Category Archives: Events

HUBweek Offers Many STEM Events This Week

HUBweek is a week-long celebration of art, science, and techology sponsored by The Boston Globe, MIT, Massachusetts General Hospital, and Harvard University.  Here are the events we found related to STEM.  Pre-registration is required for some.  Some are filled, and some have waitlists.

Monday, October 5

Wednesday, October 7

Thursday, October 8

Friday, October 9

Saturday, October 10

High-School Students: Register for Northeastern Splash, Nov. 7 & 14

NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) will again host Splash, a free program for high-school students in the Boston area to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students, 10AM-3PM on November 7 and 14Registration opens — and course listings will be available — on October 5.  For more information, contact or

MIT Museum Seminars on Synthetic Biology — On-site or Online, Wednesdays in October, for High-School and Older

The MIT Museum is hosting Re: Making Life, a series of free seminars on synthetic biology, open to the public (high school and older).  Events are on Wednesdays, 6PM-7:30PM, at the MIT Museum (MIT’s Building N51, at 265 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge) and also available online (see details).

October 7:  Breaking the “SynBio” Barrier
Peter Carr, Senior Scientist, MIT Lincoln Laboratory
Jeffrey Way, Senior Staff Scientist, Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering

October 14:  Customizing Nature
Kristala Jones Prather, Associate Professor of Chemical Engineering, MIT
Ron Weiss, Professor of Bioengineering and Electrical Engineering & Computer Science, MIT

October 21:  Who Needs Rules?
George Church, Professor of Genetics, Harvard Medical School
Kenneth Oye, Associate Professor of Political Science and Engineering Systems Design, MIT

Register for Northeastern’s Building Bridges Program for High-School Students, Dec. 4

Northeastern University’s Building Bridges program, for high-school students interested in engineering, will take place December 4, 8:30AM-3PM, in the university’s Curry Center Ballroom.  It’s an opportunity to explore Northeastern’s engineering program, participate in engineering challenges, and learn about education and career opportunities.  Registration is now open, costs $15, and includes breakfast and lunch.

‘Project Lead the Way’ STEM Conference, Oct. 21

This year’s Massachusetts conference on Project Lead the Way‘s K-12 STEM curriculum will be on October 21, 8AM-2:30PM at Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  This professional-development conference is open to teachers, administrators, business/workforce development professionals, and other interested parties.  Over 70 schools in Massachusetts offer PLTW programs.  Register by October 13.

Sign Up for Newton Library Scratch Club Sessions, Grades 3-6

The Newton Free Library holds monthly club sessions for kids in Grades 3-6 to explore and work with Scratch (a free programming language designed at MIT) to create games, animation and stories.  Each session is on a Thursday, 6:30-7:30PM in the Children’s Room on the following dates.  Space is limited and fills up quickly, so note the registration dates and register for each event individually:

MIT Edgerton’s ‘Science on Saturday’ for Grades K-12, Oct. 17: Pluto and Beyond

MIT’s Edgerton Center holds free Science on Saturday programs five times a year for elementary, middle, and high school students — as well as their parents and teachers.  On October 17, the program will be focused on Planets:  Pluto and Beyond.  Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult.  The program includes a one-hour presentation at 10AM followed by hands-on activities at 11AM.  No pre-registration is necessary but seating is limited and first-come, first-seated.  It’s held in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge.

Grades 10-12 Register Now for UMass Amherst Science Quest, Oct. 24

Each April and October, UMass Amherst and its Center for Hierarchical Manufacturing hosts Science Quest for students in Grades 10-12.  In this free, one-day event, students select from a schedule of mini-classes, lab tours, and demonstrations by UMass faculty.  Undergraduates and Admissions representatives will be available for presentations and discussions about the UMass experience and the admissions process.  Lunch is included.  Students may attend on their own, with parent(s), or with a teacher on a class field trip. The next Science Quest will be October 24, 9:30AM-3:40PM in the UMass Amherst Integrated Science Building (661 North Pleasant St., Amherst; directions; map).  Arrive by 9AM to check in.  Registration is requested.

Science Club for Girls: Catalyst Awards Night, Oct. 29

Sign up now for Science Club for Girls‘ 8th annual Catalyst Awards celebration on Thursday, October 29, 6PM-8PM, at Genzyme Center in Kendall Square, Cambridge.  It’s a fundraiser and a networking event, but foremost a spectacular recognition of outstanding leadership in fostering excitement, self-confidence, and science literacy in girls, particularly from minority and low-income communities.  Enjoy cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, a project showcase, award presentations, and stories of real impact.  If you cannot attend, you can donate online to help make SCFG make a difference.  Recent results include:

  • Six new Science Clubs for Grades K-5
  • A new STEMinistas Club site in Lawrence
  • Expanded teen leadership development to 90 Junior Mentors
  • A new high-school challenge team and a doubling of STEM research internships

Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision K-12 Science Competition

The 24th annual Toshiba/NSTA ExploraVision program—the world’s largest K–12 student science competition—is now open, and the deadline for project submissions is February 1.  Teams of 2 to 4 students compete for prizes by researching scientific principles and current technologies as the basis for designing innovative technologies that could exist in 20 years. Students outline how they plan to test their ideas and create mock websites to illustrate concepts.  The top 24 teachers who submit 24 eligible online entries will each receive a Toshiba tablet.  See the FAQs.