A note about reading NewtonSTEM’s weekly newsletter…

NewtonSTEM aims to write about STEM events as early as possible, and in general, we refrain from repeated posts about the same event.  This means that events can be lost in the shuffle if they were posted with a lot of lead time.  The NewtonSTEM weekly newsletter includes all new posts written in the previous week, but it does not include all posts relevant to the upcoming week.  In order to keep current on upcoming events, newsletter readers may want to:

  • Review the “Earlier Announcements” list at the end of each newsletter.
  • Review the NewtonSTEM calendar for upcoming events.  (The description of each event includes a link to the NewtonSTEM post about it.)
  • Use the Search box in the right-hand column of the NewtonSTEM site.
  • Click on Categories of interest in the list in the right-hand column of the site.

Applications Due This Week for Northeastern’s New Summer Program, “Imagining the Future of Transportation”

Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education has extended its online application deadline until tomorrow, May 2 for a new summer program for students entering Grades 9-10 in the fall.  (Follow-up submissions of a paper-based essay and a recommendation are due May 6.)  The Imagining the Future of Transportation Program (IFTP) is a free, two-week, project-based engineering experience to introduce students to real-world research and facilitate understanding of STEM subjects.  The program will be held at Northeastern (360 Huntington Ave. in Boston) July 18-24, 8AM-4PM.  The application includes an online form to be filled out by parent/guardian and student by May 2, an essay written by the student and signed by a parent and a teacher, and a recommendation form to be completed by the student’s current math or science teacher.  For more information, call 617-373-8380.

BostonTechMom: Tech Events for Kids in May

BostonTechMom once again provides a comprehensive list of technology-oriented events for kids in the Boston area for the upcoming month.  This issue again includes a list of Girls Who Code clubs in the greater Boston area.

Newton Free Library STEAM Programs in May

Impact Entrepreneurship: Making a Difference in Your Community Through Technological Innovation: High school entrepreneur and Girls Who Code alumna Anaya Tipnis will discuss the process of building a startup and the benefits of learning to code, to create real-world technological solutions that help your community. All ages welcome. Register online. Tuesday, May 3, 7PM in Druker Auditorium.

CodeCampKidz: Take a “mobile first” approach and build a series of re-usable Bootstrap Tools that you can re-use on your own responsive design projects. See details. Free hosting is provided. For Grades 7 and 8. Online registration is required for all four classes: Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 4:30PM in the second-floor Computer Center.

Minecraft Club:  On the first Thursday of every month, come play Minecraft with your friends on the library’s server, with different challenges each session. Grades 6-12. Register online. Thursday, May 5, 4PM in the second-floor Computer Center.

Teen Tinker Club: Learn how to code LEGO WeDos using Scratch.  Grades 6-12. Space is limited.  Register online.  Thursday, May 19, 4PM in the second-floor Computer Center.

ProjectCSGIRLS: Boston Girls in Tech, at Boston University, May 7

ProjectCSGIRLS is a non-profit run by undergraduate women aiming to close the gender gap in computer science by holding a national competition and regional workshops for girls in Grades 6-8.  On Saturday, May 7, ProjectCSGIRLS will host a free, all-day (10AM-4:30PM) event, sponsored by GoDaddy, at Boston University’s Undergraduate Computer Science Lab.  It will include:

  • Programming workshops on web development and game programming
  • A panel discussion with leading female, Boston-based engineers and technologists
  • A session by female college entrepreneurs about pitching/communicating ideas
  • A design session on using technology for social impact

Space is limited.  Apply online.

Harvard-Smithsonian Astrophysics Observatory Event, May 19

The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (60 Garden Street in Cambridge) will host its monthly Observatory Night on May 19 at 7:30PM on the topic of The New Cosmos:  Answering Astronomy’s Big Questions.  Topics include dark energy, dark matter, water on Mars, the planethood of Pluto, the barred-spiral structure of the Milky Way, and the ubiquitous nature of black holes.  The lecture is intended for high-school and older audiences but children are welcome.  Admission is free, no reservations are necessary, and seating is limited.  For more information, call 617-495-7461 or email pubaffairs@cfa.harvard.edu.

Games and Contemporary Artificial Intelligence, for Ages 13-16, May 22

Founders Share Exchange (fShareX), a non-profit supporting Boston-area startups, will host a half-day event, Games and Contemporary Artificial Intelligence, on May 22 to teach students aged 13-16.  The cost is $53.74, which includes a student plus parent if purchased by May 17 or for the student only after that date.

Tufts/EDC Release Report on K-12 Engineering Education

Tufts University and Education Development Center have released a report, Engineering for Every K–12 Student: A Landscape Analysis of K–12 Engineering Education in the Greater Boston Region, for researchers, educators, industry representatives, and policymakers.  It highlights awareness and understanding of opportunities, gaps, and resources for engineering education in all grades.

Reminders: STEM Events in the Next 7 Days

Click on any event for more information and a link to its NewtonSTEM post.  For information on other events, see the NewtonSTEM Calendar of STEM Events.

Fri, May 06
Mon, May 09
Olin College Expo -- 10:00 am

Public Telescope Nights on Tuesdays at Clay Observatory

The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights on most Tuesdays in the spring and fall, from 8PM to 9PM.  This spring, they continue through May.  Register in advance (and sign up for the Center’s email list).  These events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast:  Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message.  The Clay Center offers a range of Outreach Programs for community groups.  Check the Center’s calendar for future events.

The observatory contains a 25-inch telescope with optically perfect mirrors — similar in optical design to the Hubble Space Telescope.  It’s protected by two airlocks, a dome powered by solar cells and wind turbine, and its own foundation that is completely isolated from the foundation of the surrounding building.  The telescope and dome are computerized and can be operated through the Internet by researchers anywhere in the world.