Newton was well represented at last week’s Massachusetts STEM Summit in Worcester. Michelle Mischke (NSHS parent and MassBioEd‘s Director of Biotechnology Education Programs) facilitated a roundtable discussion in a seminar about challenges and strategies of engaging students through authentic research. Newton North’s Greengineering team (pictured: Samantha Marcus, Samantha Barbero, Alison Forman-Katz, Dean Lee, Nick Montes-Souza), led by Steve Chinosi, exhibited its work in solution-centered learning. Amy Winston (head of Newton North’s Dept. of Science and Technology/Engineering) talked about her strategies and success in integrating engineering into NNHS’s science courses. Others attending the summit included Diana Robbins (NPS head of K-12 Career & Technical Education), Gerry Gagnon (Newton South Science Dept. Head), Newton South teachers Divya Shannon, Jessica Silverman, Suzy Drurey, Amy Richard, and Megan Leary-Crist, and the founder and CEO of the DIGITS project, Joyce Plotkin.
Last week, Representative Joseph Kennedy III, Mayor Setti Warren, Superintendent David Fleishman, and representatives from PTC’s Engineers of the Future program spoke to a standing-room-only crowd of students and parents at the first of a series of Mayor’s STEM Nights. Designed to inspire young students to explore STEM studies and careers, the evening focused on interactive, hands-on presentations using PTC’s design software. PTC provided plenty of computers for the crowd to use in the demonstrations.
Newton’s all-city high-school FIRST Robotics Team, the Ligerbots, will hold a meeting on Wednesday, October 29, 7-9PM in the Newton North HS Lecture Hall (to the left of the main lobby on Tiger Drive). Ligerbots team members and coaches will present what the team is, how it functions, and how the year will progress. The meeting is open to parents of new and returning team members, as well as NNHS/NSHS students (and their parents) who may be interested in robotics, business, and design. Potential team mentors are also welcome.
Women in Tech: A Story Slam will be held on October 27, 7-9PM at the Microsoft NERD Center (1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge). In this live story slam “shining the spotlight on positive role models,” several prominent women in STEM careers (engineers, product managers, researchers, investors, company leaders) will give 10-minute talks about the the people, places, and events that led them to a career in STEM. Read a compelling account of its rehearsals at BetaBoston. Students can attend free, and others are asked to make a donation of $10 or more to Science Club for Girls. Register online. Speakers include:
- Mary Finlay, former CIO of Partners Healthcare and Brigham & Women’s Hospital, Board Member of Mass TLC, and professor at Simmons School of Management
- Jessica Iandiorio, VP of product marketing at Acquia, one of the fastest-growing software companies in the U.S.
- Rudina Seseri, Partner at Fairhaven Capital
- Laura Major, Analytics and Human Systems business area lead at Draper Laboratories
- Jillian Kando, CTO of educational field trip company EdTrips and member of the 2014 TechStars Boston class
- Donna Tremonte, co-chair of Harvard’s Women in Tech Group and developer at Harvard University
Erica Orthmann, the VP at LaunchPad who created this event, tells her story at WBUR’s Conoscenti.
Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 16 from 9AM to 4PM. Splash is a student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach free mini-courses for high-school students. Running in parallel is the Parent Program for parents to talk with financial advisors, admissions directors, and faculty. Registration is required, is first-come/first-served, and is open until November 12. STEM-oriented courses this year include:
- Introduction to Programming with Pytho
- Message from the TARDIS: The Science Behind Doctor Who
- Star Stuff: How to Walk and Talk Like a True Astronomer
- Introductory Neuroscience!
- Space: Why it’s a lot cooler than you think
- Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
- Intro to Computer Science
For more information, email email@example.com or call 617-291-7524.
MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 22-23 (1oAM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday). It gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in drop-in activities. This year, over 300 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. Here’s a list of the STEM-related courses (PDF). The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available. The first phase of registration is now open, in which students will have at least until November 1 to specify their preferences for classes. Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration. Lottery results will be available November 8. Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration. See the Student Guide page and also the More Info page. There’s also a Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents.
MIT’s Edgerton Center holds free Science on Saturday program about monthly for elementary, middle, and high school students — as well as their parents and teachers. Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. The program includes a one-hour presentation at 10AM followed by hands-on activities. No pre-registration is necessary but seating is limited and first-come, first-seated. It’s held in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge. Upcoming programs:
- October 18: How Computers Think
- November 15: Optics
- December 6: Underwater Robotics
- February 7: Physics
- March 28: Hands-On Engineering
NOTE: This series is separate from MIT Lincoln Labs’ Science on Saturday program, which is also held on similar dates, and for which pre-registration is required:
- October 18: Authenticating on the Internet: How Your Computer Knows It’s You
- December 6: Science of Music
- April 4: Hands-On Engineering
- June 6: Radar
Northeastern University’s Women in Engineering Day enables high-school girls and their parents to learn more about NEU’s engineering program. This fall it will be on Friday, October 31. The day includes a welcome breakfast, several information presentations, a student panel of engineering women to answer questions, lunch discussion with Admissions, Financial Aid, and Residential Life staff, afternoon visits to engineering research facilities, and an optional campus tour. Space is limited and fills up quickly. For more information or reservations, e-mail Rachelle Reisberg at firstname.lastname@example.org by October 24.
Clark University’s Fall Splash — a one-day program offering over 100 classes for students in Grades 5-12 — will be held November 16, 10AM-5PM on the Clark campus (950 Main St., Worcester). Students should register by November 10 but as soon as possible because classes fill up. The day is free, with lunch included. For more information, email email@example.com. The classes are taught by Clark students and will include these in the Science area:
- Vermicomposting: How to Compost with Worms
- Imaging Atoms
- Why Dinosaurs Matter
- The Net — Under the Hood
- Earth Death: The Coming Environmental Catastrophes
- Marine Science
- Cybersecurity 101
- Scientifically Inspired
- Kerbal Space Program – it IS Rocket Science!
- From Mario to Destiny: The Physics behind Video Games
- Zombies: The Science of the Undead
- Hip Hop Happening: The Life of the Kangaroo
- Operating Systems 101
- Starting a Business in Sustainability
- Disease and Civilization and Ebola
- Biology of Animal Sounds
- Napping 101
- Environment Science 101
- Introduction to HTML
MITxplore, in partnership with the MIT Museum and Akamai, will host Math Day Fall 2014 on Sunday, November 23 for students in Grade 4-6. It takes place 10AM-3PM at the MIT Media Lab (6th floor of 75 Amherst St, Cambridge). The day includes mathematical activities designed and mentored by MIT mathematicians, scientists, and engineers — as well as lunch, a T-shirt, and free admission for to the MIT Museum. It’s all free — and donations are greatly appreciated (online or at the door). Registration is required and will fill up quickly. For information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-435-7763.