The first TEDx@MIT conference, Computing the Future, will be held on May 28, 1PM-6PM, at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in Cambridge. Apply here to attend. Speakers include:
- Barbara Liskov, Turing Award winner Professor
- Judy Brewer, Director of WWW3 Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative
- Ronitt Rubinfeld, Professor and ACM Fellow
- Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics,former Deputy Administrator of NASA
- Hamsa Balakrishnan, Associate Department Head and Director of Transportation@MIT
- Nergis Mavalvala, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
- Julie Shah, Boeing Associate Professor
- Vivienne Sze, Associate Professor and Edgerton Faculty Award winner
- Bonnie Berger, head of CSAIL’s Computation and Biology group
- Daniela Rus, roboticist and Director of CSAIL
- Krystyn van Vliet, SMART Professor
The Friends of Cold Spring Park and the Zervas PTO will host naturalist Sam Jaffe, founder of The Caterpillar Lab, speaking on The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park on June 3, 7:30PM at Zervas Elementary School. Sam has identified 150 species of birds, 32 butterflies, and many species of reptiles, amphibians, insects, and mammals in Cold Spring Park. He’ll speak about the park’s diverse habitats and inhabitants, how he works with Zervas teachers to use the park as an outdoor classroom, threats to the park’s ecosystem, and plans to rehabilitate the trails in the park. For more information, email FriendsofColdSpringPark@gmail.com.
Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm in New York City — will host its seventh annual Women in STEM event July 29-30, inviting selected women entering their freshman year of college to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business. Travel, hotel, and meals will be paid by the company. Apply by June 27, including your resume and a statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend. Email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
On May 17, 7PM-9PM, the Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University will host a free presentation on the APOLLO project — about current research using lasers and mirrors that were left on the moon by Apollo missions. Prof. James Battat of Wellesley College will explain his research on precision tests of gravity using this equipment. Registration is required. Location is the
“e” inc. — Boston’s environment science learning and action center — hosts Activity Nights for ages 5 to 7 on the third Thursday of each month, 6PM-7:30PM. On May 16, the theme will be Rocks and Minerals. Tickets are $5. Location is 114 16th. street, Room 1030, in the Charlestown Navy Yard.
Einstein’s Workshop will host free Open House of STEM activities for students going into Grades K-6 (and their parents) on May 25, 9:30AM-3PM, at Lasell College (1844 Commonwealth Avenue). The event will highlight their upcoming summer camps at Lasell College’s Science and Technology Center. Activities include coding challenges, programmable robots, air cannon rockets, and games. For more information, email email@example.com.
Student Artists for Science Education, organized by Newton North HS junior Julia Davis, is holding an arts-inspired fundraiser on May 17, 7PM-8:30PM at Newton North HS’s Little Theater, to support the robotics program of Excel Charter School in Boston. Performances will include a capella, jazz, guitar/singing, violin, ballet, and jazz dance, and the event will include an auction of student art. Tickets are $20 for adults and $15 for students, and all proceeds will be used for purchasing science equipment for Excel Charter Schools. The majority of Excel students are first-generation immigrants and are among the most under-served students in Boston and Chelsea. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teams of two to six middle-school students (Grades 5-8) can register now for the WGBH TouchTomorrow Design Squad Global Challenge, which will be held at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on June 8, with competition times at 1PM (currently full) and 3PM. This year’s challenge is Rubber-Band Cars. All materials will be provided, and each team will have 50 minutes to build and test its design, and then all teams will race to determine the fastest.
Worcester’s EcoTarium will host a Bike Fest on May 18, 10AM-5PM, to celebrate the opening of its temporary exhibit, Gear Up: The Science of Bikes. Bring bikes and helmets for the obstacle course (for kids under age 12); see cycling demonstrations and tricks by Slapstick Science; attend bike fix-it clinics. Free with Ecotarium membership or paid admission (advance purchase here).
The Kendall Square Orchestra, composed of STEM professionals from over 20 companies and 5 universities in Boston/Cambridge, will present Boston’s first Symphony for Science on May 20 at 8PM at Symphony Hall. It’s a fundraiser to benefit Massachusetts General Hospital’s research into frontotemporal dementia. The evening will combine music (including Keith Lockhart on piano and other members of the Boston Symphony Orchestra) and talks by clinicians, researchers, and caregivers associated with this disease. Tickets here.