‘March for Science – Boston’ Inspires Engagement

There must be thousands of photos and videos online of the thousands of people attending the March for Science – Boston yesterday, in concert with many, many more people in similar marches around the world that day.  In Boston, MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito spoke to the crowd, saying:

In the ’60s, the President galvanized America under a dream of science. This time, we have an attack on science.  We shouldn’t take that attack and cower in fear. We should take it as a challenge, as an opportunity.  We have all these people who care about science, marching all over the world.  It’s not only our opportunity — it’s our obligation — to take advantage of this energy to come together.  If you’re a scientist, or even if you’re not a scientist, reach out to the people who are not here today, who aren’t excited about science. Don’t argue with them. Share your passion. Get them to join the team. We have to come together under a passion for science, rather than fear, fighting, and arguing. And I think we can do it.

Register for Science on Saturday (Sound of Science) at MIT Lincoln Labs, May 20

Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturdayon May 20 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   The topic will be The Sound of Science.  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). Register an adult first, then a child, then others. Adults must bring government photo identification.  See other rules on the registration pages.

Russian School of Math: Spring Math Carnival, Apr. 29

The Russian School of Math will host its Spring Math Carnival on April 29, 5-8PM — free and open to the public — at its headquarters (200 Wells Avenue, Newton). It will feature games, exhibit booths, math puzzles, and math art for the entire family.

Edge on Science: Summer Engineering Program for Ages 9-14

Edge on Science offers these summer programs for budding scientists and engineers at Regis College in Weston and Gann Academy in Waltham:

Each is a project-based introduction to engineering using drawings, tools, hardware, measuring instruments, computer applications, and modeling. They are week-long day programs (except for Hydraulics, which is 3 days) with fewer than 7 students per instructor.

“e” Inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program

“e” inc.’s Summer Science Discovery Program offers two one-week sessions at the end of the summer for ages 6-12 at the Discovery and Action Center on the Harborwalk in the Charlestown Navy Yard:

  • August 21-25:  Monkeyin’ Around
  • August 28-Sept. 1: Luv Bugs!

Boston Leadership Institute: Summer STEM Programs

The Boston Leadership Institute provides hands-on research experience to outstanding high-school students on the campus of Dana Hall School in Wellesley, Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, and Bentley University/Gann Academy in Waltham. These programs are one-week and three-week summer courses such as Applied Physics, STEM Entrepreneurship, and Marine Biology Research.

Newton Summer Programs for Middle-School Students

The City of Newton has published a web page of summertime resources and opportunities for middle-school students, including a catalog of summer programs for Newton youth in Grades 5-8. STEM-related programs include Emagination Computer Camps, Environmental Science Program, The Innovation Institute, Newton Community Education, and River Adventure Camp.

Mass. State Science & Engineering Fair Showcase at MIT, May 6

On May 6, 12:30-3PM, the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair will showcase more than more than 300 of the “best of the best” high-school science fair research and design projects from across the state, at the Johnson Athletics Center at MIT. $500,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at 3:30PM. MIT notes that parking will be especially difficult that day, so take public transportation or leave extra time.

Judges Needed for Technovation Showcase, May 13

The MassTLC Education Foundation is sponsoring the Technovation Showcase and Pitch competition in Boston on May 13, 10AM-3:30PM at Wentworth Institute of Technology.  It’s a competition among teams of girls ages 10-18 pitching business plans for mobile apps they have built to solve real problems in their communities. The event needs more judges. Men and women in the “tech ecosystem” are invited to volunteer, and MassTLC will provide training and guidance.  Here’s a video from last year’s event. For information and to volunteer, contact Rachel Nicoll at rnicoll@masstlc.org.

BU Codebreakers Summer Program for Girls in Grades 9-10

Boston University is hosting CODEBREAKERS, a new four-week non-residential summer program for girls in the greater Boston area who are currently in Grades 9-10 and interested in learning the fundamentals of cyber-security as it relates to forensics, law, and computer programming. The program will run 9AM-3PM at BU’s Computer Laboratory, July 10-August 4, and will include lectures, hands-on training, visits to technology companies, and guest speakers to explore career opportunities. No experience in cyber security or computer programming is required. The cost is only a $100 registration fee for those accepted. Lunch is included. Applications (including two recommendations) are due May 1. (Undergraduate and graduate students may apply here to teach in the program.)