On May 2, 12:30-3PM, the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair will showcase more than more than 300 of the “best of the best” high-school science fair research and design projects from across the state, at the Johnson Athletics Center at MIT. Topics include: When Life Gives You Lemons: Building a Better EpiPen, LED to a New Light: Tracking a Golf Ball Using Blue Tooth, Artificial Pancreas Circuit Model: Turn Milk Into Plastic, and Music Learning & Impact on Cognition. $500,000 worth of scholarships and prizes will be awarded at a ceremony at 3:30PM.
The Clay Center and the Amateur Telescope Makers of Boston will host Family Night Under the Stars at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline on May 9, starting at 4:30PM. The Observatory will be open 5-9PM. Galileo will speak. Amateur telescopes will be on display, along with a telescope clinic, R2D2, a Wookie, Segway rides, kite flying, model rockets, HAM radio demonstrations, NASA ambassadors, and other stuff. Most events are free, but laser and planetarium shows will be $5 each. Register online.
The 2015 Massachusetts STEM Summit will be held on November 10 at DCU Center in Worcester. Proposals for sessions or exhibits may be submitted until May 1 for any of these themes: Career Awareness & Workforce Development, Digital Education, Early Education, K-12 Education, Higher Education (2-year or 4-year), Innovation & Entrepreneurship, Out-of-School Time, or Research and Practice.
Having qualified for the FIRST Robotics Competition’s World Championship in St. Louis just ten days before the event (April 22-25), the LigerBots confronted another problem: How to get 47 award-winning teammates, coaches, and mentors — plus 1 robot and assorted equipment — to St. Louis, with absolutely no buses available from the companies approved by Newton Public Schools? A week of meetings, brainstorming, lobbying, and collaboration with NPS led to a solution: A caravan of five mini-vans, two cars, plus two trailers hauling 2000 lbs. of gear — driven by parents/coaches/mentors for the 2400-mile round-trip — while some others will make the trip by air. Yet another example of the LigerBots’ gracious professionalism and coopertition: The LigerBots are helping another Boston-area team by transporting some large equipment for them. Here’s how you can participate:
Employees of organizations that are members of MassBio may register online to bring their children (8-12 years old) to Bring Your Kid to MassBio Day, an event coordinated with Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day, April 23. This event, open only to employees of MassBio member organizations, will be held at MassBio headquarters, starting with breakfast and independent activities at 9AM, followed by a Jello experiment conducted by MassBioEd at 10AM, and ending at 10:30AM.
The EcoTarium (222 Harrington Way, Worcester) offers vacation-week activities, April 21-24, 10AM-5PM. The museum shop features snap circuit kits, brainteasers, logic games, and Steve Spangler science kits. For its Earth Day Celebration on Friday, April 24, 10AM-4PM, the EcoTarium offers special activities, planetarium shows, and half-price admission to the museum.
The National Estuarine Research Reserve System (NERRS) offers ‘Teachers on the Estuary‘ (PDF) — a field-based professional development program for middle- and high-school teachers interested in watershed and estuary topics, July 13-16, at the Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve in Falmouth on Cape Cod. See this page for links to syllabus and application. Free but space is limited. Teachers will be awarded equipment and $200 implementation mini-grants. Rustic lodging and camping is available. Contact Joan Muller at 508-457-0495 x107.
Jr. Tech will sponsor a Girls STEM Summit at Regis College (Weston, MA) on June 14, 8:15AM-4:15PM). It’s aimed at young women in Grades 8-12 who love STEM and would like to learn about emerging STEM careers. Sponsors include Biogen Idec, Raytheon, and NationalGrid. Registration fee is $55 and includes lunch.
Registration is now open for the next monthly Saturday-morning session Science on Saturday, on May 16 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). The topic will be Hands-On Engineering, presented by members of the Lincoln Laboratory Technical Women’s Network (LLTWN). Students engage in activities to paint using pitch and frequency of sounds, watch demonstrations of 3D printers, and simulate missile launches. 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 UMass Lowell Engaging Computing Group will host a free dinner meeting for teachers on April 16, 5-7PM, to explain the Science of Rivers field trips that are available in May and June for science/biology students in Grades 6-12. Funding is available for the field-trip program and bus transportation. These one-day field trips on the Merrimack River focus on water-quality testing and use iSENSE, a free, web-based tool for collaborative data analysis. Teachers will conduct a classroom activity using iSENSE prior to the field trip.