The MIT Museum hosts Girls Day twice a year, in November and March. On March 23, 11AM-4PM, the theme will be architecture. Students ages 10 and older will have the opportunity to explore Amsterdam’s canals via augmented reality, take the Urban Futures Challenge, Stitch n’ Sketch, and more. The price of museum admission includes all these activities. Here’s the schedule:
- 11AM-12PM: Career talks by Hari Priya (Associate, Howeler + Yoon Archiecture) and Rania Ghosen (Associate Professor of Architecture and Urbanism, MIT)
- 12PM-4PM: Hands-on activities
- 3-4PM Engineering challenge.
The fourth Wellesley STEM Expo — free and open to the public — will be held on April 6, 10AM-3PM, at Wellesley High School (50 Rice Street). Last time, over 3000 attended this amazing event (see the video recap of the 2017 Expo). From 10AM to 2PM, there will be over 100 exhibits, 14 workshops (workshop space is limited), and a showcase of student work. A featured exhibit will be Picturing Science, adapted from the exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. At 2PM, this year’s keynote speaker — Dr. Cheryl Knott, Professor of Anthropology and Biology at Boston University — will speak about her work to protect the wild orangutans of Borneo. At 3PM, there will be a Meet-a-STEM-Professional networking reception. Register for free. Check out opportunities to be a sponsor.
Registration is open for the 11th annual SET in the City, for girls in Grades 9-12 to spend a day exploring academic paths and careers in STEM. It will be held 9AM-5PM on April 6, with an agenda starting at the Boston University Photonics Center, then traveling to Brandeis or Emmanuel or Harvard or Simmons, then visiting Biogen in Cambridge and Merck in Boston for the keynote address and college/grad student panel discussion. Girls will participate in hands-on activities and interact with STEM students and professionals. The cost is $30 (or $10 for students meeting financial guidelines). Register and pay and submit waivers. The program is sponsored by Boston University, Emmanuel College, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Vertex, and WGBH.
With 20+ years of experience, iD Tech offers week-long summer computer tech camps for boys and girls ages 7-17 in an upbeat, collaborative environment in over 150 locations, including these in Massachusetts: Lasell College (Newton), Olin College of Engineering (Needham), Bentley University (Waltham), Harvard Law School, MIT, Curry College (Milton), St. Mark’s School (Southborough), Endicott College (Beverly), UMass Lowell, and Amherst College. Classes average 8 students (maximum 10) per instructor. Besides top-of-the-line technology and instruction from proven curricula, these summer camps offer fun camp activities such as dress-up days, outdoor events, gaming tournaments, and music-video parodies. Summer courses can be integrated with iD Tech’s year-round Online Private Lessons in a long-term skills development program, iD Tech Pathway.
To receive a $75 discount, use code NEWTONSTEM19 when you register before August 22. Courses fill up quickly. Changes are permitted without additional fees any time until three weeks prior to your course. id Tech also offers all-girls camps, Tech Academies for ages 13-18, and an advanced capstone program. For personal course recommendations, call 888-709-8324.
Tech Savvy is a one-week summer STEM program for girls entering Grades 7-8 next fall. It’s run July 22-26, 9AM-4PM, by the Boston Girls STEM Collaborative. Each day starts and ends at BU’s Photonics Center and includes activities at a different university: Northeastern, BU, UMass Boston, or Harvard. Typical activities include learning how how to use a 3D printer, developing a phone app, using circuits to build a dance pad, creating an animation for telling a story or an interactive game, and building robots and bridges. The cost ($250, or $50 for those with demonstrated financial need) covers all activities, transportation, and lunch. Online registration is open until May 15. Those who are accepted will be asked to submit signed waivers and payment. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Clark University’s Spring Splash — a one-day program offering classes for students in Grades 5-12 — will be held March 31, 10AM-5PM on the Clark campus (950 Main St., Worcester). Students should register as soon as possible because classes fill up. The day is free, with lunch included. For more information, email email@example.com. See the course catalog for STEM classes such as:
- Go: The Game and How a Computer Beat It
- Imaging Atoms
- It’s a Liquid, It’s a Solid, ..It’s Oobleck!
- What’s in Your Genes?
- STEM Majors
- The Seal of Approval
The Boston Society of Architects’s BSA Foundation offers KidsBuild!, a hands-on event for ages 5-13 to learn about architecture and design as they build a city from the ground up. Guided by professional architects, families will choose a construction site from a fictional city grid, then design and build a building from recycle materials and be awarded a certificate of occupancy from the city building inspectors. Register now for sessions during 10AM-4PM on either April 6 or April 7. It’s held at BSA Space, 290 Congress Street, Boston.
The Newton Free Library will celebrate Pi Day on March 14 (of course), 7-9PM, with a talk by Chris Rycroft, an applied mathematician at Harvard. He’ll discuss the history of pi, pi facts and trivia, and the contributions that mathematicians and oddball personalities have made toward our understanding of the number. And yes, pie will be served!
Design the Future is an immersive, six-day summer program in STEM and design thinking for high-school students. It’s held on the campuses of six universities, including Boston University, where it will be held in two sessions: June 10-15 and June 17-22. Teams of high-school students work with a university design coach and a person possessing a physical disability to create solutions to real problems faced by individuals such physical disabilities. See this video and detailed information about the BU sessions. To attend an information session about the program at BU on March 28 at 7PM, RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations on the third Friday of each month (except April), with topics each month within one of three series: Family Night, Late Nite Skies, and Stellar Nursery. On March 15, 7-8:30PM, the Late Nite Skies series will show the film, Undiscovered Worlds: The Search for Life Beyond Our Sun. Space is limited, and for guaranteed seating you must pre-register and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking).