The Newton Free Library will hold its 4th annual STEAM Expo for all ages on Saturday, July 15, 12-3PM. Last year, over 1,500 attended, and this year’s Expo is expected to be even bigger. This STEM + Arts Expo is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, museums, engineers, and students. This year’s Expo includes a giant inflatable planetarium, LED light-up necklaces, an augmented-reality sandbox, and much, much more.
The Highland Street Foundation is bringing back Free Fun Fridays, during which it provides support for 85 selected museums and cultural venues open to everyone for free on specified Fridays. Here are the STEM-oriented Free Fun Fridays on the schedule this summer:
- June 23: The Discovery Museums
- June 30: Boston Children’s Museum, MIT Museum, EcoTarium
- July 7: Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Children’s Museum in Easton
- July 14: The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
- July 28: Arnold Arboretum, Wenham Museum, Tower Hill Botanic Garden
- August 4: Children’s Museum at Holyoke
- August 11: Franklin Park Zoo, Cape Cod Maritime Museum
- August 18: Buttonwood Park Zoo, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Berkshire Museum
- August 25: The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Heritage Museums & Gardens
The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team spanning both high schools — will host Intro Night on June 12, 6:30-8:30PM at Newton South HS (in the Wood Shop, Room 9170, to the right of the auditorium) for prospective team members and their parents to learn about FRC and the engineering, business, and community outreach activities of the team. Attendees can drive the LigerBots robot, use design software and power tools, make marketing materials, participate in engineering-challenge games, and eat dessert!
The Edison Innovation Foundation is sponsoring an Invention Challenge, with entries due June 19. Use any or all of the following to create something new and unique: a fork, 10 inches of string, a small bar of soap, a corkscrew, a plastic drinking cup, and/or any small, portable kitchen item of your choosing. Email a drawing or photo of your invention, with a few words of description, to email@example.com by June 19. Four winners will receive gift cards of $100, $75, $50, and $25.
The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club — a public outreach STEM program of the Dexter Southfield school — will host the Amateur Radio Relay League (ARRL), Field Day on June 24 (3-6PM) and June 25 (9AM-Noon) at the Clay Center Observatory, on the Dexter Southfield campus (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor). The ARRL Field Day is the most popular on-the-air operating event in Amateur Radio, involving tens of thousands of amateur radio operators from across the country and lots of public demonstrations. It’s free and open to the public, and you do not need a radio license to participate. If you’re bringing a group of more than five people, please email Bob Phinney to let him know.
The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), will hold Public Telescope Nights 8PM to 9PM on these Tuesdays: July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 and 8. Register in advance. Events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast: Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message. The Clay Center offers a range of Outreach Programs for community groups. Check the Center’s calendar for future events.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute and WGBH will present Touch Tomorrow — a festival of science, technology, and robots — on Saturday, June 10, 10AM-4PM at WPI (directions). It’s family-friendly, fun, free, and open to all ages — with a particular focus on what’s interesting for middle- and high-school students. WPI faculty and students will open their labs and share their work and engage the public in hands-on activities and demonstrations. Registration beforehand is appreciated. Download the Touch Tomorrow app for iPhone or Android as your guide to the festival.
WGBH will host the Design Squad Team Challenge competition for teams of 2-6 students in Grades 5-8 to design and build a structure. See a video hint and register your team. Choose your first round (12:30 or 1:30) and be prepared to for the final round at 3PM.
EurekaFest is a two-day celebration of invention and engineering sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Program and highlighting the results of selected high-school InvenTeams from across the country. (Newton North HS participated in 2013.)
June 16 at MIT Stata Center (32 Vassar Street, Cambridge). Register here.
- 9AM-11AM: InvenTeam Presentations
- 1-2PM: Life After InvenTeams (alumni panel discussion)
- 3-5:30PM: InvenTeams Showcase
- 5:30-7:30PM: National Collegiate Student Prize Awards Ceremony
June 17 at the Museum of Science. Museum admission fee applies.
- 11AM-3PM: Hands-on activities for all ages
- 1PM-4:30PM: High-school “Duck ‘n Hover” wind-powered design competition
Students in Grades K-8 — and their parents — are invited to learn about FIRST Lego League (FLL) at FLL Info Night, hosted by the Newton LigerBots on May 30, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall (by the school’s front entrance on Tiger Drive). At the event, students and parents can learn more about FLL and what roles students can play on FLL teams — such as being a researcher, coder, or engineer — and they can meet others who are interested in forming FLL teams. FLL is for Grades 4-8, and FLL Jr. is for Grades K-3. For more information, email FLL@ligerbots.com.
The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics team, spanning both high schools — offers this information session as a community service, in part because FLL is a great introduction to the engineering, teamwork, and project skills that make great future LigerBots. The LigerBots also support FLL by mentoring local FLL teams, hosting FLL competitions, and promoting the principles of FIRST.
Newton South HS’s Science Department will hold its annual Open House on May 31, 3:30-6:30PM. Current and future NSHS students and their parents — and the general public — are invited to see exhibits and talk with science faculty and students to learn about their work. Grade 9 students and their parents may be especially interested to learn about the science, technology, and engineering programs at Newton South.