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Ligerbots Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Whole Foods, Jan. 31

The Ligerbots high-school robotics team will celebrate the end of its month-long fundraiser at Whole Foods (Beacon and Walnut Streets) with an all-you-can-eat pancake breakfast on Saturday, January 31, 9-11AM.  Cost is $10, and all proceeds go to the Ligerbots to fund equipment, travel, and registration for competitions.  Enjoy pancakes and help to support Newton’s award-winning team!

Newton Community Ed: STEM Programs for February Break

Newton Community Education will offer these STEM programs at Newton North HS during the upcoming February school break:

Public Transportation Youth Summit for Rising High-School Juniors & Seniors

The American Public Transportation Association will host its fourth annual Youth Summit in Washington, DC during June 28-July 2.  This free, expenses-paid event brings 50 rising high-school juniors and seniors together to explore careers in public transportation.  This year’s program will include a focus on STEM careers.  Applications are due February 13 by email to or by fax to 1-202-496-4323.

Two WGBH Online Discussions for Science Teachers, Jan. 28 & 29

WGBH will host two online presentations/discussions for science teachers this week, highlighting free online resources from PBS Learning Media:

January 28:  A Google Hangout at 7PM EST for science educators to learn about updates and resources for solar-system sciences curricula, including the PBS Learning Media library of NASA Planetary Sciences materials.

January 29:  A webinar, “Becoming Systems Literate,” to explore how to teach students to think about systems, using the new Systems Literacy collection offered by PBS Learning Media.   The link to the webinar will be provided to those who register.

Newton Library: Scratch Programming for Grades 3-6, Feb. 5

Registration is now open for the February 5 session of the Newton Free Library’s Scratch Club for Grades 3-6.  From 6:30PM to 7:30PM, kids work with the Scratch programming language to create games, animations, and stories.  Online registration is required, and space is filling quickly.  This program repeats monthly so search the Library’s calendar for upcoming sessions.

Register Now: MIT Lincoln Lab’s Science on Saturday, Jan. 31

Registration is now open for the next monthly Saturday-morning session Science on Saturday, on January 31 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   Robotics will be the topic, presented by members of Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL).  Students will see demonstrations of what real robots can do now, what kinds of robots can be bought, and what students can build.  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.

Overnight Adventures at Worcester’s EcoTarium

Worcester’s EcoTarium will offer two Saturday overnights for kids aged 6 and up:

  • Girls’ Night Out: Science Journey!,  Friday, February 6
  • Boys’ Night Out: Science Adventure!,  Saturday, February 21

Activities include science experiments, visits with resident wildlife, digital planetarium show, and night sky explorations.  Cost is $50 per person (children and adult chaperones).  One chaperone is required for every 5 children.  Register via or 508-929-2703.  Groups of 28 or more may also book their own dates on Thursdays, Fridays, and Saturdays.  Details.

BSCE Online Bridge Design Contest Starts Jan. 12, Ends Apr. 24

The Boston Society for Civil Engineers sponsors its annual Ralph Salvucci Online Bridge Competition — the Massachusetts sub-contest of the national Engineering Encounters Bridge Design Contest.  Massachusetts students in Grades 6-12, in teams of 1 or 2, use free software provided by the contest to design the cheapest bridge that can carry the specified truck.  Design your bridge, click on the truck, and see if it holds up or crashes.  The top 20 teams will be invited to the Awards Banquet as free guests.  All local contestants are automatically entered in the national contest.  Check out the flyer (PDF), see the rules, then on January 12 you may register (using local code RSOB) and download the software, and submit your design by 1PM on April 24.  For more information, to get help, to find a mentor, or to offer to help sponsor the contest, email the Contest Coordinator, Alex Bonnar, at

MSMR Competition: Students to Report on Recent Scientific Advances

The Massachusetts Society for Medical Research is holding its 24th annual student competition, January 5 – May 9.   New England students in Level 1 (Grade 7-8) or Level 2 (Grades 9-12) enter by preparing (alone or in pairs) an essay, poster, or web page to explain and promote a biomedical research advance at a New England research institution in the last two years.  Entries should be aimed at an audience of teenage science students and presented in the style and spirit of MSMR’s popular science-discovery website, What a Year!, which aims to turn scientific advances into educational opportunities.  Winning students at each Level will receive cash awards, and their teachers will receive classroom education grants.  See competition details and the student packet (PDF) online.

Ligerbots Fundraiser Throughout January at Whole Foods (Four Corners)

During the entire month of January, the LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning, high-school FIRST robotics team, will host a fundraiser at Whole Foods market (Walnut Street and Beacon Streets).  The goal is to raise $1000 to help fund the team’s 2015 robot and the costs of entering and traveling to competitions.  Team members will be present during after-school hours to talk about the team.  You can support the LigerBots by purchasing a donation coupon at the register.  For more information, visit