Grades 7-12: Sign Up for Brandeis Splash!, Nov. 12

Students in Grades 7-12 are invited to sign up for Brandeis University Splash! — a day of engaging courses taught by Brandeis undergraduates.  This year Splash! will be held on Saturday, November 12, from noon to 5PM on the Brandeis campus in Waltham. Courses are free, and an optional donation of $5 to $10 is appreciated. Students must check-in with a parent/guardian and this signed waiver. For more information, email Among the wide-ranging courses offered are these STEM-oriented courses:

  • Introduction to Programming/Computer Science in Python
  • Introduction to Computer Programming in Java
  • Introduction to 3D Animation
  • An Introduction to Set Theory and Functions
  • Lying with Statistics and the Z-Test
  • 3D Design for 3D Printing
  • Conceptualizing Public Health: Influenza Vaccine Design
  • Chemistry of Baking
  • Crash Course to DNA
  • Immortality, Mind Control, and Zombies (in Biology)
  • Mind and Medicine
  • The Beginning and End of Our Universe
  • The Power of Posture: What they Didn’t Teach When You Learned about Puberty
  • Theoretical Neuroscience
  • The Heart: The Engine of Life

High-School Students: Register by Oct. 28 for MIT Splash, Nov. 19-20

MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 19-20 (10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday).  Splash gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in walk-in activities.  BostonTechMom has an insightful post recommending MIT Splash.  This year, over 300 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.

The first phase of registration is now open until October 28 for students to specify their preferences for classes.  Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration.  Lottery results will be available by November 3. MIT notes, “To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking at least 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come first-served; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.”

Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration.  See the Program Details page.  There’s also a free Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents (see last year’s schedule), with no need for registration.  For more information, email

Einstein’s Workshop: Saturday Classes in Newton Centre

Einstein’s Workshop in Lexington recently started offering weekly classes on Saturdays in Newton Centre (Davis Hall, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, 210 Herrick Road). The first round of classes will run November 5 through December 17.  In a kick-off promotion, if you mention the name of your Newton elementary school PTO in the registration comments section, then Einstein’s Workshop will donate $10 to that PTO.

Benefit for “e” Inc.’s New ‘Environment Science Discovery’ Museum, Nov. 9

All are invited to Shakin’ for Science, a benefit for “e” Inc.’s new Environment Science Discovery & Action Museum, opening in Charlestown in January.  The fundraiser will be held at the museum (114  116th Street, Suite 1030, Charlestown Navy Yard) on November 9, 6-10PM, with drinks, dancing, an auction, and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets are $25 until October 29, after which they will be $30.  “e” Inc. aims to “provide children, teens, and adults a scientific understanding of Earth’s national biomes, resources, and systems and the skills to protect the planet and live sustainably.”  The museum is currently open for teachers and private trips.

Register for Northeastern’s Building Bridges Program for High-School Students, Dec. 9

Northeastern University’s Building Bridges program, for high-school students interested in engineering, will take place December 9, 8:30AM-3PM, in the university’s Curry Center Ballroom.  It’s an opportunity to explore Northeastern’s engineering program, participate in engineering challenges, and learn about education and career opportunities. Registration is now open, costs $15, and includes breakfast and lunch.

Tufts CEEO 20th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 23

Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach will hold its 20th anniversary celebration on October 23 with hands-on making, food robots, and novel engineering.

  • Tours and Maker Time, 3-5PM at 200 Boston Avenue, Medford
  • 20th Anniversary Reception, 5-8PM at 51 Winthrop Street (Breed Hall), Medford

Register online.  For more information, contact or call 617-627-5888.

BostonTechMom: How to Start a ‘Girls Who Code’ Club

So many parents and students are looking for opportunities to learn about programming and introductory computer science, and the Girls Who Code clubs at the Newton Free Library fill up quickly.  BostonTechMom has stepped forward with step-by-step instructions to alleviate the shortage:  How to Start a Girls Who Code Club.

Elms College Offers STEM Scholarships for Fall 2017 Transfers

Elms College in Chicopee is offering NSF-funded STEM scholarships for transfer students entering in the Fall of 2017 to major in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Computer Information Technology.  Apply online with a one-page essay by March 1.  For more information, complete the form on this page or email Separately, the Elms STEM program will host an open house on November 11 (9:30AM through lunch) for all prospective students.  The event is free, and lunch will be provided.  Registration is required.  For more information, email

WPI STEM Saturdays for Grades 6-8 — Waitlist Available

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers students in Grades 6-8 a program of STEM Saturdays to inspire and enable exploration of STEM academics and careers.  This school year they will be held 8:45AM-Noon on these Saturdays:  November 19, December 3, January 28, February 18, March 18, and April 8.  The cost is $180.  Student and accompanying parent must attend all sessions.  Registration is full but the waitlist is open.

Current and Aspiring Geoscience Teachers to Meet in Cambridge, Nov. 5

Current and aspiring teachers of geoscience are invited to the annual meeting of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers New England Section on November 5, 10AM-Noon at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge.  Museum entrance fees apply.  For more information, email