The Perseids meteor shower lasts several weeks each summer and is most visible this week, on the nights of August 11-13. Edge on Science has a blog post about the best ways to view the event. Framingham State University held an AstroNights Live video session last Friday about the event, and you can view a recording of it here: Prepare for the Perseids.
The New England Sci-Tech STEM education center in Natick is gradually opening up with programs and activities for members only, including:
In addition, NEST continues to offer online classes, many of which are free for members, and admission is low-cost for everyone else.
MassRobotics and iRobot will host Meet Root, a webinar on July 30 (4PM-5PM) for educators, students, parents, and other interested parties to learn about iRobot Education’s Root Coding Robot. It’s a learning tool with a library of lessons and activities — some free, some premium — to engage people of all ages and abilities in learning about coding. Register here.
FlexProfessionals will host a free online panel discussion, Women in STEM Panel: Relaunch Tips and Success Stories, on August 3 at 7PM, to relate success stories and tips for returning to work in STEM fields. Register here.
Black Girls CODE is offering virtual summer camps and related online events. The cost for each week of virtual summer camp is $299 and scholarships are available on a sliding scale based on need. The webinars are free.
- July 20-25: Virtual Summer Camp — Video Game Development, ages 10-17. Register for Group A (10AM-12PM EDT), Group B (1PM-3PM EDT), or Group C (4PM – 6PM EDT).
- July 27-August 1: Virtual Summer Camp — iOS Development, ages 13-17. Regster for Group A (10AM-12PM EDT), Group B (1PM-3PM EDT), or Group C (4PM – 6PM EDT).
In addition, Black Girls Code offers free webinars on related topics. Register at these links:
- Unlocking Potential Thru Tech, presented with Kiva, for ages 10+, July 20, 3PM EDT.
- STEM Career Panel, presented with Booz Allen Hamilton, for ages 7+, July 21, 5:30PM EDT.
- Code Minecraft – Voyage Aquatic, presented with Microsoft, for ages 8+, July 22, 4PM EDT.
- A Window Into Cybersecurity, presented with Capitol Technology University, for ages 11+, July 25, 9:45AM EDT.
- Create Digital Art with Fresh Paint, presented with Microsoft, for ages 13+, July 29, 4PM EDT.
On July 22, 7-9PM, Boston’s Museum of Science will present an advance, online screening of the feature film, Radioactive, about Marie Curie. The film will debut on Amazon next March (trailer). There is no charge for this online event, but registration is required and a donation to support #MOSatHome is encouraged, to help the museum continue to provide access to free STEM experiences online.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University has moved its free planetarium events for families from onsite to online in its Dome to Home: AstroNights program. Their next live virtual event, the Saturn: Sixth Jewel from the Sun, will be July 24 at 7PM. You can view recordings of previous events on their YouTube playlist.
SciTechCafe usually has meetings twice a month in Northampton, but recently those meetings are online and available to a wider audience. On Monday, July 27 at 7PM, their online meeting will be Why sharks matter: the ecological importance of sharks, the threats they face, and how you can help, featuring marine conservation biologist David Shiffman. Follow that link for credentials to access the meeting.
Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm in New York City — will host its first annual FOCUS event virtually over two days, August 3-4, inviting undergraduates (Classes of 2020-24) who self-identify with a historically underrepresented minority group* to participate in online classes, discussions, and structured activities to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business. No prior experience in finance is required. Apply with your resume and 150-word essay by July 23. For more information, email email@example.com.
*Minority groups include Black or African American, Native American or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latinx, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.
NewtonHACKS — an organization run by Newton high-school students — will host a free, online hackathon on August 29 for beginner programmers entering Grades 6-12. It’s an all-day event where participants get to collaborate and code to create projects, and this one is for beginners. The high-school student organizers plan to host a series of webinars before the event to help brand-new coders gain some experience. Interested students may register individually or in teams of 2 to 3. NewtonHACKS was started in part to promote gender equality in the tech industry, and it’s sponsored by Johnny’s Luncheonette and Millifluidica. For more information, see the FAQs or email firstname.lastname@example.org.