There must be thousands of photos and videos online of the thousands of people attending the March for Science – Boston yesterday, in concert with many, many more people in similar marches around the world that day. In Boston, MIT Media Lab director Joi Ito spoke to the crowd, saying:
In the ’60s, the President galvanized America under a dream of science. This time, we have an attack on science. We shouldn’t take that attack and cower in fear. We should take it as a challenge, as an opportunity. We have all these people who care about science, marching all over the world. It’s not only our opportunity — it’s our obligation — to take advantage of this energy to come together. If you’re a scientist, or even if you’re not a scientist, reach out to the people who are not here today, who aren’t excited about science. Don’t argue with them. Share your passion. Get them to join the team. We have to come together under a passion for science, rather than fear, fighting, and arguing. And I think we can do it.
Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on May 20 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). The topic will be The Sound of Science. All children (5-17 years) must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children. Children under 5 are not admitted. Admission is free but each person attending must be registered. Space is limited, so register online soon for either Session 1 (9AM to 10:30AM) or Session 2: 10:45AM to 12:15PM). Register an adult first, then a child, then others. Adults must bring government photo identification. See other rules on the registration pages.
The Russian School of Math will host its Spring Math Carnival on April 29, 5-8PM — free and open to the public — at its headquarters (200 Wells Avenue, Newton). It will feature games, exhibit booths, math puzzles, and math art for the entire family.
On May 6, 12:30-3PM, the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair will showcase more than more than 300 of the “best of the best” high-school science fair research and design projects from across the state, at the Johnson Athletics Center at MIT. $500,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at 3:30PM. MIT notes that parking will be especially difficult that day, so take public transportation or leave extra time.
The MassTLC Education Foundation is sponsoring the Technovation Showcase and Pitch competition in Boston on May 13, 10AM-3:30PM at Wentworth Institute of Technology. It’s a competition among teams of girls ages 10-18 pitching business plans for mobile apps they have built to solve real problems in their communities. The event needs more judges. Men and women in the “tech ecosystem” are invited to volunteer, and MassTLC will provide training and guidance. Here’s a video from last year’s event. For information and to volunteer, contact Rachel Nicoll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights on most Tuesdays in the spring and fall, from 8PM to 9PM. They’ll be open from through June 6. 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.
The Cambridge Science Festival is the national leader in its field, with over 160 activities and events spanning 10 days, April 14-23. You can filter this year’s online schedule of events by date or by age (family/teens/adults) — and browse the list of recurring programs and events, Museum of Science activities and exhibits, and week-long youth workshops. Some events require pre-registration or tickets, and most are free, including:
It’s too much to keep in your head. You can print out the 30-page program (PDF) or use the guidebook app for your iPhone or Android device.
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library will host several free STEM-related events during April school break, to accompany the Center’s exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate Through History:
- Calling All Weather Experts!: April 18, 11AM-2PM, ages 6-12.
- Thunder, Lightning, Twisters, and Tweens: April 18, 5-6PM, ages 8-13
- Be a Weather Watcher: April 19, 11AM-Noon, ages 5-9 Register.
- Kite-Making Workshop: April 19, 1-2PM, ages 7+ Register.
The March for Science Boston will held on Boston Common on April 22, 1-4PM. Speakers have been announced for both the kids’ event (1-2PM, followed by interactive science activities 2-4PM) and the main event (2-4PM). Register for free to help the managers plan for the event and follow up afterwards. Tax-deductible donations are accepted here and official T-shirts are sold here to fund the event.
On May 3, 7AM-12:30PM, high-school students may attend for free the final day of the World Medical Innovation Forum hosted by Partners HealthCare at the Westin Copley hotel in Boston, May 1-3. Students can attend seven panel discussions and fireside cats to explore learn about diagnosing, treating, and managing cardiovascular and cardio metabolic disease (see agenda). Continental breakfast is included. Students must register with this link for free admission. For more information, contact Richard Fountain, Director of Strategic Marketing and Innovation for Partners Healthcare at RAFOUNTAIN@PARTNERS.ORG or 617-535-6556.