Ten80 Education will hold a STEM Innovators-in-Training session for teams of high-school students at Framingham State University on March 17, 9AM-1PM. Students will attend workshops on the engineering process, innovation, and leadership. Any high school or organization serving high-school students may register a team of five or more students. Lunch is provided for teams registered by March 7.
Horace Mann Elementary School held its 8th annual Science Night last Friday. These kids get it! It’s a blast to hear them explain what they have learned.
The Ecotarium in Worcester is hosting two overnights (7PM-8AM) in March, one for girls and one for boys, with a minimum of 28 participants each. Others will take place in May. These events are aimed at Girl Scouts and Boy Scouts, respectively, but those who are not affiliated with these scouting programs are welcome with an adult chaperone. Cost is $50, including chaperones. For registration or more information, contact 508.929.2703 or email@example.com.
- Saturday, March 5: Girls’ Night Out: Vet Tech Overnight Adventure. for Grades 6-12. Register by February 26.
- Friday, March 25: Boys’ Night Out: Astronomy Overnight for ages 8 and up. Register by March 18.
As part of Discover Engineers Week, the Northeastern University chapter of the Society of Women Engineers will hold a free career event — Cool Women / Hot Careers — on February 20, 9:30AM-3PM for high-school students and their parents, as well as college counselors. It includes breakfast, a student panel of engineering women, lunch, and engineering activities. Space is limited. Registration is required. For information, email Rachelle Reisberg at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let’s Build is a family volunteering initiative bringing engineering into Needham’s elementary schools by training family and community volunteers to support classroom design challenges. Its major fundraiser, the Let’s Build Engineering Extravaganza, will be held January 30, 10AM-2PM at the Needham Science Center within Newman Elementary School (1155 Central Ave. in Needham). Activities include a take-apart table, catapults, demonstrations by Needham HS robotics, an egg drop, Olin’s 3D printer, bridge construction, a cantilever challenge, kite-making, and interaction with local scientists and engineers. Admission is $5 per family (or free for volunteers and their families).
On February 2 at 7PM, the Newton Free Library will host emerging-technologies attorney John Frank Weaver discussing the technological changes coming soon in what MIT’s Erik Brynjolfsson and Andrew McAfee call The Second Machine Age. Weaver, who is author of Robots Are People Too and a contributing writer with Slate, will also explain why our laws are so important during this period. Drawing on precedents between the Industrial Revolution and the emergence of wireless communications, he will analyze current government efforts and provide strategies for future legislation.
The Newton Free Library offers a special three-day, February-vacation Teen Tinker Club for Grades 6-12, at 4PM on February 17-19. Tinker with LEGO WeDo on Wednesday, Scratch on Thursday, and combine them on Friday by coding the LEGO WeDo using Scratch. Online registration for all three sessions opens January 27.
Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on February 6 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). The topic will be Cryogenics & Liquid Nitrogen, presented by Lincoln Laboratory’s Dr. Richard Williamson. 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, so register online soon for either Session 1 (9AM to 10:30AM) or Session 2: 10:45AM to 12:15PM). Adults must bring government photo identification. See other rules on the registration pages.