EcoTarium Events

Worcester’s EcoTarium will host or participate in the following events:

Become a MassBay STEM Mentor for 2019-2020 School Year

MassBay Community College in Wellesley runs a STEM Mentor Program in which STEM professionals meet with its students at least once a month during the school year. Activities during the year include periodic STEM Forums, a Robo-Sports competition, hands-on STEM activities, and tours of four-year colleges and local STEM companies. Learn more in this STEM Mentor Program brochure. For more information, contact Valerie Kapilow, STEM Starter Academy Project Director, at or 781-239-3157.

Broad Institute’s Eric Lander: The Human Genomic Revolution: Past, Present, and Future — Aug. 1

Celebrating its first 15 years, the Broad Institute in Cambridge is hosting Broad@15, a series of free, public lectures.  On August 1, 6-7PM, the institute’s president and founding director, will speak on “The Human Genomic Revolution: Past, Present, and Future.” Register here.

CEEO Game Design Workshop This Week, Grades 5-8

Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) has a few spaces still available in its Game Design Engineering workshop for Grades 5-8 this week, July 15-19 — and is now including Grade 5.

Free Microsoft Summer Camps in Natick Mall

The Microsoft store in the Natick Mall hosts a series of free summer camps, available in various schedules (two-hour, two hours daily over four days, etc.) and for various age groups (ages 6+, 8+, 13+, young professionals, etc.).

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

The TiE Young Entrepreneurs is an extracurricular 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 August 30. For more information, contact TYE Program Director Katie Quigley Mellor at

KTBYTE Summer Classes and Robotics Clubs in Newton and Lexington

KTBYTE offers week-long, camp-styled summer classes and robotics clubs in Newton and Lexington with curricula that are “progressive, rigorous, and fun”:

  • Introduction to Coding, ages 9-12
  • Game Design with JavaBlocks, ages 9-12
  • Game Design with Processing, ages 9-12
  • Robotics Club (beginner), ages 9-14
  • Smart Things Program, ages 10+
  • Computer Science (intermediate), ages 13+
  • Project Creation with Arduino, ages 13+

Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in July

Boston Tech Mom (“a parent’s guide to raising a future techie”) is a great resource for all things STEM around Boston — including her monthly posts about free or low-cost STEM Events for Kids in Boston. Here’s her Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in July list of STEM events.

Newton Free Library STEAM Expo, July 13

The Newton Free Library will hold its 6th annual STEAM Expo for all ages on Saturday, July 13, 12-3PM, with dozens of exhibitors and hands-on activities. This STEM + Arts Expo is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, museums, engineers, and students.

Weston HS Students Offer Tutoring in Scratch Programming

Nathaniel and Theo, two high-school students in Weston, are offering to tutor students in the Scratch programming language. Both students have completed college-level courses in computer science and have experience working with kids. They offer one-on-one tutoring sessions (at $20/hour) at the Weston Public Library and the Newton Free Library. Their Scratch tutoring is part of the students’ social venture in vermicomposting called MunchPoop, to help address climate change. Go to their website for additional information or to sign up.