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The Ligerbots Arrive at FRC World Champships

The Newton Ligerbots, represented by 23 students and 14 coaches/mentors/parents, have arrived in St. Louis with their robot for the FRC World Championships.  Thanks to corporate sponsors and all others who donated funds to make this possible.  Sure enough, the team has been assigned to the Newton Division (not Archimedes, Curie, Einstein, or Galileo).  According to the schedule, matches will run from Thursday at 9AM to Saturday afternoon.  Events will be live-streamed at  See online for match results, team standings, and awards.  Besides the competitions, the students and adults may attend the FIRST Championship Conferences presented by teams, coaches, mentors, and sponsors on an amazing range of topics.  Good luck to the Ligerbots and best wishes for inspiration, perseverance, collaboration, and Gracious Professionalism!

Two STEM Summer Programs at MassBay Community College, July 7-18

MassBay Community College in Wellesley is offering two summer STEM programs, July 7-18:

  • STEM Summer program, for students entering Grades 7 and 8, costs $300 and includes classes and projects in math, biology, physics, and computers.  Register online or contact Kristen Sutherland (, 781-239-2702) for more information.
  • STEM Summer Bridge, for high-school students, costs $100 and consists of either one course (for rising juniors or seniors:  3D technology or cyber security) or four workshops (for all high-school students:  artbotics, coding with Raspberry Pi, storytelling with Scratch, and mobile apps with App Inventor).  Register online or for more information call 781-239-2586 or email

Engineering and Logic Summer Camp: Open House, April 26

The Studio of Engaging Math in Brighton will hold an open house on April 26, 10:30AM – 2:00PM, for its Engineering and Logic Summer Camp, which offers five one-week summer sessions for kids 6 through 12 years old.  Camp days are 9AM-3PM and include museum field trips and activities such as engineering challenges, science experiments, strategy games, puzzles, origami — and for older students, 3D modeling software and introduction to programming.

MetroWest STEM Education Network Meeting, May 2

The MetroWest STEM Education Network’s quarterly meeting will be held May 2, 8:30AM at Framingham Public Schools, 454 Water Street, Framingham.  Topics include Marlborough’s Youth Career Connect grant, Framingham’s STEAM initiative, a recap of Wellesley’s STEM Expo, and updates on MetroWest STEM’s survey, academy pilot, and STEM magazine issue.

Save the Date: 2014 Mass. STEM Summit: Oct. 22

This year’s Massachusetts STEM Summit will be held October 22, 7:30AM-5PM, at the DCU Center, 50 Foster Street in Worcester.  For more information, contact Dana Bienkowski ( To become a sponsor, contact J. Lynn Griesemer (; 413-545-0001).

Support Newton Ligerbots at FRC Worldwide Championships!

The Newton Ligerbots have just learned that they have qualified for, and received a coveted invitation to, the top high-school robotics competition worldwide — the FRC World Championships in St. Louis, April 23-26.  This culminates their award-winning season of engaging, fun competitions that celebrate excellence in design, collaboration, and STEM while building leadership, self-confidence, and communication skills.  This team — spanning both high schools — needs your financial support to make the trip.

Can you, as a loyal, committed NewtonSTEM reader, provide some financial support to help the Ligerbots attend this worldwide event?  The team registration fee alone is $5000.  Travel costs for students and adult coaches/chaperones will be about $15,000 for a bus plus $9000 for rooms.  The team has already secured grants totaling almost $12,350 from NDEP, PTC, Textron, FedEx, and Newton Public Schools, specifically for this competition.  Ligerbot students’ families are ready to pay substantial amounts to make this happen.  But there’s a gap because not all families can afford the cost.

You can make a tax-deductible contribution to the Ligerbots’ success — in any amount, large or small — through the Newton Schools Foundation:

  • Online:  Click the “Donate” button at to use PayPal or credit card;
  • By check:  Send it to “Newton Schools Foundation”, 246 Dudley Rd., Newton, MA 02459 (with “Ligerbots Championship” in the memo line); or
  • By phone:  Call the Newton Schools Foundation office at 617-559-6120 with your credit card and say your donation is for the Ligerbots Championship.

Thank you, NewtonSTEM readers, for your concrete support of STEM education excellence!

Cambridge Science Festival, April 18-28

The Cambridge Science Festival is the national leader in its field, with over 100 activities and events spanning 10 days, April 18-28.  You can filter this year’s online schedule of events by age (family/teens/adults) and type (activities, workshops, performances, talks, other) or by date.  Some events require pre-registration or tickets.  Some are for educators.  The Science Carnival on Saturday, April 19, 12-4PM, has five themes:  Earth & Space, Micro-Zone, No Limits, Game Corner, and Robot Zoo!  It’s too much to keep in your head.  Download the Guidebook app and search for “Cambridge Science Festival 2014″ to get your mobile guide to events.

MIT AeroAstro Open House, April 23

To celebrate its 100th anniversary, MIT’s Department of Aeronautics and Astrophysics is hosting its AeroAstro Open House on April 23, 10AM-2PM.  It’s free and open to all ages.  Visit the Wright Brothers Wind Tunnel (it’s named for them; it’s not one that they used!).  Tour the Gas Turbine Lab and the Interactive Robotics Lab.  Build a parachute to protect an egg in a drop of two stories.  Learn about materials science, rocketry, environmental effects of aviation, unmanned aerial vehicles, and more.  Everything takes place in Building 33 (map) and surrounding Buildings 17, 31, 34, and 41 on the MIT campus. For information, email

Register for Elementary STEM(2) Summit, June 4

The Northeast Regional Readiness Center and Gordon College will host the Elementary STEM2 Summit on June 4, 9AM-2:30PM, at Gordon College in Wenham (map).  This free event will bring together innovators, teachers, administrators, policy makers, and STEM enthusiasts to explore STEM instruction and advancement in elementary education.  Breakout sessions will focus on elementary STEM resources, STEM grant identification, and grant writing.  Funded by the U.S. Dept. of Education’s Race to the Top Fund.  Register online.  For information, contact Christine Shaw at the Northeast Regional Readiness Center (978-542-2349,

Ligerbots at BU Tomorrow for FIRST New England Championships

Newton’s FIRST robotics team, the Ligerbots, is competing in the premier New England high-school robotics competition — the FIRST New England Championships — going on now, April 10-12, at Boston University’s Agganis Arena.  See the Ligerbots’ competions live at the arena (free and open to the public) or via livestream video.  On Saturday, the Ligerbots will have qualification meets at 9:51AM and 11:29AM, and in the afternoon the teams that qualify will compete in elimination rounds.  (If things go well, look for Ligerbots’ team number 2877 in the elimination schedule.)  The winning teams will go on to the FIRST National Championships in St. Louis, April 23-26.  From

The game itself is a combination of soccer and basketball played with an “alliance” of three robots. During the round robins the teams are random, almost like a pickup basketball game. At the elimination stage an alliance remains consistent for the remainder of the competition.