Yesterday MAHacks sponsored a Local Hack Day at MIT’s Stata Center, organized by five high-school students — Aman of Needham and Anisha of Weston (in photo) along with Midori of Newton, Izzy of Weston, and Justin from Winchester — coached by Danielle Rusn of MIT’s CSAIL. High school students from Andover, Quincy, Revere, Waltham, and other communities participated in the day that started early in the morning and ran until 10PM. Greer Swiston reports that as early as 9AM on a Saturday morning, the lecture hall was nearly full of high-school students listening to kickoff presentations about technology innovators who began their signature technology work when they were teenagers. “The message was clear: You are never too young to change the world. It just requires opportunity, time, and a lot of hard work.” What these high-school students — the organizers and all participants in the event — have accomplished is quite impressive. A larger hackathon is being planned for the spring.
Boston Tech Mom builds on her recent list of recommended STEM-oriented gifts with a blog post about Project Lead The Way’s recommended STEM gifts focused on engineering and computer science.
Eric Olson recommends that you consider the wide range of STEM educational products at Picoturbine.com.
Kevin Osborn recommends Engadget’s article on Learning Toys and STEM Toys We Love.
Public radio’s Science Friday had a really interesting discussion this week of the Best Science Books of 2016 with Maria Popova of Brain Pickings and Lee Billings of Scientific American. Their recommendations are written on the site along with the podcast, and the comments contain many more book recommendations.
The Newton Free Library offers these STEM-related events in December:
- December 4 & 18: Teen Coding Meetups, 2:30PM, for students in Grades 6-12 who already understand core elements of coding. No registration required. Bring a laptop if you can.
- December 5: Chessmates, 6:30PM, Ages 6-9 **
- December 5: 3D Printing Workshop, 7PM, Ages 18+, waiting list
- December 8: Scratch Club, 7PM, Grades 3-4, waiting list
- December 9: Hands on Science, 4PM, Grades 5-8, register online
- December 14: Hexbugs, 4PM, Grades K-1 with Adult **
- December 14: Python in the 21st Century, 7PM, all ages (stay tuned for Python workshops in January and February)
- December 15: 3D Printing Workshop, 4PM, Grades 7-12, register online
- December 15: LEGO WeDo (flyer), 7PM, Grades 5-6, register online
- December 20: KIBO Robots (flyer), 3PM, Grades 2-4 **
- December 20: Monthly Make: Wire-wrapping, 7PM Ages 18+
- December 22: STEAM Ahead (flyer), 4PM, Ages 3-5
- December 28: Sciencetellers: Race Against Time (flyer), 2PM, Grades K-5
- December 29: 3D Printing Workshop, 1PM, Grades 5-7, registration opens December 8
- December 29: Techcycled Jewelry, 3PM, Grades 7 and up, registration not yet open
** Space is limited for events marked “**”, so for these events pick up a ticket 30 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.
The BostonTechMom blog offers its December list of technology-oriented events for kids in the Boston area, with a rather comprehensive list of Girls Who Code clubs in the area.
To celebrate Hour of Code, Empow Studios in Lexington will host a Holiday Coding Workshop for Grades 2-8 on December 6, 6:30-8PM — during Lexington’s Gals & Pals Night Out for local shopping. The cost is $25 per child.
Science Club for Girls is a finalist for receiving between $2,000 and $5,000 from the Yelp Foundation. You can vote once each day through December 9 to help SCFG win the top prize — enough to fund one SCFG club for one year.
Catalyst Conversations will present a discussion, Music and Math, on December 8, 7-8PM at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (20 Ames Street in Cambridge). Admission is free, registration is required, and a suggested donation of $25 is appreciated.
Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on December 10 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). The topic will be Robotics, presented by Members of Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL). 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.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science will hold a series of professional-development seminars — for staff, volunteers, and other museum professionals — at Clark University in Worcester on January 25, February 16, March 16 and April 12 The cost is $40 per day, with discounts for multiple days. Register and pay online. Topics include:
- Engineering Goes Underwater
- Using Mathematics and Computational Thinking
- An Unexpected Path to the Antarctic
- Communicating About Climate Change: An Interdisciplinary Challenge
- Alien Solar Eclipses: The Importance of Modeling in the Search for Exoplanets
- Sunny With a Chance of Simulations
- Imitating Mother Nature to Improve Chemical Reactions
- “I’d Like to Have an Argument”: Making Meaning Through Conversation
Applications are now being accepted until January 15 for the MIT Women’s Technology Program — a rigorous, four-week summer program (June 24-July 22) for female high-school students entering Senior year next fall. The program is designed for those who love and excel at math and science but have no prior experience (or very little) in engineering or computer science. It’s full of hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects (see the video) in either of two tracks:
The fee is $3,500 and financial assistance is available based on family income. If you have questions after reading the FAQ, then email firstname.lastname@example.org.