Register Now for Northeastern Splash!, Mar. 14 & 21

Each spring, NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) hosts Splash!, a free program for students in Grades 9-12 to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students.  This year it will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, March 14 & 21, 9AM-5:20PM, 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:

  • Amateur Rocketry Basics: Manufacturing & Launch
  • Amateur Rocketry Basics: Rocket Science & Design Process Overview
  • At the Ends of the Earth: Life in Deep Ocean Trenches
  • Biomimicry
  • Clinical Microbiology, aka Poop Medicine
  • Code Within Code
  • Egg Drop
  • Engineering a Diode Circuit
  • How (not) to Die in a Chemistry Lab
  • Introduction to Sound
  • Mechanical Engineering of the Catapult
  • Playing with Perception
  • Programming Languages: History and Types
  • Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder
  • Psychology: Let’s Get Stressed!
  • The Apotheosis Hypothesis
  • The Cat Conspiracy and Other Mind-bending Parasites
  • The Fermi Paradox: Are We Alone Out Here?
  • The Sweet Chemistry of Sugar, and How to Make It Explode
  • This Is Going Tibia Great Class: Anatomy Through Dissections
  • This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Take one Pill a Day and Cry
  • What’s in Your Head 101
  • Would You Believe It? An Exploration of Weird Medical History
  • Your Body Is a Clock: Chronobiology

Empow Studios: February Vacation Camp

It’s not too late to attend Empow Studio‘s February Vacation STEM Camp for Grades 2-8, February 17-21 at its Newton studio on Needham Street. Full-day and half-day sessions are available.

FSU Planetarium Film: Habitat Earth, Feb. 21 & 22

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations each month (except April). This month’s film, Habitat Earth, will be shown three times this weekend for different audiences. Space is limited and for guaranteed seating you must pre-register at these links and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking):

A suggested donation of $5 per guest is requested. For more information, email

Smith College: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Mar. 7

The Smith College Society of Women Engineers will host a free, half-day event, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, for girls in Grades 6-8 on March 7. It will be held in Ford Hall on the Smith College campus. Register for either of these two sessions: 9AM-12PM or 2PM-5PM and pick one of five activities: Egg-celent Automobiles, ENGINE-ering, Code (crackers): Computers </, Hydroponics: Plant Power, or Ready-Set-Design! For more information, email

Mishkan Tefila: JSTEAM Nitrogen Ice Cream Event, Mar. 9

Congregation Mishkan Tefila will host a fun and exciting JSTEAM Mad Purim Nitrogen Ice Cream Oneg event on Erev Purim before Megillah Reading on March 9, 6PM-7PM.  Attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration about Nitrogen and enjoy freshly made Nitrogen Ice Cream. The cost is $5 per ice cream. Register at

BioBuilder Advanced Bio-Engineering Bootcamp, Apr. 21-24

BioBuilder Learning Lab is hosting its Advanced Bio-Engineering Bootcamp over spring vacation, April 21-24, 9AM-4PM for Grades 9-12 at Lab Central (700 Main Street, Cambridge). Students should already have a working knowledge of DNA as the coding language of cells and some understanding of cells and cell function. Familiarity with a laboratory environment is helpful but not required. The cost is $600. Register here. For more information, email

Sign Up by Feb. 20 for MIT’s Spring HSSP, Saturdays, Grades 7-12

MIT’s Spring HSSP is a six-week academic program for Grades 7-12, held at MIT on Saturdays, February 29 to April 11 (except March 14), 1PM-4PM.  All online registrations completed by February 20 will be considered equally in the course-assignment lottery, and registrations after that will be taken first-come/first-served until February 26.  The cost is $40 per student (regardless of the number of courses taken) and generous, need-based financial aid is available. Email for more information.  The Spring HSSP course catalog covers many academic and non-academic topics, including these STEM offerings:

  • Brainy Bots: Robotics and Probability Lab
  • Introduction to Programming with Python
  • Design / Build / Fly
  • Being Real about Bioengineering
  • How to Build Nuclear Weapons
  • “Coincidences” in planar geometry
  • Introduction to Cryptology
  • Win Games with Math: Impartial Game Theory
  • The Mathematics of Music
  • The Gadget Framework: Which types of changing mazes can simulate each other?
  • How the immune system works
  • Building a Body
  • The Earth, Its Dynamics, and the Environment
  • The Science of Food
  • Current Topics in Public Health
  • Human Intelligence vs Artificial Intelligence
  • Fundamentals of the CRISPR-Cas9 World
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • STEM Lecture Series
  • A Gentle Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere, Ocean and Cryosphere
  • The Biological Basis of Neurological Disorders
  • Sensational Neuroscience: How Your Brain Understands the World
  • Crime Scene Chemistry: Forensic Collection and Analysis
  • Viruses: The craziest collection of molecules in our time (and in all time)
  • Emotional and Artificial Intelligence
  • Global Health
  • Board Game Design
  • Politics for the Modern Era
  • Economics for Good: Applying Economics to Real-World Social Challenges

Ages 4-15: Enter CSF Curiosity Challenge by Feb. 15

The Cambridge Science Festival is again hosting its Curiosity Challenge for ages 4-15. Submit entries by February 15 at any Cambridge public school or public library branch or by mail. Write an essay or poem, take a picture, or create a drawing about your curiosity and how it prompted you to explore your world. See details here. Winners will be announced at the Cambridge Science Festival, April 16-26.

Robotics & Stop-Motion Animation Workshops, Mar. 23-27

Kim Fogarty — Newton resident, local teacher, and makerspace educator — will run two workshops March 23-27 at the Staples Spotlight Space (163 Highland Ave., Needham):

All tools and materials will be provided. For more information, email Kim at

Project Learning Tree Workshop for Elementary Educators, Mar. 7

Project Learning Tree will present a professional-development workshop for teachers, non-formal educators, and anyone wanting to bring the environment into their work with children. The workshop will use PLT’s K-8 curriculum and will focus particularly on Grates 3-5, but all educators are welcome. It will be held at Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester on March 7, 9:30AM-1PM. Cost is $20 per person. For questions or to register (by February 29), contact Gini Traub at or 617-699-2387.  Project Learning Tree’s award-winning environmental-education program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.