The Innovation Institute (Ti2) will present two interactive webinars, free and open to the public, to help students understand the science of viruses and COVID-19 specifically. Registration is required to get the online links to these webinars. Parental discretion is advised. Presenters will be Alex Mitchell (MS, Ti2 Instructor) and Robert Kauffman (MD, PhD, Ti2 Senior Scientist in Residence).
- Ages 9-11: COVID-19: A Science Discussion for Students, April 14, 5PM. Understand the science of viruses, what makes COVID-19 “novel,” and how evolving scientific understanding of the virus helps to inform public health responses. Register here.
- Ages 12+: COVID-19: A Science Discussion for Students, April 15, 5PM. Understand the science of viruses and COVID-19, specifically. Register here.
Ti2 is a non-profit, lab-immersive STEM learning organization for ages 5-17 during the academic year and summer. It offers learning labs in molecular biology, genomics, chemistry, neuroscience, chemistry, computer engineering and more. Its Investigate, Discover & Design series for ages 5-9 often has waitlists.
On April 9, 7-9PM, Manifest Boston will live-stream a conversation about engineering biology, highlighting a new book, Neo.Life: 25 Visions for the Future of Our Species. Register here. The conversation will be in Long Conversation format (“a daisy chain of timed but spontaneous 2-person dialogues with no slides and no moderator”) featuring:
- Christina Agapakis — Synthetic biologist, artist, creative director at Ginkgo Bioworks
- Siranush Babakhanova — Transhumanist, founder of the MIT student group Xapiens
- Brian Bergstein — Deputy opinion editor, Boston Globe and coeditor of Neo.Life
- George Church — Harvard professor of health sciences and technology
- Juan Enriquez — Futurist, author, managing director of Excel Venture Management
- Steve Ramirez — Neuroscientist, professor at Boston University
- Jason Kelly — President of Ginkgo Bioworks
- Jen Reddy — Wired Ventures Co-Founder; NEO.LIFE Founder and CEO
Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, March 29, 10AM-4PM. Splash is a one-day, student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach mini-courses for students in Grades 7-12. There’s also an optional Parent Program for learning about Boston College, student life, and admissions. Registration is required, is first-come/first-served, and is open until March 27. There’s a $5 fee for the day, which includes a pizza lunch. Registrants will receive an online link for payment one week before the event. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 617-297-7524. STEM-related classes in the course catalog include:
- Poker Master: Introduction to Probability Theory
- The Art of Integration
- Jumping Genes: Mechanism and Implications
- Paper Chromatography of Inks: A Forensic Investigation
- Introduction to Genetics
- Straws and Turtles: Our Global Plastic Pollution Problem
- Just the Basics: Intro to Acid/Base Chemistry
- Organic Chemistry in 50 Minutes
The Ecotarium in Worcester will host a new exhibit, Amusement Park Science, March 14 through May 10. The opening day celebration on March 14, 10:30AM-3:30PM, will feature a dozen interactive features. The event is included with paid admission to the museum.
The New England Aquarium will celebrate Marine Mammals Day on March 22, 10AM-3PM, with special exhibits and activities throughout the aquarium.
The Hanover Theatre in Worcester, in partnership with the Ecotarium, will present a series of three National Geographic shows:
Tickets are $35 each or $95 for the series.
Empow Studios (180 Needham Street in Newton) will host a free Robotics Expo on April 4, 3PM-5PM in honor of Robotics Week. It will feature demonstrations of robots from local businesses and FIRST Tech Challenge teams.
The Harvard Museum of Natural History will host a free public lecture, Who Discovered Evolution?, on March 3 at 6PM in the Geological Lecture Hall, 24 Oxford Street, Cambridge. The event will be live-streamed on the Harvard Museums of Science & Culture Facebook page and a recording will be available three weeks later.
Registration is open for the 12th annual SET in the City, for girls in Grades 9-12 to spend a day exploring academic paths and careers in STEM. It will be held 9AM-5PM on April 4, with an agenda starting at the Boston University Photonics Center, then traveling to Brandeis or Emmanuel or Harvard or Simmons, then visiting Biogen in Cambridge and Merck in Boston for the keynote address and college/grad student panel discussion. Girls will participate in hands-on activities and interact with STEM students and professionals. The cost is $30 (or $10 for students meeting financial guidelines). Register and pay and submit waivers. There is a limit of eight students per school, after which others will be on a waiting list. The program is sponsored by Biogen, Boston University, Emmanuel College, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Wentworth Institute of Technology, Merck, and WGBH.
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 March list of STEM events.