The Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative will host its 7th annual SET in the City program on March 28, 9AM-5PM, for girls in Grades 9-12. It’s a day of career exploration in Science, Engineering & Technology with presentations, hands-on laboratory activities, and panel discussions. The group starts at BU and travels to Harvard, Emmanuel, Simmons, Northeastern, Biogen, and Google. Breakfast and lunch are included. Pre-registration is required (by March 14 if paying online or by March 23 if paying by mail) and must be completed by submitting two signed waivers and a registration fee ($20, or $5 if on free-lunch program). A limit of 10 participants (first-come/first-served) from each high school may be imposed if necessary, and the registration fee is non-refundable unless registration is denied due to that limit. The Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative includes Ben Franklin Institute of Technology, Boston University, Emmanuel College, Girls Scouts of MA, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Science Club for Girls, Simmons College, UMass Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and WGBH.
The Needham Science Center invites all to celebrate its 50th anniversary at Needham’s STEAM Night, 6-8PM on March 19 at Newman Elementary School (1155 Central Ave., Needham). It will be filled with family-friendly activities, hands-on engineering challenges, student demonstrations, and more. Admission is free, but space is limited, so register now. For more information, contact the Needham Science Center at 781-455-0475.
MIT’s SPARK offers students in Grades 7 and 8 a variety of short, interesting classes on the MIT campus over one weekend, March 14-15. The registration lottery is open now through February 28, and until that deadline all course preferences will be treated equally in the lottery. Students may choose from over 100 STEM courses*(plus other courses) and are encouraged to register on their own. A $40 fee covers two days of classes and lunch and lots of walk-in activities. Generous financial aid is available. For more information not covered here, email email@example.com. *Here are the STEM courses: Continue reading
Registration will open on February 26 for the March 19 session of the Newton Free Library’s Scratch Club for Grades 3-6. From 6:30PM to 7:30PM, kids work with the Scratch programming language to create games, animations, and stories. Online registration is required, and space fills quickly. This program repeats monthly so search the Library’s calendar for upcoming sessions.
The Boston Public Schools, in cooperation with Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education and Science from Scientists, will host the 69th Annual BPS Citywide Science Fair and Science/Engineering Expo at Northeastern University’s Cabot Center on Saturday, March 7. Over 300 middle- and high-school students — selected from thousands of science-fair participants citywide — will present their work, with an audience of over 800 expected. Exhibits will be open for public view 1:30-2:45PM (full schedule here in PDF format). The organizers seek people to serve as judges, to host table-top activities and presentations, and to otherwise volunteer.
- Judging begins at 8AM with orientation and breakfast, and it continues 9AM-noon.
- Table-top activities and presentations run 10AM-noon and 1:30-3PM.
- Volunteers work for at least three hours on Friday, March 6 and/or Saturday, March 7 to assist with registration, logistics, and escorting students to activities.
Register online for any of these opportunities. Lunch will be provided. If you have questions, contact Daniel Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org or 617-373-8380.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will hold their 3rd annual STEM Conference and Expo at the Sheraton Hotel in Framingham, March 15. It’s open to all girls in Grades 6-12. The cost is $45 for Girl Scouts or $70 for girls who are not members. Registration (for Grades 6-7 or for Grades 8-12) closes on March 2. Non-members must register by emailing email@example.com. This drop-off event runs 9AM-5PM and includes breakfast, lunch, and an afternoon snack — as well as workshops, hands-on activities, presentations, and opportunities to network with people from local businesses and universities. Participants choose a workshop from this list (PDF): Continue reading
On Monday, February 16, the Leventhal-Sidman JCC (333 Nahanton Street) will present Garry Krinsky in his show, Toying with Science, with performances at 11AM and 1PM. The event is for children ages 4-10 accompanied by an adult and is part of the JCC’s Magic Ark performing arts series for families. It’s filled with circus skills, mime, comedy, original music, and audience participation. A study guide (PDF) is available to help parents or teachers prepare children for the performance. Tickets are $13 (JCC members $11) and available online or by phone at 617-965-5226 or 866-811-4111. .
Water Watch is a free lecture series on Wednesday evenings (7-8:30PM) at the South Shore Natural Science Center (48 Jacobs Lane, Norwell). It’s sponsored by the North & South Rivers Watershed Association, the South Shore Natural Science Center, the Mass Audubon South Regional Headquarters, Clean Harbors, and Rockland Federal Credit Union. See details on these upcoming lectures: Continue reading
Stepping ahead of worldwide Engineers Week (February 22-28), Worcester Polytechnic Institute (100 Institute Road in Worcester) will hold WPI Engineers Week February 15-20 with a schedule of free events that includes: Continue reading
The Harvard Museum of Natural History has these upcoming events:
- February 17: Whale Conservation and the Future of the Oceans, free public lecture at 6PM
- February 21: I ♥ Science, activities for children and adults, 9AM-4PM, included in museum admission, with lectures 10:30AM-3:30PM
- February 24: Evolution Matters: Natural History Collections and Evolution, free public lecture at 6PM. (The preceding reception and tour for teachers at 4:30PM are free but reservations are required.)
- March 5: Evolution Matters: The Revolution in Plant Evolution, free public lecture at 6PM
- March 7: Biodiversity in the Avian World, adult class, 9:30AM-Noon, $40, reservation required