems in land science that have no clear-cut, optimal solutions. Teachers overseeing these projects can share resources online via LSEN. For more information, contact Jen Klein, Mass Audubon LSEN Project Manager, at email@example.com.
Science Club for Girls is hiring for positions in the Fall:
The Cambridge headquarters is also seeking an Events and Special Projects Intern (unpaid): Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: “Summer 2016 Fundraising Intern.”
SCFG, in its 20th year, is a terrific non-profit organization that “fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women in STEM.”