MassBay Community College in Wellesley will hold its annual STEM Mentor Program Kick-off Reception on Wednesday, September 28, 5-7PM on the Wellesley campus (50 Oakland Street). In its third year, the STEM Mentor Program facilitates one:one relationships between 63 students and STEM professionals from 15 companies and agencies, including Sanofi Genzyme, MathWorks, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, and the U.S. FDA Winchester Engineering Analytical Center.
To celebrate Manufacturing Day, Kronos will hold a free panel discussion, Solving the Growing Talent Gap in Manufacturing, on October 5, noon-2PM, at CIC Boston (50 Milk St. 20th floor, Boston). It’s open to the public, especially those from high schools, colleges, vocational schools, and STEM/manufacturing companies. Participants include General Electric, BAE Systems, UMass Lowell, Northeastern University, MIT, and Boston-based manufacturing innovators and start-ups. Register. For more information, contact Alec Frazier at 978-947-4893 or email@example.com.
Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on October 29 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). The topic will be Chimpanzees, presented by Dr. Zarin Machanda of Tufts University. 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.
FIRST will host the 2016 Women in Science and Technology Forum for high-school students on November 18, 8:15AM-2PM, at FIRST Place and UNH Manchester (200 Bedford St, Manchester, NH). The cost is $20 per adult and $10 per student, with breakfast and lunch included. Registration is now open. This networking event — for high-school students to learn about STEM careers from successful women in STEM fields — has been run in alternate years since 2000, averaging 400 attendees. This year, the keynote speaker will be AnnMarie Thomas. For more information, email Karen Sullivan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The University of Massachusetts Amherst will host its annual Women in Engineering and Computing Career Day on October 24, 8:30AM-1:10PM. It’s designd for female high-school students, but other students are welcome. The cost of $20 per student includes breakfast and lunch, and some financial aid is available. Counselors and teachers may attend free. All attendees must register by October 14. A maximum of 10 students may attend from each high school, so students should coordinate their own registration through their school counselors.
The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights on most Tuesdays in the spring and fall, from 8PM to 9PM. This fall, they’ll go from September 13 through November 29. Register in advance. These events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast: Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message. The Clay Center offers a range of Outreach Programs for community groups. Check the Center’s calendar for future events.
The observatory contains a 25-inch telescope with optically perfect mirrors — similar in optical design to the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s protected by two airlocks, a dome powered by solar cells and wind turbine, and its own foundation that is completely isolated from the foundation of the surrounding building. The telescope and dome are computerized and can be operated through the Internet by researchers anywhere in the world.
HUBweek offers these presentations on topics in medicine, each free and open to “life-long Learners, curiosity seekers, science lovers”:
- A Quantum Leap in Diabetes Treatment, September 26, 8:30AM-10AM, at Harvard University, 5 Oxford Street in Cambridge. Wait list.
- Harnessing Evolution to Solve Problems in Biotech and Therapeutics, September 27, 6-7:30PM, at 415 Main Street in Cambridge. Register.
- Future of Medicine: From Genomics to Nanotechnology, September 29, 4-6PM, at Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Building One, 50 Northern Avenue in Boston. Fully booked.
- Horizons in Regenerative Medicine: Honey, I Shrunk the Patient!, September 29, 5:30-7PM at Harvard’s Geological Museum, Lecture Hall 100, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge. Register.
- Ageless Aging, September 30, 5:30-7PM at Harvard’s Geological Museum, Lecture Hall 100, 24 Oxford Street in Cambridge. Register.
As part of HUBweek, Google will bring its Geek Street STEM fair to the Boston Children’s Museum, 308 Congress Street in Boston, October 1, noon to 5PM. Hands-on, educational fun — primarily for middle-school students, but all ages are invited.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (60 Garden Street in Cambridge) hosts monthly Observatory Nights on Thursdays at 7:30PM. Admission is free but reservations are now required, and unfortunately the events for this fall are already sold out. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Newton Free Library offers these STEM-related events in September:
- September 6: Movie: The Man Who Knew Infinity, 6:30PM. The story of the mathematician Srinivasa Ramanujan, from poverty in Madras, India to Trinity College in Cambridge.
- September 15: littleBits, 4-5PM, ages 9-12
- September 22: STEAM Ahead storytime, 4-4:45PM, ages 3-5
- September 22: Teen Tinker Club, 4-5PM, grades 6-12 (Register)
- September 22: LEGO WeDo, ages 7-10 with parents (Register for 7-7:45PM or 8-8:45PM)
- September 24: Hands-On Arduino, 10AM-Noon (Register), ages 18+
- September 26: KIBO Robots, 3:30-4:15PM, ages 5-6 with adult. **
- September 26: Chessmates, 6:30-8PM, ages 6-9. **
** Space is limited for events marked “**”, so pick up a ticket 30 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.