Think Big! Grades 6-12 — STEM Mentors & Ice Cream Social! Oct. 26

Middle- and high-school students are invited to Think Big! at the the Newton Free Library on Saturday, October 26, 2PM-4PM, to meet local STEM professionals and talk informally (over ice cream from Cabots!) about challenges, satisfactions, and career paths in the wide range of STEM fields. It’s free and space is limited, so register now. It’s sponsored by the Newton Free Library, NewtonSTEM, and the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club to celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week. You can see what earlier Think Big! events were like in November 2015, March 2018, and October 2018. For more information, email

Grades 9-12: Registration Open for Northeastern Splash, Nov. 9 & 16

Each fall, NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) hosts Splash! (Waterfall), a free program for high-school students to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students.  This year it will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, November 9 & 16, 9AM-4:30PM, in Ryder Hall (11 Leon Street, Boston).  Registration is open and is first-come/first-served and requires setting up a free student account. Pizza will be available, or you can bring your own lunch. For more information, contact nu.neptun@gmail.comThis year’s catalog includes these  STEM-related classes:

  • How to Use Biochemistry for Fun and Profit (but mostly fun)
  • This is Your Brain on Drugs
  • Your Body Is a Clock: Chronobiology
  • Clinical Microbiology: You Are What You Poop
  • The Cat Conspiracy and Other Mind-Bending Parasites
  • Psychology: Let’s Get Stressed!
  • Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder
  • What’s in Your Head 101
  • Who Wants To Live Forever? An Introduction to Stem Cells and Regenerative Therapies
  • Chemistry Around the House
  • The Science of Pokémon: Synthetic Biology and More
  • Mars Rover Egg drop Challenge!
  • Material Science of Medieval Warfare
  • Intro to Circuits and Coding with Arduino!
  • The Spaghetti Challenge
  • Cookie Assembly Line
  • Git Gud with Git + other CS things
  • Cybersecurity: The Coffee Shop Hacker

Register for Clark University’s Fall Splash, Grades 5-12, Nov. 10

Clark University’s Fall Splash — a one-day, free program offering 29 classes for students in Grades 5-12 — will be held November 10, 10AM-5PM on the Clark campus (950 Main St., Worcester). Students should register as soon as possible because classes fill up.  The day is free, with lunch included.  For more information, email STEM-related classes include:

  • Imagining Atoms
  • How Human Beings Change Over a Lifetime
  • Galazy Explorers
  • Sociology 101
  • Black Holes and Outer Space
  • It’s a solid! It’s a liquid! It’s oobleck!
  • It’s in your DNA
  • The Seal of Approval
  • Mushrooms and Fungi
  • Why math CAN be COOL
  • Go: the game and how a computer beat it

Grades 6-12: Register for Brandeis Splash!, Nov. 16

Brandeis University’s Splash free program of one-day mini-courses for students in Grades 6-12 will be held on November 16, Noon-5PM on the Brandeis campus. View the course catalog and  register here. Bring or purchase your lunch on campus. For more information, email STEM-related courses include:

  • Blockchain + Space Doggos!
  • Intro to Linux
  • Shapes & Surfaces
  • Dissecting the Human Body
  • Crash Course in Genetics
  • Introduction to Human Cardiology
  • “Survival of the Sickest”
  • Introduction to Computer Science
  • Can Evolution Explain Our Diseases?
  • Frontiers in Neurological Surgery
  • Paradoxes in Modern Science

Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society: How Radio Waves Emanate from an Antenna, Oct. 15

For its weekly meeting on October 15, the Sci-Tech Amateur Radio Society at New England Sci-Tech (16 Tech Circle, Natick) will present Tim Duffy of DX Engineering speaking about How Radio Waves Emanate from an Antenna. The meeting starts at 7PM, preceded by antenna making, mystery hunt prototyping, and amateur radio games at 6PM.

MIT AgeLab OMEGA Summit for High School Students, Oct. 19

MIT AgeLab will host its annual OMEGA Summit for Grades 9-12 on the MIT campus on October 19, 10AM-2PM. Register here by October 15. OMEGA (Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth, and Action) supports student programs and clubs that connect high school students with older adults. At the OMEGA Summit, students will connect across generations, brainstorm and share programming ideas, meet other students from across New England, and plan inter-generational projects in their schools and communities. OMEGA also sponsors the $1000 OMEGA scholarship, which is awarded to students and their organizations leading outstanding inter-generational efforts.

Mass. STEM Week, Oct. 21-25

Massachusetts STEM Week will be held October 21-25 (and the weekends before and after), with a full schedule of events — including Newton’s Think Big! STEAM Mentor Ice Cream Social. The STEM Week theme for this year is “See Yourself in STEM,” emphasizing a focus on increasing access for traditionally underrepresented groups — women, people of color, low income individuals, culturally diverse learners and people with non-traditional abilities. Among other events, Lt. Governor Karen Polito, Secretary of Labor & Workforce Development Rosalind Acosta, and Secretary of Education James Peyser will speak on The Importance of STEM Education at the Boston Foundation, October 24, 8:30AM-10:30AM. Register here.

High-School Students: Register Now for Boston College Splash, Nov. 3

Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 3, 10AM-4PM.  Splash is a one-day, student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach mini-courses for students in Grades 7-12. There will be a parallel Parent Program about admissions and financial aid, sample splash classes, student panels, and campus tours There’s a $5 fee for the day, which includes a pizza lunch. Registration is required and is first-come/first-served. A signed liability waiver is also required.  For more information, email or call at 617-297-7524. STEM-related classes in the course catalog include:

  • Talking to Aliens
  • Neuroscience of Social and Emotional Memory
  • What is Forensic Science?
  • Intro to Advanced Physics
  • Intro to Marine Science: How the Ocean Moves & Ocean Pollution
  • The Chemistry of Lava Lamps
  • Neuroscience and Positive Psychology: Implications for Mental Health
  • Science of the Sleeping Brain

BC Splash sent this notice:

Payment of the $5.00 registration fee is a separate process from class registration. Unfortunately due to technical difficulties, access to payment is currently unavailable. This situation will not hinder the ability to sign up for classes. When it becomes available, the steps for payment will be sent to registered students and their guardians. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Seeking a Few More STEM Mentors for Think Big!, Oct. 26

Are you a STEM professional interested in inspiring teens about careers in STEM? On October 26, 2PM-4PM, the Newton Free Library, NewtonSTEM, and the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club will host our fourth Think Big! event — an opportunity for informal conversations between local STEM professionals and middle- and high-school students — with Cabot’s Ice Cream, of course. If you’d like to participate, email to let us know. Here are are links to NewtonSTEM posts from our earlier events:  October 2018, March 2018, and November 2015.

MassRobotics 3rd Annual Robot Block Party, Oct. 20

To celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week, MassRobotics will host its third annual Robot Block Party, free and open to the public on October 20, 11AM-4PM in Boston’s Seaport Innovation District (Drydock Avenue, Boston). No registration necessary to attend.  If interested in participating, email with the subject line “Robot Block Party”.