Category Archives: Events

Seen in Boston Yesterday: Science is Real

These were among the many signs carried by some of the 175,000 or so participants in yesterday’s demonstration in Boston.  It is strange and alarming to find that, in this century, so many feel the need to make statements such as “Science is Real” — but it’s also comforting to know that when they feel it’s necessary, they will do so. Promoting STEM takes many forms.

Educators: Register for Project WILD Workshop, Feb. 11

Educators of  K-12 students — both in and out of school — are invited to a free professional development workshop about Project WILD, an award-winning, interdisciplinary conservation and environmental education program sponsored by the Massachusetts Division of Fisheries & Wildlife.  The workshop will be held February 11, 9AM-3:30PM, at the Good Shepherd Lutheran Church (183 West Main Street in Westborough).  It’s designed for school teachers, scout leaders, camp counselors, nature center/museum staff, home educators, after-school programs, etc.  Bring lunch and clothes suitable for indoor and outdoor activities.  Register by February 1 by contacting Pam Landry (pam.landry@state.ma.us or 508-389-6310) or Barbara Shumaker (shumakerb@westboroughk12.org).

4th Annual Let’s Build Engineering Extravaganza, Feb. 4

Let’s Build is a family volunteering initiative bringing engineering into Needham’s elementary schools by training family and community volunteers to support classroom design challenges.  Its major fundraiser, the Let’s Build Engineering Extravaganza, will be held February 4 (snow date February 11), 10AM-2PM at Hillside Elementary School (28 Glen Gary Road in Needham) for Pre-K, elementary, and middle-school children and their families.  Admission is $5 per family.  Let’s Build is currently seeking volunteers and community presenters, so email info@letsbuildengineering.org if you can help.  Scheduled activities include the Needham HS robotics team, What’s Inside a Flashlight? at the Take-Apart Table, ballerinas teaching the science of pirouettes, build your own bubble wand, and create hoppers with Olin College students.

NNHS and NSHS Competing in MIT Science Olympiad, Jan. 21

Newton North HS will participate for the third year in a row in the MIT Invitational Science Olympiad on January 21.  This year, Newton South HS will also field a team for the event.

Mass. Science Olympiad: Middle School Mar. 4, High School Mar. 18

The Massachusetts division of the Science Olympiad will be held:

  • March 4:  Level B (middle school) at Assumption College in Worcester
  • March 18:  Level C (high school) at Framingham State University

Last year among Level C schools,  Newton South HS placed 2nd and Newton North HS placed 4th statewide. Newton middle schools, however, have not been among the Level B schools participating in the Olympiad, at least in the last several years.

CodeCampKidz Code Mentoring at Microsoft Store, Natick

CodeCampKidz offers mentoring in web development for students in Grades 6-8 on Thursday evenings, 6:30-8PM at the Microsoft Store in the Natick Mall.  The first two sessions are free.  Topics include HTML basics, CSS basics, CSS box model, Graphics and links, Text and backgrounds, and Tables, lists, and iframes.

Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in January

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 STEM Events for Kids in Boston. Here’s her January list of STEM events, with her ever-growing list of Girls Who Code clubs.

Newton Free Library: Upcoming STEAM Workshops

The Newton Free Library is offering these STEAM workshops:

Art Robots, Thursday, January 12, 4PMConstruct an art-creating robot from simple circuits using littleBits. Learn elements of electrical engineering and different forms of art. Workshop is led by the Science Club for Girls. For girls in Grades 5-7.  Register online.

STEM Workshop, Saturday, January 14, 1PMA Moms as Mentors® STEM STEM workshop for interactive team-building and bonding for girls and moms (or guardians, relatives, etc.).  For girls in Grades 6-8, accompanied by an adult. Register online.

Python Workshops, January 18, 25, February 1, 8, 15 at 4PM: Through a series of five workshops, students work individually and as a class to write fun applications in Python. No prior coding experience required. Grades 7-12. Register online.

Teen Coding Meetups, Sunday January 22, 2:30PM: For students who know the basics of coding (variables, conditionals, loops, and functions) and want to extend their skills among like-minded teens in an informal environment. No registration required; just drop by! Some laptops available, but please bring one if you can. Upcoming Meetups: February 5, 12 & 26, March 12 & 26, April 9 & 23, May 7 & 21, and June 4.

Moms As Mentors: STEM Workshop for Girls in Grades 6-8, Jan. 14

Moms As Mentors offers programs to support mothers as they mentor their daughters through community building, developing relationships, and experiential learning.  The organization will offer its Build Bridges! workshop at the Newton Free Library on January 14, 1-2:30PM.  In it, girls in Grades 6-8 will work with their mothers (or guardians, relatives, or special friends) on an enjoyable, hands-on STEM activity.  Space is limited, and registration is required by January 10.  For more information, email Leslie Coles at lcoles@momsasmentors.org.

“Physics as a Door into STEM Education” at Boston University, Jan. 17

Dr. Valentin Voroshilov of the Boston University Physics Department will lead a presentation and discussion about the role of physics in attracting students to STEM fields.  It will be held at 4PM on January 17 in the Boston University Physics Department Studio Auditorium, Room B23, in the basement of the Metcalf Science Building (entrances at 590 Commonwealth Avenue and 720 Beacon Street).  Coffee and light refreshments available.  For more information, email Dr. Voroshilov at valbu@bu.edu.