Midsummer Nights’ Science: Free Lectures on Genomics and Medicine at Broad Institute

The Broad Institute hosts Midsummer Nights’ Science, an annual lecture series on genomics and medicine that is free and open to the public.  Registration is required.  This year, the following lectures will be offered on Wednesdays, 6-7PM, at 415 Main Street in Kendall Square, Cambridge:

  • July 12:  Who we are and how we got here:  Ancient DNA and the new science of the human past.  Sold out.
  • July 19:  Pre-malignancies and the prevention of cancer.  Register.
  • July 26:  Precision medicine in diabetes.  Register.
  • August 9:  Robots vs. disease:  How microscopes are aiding the discovery of new medicines.  Register.

Inflatable Planetarium at Newton Free Library STEAM Expo, July 15

The Newton Free Library will hold its 4th annual STEAM Expo for all ages on Saturday, July 15, 12-3PM.  Last year, over 1,500 attended this free gathering of tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, museums, engineers, and students. This year’s Expo will include Blue Star Planetarium, a giant inflatable planetarium in which four different shows will be presented, with space for 25 people for each show.  Sign up at the planetarium 30 minutes before each show.

  • 12:15PM:  In My Backyard (Grades K-2)
  • 1PM:  Oasis in Space (Grades 3+)
  • 1:45PM:  Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (Grades 6+)
  • 2:30PM  Totality: Lunar and Solar Eclipses (All Ages)

Newton Free Library STEM Events in July

The Newton Free Library will host the following STEM events in June. Except as noted, space for these events is limited, and you must pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.

KIDS 4 CODING Summer Tech Program, July 3 – Aug. 18

KIDS 4 CODING is offering its summer tech program, with various weekly courses held during July 3 – August 18, at Lesley University in Cambridge.  Space is still available.

  • Ages 7-8: Minecraft + Engineering + Programming
  • Ages 8-9: Game Design + Programming, Minecraft (Mt. Everest Intrigue) + Robotics, Minecraft (Modding) +  Robotics
  • Ages 9-11: Build/Code Drones + Game Design
  • Ages 10-11: Minecraft (Modding) + (JavaScript) Programming, Game Design + Programming (Python)
  • Ages 11-13: Minecraft Gets REAL
  • Ages 12 – 15: Game Design & Programming, Mobile App Design + Python Programming
  • Ages 13 – 15:  3D Design (Architecture), Web Development  (Design & Code Your First Website)

Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in July

Boston Tech Mom (“a parent’s guide to raising a future techie”) is a great resource for all things STEM around Boston — including her monthly posts about STEM Events for Kids in Boston. Here’s her July list of STEM events, with her list of Girls Who Code clubs.

Interested in FIRST Lego League Robotics — Grades 4-8?

The Newton Ligerbots high-school robotics team is very active in promoting and mentoring FIRST Lego League (FLL) robotics teams for Grades 4-8.  The Ligerbots recently held an introductory information night for prospective FLL parents and coaches.  You can see the presentation here, get more information here, and respond to this survey to indicate your interest.

STEAM Expo at Newton Free Library, Saturday, July 15

The Newton Free Library will hold its 4th annual STEAM Expo for all ages on Saturday, July 15, 12-3PM.  Last year, over 1,500 attended, and this year’s Expo is expected to be even bigger. This STEM + Arts Expo is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, museums, engineers, and students. This year’s Expo includes a giant inflatable planetarium, LED light-up necklaces, an augmented-reality sandbox, and much, much more.

Newton Free Library’s Design Squad: 6 Summer Tuesday Evenings for Grades 5-7

The Newton Free Library is recruiting tweens entering Grades 5-7 for Design Squad Global, to be held on six summer Tuesdays evenings (July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15) at 7PM in second floor Teen Area.  Each week, the Design Squad will take on a new engineering challenge, some of which will involve designing solutions to global problems.  There will be lots of problem-solving, creativity, thinking outside the box, and hanging out with other like-minded kids.  The Library is partnering with similar clubs in South Africa and Swaziland to share videos back and forth, share design ideas, and get to know each other over these six weeks. Register online for all 6 sessions.

Highland Street Foundation: Free Fun Fridays at Museums This Summer

The Highland Street Foundation is bringing back Free Fun Fridays, during which it provides support for 85 selected museums and cultural venues open to everyone for free on specified Fridays. Here are the STEM-oriented Free Fun Fridays on the schedule this summer:

New ‘Wicked Smart’ Exhibit at Museum of Science Highlights Local Innovation

Last week, Boston’s Museum of Science unveiled a new permanent exhibit, Wicked Smart, to showcase innovations developed in Massachusetts.  It’s in the Blue Wing and is included in regular admission to the museum.  On display are:  Particle Mirror interactive special effects, RoboBees flying micro-robots, Freedom Chair off-road wheelchair, Daktari CD4 blood cell counter for HIV/AIDS patients, G3PD 3-D printed glass, and Cheetah 2 autonomous running and jumping robot.