The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd) will host a free showing of Underwater Dreams on October 13 (Columbus Day Holiday), 4-5:30PM at AMC Framingham, 22 Flutie Pass, Framingham. It’s a movie about how students from a Title I high school in Phoenix learned how to build an underwater robot using parts from Home Depot — and defeated MIT in the process. Registration is not required, and attendees will be admitted to the 200+ seat theater on a first-come, first-served basis. Please arrive by 3:45PM. MassBioEd encourages teachers to consider offering extra credit or homework vouchers to students attending. Attendance vouchers will be issued.
Online registration is open for the Massachusetts STEM Summit, to be held Wednesday, October 22 (7:30AM-5PM) at the DCU Center in Worcester (directions). Review the schedule of events for the summit before registering. The $25 registration fee is waived for full-time students with proof of enrollment. For more information, contact Susan Moll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) Office of Ocean Exploration and Research will host Why Do We Explore?, the first of a two-part professional-development workshop for Grade 5-12 educators to learn about the work of NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer, the first Federal ship dedicated to ocean exploration. Participants will learn how to use standards-based lessons and other online resources to guide classroom inquiries into reasons for ocean exploration including Climate Change, Energy, Ocean Health and Human Health. This first workshop will be held on Saturday, October 25 from 8AM to 4PM at the New England Aquarium. The second part will be held in the spring. The cost is free, with $100 stipend for those attending both parts. Space is limited. Register by October 3 by contacting Tania Slywynskyj at the New England Aquarium (617.226.2259 or email@example.com).
Participants completing Part 1 will receive Volume 1 of the Okeanos Explorer Education Materials Collection, Why Do We Explore?, other resources, a NOAA Ocean Exploration Certificate of Participation, continental breakfast and lunch.
UMass Lowell is hosting a free, hands-on workshop for K-12+ educators to learn about building robots, data collection, and collaborative data visualization using iSENSE — a web-based tool for use in middle-and high-school science and mathematics classrooms. The workshop will be held in Olsen Hall on Saturday, October 25 from 9AM to 1PM. Participants will:
- Interact with other teachers who have already used robots,
- Build and program robot creatures,
- Receive advanced instruction for experienced users,
- Learn about a new science offering on using sensors in the classroom, data collection & visualization, and
- Receive information about UMass Lowell workshops, scholarship, and funding opportunities.
Space is limited. Register online by October 18 (earlier is better). For more information, visit www.cs.uml.edu/k12 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Registration is now open for the next monthly Saturday-morning session Science on Saturday, on October 18 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). Dr. William Streinlein of Lincoln Laboratory will discuss Authenticating on the Internet: How Your Computer Knows It’s You!. Students will participate in hands-on activities to demonstrate principles of authentication. All children must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children. 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). Adults much bring government photo identification. See other rules on the registration pages.
The first MIT Science Olympiad will be held on the MIT campus on Saturday, January 24. It will include all 23 national events for Level C (high-school) teams. The competition is organized by Science Olympiad at MIT, an MIT student group formed last year by former national-level Science Olympians. High-school team coaches should register soon, as space is limited to 50 teams. Registration fee of $100 is due November 10. For further information, call 617-253-6777 or email email@example.com.
MIT will host its first ever Mini Maker Faire on October 4, 9AM-6PM at North Court on the MIT Campus (map). Artists, crafters, engineers, and inventors who wish to exhibit their work must apply by 11:59PM on September 15. It’s free but space is limited. Others may apply to be Volunteer Team Captains. To be a sponsor, contact the organizers. All may register to attend for free. Events include Go-Kart Exhibition Races, Robotic Combat, Pile of Parts ‘Sand Boxes’, and Rube Goldberg Machines.
The Level C (High School) Massachusetts State Science Olympiad will be held March 21 at Framingham State University. There will be a Coaches Meeting on Saturday, October 18 at 10AM in Hemingway 325 at Framingham State University to discuss selection of events and recruiting of event runners and helpers. Coaches’ manuals will be distributed and registration fees ($125) will be collected. For more information, contact State Co-Director Bob Goldstein at 617-842-6483 or Robert_Goldstein@meei.harvard.edu.
The Women in STEM Idea Exchange Summit will be held on October 21, 8AM-4:45PM at Bentley University. Agenda includes:
- The New Frontier of Engaging Men as Full Partnersin the Advancement of Women
- Strategies for Leveraging Partnerships Between Key Stakeholders in usiness, Government, Education and Philanthropy
- Thinking BIG about Girls in STEM and Million Women Mentors
- Smart STEM Investing: What to Measure
- Broadening the Breadth of the STEM Workforce Through Racial and Ethnic Diversity
- Panel: Employee Engagement: Programs that Work to Engageand Retain Women in STEM
- Panel: Future of the American workforce: how to recruit and retain talent in the new generation of STEM graduates
- STEM Exchange: To help students evaluate career options and assist companies in identifying local emerging talents for mentoring, internship and recruitment
Einstein’s Workshop — a family-friendly STEM center in Burlington — will hold a free 3D Printerfest on Saturday, September 6, 1-5PM at 25 Adams Street in Burlington. There will be demonstrations of multiple types of 3D printers and workshops for making 3D-printable objects. Inventors, educators, and vendors of 3D printers are invited to exhibit. Call 781-202-5645 for information.