The Newton North HS Science Team won second place in the State TEAMS competition and will be one of two teams representing Massachusetts at the national competition in Washington, DC. The team is holding a booksale event to introduce rising freshmen to the high-school team and to raise funds for its trip to DC:
During a Mystery Architecture Competition at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington on Saturday, June 21, 1-5PM, the team hopes to talk with rising freshmen about high-school life and the Science Team.
Barnes & Noble will contribute a share of all in-store sales in their Burlington store on June 21 — as well as all online sales at www.BN.COM/bookfairs.com during June 21-26 — for purchases made with the Science Team’s book fair ID (#11384203).
The award-winning Ligerbots — Newton’s FIRST robotics team, back from the FIRST World Championships — will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, June 7 (10AM-2PM) at the Whole Foods Market at Four Corners (intersection of Walnut and Beacon Streets). Come buy a hotdog, support the team, see the Ligerbots’ robot in action, and if you wish, drive it as well. If you can’t make it to this event, you can make a donation at www.ligerbots.org/support.
On Saturday, June 7, the Latino STEM Alliance and Collaborate Boston will hold a Robotics Competition & Science Activities Fair from 10AM to 2PM at the Salvation Army Kroc Center, 650 Dudley Street in Boston. It will feature fun, hands-on science and engineering activities for the whole family offered by partners from the Museum of Science, Zoo New England, and other sponsoring organizations.
Back on April 5, about 3,500 people attended the first Wellesley STEM Expo, presented by the Wellesley Education Foundation. Anyone who would like to have a similar event in Newton may be interested in this video of the Wellesley event as well as these lessons learned (as reported by the Wellesley STEM Expo committee to the MetroWest STEM Education Network Advisory Board):
- Establish a clear vision and committed group as the planning committee
- Recruit more volunteers than you expect to need — because you will need them
- Publicity is critical
- Create a teen advisory committee during the planning phase and create a strong social media presence
- Generous sponsors are essential
On Wednesday, May 14, Bertucci’s in Newton Corner is sponsoring a fundraiser to support the Ligerbots, Newton’s award-winning robotics team. Print out this coupon and bring it with you that day, and Bertucci’s will donate 15% of your eat-in or take-out purchase to the Ligerbots. Each year, the NNSH/NSHS Ligerbots students build a robot to accomplish a new task and compete in the FIRST Robotics Competition. This year, the team made it all the way to the World Championships in St. Louis. Celebrate with some great pizza or Italian food.
Bridgewater State University will host its second annual STEM Resource Fair for preK-12 teachers, administrators, and community STEM supporters on May 21, from 2:30 to 5:30PM. Exhibits and workshops will highlight STEM resources such as summer science programs for kids, professional development, curriculum, field trips, and in-classroom resources. Space is limited for this free event, so register online. Directions. For additional information, contact Katherine Honey (firstname.lastname@example.org, 508-316-1480).
In the evening of the second Friday of each month, the MIT Museum offers performances, demonstrations, and lectures throughout its galleries. On May 9, 5-8PM, the Lemelson-MIT Program’s JV InvenTeams will talk about engineering and design as they present their inventions and teach students how to build their own contraptions. The JV InvenTeam initiative is designed to cultivate inventive curiosity and STEM skills in students in Grades 9-10. Admission to the event is free, sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Program. It takes place at the MIT Museum, 265 Mass. Ave. in Cambridge.
Youth climate leaders in Grades 7-12 from across New England are invited to attend the 8th Annual Youth Summit on Global Climate Change at MIT’s Stata Center (directions) on May 10, from 9AM to 3PM. It’s free and sponsored by MIT’s Technology and Culture Forum, Boston Latin School’s Youth Climate Action Network (YouthCAN), and the Alliance for Climate Education (ACE). YouthCAN is a coalition of youth organizations that care about climate change and are pushing for climate solutions. The Summit will be fast-paced and fun, featuring energy-solution workshops, speakers, exhibits, free lunch, and prizes. Space is limited and registration is required.
The Newton South HS Science Department will hold an Open House on Monday, May 19, 4PM-7PM. The event will feature:
- Open classrooms with displays of student work, including A.P. Biology projects, family chemical poster projects, and physics projects;
- Demonstrations by both the Newton South Science Team and the NNHS/NSHS Robotics Team, the Ligerbots;
- Sustainability/garden displays and plant sales,
- Tours of the new NSHS Green Trail through the marsh (weather permitting);
- A science trivia bowl with a prize for the winning team (teams of 4);
- Speakers from the Conservation & Environmental Science class and the Modern Global class (highlighting their recent trip to the Galapagos), and other groups; and
- An award ceremony and acknowledgements by our department chairman.
The 2014 Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair (high school division) will be held on Saturday, May 3, at MIT’s Johnson Athletics Center. It will include a public showcase (12:30PM to 3PM ) of more than 300 of the “best of the best” high-school science fair research and design projects across Massachusetts, followed by a ceremony at 3:30PM to award $500,000 in scholarships and prizes recognizing scholarship and research. Winners will proceed to the International Science & Engineering Fair (ISEF) in Los Angeles, May 11-16.