LigerBots: Onward to the FIRST Robotics World Championships!

This week, the Newton LigerBots will compete against 400 other teams worldwide at the FIRST Robotics World Championships, in Detroit, April 25-28, having qualified for this by winning awards and designing a reliable, effective robot during this season of competitions.  The team needs to raise $5,000 for the competition registration plus about $15,000 for travel (two days each way by bus). You can help out by making a tax-deductible donation.

MIT Summer Engineering Design Workshop: Apply by May 7

Applications are now open for MIT Edgerton Center’s Engineering Design WorkshopJuly 5-August 3, a hands-on, self-motivated summer program at MIT’s Edgerton Center.  Apply by May 7.  EDW is a non-residential program for rising Grade 9-12 students in the greater Boston area working in small teams to design, build, and test projects that combine engineering, art, and science.  (See video.)  The workshop fee is $500, and financial assistance is available.

Bridgewater State University: Summer Science Academy, Grades 6-12

Bridgewater State University will host several one-week sessions of its Summer Science Academy for students entering Grades 6-12 to engage in science classes and hands-on investigation in the BSU Science and Math Center (24 Park Avenue, Bridgewater). Scholarships are available to student with demonstrated academic merit and financial need who apply by May 1. Register here.

Grades 6-8 ($400 per week)

  • July 9-13: Shipwrecked: Exploring the STEM of Maritime Archaeology
  • July 16-20: Forensics Institute of Bridgewater
  • July 23-27: A Whale of a Mystery

Grades 9-12 ($500 per week)

  • July 9-13: Biotech, Health, and the Environment
  • July 16-20: Deadliest Catch: The Causes, Diagnosis and Treatment of Infectious Diseases
  • July 23-27: The Graveyard of the Atlantic: Maritime Archaeology in Massachusetts

Teachers: Red Sox to Host STEM Days on May 2 & 30

The Boston Red Sox will host two STEM Days:

  • May 2: Focus on Science, Weather, and Engineering
  • May 30: Focus on NASA and Space

Each will have a STEM fair and a panel of speakers, and participants will have a workbook and a ticket for the 1:05PM game. Teachers should contact Seth at 617-226-6834 or sshuman@redsox.comh to reserve space.

Ten Days of the Cambridge Science Festival, Apr. 13-22

The Cambridge Science Festival is the national leader in its field, with over 200 activities and events spanning 10 days, April 13-22, in Cambridge, greater Boston, and beyond. #CambSciFest is too much to keep in your head. You can filter this year’s online schedule of events by date, age (family/teens/adults), cost, venue, day of the week, time of day, or organizer — and then export your filtered events to your personal calendar.  Browse the lists of Museum of Science activities and exhibits and week-long youth and family workshops. Some events require pre-registration or tickets, and most are free.  Some highlights:

  • The opening-night symposium on April 13, 7:30-9:30PM at Harvard’s Science Center ($15):  The Continuing Education of Eugene Mirmanin which this endlessly curious comedian attempts to learn about cognitive neuroscience from MIT professor Rebecca Saxe.
  • The Science Carnival and Robot Zoo on Saturday, April 14, 12-4PM at the Cambridge Public Library (free).  Meet robots, explore VR, launch rockets, make slime, and use liquid-nitrogen to make ice cream.
  • The Year in Science: Cocktails and Trivia on April 18, 6-8PM ($15) for adults at Mamaleh’s Delicatessen.
  • The Science of Local Food on April 21, 10AM-7PM (free drop-in, with fees for some workshops), at Boston Public Market.

Watch Online: LigerBots Compete in New England FIRST Championships, Apr. 13-14

If you can’t make it to Boston University to see the LigerBots compete in the New England District Championship at Boston UniversityApril 13-14, you can view the matches online in real time here or here. You can search for LigerBots’ upcoming events in this championship in their schedule. Other videos of the LigerBots’ competitions are archived here.

Free: Solar Science for Families, Apr. 15 in Natick

Edge On Science will host a free event, Solar Science for Families, for ages 7+, on April 15, 2PM-4:30PM, at St. Benedict Elementary School (2 Pleasant Street, South Natick). View the sun safely with a solar telescope and learn about spicules, prominences, filaments, and sun spots.

Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Started a Scientific Revolution, at FSU, Apr. 19

Framingham State University will show a free film, Symbiotic Earth: How Lynn Margulis Rocked the Boat and Started a Scientfic Revolution: on April 19 at 4:30PM in FSU’s Dwight Hall Auditorium (map).

Living Space – Teen Science Cafe at MIT Museum, Apr. 21

The MIT Museum (265 Massachusetts Ave, Cambridge) will host its next Teen Science Cafe for high-school students on April 21, 6-8:30PM, focused on the search for habitable exoplanets and how we might survive on them.  Admission is free and dinner will be provided.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Doors will open at 5:45PM and no one will be admitted after 7PM. The event will include space trivia, hands-on activities, short talks and conversations with scientists, and time to explore the Museum galleries.

WPI STEM Education Center Seeks Two VISTA Volunteers

The STEM Education Center of Worcester Polytechnic Institute will host two AmeriCorps VISTA volunteers in the 2018-19 academic year to focus on STEM education, WPI and the local education community (including Worcester Public Schools and after-school programs). See the job description and apply by May 25 by sending your resume and cover letter to Cover letters should answer the questions: “Why do you want to serve with CCNE VISTA?” and “Why are you best suited for WPI’s VISTA position(s)?”.  For more information, email