The LigerBots made it all the way to the finals in the FIRST District Competition at Northeastern University this weekend, placing second overall in a field of 40 teams. Check out the photos of the event. The team is now ranked #17 of 175 teams in the district and has qualified for the District Championship at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on April 9-11 — and you’re invited to come cheer them on!
Last Friday evening, about 115 elementary-school students displayed their inventions and results of scientific inquiry at the 15th anniversary of Cabot Elementary School’s Invention Invasion — an event sponsored by the Cabot PTO and faculty. The student inventors were thrilled to be interviewed by enthusiastic undergraduates from Boston University’s Technology Innovation Scholars Program, who visited each display to learn how things worked, to ask where these ideas came from, and to marvel at the results. In addition, the LigerBots demonstrated their previous-year’s award-winning robot, and the New England Section of the Optical Society of America demonstrated a giant kaleidoscope, light pens, heat-vision cameras, and prisms. Click on the photo below for a closer view.
In celebration of National Robotics Week, the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust will host a fundraiser — the first-ever human and robot race — in Cambridge on Sunday, April 12. At 9AM, humans will run a chip-timed 5k beginning at the Vecna Technologies office (36 Cambridge Park Drive, near Alewife T Station) and winding around the city. Separately, at 10AM robots will traverse a 100-yard dash and show off their skill at picking up a Dixie cup filled with confetti at the “water station.” Humans may register online for themselves and/or their robots. Fees ranging from $15 to $30 cover prizes, food, raffles, and contributions to the Vecna Cares Charitable Trust (video).
The Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science at WPI will host STEM Super Saturday workshops for educators on Saturday, April 11, 7:30AM-noon. Please register by April 3, but walk-ins are welcome. Cost is $25. For more information or to register, contact Jackie Bonneau at email@example.com or Shari Weaver at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Simulation in Biology
- STEM for ALL! Integrated STEM Activities for Diverse Learners
- Computer Aided Design (CAD) and 3D Printing
- Volcano Voyagers
- Blowing in the Wind: Exploring the Environment through Data Analysis
Clark University’s 2015 Spring Splash program will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 10AM to 5PM on Clark’s campus (Jonas Clark Building, 950 Main St., Worcester). Splash is a free, one-day, annual event for students in Grades 5 through 12 to explore a wide range of subjects taught by Clark students and faculty. Classes include introductions to advanced academic topics and hands-on experiments. Lunch is included. Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis until April 17. Students should open their own account and register for courses, then print out and bring to the event a liability waiver (PDF) signed by a parent. For further information, email email@example.com. The course catalog includes these Science courses: Continue reading
The Newton LigerBots (Team #2877) will compete in the FIRST District Competition at Northeastern University’s Matthews Arena (238-262 St. Botolph Street, Boston) March 27 (8AM-8PM) and March 28 (8AM-6:30PM). Cheer them on! There’s lots to see. Results will be posted here.
The Cambridge Science Festival is the national leader in its field, with over 100 activities and events spanning 10 days, April 17-26. You can filter this year’s online schedule of events by age (family/teens/adults) and type (activities, workshops, performances, talks, other) or by date. Register now for those events that require pre-registration or tickets. Some events are for educators. The Science Carnival on Saturday, April 18, 12-4PM, has five themes: Earth & Space, Micro-Zone, No Limits, Game Corner, and Robot Zoo! It’s too much to keep in your head. Download the Guidebook app and search for “Cambridge Science Festival 2015″ to get your mobile guide to events.
Registration opened on March 12 for the April 2 session of the Newton Free Library’s Scratch Club for Grades 3-6. From 6:30PM to 7:30PM, kids work with the Scratch programming language to create games, animations, and stories. Registration is for this session is now full, but you can enter the Waiting List online. Space always fills quickly for this program, which repeats monthly, so search the Library’s calendar for upcoming sessions.
The Global STEM Education Center will host a conference, Global STEM Education — What Does It Mean to You?, at Regis College on Friday, March 13, 8AM-12:30PM, in the Upper Student Union Lounge, 235 Wellesley Street, in Weston. Two panel discussions will address making global STEM personal for education and for business. The cost is $40 (or free for members of the Regis community using promotional code mentioned in President’s Note). Register online.
Worcester’s Ecotarium will celebrate Ultimate Pi Day (as well as Einstein’s 136th birthday) by opening Saturday at 3/14/15 9:26:53 and continuing with pi-related activities all day.