The MIT Media Lab’s Reality Virtually Hackathon concludes tomorrow, January 21, with a Public Expo, 2PM-5PM, to showcase cutting-edge developments in augmented reality and virtual reality created by the hackathon’s 400 participating developers, designers, and AR/VR storytellers. It takes place at the Media Lab (75 Amherst Street, Cambridge). Registration is required and free, and a donation is requested (suggested $10 per person) to support the group’s future work.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations on the third Friday of each month (except April), and will offer new topics each month within one of three series: Family Night, Late Nite Skies, and Stellar Nursery. Space is limited, and for guaranteed seating you must register and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking). The next Family Night show will be Oasis in Space, on January 18. Click the show times to register for the 5:30PM or 6:30PM show.
TechGirlz, a non-profit organization dedicated to closing the gender gap in tech industries, will host a workshop for girls in Grades 5-9 — Make an Animated Bracelet with Micro:bit — on February 22, 10AM-1PM, at Medtronic (12 Gill Street, Woburn). Students will learn use MakeCode’s drag-and-drop interface to code a Micro:bit to make an animated bracelet. Register here. Bring a laptop. Snacks will be provided. Email Nini Le at danthanh.h.le@Medtronic.com with any questions.
BioBuilder Learning Lab will offer three workshops at LearningLab (700 Main Street, Cambridge) for students in ages 10-14. The cost is $35 per student and no charge for chaperones attending with them. Click the dates below for details and to register. For more information, email Kelley Klor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Jr. Tech will sponsor a Girls STEM Summit at Wentworth Institute of Technology (550 Huntington Ave, Boston) on March 31, 8AM-4PM. It’s aimed at young women in Grades 8-12 who love STEM and would like to learn about emerging STEM careers. Sponsors include NationalGrid, SIM Boston, and Waters. Registration fee is $67 and includes lunch. This event has sold out in previous years, so we’re posting about it early.
All are welcome to attend the next quarterly meeting of the MetroWest STEM Education Network will be held on January 23, 8:15-10:30AM at
Wellesley College College Club (727 Washington Street, Wellesley). Topics include aligning out-of-school learning with in-school learning, opportunities for STEM industry involvement, and community updates about local STEM activities. This free event includes a light breakfast and time for networking. Register here for the meeting.
New England Sci-Tech is a non-profit STEM education center and maker space on the Natick/Wellesley line (16 Tech Circle in Natick). On Tuesdays, it hosts training, exams, gatherings, and contests for amateur-radio enthusiasts. The next meeting will be on January 8, starting at 6PM for activities, pizza, and hanging out. You can join in remotely through this video link (but you’ll have to bring your own pizza!). For more information, contact Rishi Bhagat at KC1BKX or email@example.com.
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 January list of STEM events.
Code Ninjas (161 Linden Street in Wellesley) will host a Holiday Hack-a-Thon for ages 7-14 on December 29, 1PM-4:30PM for kids to create a game and perhaps win prizes. Contact Annie Duong at 781-591-2413 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour before their Grand Opening on January 5, 10AM-2PM. Enrollment is now open, and there are Founding Family specials for the first 50 enrollments.
The quarterly meeting of the MetroWest STEM Education Network will feature a talk, STEM Learning in Out-of-School Time, by Georgia Hall, Ph.D., Director and Senior Research Scientist at National Institute on Out-of-School Time and Managing Editor of Afterschool Matters. It will be held on January 23, 8:15-10:30AM, at Wellesley College (College Club, 2nd floor, 727 Washington Street, Wellesley). Registration is free.