Science Club for Girls: Applications Now Open for 2016-17

Registration is now open for the following Science Club for Girls programs, which are located at Pine Manor College in Newton (among other locations in greater Boston):

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the September 15 deadline.  All are welcome to apply, and priority will be given to girls of color or demonstrating economic need, per the mission of Science Club for Girls.  For more information, email

Want to help?  Professionals and graduate/undergraduate students are invited to apply to be volunteer mentor-scientists for these programs.  Email

WGBH/PBS Engineering Webinar for Grade 4-12 Teachers, Aug. 24

WGBH and PBS Learning Media will host a webinar for Grade 4-12 teachers on August 24 at 7PM about Engineering and the Design Process.  It will feature these free resources:  PBS Learning Media’s Aerospace Engineering Collection and a Teaching Channel module on Polymers for the Planet.  Register online to get a link to the webinar.

Youth CITIES: Monthly Mini-Hacks at Cambridge Innovation Center

Youth CITIES hosts Mini-Hack collaborative problem-solving sessions on the second Thursday of each month, 4:30-6PM, at the Cambridge Innovation Center (1 Broadway in Cambridge).  They are open to middle-school, high-school, and college students as well as entrepreneurs, educators, public officials, and other working professionals.  Each month, the group focuses on one topic.  Registration is requested but not required.

Destination Imagination: New Videos for This Year’s Challenges

Destination Imagination has released several new videos to introduce the DI challenges for this year.  The ones most focused on STEM are:

Teams are being formed now for this year’s program.  Learn more and register at the Newton Destination Imagination site or contact Matthew Miller at

4 Free HUBweek Medical Seminars, Hosted by STAT, Sept. 27

STAT — a health/medicine news service of Boston Globe Media — will host four free seminars for the public for HUBweek on September 27 at the Ragon Institute (400 Technology Square in Cambridge).  Register for each event via these links:

HUBweek’s Girl Hackathon at MassChallenge, Oct. 1

Girls in upper elementary and middle-school grades are invited to form two-person teams for HUBweek’s Girl Hackathon, a two-hour learn-to-code event at MassChallenge (23 Dry Dock Avenue in Boston) on October 1, 10AM-noon.  It’s free and sponsored by The Girl Hackathon, Boston Public Schools, Becker College, Hopscotch, MassChallenge, and Nantucket Conference and New Dimensions in Technology (NDT).  There will be 20 teams, each consisting of two girls and a mentor, selected from those who register.  A parent/guardian of a team member should register the two girls for a team, and mentors will be provided by the event organizers.

Last-Minute 70% Discount for ‘Go For Launch’ in Leominster, Aug. 15-17

Higher Orbits is offering a last-minute discount for its three-day program, Go For Launch, for middle-school and high-school students in Leominster, August 15-17.  Register online and use the coupon code STEAM to reduce the program fee from $250 to $75 (includes supplies, snacks, and meals).   For more information, contact Michelle Lucas at or  707-893-STAR.

NHL Hockey Online STEM Program — Free for Schools, Grades 4-7

For a second year, the NHL, NHL Players’ Association, and Boston Bruins are sponsoring an online STEM program, Future Goals, free for Massachusetts schools.  It’s recommended for Grades 4-7 and consists of 12 online modules of 15-20 minutes each.  See the demo video and curriculum guide (PDF).  Teachers, students, administrators, coaches, and community members are invited to fill out the contact form on the Future Goals site.

CodeCampKidz Introduction to Coding, for Grades 6-7 at Newton Library

CodeCampKidz will run a two-session Introduction to Coding class for students in Grades 6-7 on Wednesdays, September 7 and 14, 7-8PM, at the Newton Free Library.  No prior coding experience is necessary.  Bring earbuds/headphones for the online part of the training.  Online registration begins August 17 via the Newton Free Library events calendar.

Envirothon: Newton North HS Places 1st in State, 7th in North America

Newton North High School’s Envirothon Team placed 7th overall in a field of 52 teams at the North American Environthon held during the last week in July in Ontario.  The 52 teams were champions of their respective state and provincial competitions, where they competed on knowledge of environmental science and natural resource management as well as environmental problem solving.  The NNHS team — captain Iris Liao, Bowen He, Amy Huang, Gregory Brumberg, and Lucy Lu, coached by NNHS science teacher Anndy Dannenberg — finished second in Aquatics and third in Forestry at the North American event.  Here’s the full team that won the Massachusetts competition in May, among 36 high schools competing:NNHS-Envirothon-2016