The LigerBots, Newton’s competitive high school robotics team, will host the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Eastern Massachusetts State Championship and a STEAM Expo on December 14, 9AM-2PM, at Newton North High School. The competition will feature 48 FLL teams in Grades 4-8 from across eastern Massachusetts that have qualified for the event through their performance in earlier competitions. Teams compete in robot matches and research presentations based on this year’s FLL theme, City Shaper (see video and game guide). The public is invited to watch and participate in hands-on activities and exhibits in the accompanying STEAM Expo featuring Students for a Greener World, Johnson String Instrument, Society for Women Engineers, 501st, as well as the LigerBots. The event is free, open to the public, and fun for all.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations each month (except April), with new topics each month within one of three series: Family Night, Late Nite Skies, and Stellar Nursery. This month’s Family Night film, Holiday Skies, will be shown on December 13 at 5:30PM and 6:30PM for families with children 6 years or older. Register now at those links because space is limited, and for guaranteed seating you must pre-register and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking). A suggested donation of $5 per guest is requested. For more information, email email@example.com.
BioBuilder Learning Lab will offer a new Kids Who Clone workshop, Golden Bread PCR, on December 15, 1PM-4PM, at LearningLab (700 Main Street, Cambridge) for students in ages 10-16. There is a $35 cost per student and no charge for chaperones attending with them. Register students here and register chaperones here. For more information, email Kelley Klor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) will hold an Engineering for Explorers Workshop on December 7, 1PM-4PM, for Grades 3-5. The workshop will focus on designing, building, and testing boats and winter-time structures for explorers. It will take place at CEEO (200 Boston Avenue, Suite G810, in Medford). The cost is $10, which is a discounted rate as it will be led by first-time instructors, mentored by experienced CEEO staff. Registration is first-come, first-served.
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 Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in December list of STEM events.
In conjunction with Lexington’s Taste of Lexington night of local shopping and celebration on December 4, Empow Studios will host a drop-off Kids’ Night Out workshop, 6:45PM-8:15PM in its Lexington location (1776 Mass. Ave.), for kids in Grades 2-8 to design video games. No experience required. The cost is $30. Register here.
MassBay Community College will host its bi-annual STEM Expo, on December 11, 1PM-2PM in the cafeteria of its Wellesley Hills campus cafeteria (50 Oakland Street) to showcase the accomplishments of students and faculty. It’s free and open to the public. Topics include Engineering Design, Robotics, Game Programming, Cyber Security, Protein Purification, Biotechnology, and Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning.
Yesterday, Newton’s award-winning high-school robotics team, the LigerBots, hosted a FIRST Lego League (FLL) qualifying tournament at Newton North High School for 34 FLL teams of students in Grades 4-8 from all over eastern Massachusetts, including eight teams based in Newton. From 9AM to 2PM, teams competed in robot matches and research presentations based on this year’s FLL theme, City Shaper (see video), after which there was a dance party and an award ceremony. Judges scored the teams on their design, research project, and robot performance. Eleven teams — including Newton’s Roaming Rovers, City Snakes, and Day Dragons — were awarded “golden tickets” to advance to the state championship. The LigerBots also hosted a Maker Fair, where students of all ages could see and interact with local STEAM experts and have hands-on experience applying science and engineering skills and concepts.
On December 14, the LigerBots will again host the Eastern Massachusetts FLL Championship tournament at Newton North HS, with more teams and more fun! That event will include a Maker Fair with local companies, more hands-on activities, and a Girl Scouts STEAM workshop. It’s all free and open to the public.
As the final event in its 18-month Moon Landing in Context series, Framingham State University will present an interdisciplinary symposium, Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: From Ideas to Action, on December 6, 8:30AM-4PM, at FSU’s McCarthy Forum. The event will include a full day of presentations and panel discussions, breakfast and lunch, and a closing reception. It costs $25 for the general public and is free for the FSU community as well as undergraduate and graduate students from any institution. Registration is required.
- 9:15AM – 10:00AM: Impossible Journey: Apollo 11 to the Moon
- 10:00AM – 10:45AM: “For ALL Mankind…” Seeking a Sustainable Space Politics
- 11:00AM – 11:45AM: UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (COPUOS) and Space Sustainability
- 11:45AM – 12:20PM: How to Protect the Earth from an Asteroid Impact, an Introduction to Planetary Defense
- 1:00PM – 2:00PM: (Keynote) The Role of Space Technology to Support Sustainable Development
- 2:00PM – 3:15PM: Panel Discussions
- Sustainable Space, Sustainable Earth: A Bioethical Agenda
- The Power of Photography to Bear Witness to Our Planet
- Imagining Our Way to a Sustainable Future
- 3:15PM – 3:35PM: Report Back