This weekend the LigerBots participated in the two-day “Battlecry” post-season FIRST competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute, ending the Qualifying Rounds ranked 8th of 59 teams with a 6-2-0 record. The team was also awarded the Distinguished Controls award, a Judge’s Award for inspired robot-operator interaction as demonstrated through interface and programming excellence. The team plans to compete in one more post-season competition, Beantown Blitz, on June 24 at Revere High School. It’s free and open to the public.
Newton South HS’s Science Department will hold its annual Open House on May 31, 3:30-6:30PM. Current and future NSHS students and their parents — and the general public — are invited to come talk with science faculty and students to learn about their work. Featured exhibits and activities include:
- Open classrooms, with displays of student work, including:
- Family Chemistry Poster projects
- A.P. Biology projects
- Honors & ACP Biology energy projects
- Physics Meets Biology poster displays
- DaVinci STEAM projects, including:
- Engineering projects
- Computer 3-D animation
- Murals on canvas
- Live music / music synthesizers
- Presentations by the NSHS Science Team and the LigerBots Robotics Team
- Fun With Chemistry demonstratons for kids, by A.P. Chemistry students
- Technology & Engineering display
- Sustainability/ garden display
Adult volunteers are needed for an evening of STEM awareness/promotion on June 1, 4-6:30PM at the Menino Community Center (125 Brookway Road in Roslindale). The Boston chapter of the Society of Hispanic Professional Engineers (SHPE) will hold its second annual STARS (Students Trained And Ready in STEM) event for students in Grades 6-12. Adult volunteers with STEM backgrounds are needed to make the event a success. They will be expected to attend one pre-event conference call for planning and then fully participate in STEM promotion activities and discussions during the event. Dinner is included. Read about last year’s event and then sign up here. For more information or to connect with SHPE, email email@example.com, firstname.lastname@example.org, or email@example.com.
The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education will hold another competition for student-designed microgravity experiments to be conducted on the International Space Station (ISS). This program has been featured in Scientific American. Students in Grades 5-16 are eligible to design and propose experiments, but communities sponsoring entries from Grades 5-12 should plan to engage as many as 300 students in the competition. Participating communities with approved entries will be provided a microgravity mini-laboratory to host one experiment, plus all launch services to reach the ISS in Spring 2018 and return for analysis. Communities must express interest by the (recently extended) deadline of June 15 and commit to a 9-week design/proposal phase, September 5 through November 3. Winning experiments will be selected by December 14 for launch in the Spring.
The Lemelson-MIT Program within MIT’s School of Engineering administers the InvenTeams program for students in Grades 7-10 to learn about STEM through invention-based design. Newton has a successful history with InvenTeams. Lemelson-MIT now offers 8 free activity guides for teachers on its Resources page and will host a professional-development workshop for middle- and high-school teachers to learn more about the InvenTeams approach, July 24-26 at MIT. For more information, contact Gayle Golding at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-253-3410.
Students in Grades K-8 — and their parents — are invited to learn about FIRST Lego League (FLL) at FLL Info Night, hosted by the Newton LigerBots on May 30, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall. At the event, students and parents can learn more about FLL and what roles students can play on FLL teams, such as being a researcher, coder, or engineer, and they can meet others who are interested in forming FLL teams.
The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics team, spanning both high schools — offers this information session as a community service, in part because FLL is a great introduction to the engineering, teamwork, and project skills that make great future LigerBots. The LigerBots also support FLL by mentoring local FLL teams, hosting FLL competitions, and promoting the principles of FIRST.
The Newton LigerBots FIRST Robotics team will be active, as usual, throughout May in competition and community service:
- May 14: Newton Festival of the Arts Outdoor Festival Weekend & KidsFEST, 10AM-5PM on the Newton Centre Green, across from Tango Mango. Meet the team and their robot.
- May 20: “Battlecry” post-season competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. It’s free, open to the public 10AM-7PM, and amazing.
- May 24: Planting flags on veterans’ graves at Newton Cemetery, 6-7PM, in preparation for Memorial Day.
- May 28: Newton Memorial Day Parade, 2-4PM, marching with their robot.
- May 30: FLL Info Night, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall.
- May 31: Newton South HS Science Department Open House, 3:40-6:30PM, to demonstrate their robot and recruit new team members.
Youth and adults from across New England are invited to attend the 11th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change at MIT’s EG&G Education Center (Building 34) on May 13, from 9AM to 3PM. It’s free and sponsored by Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN) and the Radius initiative of MIT’s Technology and Culture Forum. The theme this year is Youth Activism and Social Justice. The summit includes a keynote, workshops, exhibits, free breakfast and lunch, and prizes. Space is limited. For more information, contact Cate Arnold at email@example.com. Register online, specifying your choice of these workshops:
- Climate Impacts on Boston Harbor Islands & Less Resourced Coastal Regions
- How Youth Activists Can Get Involved in Food Justice
- Excited About EcoEntrepreneurship!
- The Shark: A Species We Could Not Live Without
- Getting to a Smarter Grid
- 100% Renewable Energy: Why We Need It & How We Get It
- Climate, Racism + Capitalism (full)
- The State Legislature: Protecting Water & Natural Resources
- Futuristic Energy and Climate Change
- Forestry and Climate Change: Maple Syrup, Storm Surge, and Forest Carbon