High-School Interns at Unbound Commerce Build Mobile App for NSHS Athletics

Student interns at Unbound Commerce (clockwise from lower left): Gianni Thompson, Rishab Chakravarthy, Emma Barake, Alexus Garcia, Luther Evans, Jay Garg and Maria Kuznetsova

Student interns at Unbound Commerce (clockwise from lower left): Gianni Thompson, Rishab Chakravarthy, Emma Barake, Alexus Garcia, Luther Evans, Jay Garg, and Maria Kuznetsova

This summer, as part of the Mayor’s Summer Internship Program, six high-school students worked at local e-commerce software company Unbound Commerce to build a mobile app for the Newton South HS Athletics Booster Club.  Their app presents sports schedules and scores, sells and displays season passes, accepts donations for the NSHS Athletics Booster Club, and displays tweets from the Athletics Department.

NSHS Athletic Director, Patricia Gonzalez said, “I was impressed by the students’ attention to detail, their willingness to listen and take suggestions. The students were very professional and delivered a great product.”

This was by far the largest internship team of this summer’s program, which had 38 interns at 24 sites.  In addition to this project, the interns received training in career effectiveness and financial literacy.  In its first year in Newton, Unbound Commerce was generous to accept six interns and was thrilled with the results.  Keith Lietzke, Co-founder & CMO of Unbound Commerce said, “We were really delighted with our interns’ enthusiasm and dedication.  And their ability.  They worked hard to produce a great app that people will really like.  With help from our team at Unbound, the interns did all the coding themselves.  Very impressive!”

Once testing is complete and the app is registered, you’ll be able to find a link to it on the NSHS Booster Club site.

Two Newton Community Ed Classes: Programming Scratch — for Parents, for Kids

Newton Community Education is offering two courses on programming in Scratch (a free programming language designed at MIT):

For Parents:  Programming:  Start from Scratch, on six Wednesdays, 7-8:30PM, September 28-November 9, at Newton North HS.  No experience required.  Computers provided in lab.  $125

For Grades 3-5:  Game Design with Scratch, 14 one-hour classes after school at Bowen, Burr, and Mason-Rice schools, on various days of the week starting the week of September 26.  No experience necessary $255

MassBay Kickoff Reception for STEM Mentor Program, Sept. 28

MassBay Community College in Wellesley will hold its annual STEM Mentor Program Kick-off Reception on Wednesday, September 28, 5-7PM on the Wellesley campus (50 Oakland Street).  In its third year, the STEM Mentor Program facilitates one:one relationships between 63 students and STEM professionals from 15 companies and agencies, including Sanofi Genzyme, MathWorks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. FDA Winchester Engineering Analytical Center.

Kronos: Panel Discussion for Manufacturing Day, Oct. 5

To celebrate Manufacturing Day, Kronos will hold a free panel discussion, Solving the Growing Talent Gap in Manufacturing, on October 5, noon-2PM, at CIC Boston (50 Milk St. 20th floor, Boston).  It’s open to the public, especially those from high schools, colleges, vocational schools, and STEM/manufacturing companies.   Participants include General Electric, BAE Systems, UMass Lowell, Northeastern University, MIT, and Boston-based manufacturing innovators and start-ups.  Register.  For more information, contact Alec Frazier at 978-947-4893 or alec.frazier@kronos.com.

Two Free Computer Science Workshops for Teachers

Two free, one-day workshops for teachers interested in computer science:

Register for Science on Saturday (Chimpanzees) at MIT Lincoln Labs, Oct. 29

Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on October 29 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   The topic will be Chimpanzees, presented by Dr. Zarin Machanda of Tufts University.  All children (5-17 years) must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children.  Children under 5 are not admitted.  Admission is free but each person attending must be registered.  Space is limited, so register online soon for either Session 1 (9AM to 10:30AM) or Session 2: 10:45AM to 12:15PM).  Adults must bring government photo identification.  See other rules on the registration pages.

Register for FIRST Women in Science & Tech Forum for High School Students, Nov. 18

FIRST will host the 2016 Women in Science and Technology Forum for high-school students on November 18, 8:15AM-2PM, at FIRST Place and UNH Manchester (200 Bedford St, Manchester, NH).  The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per student, with breakfast and lunch included. Registration is now open.  This networking event — for high-school students to learn about STEM careers from successful women in STEM fields — has been run in alternate years since 2000, averaging 400 attendees.  This year, the keynote speaker will be AnnMarie Thomas.  For more information, email Karen Sullivan at ksullivan@firstinspires.org.

Empow Studios in Lexington Offers One-Day Nano-Camps when School is Closed

Empow Studios in Lexington offers one-day Nano-Camps for Grades 2-8 on most days that school is closed for holidays and breaks.  Kids complete a project — e.g., an animated film, a video game, or an interactive robot —  in one day, 8:30AM-4PM with extended day available until 5:30PM.  Register from this list of sessions.

Newton Boys & Girls Club Visits Elmwood Aquaponics Farm

img_1918Last week, several students from the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club visited Elmwood Farm in Hopkinton to learn about its aquaponics and energy sustainability.  The students learned how aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish in tanks) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic balance as excrement from fish becomes nutrients for plants, which filter the fish environment.  They also earned about Elmwood Farm’s total solar energy self-sufficiency.  They met cows and sheep and participated in farming operations — feeding chickens, collecting eggs, planting and harvesting vegetables.  The Club’s Education Director, Tamara Brogan, arranged the after-school field trip.

Register Now for UMass Amherst Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day, Oct. 24

The University of Massachusetts Amherst will host its annual Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day on October 24, 8:30AM-1:10PM.  It’s designd for female high-school students, but other students are welcome.  The cost of $20 per student includes breakfast and lunch, and some financial aid is available. Counselors and teachers may attend free.  All attendees must register by October 14.  A maximum of 10 students may attend from each high school, so students should coordinate their own registration through their school counselors.