Innovation Institute: A STEM Gem in Newtonville

The Innovation Institute (TI2) offers summer and school-year STEM programs that are engaging, challenging, and — yes — joyful for Grades K-12. Classes are small and led by scientists and engineers who are committed to TTI2‘s inquiry-based, hands-on, student-focused approach to teaching and learning. Its curriculum is focused on developing critical and creative thinking, drawing on research in STEM education and cognitive development while remaining complementary with curricula of schools in the greater Boston area. Limited needs-based financial assistance is available. TTI2 is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and welcomes contributions to further its ability to offer this assistance and extend its reach in underserved communities.

  • The summer program has 18 courses of 1 or 2 weeks each, June 15 through August 28; new sections have been added, and some spaces remain available. Enroll here.
  • The 2019-2020 school-year program has 30 courses available in each of three trimesters, September 11 through June 13. Enroll here now to lock in current-year prices.

TEDx@MIT: Computing the Future, May 28

The first TEDx@MIT conference, Computing the Future, will be held on May 28, 1PM-6PM, at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in Cambridge. Apply here to attend. Speakers include:

  • Barbara Liskov, Turing Award winner Professor
  • Judy Brewer, Director of WWW3 Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative
  • Ronitt Rubinfeld, Professor and ACM Fellow
  • Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics,former Deputy Administrator of NASA
  • Hamsa Balakrishnan, Associate Department Head and Director of Transportation@MIT
  • Nergis Mavalvala, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
  • Julie Shah, Boeing Associate Professor
  • Vivienne Sze, Associate Professor and Edgerton Faculty Award winner
  • Bonnie Berger, head of CSAIL’s Computation and Biology group
  • Daniela Rus, roboticist and Director of CSAIL
  • Krystyn van Vliet, SMART Professor

Talk: Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park, June 3

The Friends of Cold Spring Park and the Zervas PTO will host naturalist Sam Jaffe, founder of The Caterpillar Lab, speaking on The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park on June 3, 7:30PM at Zervas Elementary School. Sam has identified 150 species of birds, 32 butterflies, and many species of reptiles, amphibians, insects, and mammals in Cold Spring Park. He’ll speak about the park’s diverse habitats and inhabitants, how he works with Zervas teachers to use the park as an outdoor classroom, threats to the park’s ecosystem, and plans to rehabilitate the trails in the park. For more information, email

Y STEM Summer Camp in Natick Seeks Volunteer Presenters

The MetroWest YMCA runs Y STEM summer camp in Natick in one-week sessions, June 24-August 23, to spark interest in STEM for students entering Grades 1-5. The camp seeks STEM students, educators, and professionals as volunteer presenters to come and share their passion with campers through a talk an activity. For more information, contact Patrick Rosendale at

Apply to Join TiE’s Young Entrepreneur’s Program, 2019-2020

The TiE Young Entrepreneurs is an extra curricular program for students in Grades 9-12 to foster skills in building a startup. Along the way, it helps them identify and develop pathways to reach personal and professional goals. Participants meet in Kendall Square, Cambridge on alternate Saturdays, October through April, to learn from startup founders and tech industry experts, using a time-tested, rigorous curriculum. Student teams compete for up to $5000 in seed funding for ventures they create. About 90% of TYE’s 400+ participants say that the program influenced their decision to pursue studies and a career in STEM. The cost is $1650, and need-based scholarships are available. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now open, and decisions are made on a rolling basis and will be announced June 30 and August 30. For more information, contact TYE Program Director Katie Quigley Mellor at

Jane Street ‘Women in STEM’ NYC Recruiting Event, July 29-30

Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm in New York City — will host its seventh annual Women in STEM event July 29-30, inviting selected women entering their freshman year of college to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business.  Travel, hotel, and meals will be paid by the company. Apply by June 27, including your resume and a statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend. Email if you have questions.

Business of Doing Good: Summer Workshops in Social Entrepreneurship for Middle School

The Business of Doing Good is a social entrepreneur program for ages 10 – 14 offering week-long day programs at innovative working spaces in the Boston area:

  • August 5-9 at We Work, by South Station, Boston
  • August 12-16 (girls only) at Cambridge Innovation Center
  • August 19-23 at Regis College, Weston
  • August 19-23 at St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church, Boston’s South End

Students meet entrepreneurs and executives who are combining innovative business ideas with social justice issues. They learn basic business skills and at the end of the week pitch a product or project that is meaningful to them, building courage and confidence and the desire to make the world a better place. For more information, contact Michelle Julet at 650-245-9218 or

Testing Einstein with Lasers and the Moon: The APOLLO Project, May 17

On May 17, 7PM-9PM, the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University will host a free presentation on the APOLLO project — about current research using lasers and mirrors that were left on the moon by Apollo missions.  Prof. James Battat of Wellesley College will explain his research on precision tests of gravity using this equipment. Registration is required. Location is the Framingham State University Planetarium (100 State Street, Framingham).

“e” Inc. Activity Night for Ages 5-7: Rocks and Minerals, May 25

“e” inc. — Boston’s environment science learning and action center — hosts Activity Nights for ages 5 to 7 on the third Thursday of each month, 6PM-7:30PM. On May 16, the theme will be Rocks and Minerals. Tickets are $5. Location is 114 16th. street, Room 1030, in the Charlestown Navy Yard.

Einstein’s Workshop: Free STEM K-6 Open House, May 25

Einstein’s Workshop will host free Open House of STEM activities for students going into Grades K-6 (and their parents) on May 25, 9:30AM-3PM, at Lasell College (1844 Commonwealth Avenue). The event will highlight their upcoming summer camps at Lasell College’s Science and Technology Center. Activities include coding challenges, programmable robots, air cannon rockets, and games. For more information, email