The Newton LigerBots high-school robotics team will once again host the Eastern Massachusetts Championship event of the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition. It will be held at Newton North HS on December 15, 9AM-3PM, and it’s free, open to the public, and a blast to see. Among the 45+ FLL teams competing will be Newton’s Roaming Rovers and Day Dragons, which won entry to the event through their success at the Newton Qualifier competition hosted by the LigerBots last month. Alongside the Eastern Massachusetts competition will be an expanded maker fair and robot zoo exhibition showcasing all kinds of STEM offerings and hands-on activities. The LigerBots will also host about 50 Newton Girl Scouts in Grades 1-5 to see and participate in the maker fair.
Yesterday, two teams of Newton North HS students performed well at the 16th Annual Women of Science Competition in Bedford. Of 38 teams competing, team A (Abby Lau, Eve Martin and Dominique Rinfret) placed second, each winning $500 scholarships and science books, and team B (Jane Alandydy, Mari McCarthy and Ali Roberts) won sixth place. Newton South HS also fielded two teams, winning seventh and eleventh places. All 38 teams wrestled with STEM problems celebrating women’s achievements in STEM, under the theme Reaching for the Stars – Celebrating Astronomical Discoveries of Women Astronomers. The event also included a networking lunch with female STEM professionals. Take a look at some of the challenges from this year and prior years!
The New England Regional competition for the 2018-19 Future Cities program will be held January 26 at Watertown Middle School (68 Waverly Ave., Watertown). STEM professionals can support the competition, either as mentors throughout the fall semester or as judges before and during the regional competitions (info here). You can register online to be a judge. Contact Reed Brockman at email@example.com or 617-240-7979 for more information about the New England event.
The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network will host a celebration of Partnerships Advancing STEM Education on December 5, 3:30-6PM at Bridgewater State University’s Rondileau Campus Center (19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater). Participants from business/industry, community, and academic partners will discuss the impact of their STEM Week events. Admission is free but registration is required. For more information, contact Kim Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s annual Newton North HS PTSO fundraiser for Educational Excellence is focusing on funding new equipment for hands-on learning in biology and upper-year electives. On December 6, 7:15-8:45PM, the NNHS Science Department invites parents to learn about the school’s science programs with a hands-on activity, Q&A with Science Department chair Heather Haines, and brief remarks by Zeke Alvarez-Saavedra, co-founder of miniPCR–the DNA Discovery System. You may contribute here to the PTSO’s fundraiser.
Registration is now open for the Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on December 1 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). The topic will be 3D Printing, presented by Lincoln Laboratory’s David Scott. Visit 11 stations to learn how 3D parts are designed and made. 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. Register online by November 29. Register an adult first, then a child, then others. Adults must bring government photo identification. See other rules on the registration pages.
On December 6, 6:30-8PM, the MIT Museum will offer a free screening of NOVA’s new film, Addiction, followed by a panel discussion on “the deadliest drug epidemic in US history and how technology can play a role in saving lives.” Register here. Panelists include:
- Julia Cort, Deputy Executive Producer, NOVA
- Dr. Peter Chai, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
- Sara Holt, Producer, Director, and Writer of the film, Addiction
- Dr. Emily Lindemer (MIT Class of 2017), Cofounder of Hey, Charlie, a health care startup fighting the opioid epidemic with a mobile app providing recovery support
Yesterday the Newton high-school robotics team, the LigerBots, hosted the Newton Qualifier, one of two competitions for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) teams held at Newton North HS each year. This tournament featured 23 FLL teams from Greater Boston, including six Newton-based teams: The Day Dragons, Empow Studios, LazerRobotics, Plutonium 238, the Roaming Rovers, and the Supernovas. The Day Dragons won the Champion’s Award, the Roaming Rovers won the Robot Programming Award, and the LazerRobotics won the Inspiration Award. The Roaming Rovers and Day Dragons qualified for the Eastern MA State Championship, which will be hosted by the LigerBots at Newton North HS on December 15, 9AM-3PM.
Accompanying the tournament was a maker fair featuring exhibits from the Newton Free Library, Green Newton, Einstein’s Workshop, Empow Studios, Droid Builders, SharkNinja, Hatch, Johnson String Instrument and well as LigerBots STEAM activities, including button making, paper airplanes, origami, 3D printing, brush bots, PB&J Robot, and binary beads. An even larger maker fair will be featured at the Eastern MA State Champship on December 15, and the public is again invited to this fun, free event. The LigerBots describe the tone of the event as “sports championship / science fair / family reunion / dance party!”
The worldwide project, Hour of Code, introduces programming to millions of people each year as part of Computer Science Education Week, December 3-9. Of the 119,885 Hour of Code events currently registered for this year, Newton has registered events at Angier, Horace Mann, and Memorial Spaulding Elementary Schools, Bigelow Middle School, and Mount Alvernia Academy. The Newton Public Schools is organizing events and linking to curriculum materials appropriate for elementary grades K-1, 2, 3, 4-5, as well as secondary grades at Novice, Intermediate, and Advanced levels. Boston Tech Mom has more information.
Registration is open through November 23 for the Elementary Science Summit, to be held at the Education Development Center (43 Foundry Avenue, Waltham) on November 30, 8:30AM-3PM. Educators, educational administrators, business leaders, parents, journalists, and philanthropists are invited to discuss the current state of science in New England elementary schools, examples of high-quality elementary science teaching, and action plans for improving science education for all elementary-school students. The fee is $50 and includes lunch. For more information, contact Nancy Ruskin, elemSCI2018@edc.org.