Newton South HS Science Open House, May 24

The Newton South HS Science Department will hold its annual Open House on May 24, 4-7PM, featuring:

  • Open classrooms, with displays of student work, including:
    – Family Chemical Poster projects
    – AP Biology biotechnology projects
    – Biotechnology cancer projects and presentations
    – Honors and ACP Biology photosynthesis projects
    – Physics projects
  • Presentations by the NSHS Science Team and the LigerBots Robotics Team
  • Fun with Chemistry demonstrations for kids by our AP Chemistry students
  • Technology and Engineering display
  • Sustainability/Garden display
  • Tours of the Green Trail through the marsh (weather permitting)
  • Science Trivia Bowl
  • Speakers, including:
    – Our Conservation & Environmental Science class
    – Our Modern Global class, highlighting their recent trip to the Galapagos

Informational Meeting on Joining the LigerBots, June 2

Students interested in STEM — or business, or graphic design, or public speaking, or grant writing, or joining a cool student team —  are invited to an introductory, informational meeting for prospective members of the LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning robotics team spanning both NNHS and NSHS.  It will be held Thursday, June 2, 6:30–8:30PM, in the Newton South Wood Shop (Room 9170, by the Auditorium).  All grades, including rising freshmen, are invited, with a special invitation to those interested in outreach/marketing/business.  In this hands-on session, you can drive a robot, use power tools, do engineering challenge games, be part of a new social media campaign, and help students see what makes a top robotics team. Dessert will be served. For more information, email

LigerBots Make it to Semi-Finals in Post-Season BattleCry@WPI

The Newton LigerBots competed this weekend in the 17th BattleCry@WPI — an event outside of the formal FIRST robotics season — making it to the semi-finals after a 7-1-0 record in the qualifying rounds.  (See video of a qualifying round.)

Register for Science on Saturday (Science Around Latin America) at MIT Lincoln Labs, June 11

Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on June 11 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   The topic will be Exploring Science Around Latin America, presented by the Lincoln Laboratory Hispanic-Latino Network (LLHLN).  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.

Jr. Tech’s Summer STEM Camps on Cape Cod

If you’ll be on Cape Cod this summer, you may be interested in short summer STEM camps run by Jr. Tech in…


  • Olympic Fever:  July 11-13, entering Grades 4-6
  • Computer Game Developer:   July 12-14, entering Grades 6-9
  • Animation Creation:  July 15, entering Grades 6-9


  • Intro to Astronomy:  July 5-8, entering Grades 4-6

and Marstons Mills:

  • Design Your Dream House:  August 1-5, entering Grades 6-8
  • Art & Computer-aided Graphics STEAM Camp, August 15-18, entering Grades 6-9

Registration is open now.  For more information, call 774-994-2097 or email

Teachers on the Estuary — Professional Development, July 25-28 in Falmouth

The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) offers ‘Teachers on the Estuary‘ — a field-based professional development program for middle- and high-school teachers interested in watershed and estuary topics, July 25-28, at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth on Cape Cod.  See syllabus for Grades 3-5 and Middle-/High-School, as well as an application.  Free but space is limited. Teachers will be awarded equipment and $200 implementation mini-grants.  Rustic lodging and camping is available.  Contact Joan Muller at 508-457-0495 x107.

Tufts CEEO Summer Programs for Kids Entering Grades 1-2

Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has openings in two summer workshops for kids entering Grades 1-2 in the Fall.

  • Little Makers – My First House  August 8-10, 1-4PM.  Explore basic circuits and laser cutting to create a playhouse for a favorite stuffed animal or doll.
  • Fun with Engineering & Robots! August 15-17, 1-4PM.  Explore the Engineering Design Process by building with LEGO, crafts, and recycled materials. Explore robotics and programming by building silly robots with lightbulbs, sensors, and wheels.

MIT Summer Engineering Design Workshop: Apply Now

Applications are now open for MIT Edgerton Center’s summer Engineering Design WorkshopJuly 5-29 at MIT’s Edgerton Center.  Apply now, as decisions will be made no later than May 29.  EDW is a non-residential program for rising Grade 9-12 students in the greater Boston area working in small teams to design, build, and test projects that combine engineering, art, and science.  (See video.)  The workshop fee is $500, and financial assistance is available.

‘Benjamin Franklin’ to Speak in Lexington, May 26

Empow Studios invites children and their parents to a one-hour simulation of a 1774 meeting of the Lexington League for Scientific Discovery, featuring Dr. Benjamin Franklin and his presentation of electrical experiments.  It will take place Thursday, May 26 [2016], 6:30-7:30PM at Empow Studios (1776 Massachusetts Ave. in Lexington).  Parents may either drop-off kids or attend with them.  The cost of $20 per person includes pizza, snacks, and refreshments.

Green Schools Summit at Waterworks Museum, May 26

The 9th annual Green Schools Summit will be held at the Waterworks Museum in Boston on May 26, 9:45AM-1:50PM, for everyone interested in the Green Schools movement, including students (especially Grade 6 and above), K-16 faculty and staff, municipal/state government officials and staff, businesses, non-profits, etc.  See program for featured speakers.  K-12 students may compete in a Water Innovation Challenge.  A light lunch is included.  Register online.  Admission is free, but donations ($35 suggested) are requested.