The Newton Free Library will host a Museum of Science educator presenting Super-Cold Science on July 6, 3-3:30PM in the Druker Auditorium to enable everyone from Grade K and up to explore what happens to everyday objects when they are super-cooled by an intensely cold liquid.
The Newton Free Library will hold its second annual STEAM Expo on July 18, 1-4PM. Seventeen exhibits and workshops, both inside and outside the library, will be available for “tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers and students” including — digital saxophone, bone analysis, lasers, robot maze, Drumlin Farm animals, Newton Community Farm, and SCRATCH programming.
The Southeastern Mass. STEM Network will hold its third annual STEM Resource Fair on July 24 at Bridgewater State University (Rondileau Campus Center, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater). Parents, educators, and representatives of business, government, and community organizations are invited. The fair includes exhibits of STEM education resources as well as presentations by participants in the Envision the Future STEM program for middle-school girls. (Three girls from Newton will be attend Envision the Future.) Free online registration opens on July 1.
The Newton LigerBots will hold an informational meeting for students of Newton North HS and Newton South HS (including those who will be freshmen next fall) interested in learning about the engineering and business opportunities offered by the team. It’s great opportunity for students interested in technology, business, graphic design, public speaking, grant writing, and/or STEM. The open house will be held on Monday, June 15, 6:30-8:30PM in the Newton South HS wood shop (Room 9170, by the auditorium). Hands-on activities include driving the LigerBots 2015 robot, using power tools and computer-aided design software, making marketing products, and doing engineering challenge games. Dessert will be provided. Parents are also welcome to come learn about how the team works and opportunities for adults to get involved. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parents who are interested in robotics for their elementary/middle-school children are invited to an Info Night hosted by the LigerBots, to explain FIRST Lego League robotics to parents of students entering Grades 4-8 this fall. It will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall (just off the main school lobby at the Tiger Drive entrance; map; park in the lot off Elm Street). FIRST Lego League immerses teams of up to 10 students, ages 9-14, in real-world scientific and technological problems. Teams research and design solutions to a scientific question or problem and build autonomous Lego robots that compete in performing assigned missions. This year’s challenge is Trash Trek. Experience in FIRST Lego League prepares students well for high-school-level robotics with the LigerBots. For more information, email email@example.com or visit www.ligerbots.com.
The Newton Free Library’s STEAM Lecture Series will present a free talk by Quentin Prideaux of the Climate Reality Project on June 17 at 7PM in the Library’s Druker Auditorium. He will discuss the impacts and causes of climate change, the actions needed, and what it means for Massachusetts and the Northeast. Although the subject is serious, he keeps his presentation positive — and lighthearted where possible.
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is beginning to gather public input about new science and technology/engineering assessments. An online survey will be available soon, and two outreach meetings will be held in our area:
- June 18, 1-3PM: Worcester Polytechnic Institute, Campus Center: Odeum (directions). Register by June 15.
- June 19, 1-3PM: Middlesex Community College, Bedford Campus Center – Café East (directions). Register by June 16.
The Latino STEM Alliance (LSA) partners with schools, private industry, and community groups to bring STEM to under-served youth, with the aim to increase the number of underrepresented minorities pursuing STEM degrees. LSA brings nationally successful, hands-on STEM enrichment activities to youth at schools or community groups, led by local teachers paid a stipend by LSA. Volunteers — like you — assist and serve as role models to inspire these youth to consider STEM careers. LSA currently runs two programs at several sites in Boston and Lawrence:
- Robotics After School introduces students to mechanics, electronics, programming, and engineering throughout the school year. It currently sponsors 11 robotics teams using LEGO Mindstorm kits in weekly after-school sessions.
- Summer Robotics is a summer day camp running a similar program from early July through mid-August and culminating in the LSA Summer Robotics Tournament.
On Saturday, June 13 (10AM-2PM), LSA’s after-school robotics teams will participate in a competition at the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, 270 Columbia Road in Dorchester, in conjunction with LSA’s STEM Fair, with hands-on activities offered by the New England Aquarium, Franklin Park Zoo, MIT Lincoln Labs, and many others. Register to attend the STEM Fair.
Newton’s Chuck Hurwitz — retired chair of the NSHS Science Department and head coach of the LigerBots — is on LSA’s board and is passionate about Newton students and adults sharing their robotics experience with students in urban areas. Here’s how you can get involved:
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 19 at MIT Stata Center (32 Vassar Street, Cambridge). Register here.
June 20 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
Newton North HS and the NNHS PTSO will show Most Likely to Succeed, an acclaimed documentary about the American educational system, at 7PM on May 26 in the Newton North HS auditorium. (The film will also be shown at 6:15PM on June 15 at Fuller Middle School, which is transforming into a STEAM school. It’s at 31 Flagg Drive in Framingham. Register online for the Fuller showing.)