Register for Science on Saturday (Light, Sound & Vibration) at MIT Lincoln Labs, May 18

Registration is now open for the Saturday-morning session of Science on Saturdayon May 18 at 10AM at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).  The topic will be Light, Sound, Vibration, and their Remarkable Relationship, presented by Lincoln Laboratory’s Rob Haupt. Learn about photon-to-photon interaction, photoacoustics, and laser vibrometry — how we can use light to create sound and vibration in objects at distances from a few inches to a kilometer, and how we can use light as a microphone to measure sound and light from far away. All children (5-17 years) must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children.  Children under 5 are not admitted.  Admission is free but each person attending must be registered.  Space is limited. Register online by May 17 (May 6 for non-U.S. citizens). Register an adult first, then a child, then others. Adults must bring government photo identification.  See other rules on the registration pages.

Mass. State Science & Engineering Fair Showcase and STEM Expo at MIT, May 4

On May 4, 12:30-3PM, the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair will showcase for the public more than more than 300 of the “best of the best” high-school science fair research and design projects from across the state, at the Johnson Athletics Center at MIT. $500,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at 3:30PM. For more information, email info@scifair.com.

Olin College Spring Expo, May 13 and SCOPE Summit, May 14

Each spring, Olin College of Engineering holds two public events to showcase the work of its students:

  • Olin Spring ExpositionMay 13 (10AM-3PM):  First-, second-, and third-year students present their projects in poster sessions, oral presentations, and artistic performances. For information and to register, email expo@olin.edu.
  • SCOPE SummitMay 14 (9:30AM-3PM):  Seniors present the results of their year-long, corporate-sponsored Capstone projects via rocket talks and poster sessions.  Register to attend.

Studio of Engaging Math: Free Trial Classes for Incoming Kindergarteners

The Studio of Engaging Math (320 Washington Street, Brighton) is hosting one-time, free, fun and playful trial classes for those who will be kindergarteners next fall…and their parents. The Studio’s ongoing classes introduce kids to spatial reasoning, number sense, geometry, critical thinking via activities and games. Register online for any of these free trial classes:

  • April 28:  11AM-12PM (English), 12:30PM-1:30PM (Russian)
  • May 5:  11AM-12PM (Russian), 12:30PM-1:30PM (English)
  • May 19:  11AM-12PM (English), 12:30PM-1:30PM (Russian)

Grades 9-12: Sign Up by Friday for Harvard Splash!, Apr. 27

The deadline for high-school students to register for Harvard Splash! has been extended until noon on Friday, April 19. Harvard Splash! is a day for high-school students to learn from undergraduates in a wide range of short courses.  It will be held on April 27, 9AM-5PM on the Harvard campus. Cost is $20 ($30 at the door). Students may sign up for up to six sessions from the course catalog, which has these STEM-related courses:

  • The Art of Proof: Ancient Ideals and Modern Mathematics
  • Hacking. A Modern History, and Hacks You Can Do Too!
  • Intro to Market Design: Matching and Auctions
  • Evolution, Politics, and Climate Change: How Game Theory Explains it All
  • Geometry of Numbers
  • Introduction to Programming in Python: Getting computers to do your homework for you.
  • How Hard is Multiplication?: Complexity Bounds and Karatsuba’s Algorithm
  • Inside a Harvard Research Lab: Studying Avian Cognition
  • Making a Molecule from Scratch
  • How Experiences Shape Brain Development
  • The Critical Importance of Nurture
  • Intro to Data Science
  • The State of the Universe
  • Climate Change Part 1: Making History
  • The Amazing Brain
  • Advances in Super-Resolution and Fluorescence Microscopy
  • Bioethics and Human Life
  • Is Life Just One Big Hallucination?
  • Love the Earth — The Hard Truth, Issues, and How to Help
  • Molecular Eating: Introduction to Food Chemisty
  • Bluffs, Threats, and Promises; a Study of Game Theory

Cambridge Science Festival Continues through Apr. 21

The ten-day-long Cambridge Science Festival continues until April 21 with activities throughout Cambridge and greater Boston, with too many events to list here. You can filter their online schedule of events by date, age (family/teens/adults), cost, various tags, venue, day of the week, time of day, or organizer — and then export your filtered events to your personal calendar. Some events require pre-registration or tickets, and most are free. Some random highlights from just the next few days:

LigerBots Compete in New England District Championships

The Newton Ligerbots previously qualified for, and competed this weekend at, the FIRST Newton England District Championships at WPI, ranking 34th of 64 teams at the event.  The LigerBots finished the season with an offensive power ranking of 29 out of over 200 teams in New England.

Samantha Rosenberg, the team’s chief technical officer and a junior at Newton South High School, won a Dean’s List Finalist Award, given to student leaders who have led their teams and communities to increased awareness for the FIRST Robotics program and its mission to inspire students to pursue studies in science, technology, engineering and math, all while achieving technical expertise and accomplishment. She will compete for the Dean’s List Award at the FIRST World Championship in Detroit during the weekend of April 24-27.

Dr. Noa Rensing of West Newton, one of the team’s co-head coaches, won the Woodie Flowers Semi-finalist Award at the Central Massachusetts District Event. Mentors are nominated by students and the award is given to a mentor who has given them the best understanding of the challenges, opportunities, and satisfaction involved in the discipline of engineering and design.

Robots and Volunteers Make a Successful STEAM Month at Mason-Rice

March was STEAM Month at Mason-Rice Elementary School, much of it concentrated into a very successful STEAM Week that brought 65 parent volunteers into classrooms for interactive presentations and hands-on activities in areas as diverse as human respiration, robots and artificial intelligence, the chemicals in nail polish, and the physics of sound from a violin. This year, they added a STEAM Playground of hands-on activities, which included:

New Programs at Empow Studios

Empow Studios is launching two advanced STEM programs this spring:

  • Video Game Development Team:  For teens to collaborate on a single, focused video-game project. Saturdays, 10:30AM- 2PM, April 27-June15.
  • Competitive Robotics:  For  Grades 5-8 to immerse themselves in a friendly, pre-competitive training environment aligned with two worldwide robotics competitions – FIRST LEGO League (FLL) and World Robot Olympiad. Mondays, 4-6PM, April 29-June 17.

Apply to be a High-School Intern at Newton Community Farm

Newton Community Farm will again host 20 to 30 high-school interns this summer. These are unpaid positions to learn about organic and community farming in either Farm Operations (Field Crew) or the Education Department. No prior experience is required. Minimum commitments are for two weeks for the Field Crew and four weeks for the Education Department. Applications are open and will be processed on a rolling basis until June 15. Apply for any or all of three sessions: July 1-26 8AM-12:30PM, July 1 – August 23 8AM-12:30PM, and July 1 – August 23 Noon-4:30PM. For more information, email education@newtoncommunityfarm.org.