The Newton Free Library, in partnership with the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club and NewtonSTEM, will host Think Big at the Library on March 3, 2PM-4PM. It’s a free event for students in Grades 6-12 to meet and talk in small groups with 10-20 professionals in a variety of STEM careers such as software engineering, medical research and practice, nano-structural manufacturing, life-sciences venture capital, architecture, and chemistry. Find out what they do, how they got there, and what STEM opportunities might be a good fit for you. Cabot’s Ice Cream will provide refreshments, and the LigerBots will assist and be available for students to learn about their robotics club. Space is limited, and registration is required.
The Library, Boys & Girls Club, and NewtonSTEM hosted a similar event for girls two years ago. This year’s event is open to all genders. To maximize capacity for students, adults will not be admitted.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute will offer a free showing of the new STEM film, Dream Big, on February 20 at 4:30PM. This film presents surprising human stories of some of the most exciting inventions and structures across the world — life-saving, world-altering marvels that make the world safer, more connected, more equal, and more awe-inspiring. Register here for a limited number of pre-registration spaces that are available. There will also be some walk-in spaces available on a first-come, first-served basis. (If you miss this, the film is also at Boston’s Museum of Science.)
Boston’s Museum of Science offers these experiences for February school-vacation week:
- Extended Hours: 9AM-7PM through Saturday, February 24 (and until 9PM on Fridays, as usual).
- Dream Big: Engineering Our World IMAX Film: The Museum will offer free screenings of Dream Big at 10AM each day, February 18-24, thanks to NCEES to honor National Engineers Week. Tickets will be available at the box office at 9AM each day on a first come, first served basis to those with exhibit halls admission.
- Mirror Maze: Numbers in Nature: Due to high demand for the maze itself, complimentary timed tickets will be issued at its entrance on a first-come, first-served, space-available basis.
- Planetarium Shows
- Wicked Smart: Permanent exhibit of products and technologies invented in the Boston area.
The MIT Museum will hold its Citizen Science Fair on February 24, 1-4PM, during which students and adults can meet with researchers from many local organizations to learn how they can participate in “citizen science” research projects. This form of crowd-sourced science enlists the public’s participation in data collection, analysis, and reporting to potentially lead to discoveries that would be nearly impossible to achieve alone. Admission to this event is included in the price of admission to the museum. Participating organizations include Arnold Arboretum, bloomWatch, Boston Harbor Islands, City Nature Challenge, CoCoRaHS, Exoplanet Explorers, EyeWire, Fathom, ISeeChange, and Mass Audubon Society.
Congratulations to Bigelow Middle School science teacher Mary Buttiglieri, who is one of three educators statewide inducted into the Massachusetts Hall of Fame for Science Educators this year. As noted in the Newton TAB, achievements of this inspired and inspiring teacher include initiating the school’s Science Night and an after-school Girls in Science club.
Empow Studios will open a new STEM Enrichment Studio in Newton this spring for its summer-camp, after-school, and weekend programs. It will be located at 180 Needham Street, across from the Newton Nexus Mall. Camps include Tech & Design, Minecraft, Java Coding, and Girls STEM. Other programs include Weekend Tech Clubs, NanoCamp, FIRST LEGO League teams, and birthday parties.
Registration is open for spring-semester Design and Engineering workshops at Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO), on weekends and after school. Register ASAP, using the links below, as space is limited and will be assigned as paid registrations are received.
- Galaxy in a Jar: March 31, 1-4PM, Grades K-2, $50
- Bubble Bonanza: April 7, 1-4PM, Grades K-2, $50
- LEGO MINDSTORMS: Building a “Smart” Obstacle Course: April 14, 9AM-12PM, Grades 3-5, $50
- Exploring Wind-Power: April 14, 1PM-4PM, Grades 3-5, $50
After School Workshops
Einstein’s Workshop will offer the following summer-camp programs at Zervas Elementary School, in half-day, full-day, and/or extended-day sessions:
- Intro to Electronics: Fun with Circuits: July 16, August 13
- Treasure Hunters!: July 30
- Young Inventors Squad: July 9, August 6
- Being Newton: Fun with Physics: July 23
- Intro to Robotics with LEGO WeDO: July 16, July 23
- Coding for Kids: July 9, August 6
- Minecraft Math Adventure: August 13
- Scratch Programming: July 30
- Computer Art for Young Artists: July 16, August 13
- Jr First Lego League: July 23
- Minecraft Architecture July 30
- Robotics and Programming, LEGO WeDo 2.0: July 9, August 6
- Advanced Scratch and App Inventor: July 23
- Code Kingdoms: My First Minecraft Mod: July 30
- Coding with Computercraft: July 23
- Minecraft Architecture: July 9, August 6
- Redstone Engineering with Minecraft: July 16, August 13
- Robotics with LEGO Mindstorms: July 9, August 6
- Scratch Programming for MBOT Robots: July 30
- Stop Motion Animation: July 16, August 13
MIT’s Spring HSSP is a six-week academic program for Grades 7-12, held at MIT on Saturdays, February 24 to April 7 (except March 17), noon to 3PM. All online registrations completed by February 13 will be considered equally in the course-assignment lottery, and registrations after that will be taken first-come/first-served until February 20. The cost is $40 per student (regardless of the number of courses taken) and generous, need-based financial aid is available. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. The Spring HSSP course catalog covers many academic and non-academic topics, including these STEM offerings:
- Creating Mobile Apps with MIT App Inventor
- Inference and Optimization: An Introduction to Modern Machine Learning
- Learning about the Cloud through MIT App Inventor
- Learning To Code through Battlecode
- Science Journalism
- A Tour of Set Theory
- Three Dimensional Geometry
- Relational Databases Before There Were Such Things
- A Tour of Cool Mathematics
- Math and Science Lecture Series
- Secrets of the Immune System
- How Do You Generate Electricity from Water?
- Memory and Mind Control: An Introduction to Neuroscience
- Grammar as Science
- Science Through Experiments: Hands-on Fun
- Special Relativity
- The Science of Nutrition: A Microscopic to Macroscopic Exploration
STEM Pathways — a Boston University/MIT outreach program for synthetic biology — will host its annual Mini-Jamboree on Saturday, February 17 , 9:30AM-4PM on the BU campus, to expose high school and undergraduate students — particularly those from underrepresented communities — to synthetic biology, international competition, and recruiters for next season’s Boston University & MIT iGEM teams. Registration is free, required, and a few places remain open for high-school and undergraduate students as well as educators, representatives of companies and organizations, and volunteers. High-school students must be accompanied by an adult (parent, teacher, chaperone). Read about the 2017 mini-Jamboree.