Category Archives: After School

Empow Labs to Host Open Houses, Nov. 20 & Dec. 7

Empow Studios will host free open houses for the new Empow Labs XR Digital Makerspace (180 Needham Street) for ages 15+, including students, educators, and professionals in the field. Sign up for one of four half-hour time slots on either November 20 (4:30-6:30PM) or December 7 (10AM-Noon). There will be free AR/VR activities using a variety of equipment.

Grand Opening of Empow Labs, Oct. 30, Showcasing New Workshops

Empow Studios will hold a grand opening for Empow Labs — its new collaborative, digital makerspace for teens and adults — on October 30, 3PM-5PM, in its Newton location (180 Needham Street). Topics include in the areas of virtual, augmented, and mixed reality technologies, 3D design and modeling, motion capture, graphic design and digital art, robotics, and Internet of Things. Register by November 7 with coupon code LABFRIENDS for a 10% discount. Courses include:

Boys & Girls Club: Open House to Showcase STEM, Oct. 22

Newton’s John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club has programs for kids of all ages, and you can learn about them at the Club’s Open House on Tuesday, October 22, 5PM-7PM. Take a tour and learn about STEM programs and activities like 3D printing, Russian School of Math, Lego Robotics, Coding and more. You can register at the open house or online.

CS Recitations: Preparation for Math Competitions

At CSRecititations in Natick (new address: 45 Michigan Drive) is offering these new programs for preparing for upcoming math competitions:

Empow Studios One-Day Nanocamps When Schools are Closed

On days when students are not in school, either for breaks or teachers’ professional development programs, Empow Studios offers one-day Nanocamps to enable kids to create a project from start to finish in one day. They might be working on video-game development, animated films, or interactive robots. Separately, Empow Studios is still open for registrations for its Fall classes and clubs.

Code Ninjas Events in September

Code Ninjas in Wellesley will offer the following upcoming events:

Boys & Girls Club Seeks Paid, Part-Time Instructor for 3D Printing

The Boys and Girls Club of Newton seeks to hire a part-time, paid facilitator/instructor to teach kids the basics of using the TinkerCAD program using the Club’s classroom space and brand new Dremel 3D printer, with the instructor’s own programming. Men and women who are passionate about fostering skills with youth in the Newton community are encouraged to apply. The course will be at the Club on Fridays, 4PM-5PM, from now through May. To apply or get more information, email the Club’s new Education Director, Cassie Soller, at

Newton HS Student Offers Free Science Experiment Club for Grades 3-5

Sidnie Kulik, a junior at Noble and Greenough School (and graduate of Peirce and Day) has created Science and Kids and will offer a monthly science experiment club for students in Grades 3-5. The club will meet for one hour a month in Auburndale. Email for details.

Innovation Institute: Register for Fall Courses

The Innovation Institute (TI2)  in Newtonville is now enrolling students in ages 5-17 for its 18 fall courses. Courses meet weekly, either after school or on Saturday, in three trimesters through the academic year, September-June. They 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.

Empow Studios: STEM Fests in Newton Sept. 7, Lexington Sept. 8

Empow Studios will host free STEM fests at its Newton and Lexington locations to introduce its programs to families with students in Grades 2-12 interested in STEM enrichment. Details and registration at these links: