MIT will host its first ever Mini Maker Faire on October 4, 9AM-6PM at North Court on the MIT Campus (map). Artists, crafters, engineers, and inventors who wish to exhibit their work must apply by 11:59PM on September 15. It’s free but space is limited. Others may apply to be Volunteer Team Captains. To be a sponsor, contact the organizers. All may register to attend for free. Events include Go-Kart Exhibition Races, Robotic Combat, Pile of Parts ‘Sand Boxes’, and Rube Goldberg Machines.
The Level C (High School) Massachusetts State Science Olympiad will be held March 21 at Framingham State University. There will be a Coaches Meeting on Saturday, October 18 at 10AM in Hemingway 325 at Framingham State University to discuss selection of events and recruiting of event runners and helpers. Coaches’ manuals will be distributed and registration fees ($125) will be collected. For more information, contact State Co-Director Bob Goldstein at 617-842-6483 or Robert_Goldstein@meei.harvard.edu.
The Women in STEM Idea Exchange Summit will be held on October 21, 8AM-4:45PM at Bentley University. Agenda includes:
- The New Frontier of Engaging Men as Full Partnersin the Advancement of Women
- Strategies for Leveraging Partnerships Between Key Stakeholders in usiness, Government, Education and Philanthropy
- Thinking BIG about Girls in STEM and Million Women Mentors
- Smart STEM Investing: What to Measure
- Broadening the Breadth of the STEM Workforce Through Racial and Ethnic Diversity
- Panel: Employee Engagement: Programs that Work to Engageand Retain Women in STEM
- Panel: Future of the American workforce: how to recruit and retain talent in the new generation of STEM graduates
- STEM Exchange: To help students evaluate career options and assist companies in identifying local emerging talents for mentoring, internship and recruitment
Einstein’s Workshop — a family-friendly STEM center in Burlington — will hold a free 3D Printerfest on Saturday, September 6, 1-5PM at 25 Adams Street in Burlington. There will be demonstrations of multiple types of 3D printers and workshops for making 3D-printable objects. Inventors, educators, and vendors of 3D printers are invited to exhibit. Call 781-202-5645 for information.
|The Innovation Institute — the leading STEM-focused academic enrichment program for grades K-12 in Greater Boston — will hold an open house Sunday, September 7, 2:30-5PM in its classroom laboratories at 288 Walnut Street, Suite 300, in Newtonville. Learn about courses for after school, for home school students, on weekends and during school vacations. Fall programs begin Wednesday, September 10 and will explore computer programming (Python), the science of renewable energies, neuroscience, and engineering immersion. A special high-school seminar, At the Biomedical Frontiers, will address the latest research in areas ranging from 3D printing applications to cancer therapeutics. For information, see theinnovationinstitute.org, call 617-340-9907, or email email@example.com.
Courses range widely, but here’s one example: This summer, in a one-week mini-course on 3D Printing, middle-school students analyzed additive versus subtractive fabrication while creating Potatohenge. They worked on collaborative challenges that built teamwork skills, made individual Blue Sky presentations about the possibilities of 3D printing, and learned a bit of introductory CAD. They also visited labs at Harvard University, engaging with researchers and viewing demonstrations of amazing 3D printing applications.
On September 9, online registration will open for the Massachusetts STEM Summit, to be held Wednesday, October 22 (7:30AM-5PM) at the DCU Center in Worcester (directions). The schedule of events for the summit is available online.
Last year, 80 students from nine different Newton Public Schools participated in Regional and State competitions sponsored by Destination Imagination. Destination Imagination encourages teams of learners (K-12) to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM, the arts, and service learning. DI students learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process. The program is run by volunteers and needs participation from every family. Teams are formed in October and meet in November, and the Regional Tournament is in early Spring.
Interested parents are invited to any of five DI Info Nights (7-8PM):
- Tuesday, September 9: Zervas Elementary (30 Beethoven Avenue)
- Wednesday, September 10: Burr Elementary (171 Pine Street)
- Monday, September 15: Cabot Elementary (229 Cabot Street)
- Wednesday, September 17: Memorial Spaulding Elementary (250 Brookline Street)
- Monday, September 22: Horace Mann Elementary (687 Watertown Street)
The MIT Museum will focus its next Second Friday event (September 12, 5-8PM) on “Living in the Future.” Included with the price of museum admission: pizza, popcorn, short clips from futuristic movies of the past, and presentations on:
- Autonomous Cookie-baking Robots: Mario Bollini – Chief Technology Officer and Cofounder of GRIT
- Humans as a Multi-planet Species: Olivier De Weck – Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics and Engineering Systems, MIT
- Genetic Engineering: Elinor Karlsson – Postdoctoral Scientist, Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard
- Robo Cheetah: Sangbae Kim – Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Biomimetic Robotics Lab, MIT
- 4D Printing: Skylar Tibbits- Research Scientist. Director, Self-Assembly Lab, MIT
The Newton North HS Science Team won second place in the State TEAMS competition and will be one of two teams representing Massachusetts at the national competition in Washington, DC. The team is holding a booksale event to introduce rising freshmen to the high-school team and to raise funds for its trip to DC:
During a Mystery Architecture Competition at Barnes & Noble bookstore in Burlington on Saturday, June 21, 1-5PM, the team hopes to talk with rising freshmen about high-school life and the Science Team.
Barnes & Noble will contribute a share of all in-store sales in their Burlington store on June 21 — as well as all online sales at www.BN.COM/bookfairs.com during June 21-26 — for purchases made with the Science Team’s book fair ID (#11384203).
The award-winning Ligerbots — Newton’s FIRST robotics team, back from the FIRST World Championships — will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, June 7 (10AM-2PM) at the Whole Foods Market at Four Corners (intersection of Walnut and Beacon Streets). Come buy a hotdog, support the team, see the Ligerbots’ robot in action, and if you wish, drive it as well. If you can’t make it to this event, you can make a donation at www.ligerbots.org/support.