Each year, NNHS’ ED EX Campaign selects target projects to help create up-to-date, diverse, and stimulating curriculum. The 2013 project is the Green Campus Project, led by the Greengineering group, to create an outdoor classroom, an organic gardening project, and a green wall (vertical garden) demonstration. A launch party will be held May 21, 7PM-8:30PM at the NNHS Greenineering Lab (by the Theatre entrance). NNHS aims to raise $25,000 from the NNHS community to fund this project. Learn more and contribute at http://edex.northptso.org.
Everyone in the Newton community is welcome to come to Newton South HS on May 23, 3PM-6PM, for the first annual NSHS Science Open House. Take a tour of South Science and see what NSHS has been up to! Features will include:
- A display of current science student projects in biology, chemistry and physics
- Science team students demonstrating and leading interactive science experiments (younger kids welcome!)
- An appearance of the LIGERBOTS robot
- Science student and faculty awards
Refreshments will be available for sale (proceeds to support the NSHS science and LIGERBOT teams). For information, contact Amy Richard at Amy_Richard@newton.k12.ma.us or 617-559-6558.
Because the NNHS science team has qualified for TEAMS/JETS national competitions, their Science Initiatives Competition on May 18 has been revised. It will be held 9:30AM-1:30PM at the Microsoft store at Prudential Center. Cost is $10 at the door. Competitions will be individualized, not team-based. Testing sessions will be at 10AM and 11AM> Professors from Harvard will speak at 10:30, 11:30, and noon. More info at sic-sciinit.webs.com or by emailing sciINIT@gmail.com.
Dr. Story Musgrave, a NASA astronaut on six space flights including the Hubble Telescope repair mission, will speak at Framingham State University on May 22, 7PM-8:30PM at the Dwight Hall Performing Arts Center. This inspiring talk on leadership, innovation, creativity, and design is free and open to the public. For information, call 508-626-4582.
Clay Center Observatory, in collaboration with the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston (ATMoB), will host a free public event for National Astronomy day, Saturday, May 18, 4PM-10PM outdoors and 5PM-8PM indoors. The event will include day and night telescope viewing, planetarium and laser light shows, kite flying, Re/Max balloon rides, rocket launches, robots demonstrations, talks by Galileo himself, hands-on educational activities for all ages, and children’s door prizes. Register for chances to win telescopes, meteorites, and more. Free Astronomy souvenir for first 300 children. Food Stand open 4:30-7:30PM. On the campus of Dexter & Southfield Schools, 20 Newton Street, in Brookline.
4:00 – Outdoor events begin with rockets, kites, solar telescopes
5:00 – Indoor events run from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm – science exhibitors
7:00 – Indoor Kite Flying in the Hockey Rink 7-9 pm – kites that need no wind!
8:00 – Sunset, night telescopes for viewing the Moon, Saturn, Jupiter
The Clay Center Observatory will be open, weather permitting, for public telescope nights on Tuesdays through May. Check the Clay Center web site for times and details: www.claycenter.org. On the campus of Dexter & Southfield Schools, 20 Newton Street, in Brookline.
The Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics will host a free Observatory Night and lecture on Thursday, May 16, at 7:30PM at Phillips Auditorium, 60 Garden Street, Cambridge. The topic: Giant black holes at the centers of galaxies — the most powerful engines in the universe. In active galaxies they blast out jets of material at near-light-speed, and when galaxies collide, their black holes merge with a dramatic burst of gravitational waves that can kick the black hole out of the galaxy entirely. Travel to the lairs of these hungry monsters and uncover their secrets. This Observatory Night talk will be followed by viewing through telescopes (weather permitting). Free and open to the public. For more information: firstname.lastname@example.org, 617-495-7461, More info: www.cfa.harvard.edu
The Google Science Fair is an online science competition open to students ages 13-18 from around the globe, working alone or in teams. Google seeks extraordinary ideas and offers this opportunity for teenagers to explore ideas they are passionate about. The deadline for submissions is May 1 at 3AM Eastern time. Online office hours — for asking questions — are Tuesday, April 22 and Monday April 29, both at 5PM Eastern time.
The Autonomous Combat Robots Competition has been rescheduled to Wednesday, April 24 at 6pm at the Center for Arts at the Armory, 191 Highland, Ave., Somerville. Artisan’s Asylum, Somerville’s local makerspace, has teamed up with MathWorks to host a week-long Combat Robot Design Challenge to bring autonomous combat robots to Boston. The event is free. Come see what cool robots the teams have come up with, and watch them compete in a double-elimination tournament.
The Clay Center Observatory will host an exciting, free public event — a unique combination of astronomy and music — on Saturday, April 27, at 7:00PM. A meteorite from February’s once-a-century meteor blast in Russia will be on display, and Music from Copland House, a leading New York-based repertory ensemble, will perform Celestial Harmonies, an evening of 20th century classical music that explores the heavens and space.
The evening is free of charge to all registered guests, parking is free, children are welcome, and dress is casual. Seating is limited and first-come, first-seated. Register now for free. Doors open at 6:30PM. On the campus of Dexter & Southfield Schools, 20 Newton Street, in Brookline. Continue reading