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iRobot Talk on Aug. 4 at Newton Library for Grades 2-5

On Tuesday, August 4 at 7PM, a representative from iRobot will talk about robots at the Newton Free Library.  The talk — about what some robots do and careers for people who want to work with robots — is for … Continue reading

Middle-School Ambassadors Get Inspired at ‘Envision the Future’ Week

Newton’s three middle-school girl ambassadors to Envision the Future — Abigail Brooks (Brown MS), Dumebi Okonkwo (Day MS), and Deanne Harris (Oak Hill MS) — had a terrific week at Bridgewater State University, culminating in a STEM Resource Expo to … Continue reading

3-Day Professional Development for ‘Bootstrap’ Computer Science, Aug. 10-12

MassCAN (the Massachusetts Computing Attainment Network) is sponsoring a 3-day workshop for Massachusetts math and computer science teachers to explore the Bootstrap curriculum.  With Bootstrap, students ages 12-16 learn algebraic and geometric concepts through computer programming.  The workshop will be … Continue reading

Videos for High-School Students: Nancy’s Brain Talks

MIT neuroscience professor Nancy Kanwisher has launched a website,, to present her many short video lectures on the human mind and brain.  They’re aimed at anyone interested in the brain — especially high-school students — and not much science … Continue reading

Discovery Museums: Apply by Sept. 4 to be a Science Communication Fellow

The Discovery Museums in Acton seek STEM professionals to become Science Communication Fellows.  Twice a year, the museums accept 8 educators and STEM professionals as Science Communication Fellows in their Portal to the Public program — part of a nationwide … Continue reading

Envision the Future: STEM Resource Fair, July 24 in Bridgewater

At the conclusion of Envision the Future, a one-week summer STEM camp for middle-school girls, the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network will present a STEM Resource Fair on Friday, July 24, 10AM-Noon at the Rondileau Campus Center of Bridgewater State University … Continue reading

Survey About Interest in FIRST Lego League Robotics

The LigerBots are running an online survey of adults in Newton who are interested in: Finding a FIRST Lego League team for their children Coaching a team Offering meeting space, volunteer time, or other resources for a team Finding additional … Continue reading

Innovation Institute’s Fall Courses: Discounts for Early Registration

The Innovation Institute (TI2) in Newtonville — a leading science and engineering enrichment program for grades K-12 — is enrolling for its Fall courses that start the week of September 9, with discounts for early registration.  New courses include: Architects … Continue reading

Project Learning Tree Workshops for Teachers

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs sponsors Project Learning Tree, and award-winning environmental-education program of the American Forest Foundation offering professional-development courses for teachers.  Upcoming sessions include: PreK-8 Curriculum:  August 19 at Brookwood Community Farm in Canton, … Continue reading

Newton Library CodeCampKidz Fills Up in No Time

The Newton Free Library will offer CodeCampKids for kids entering Grades 5-7, to take them from NO experience in coding to creating their own basic app pages.  It will meet August 6, 10, 17, and 25.  Unfortunately the registration list, … Continue reading