WGBH: ‘Big Blue Live’ — Aug. 31 through Sept. 2 at 8PM

WGBH will broadcast the PBS/BBC 3-segment presentation, Big Blue Live, at 8PM on August 31, September 2, and September 2.  It celebrates a marine animal phenomenon:  Humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and more as they convene annually in Monterey Bay, CA.

Love STEM? It’s Time to Support Latino STEM Alliance!

The Latino STEM Alliance is wonderfully effective in inspiring under-served  middle-school students in Boston and Lawrence through hands-on STEM enrichment activities (both summer and after-school) and contact with relevant role models.  Take a look at this video of their citywide robotics competition.  Newton’s Chuck Hurwitz (retired chair of Newton South HS Science Department and founder of the LigerBots) is on LSA’s board and is passionate about Newton students and adults sharing their robotics experience with students in urban areas.

When NewtonSTEM asked how we could help, LSA responded:  “Donations are what we really need.”  LSA relies on individuals, foundations, and corporations to provide essential financial support.  Please join PTC, Verizon, iRobot, Eastern Bank, Suffolk Construction, National Grid, and others with a partnership or tax-deductible donation to support LSA’s programs.

Russian School of Math at Newton Library, Ages 4-5

The Russian School of Math will offer free classes at the Newton Free Library for children ages 4-5 in 12 weekly sessions on Wednesdays, 11AM-noon, starting September 9.  The program introduces mathematical concepts and sparks interest in math in a fun and playful setting.  Register online.

Girls Who Code: Introductory Session at Newton Library, Sept. 16

The Newton Free Library will again host its successful Girls Who Code Club this fall.  Interested girls in Grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to an information session at 7PM on September 16 in the Druker Auditorium.  GWC is a national non-profit organization aiming to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills.  For more information, email teens@newtonfreelibrary.net or call 617-796-1360.

Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids, Sept. 2015

Boston Tech Mom (“a parent’s guide to raising a future techie”) is a great resource for all things STEM around Boston — including her recent post about Tech Events for Kids in Boston – September 2015 Roundup.

JCC Offers STEM Programs this Fall

The Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) will offer the following STEM programs this fall.  Register online at bostonjcc.org/register or call 617-558-6486.

Junior FIRST LEGO League (Grades K-3), Thursdays 3:30-4:45PM, September 17 – November 5  Work as a team to make mechanized, programmed LEGO models, which will be presented to a Junior FIRST LEGO League Exposition. Learn about research, methodologies, motorized computer controlled LEGO and teamwork. Einstein’s Workshop

FIRST LEGO League (Grades 4-8), Thursdays 5-7PM, September 17 – December 10  Build and program LEGO MINDSTORMS robots to perform missions on an obstacle course.  Participate in a regional tournament.  Einstein’s Workshop

Lego Animation (Grades 1-2), Sundays 1-2PM, September 20 – December 13  Make movies with LEGO® pieces.  Develop story-telling skills, learn professional software, work on post-production process to add titles, transitions and sound.  Empow Studios

App Design for Droids (Grades 3-5), Sundays 2:15-3:15PM, September 20 – December 13  Use MIT’s App Inventor to program an app from start to finish. Tablets will be provided or students can bring their own.  No previous programming experience necessary.  Empow Studios

Unity 3D Video Game Design (Grades 4-6), Sundays 3:30-4:30PM, September 20 – December 13  Make console-quality 3D video games using the free game engine, Unity, for plan on PCs, Macs and online.  Open to beginner and experienced game makers.  Empow Studios

EcoTarium Programs in September

Worcester’s EcoTarium offers general admission and planetarium shows at half price in September.  This month’s Budding Scientists program (for children ages 4-6 with accompanying adult; free with museum admission) will be on September 3 (10:15AM and 11AM), exploring the sounds of nature and music.  The EcoTarium’s summer exhibit, Wild Music, will close September 6Cool Moves: The Artistry of Motion will open September 22.

Boys & Girls Club: Curiosity Club for Grades K-1

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club will offer Curiosity Club, its new after-school STEM program for Grades K-1, starting September 8, with support from Rockland Trust Charitable Foundation.  See the curriculum and daily schedule.  Program times will vary within 12:30-6PM to fit school schedules.  Open houses will be held:

  • Tuesday, September 1 from 6:00 to 7:30 PM
  • Wednesday, September 2 from noon to 1:30 PM
  • Thursday, September 3 from 6 to 7:30 PM
  • Friday, September 4 from noon to 1:30 PM

Return the application form (PDF) by email (dsellers@newtonbgc.com), or fax (617 630-8999), or mail.

Wheelock College: STEM Activity App — via Weekly Emails

Wheelock College’s Aspire Institute offers its STEM Activity App for teachers, parents, and children.  It delivers a Weekly STEM Challenge to engage elementary-school students inside and outside the classroom.  Sign up for free online.

YouthSpark Coding Camp at Microsoft Store, Aug. 17-20

The Microsoft Store at Prudential Center invites experienced coders aged 11 and older to its YouthSpark Smart Game Coding (Intermediate) camp this week, August 17-20, 9-11AM daily.  The focus will be on coding and game creation in Windows App Studio and Project Spark.  Registration is required and available for August 18-20, and we don’t know if onsite registration is available for Monday.  Parent/guardian must be present for kids under 18.