The Highland Street Foundation is bringing back Free Fun Fridays, during which it provides support to about 100 selected museums and cultural venues open to everyone for free on specified Fridays. Here are the STEM-oriented Free Fun Fridays on the schedule this summer:
- June 29: MIT Museum, Children’s Museum in Easton
- July 6: Boston Children’s Museum, Amelia Park Children’s Museum,
- July 13: Charles River Watershed Association, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, The Telephone Museum, Children’s Museum at Holyoke
- July 20: Chatham Shark Center, Maria Mitchell Association (Nantucket’s Science Center), Springfield Museums, The Discovery Museum
- July 27: Sandwich Glass Museum, Arnold Arboretum
- August 3: Franklin Park Zoo, The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
- August 24: Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Heritage Museums & Gardens
- August 31: EcoTarium, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
Empow Studios opened its beautifully designed new studio space in Newton at 180 Needham Street last week, with enthusiastic staff and representatives of the mayor’s office and Chamber of Commerce celebrating the ribbon-cutting. Families with children in Grades 2-8 are invited to register for an Open House and Student Showcase on June 23, in one of four time slots (12PM, 12:30PM, 1PM, 1:30PM) for a tour and preview of programs: Summer Camps (June 25 – August 31), STEM After School Club, STEM Clubs and Classes (Weekday & Weekend), and Birthday Parties.
New England FIRST Mentor’s Organization (NEMO) will hold its inaugural meeting on June 26, 6-8PM, at MassRobotics (12 Channel Street, Suite 502, in Boston). Register by June 19. NEMO aims to help FIRST mentors become better mentors, and meetings will include presentations and networking. This inaugural meeting will be introduced by the Regional Director of NE FIRST and will include a presentation about off-season projects for FIRST Robotics Competition teams.
The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network invites educators, business partners, and community representatives to its STEM conference — Educating for the Future: Practices – Programs – Partnerships — at Bridgewater State University on August 15, 8:30AM-2PM, in the Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom (19 Park Avenue in Bridgewater). All are welcome and attendance is free but registration is required. For more information, contact email@example.com.
October 22-16 has been designated Massachusetts STEM Week by the Governor and the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. The MetroWest STEM Education Network will coordinate our region’s activities for the week and is seeking STEM professionals to volunteer to offer presentations and hands-on activities, asking schools and out-of-school programs to request them, and asking about STEM-related events planned for the week in order to promote them.
Students in Grades K-8 — and their parents — are invited to learn about FIRST Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL at FLL Info Night, hosted by the Newton LigerBots on June 20, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall (on the left of the main lobby on Tiger Drive). At the event, students and parents can learn more about FLL and what roles students can play on FLL teams, such as being a researcher, coder, or engineer, and they can meet others who are interested in forming FLL teams. The meeting is aimed primarily at parents, but kids are also welcome to come and learn more about the FLL program and participate in STEM-related activities.
FLL is a competition for Grades 4-8, and Junior FLL is a project-based program for Grades K-3. FLL teams build and program LEGO robots, and they undertake a project to brainstorm and present creative solutions to real life problems related to each year’s FIRST theme. This year, the theme is space and the FLL game is “Into Orbit.”
The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics team, spanning both high schools — offers this information session as a community service, in part because FLL is a great introduction to the engineering, teamwork, and project skills that make great future LigerBots. The LigerBots also support FLL by mentoring local FLL teams, hosting FLL competitions, and promoting the principles of FIRST. A Newton FLL team, the Day Dragons, which won the Eastern Massachusetts Championship this year, will assist the LigerBots in this presentation. For more information, visit ligerbots.org/fll or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The MetroWest STEM Education Network (MSEN) will hold its quarterly meeting June 13, 8:15-10:30AM at Regis College (235 Wellesley Street, Weston) for MSEN members from K-12, higher education, and community partners to their discuss participation in MSEN and ways it can benefit or scale their current or future projects. The free event includes a light breakfast and opportunities for networking. Register here.
Science and Us is a free, one-day conference for high-school students to learn about STEM and explore how complex concepts can be explained in exciting, understandable ways. It will be held on June 9, 9:30AM-4:30PM, at Boston University’s Metcalf Science Center (590 Commonwealth Ave.). Register here. The conference is being organized by Boston-area high-school students to help high school students understand “multi-disciplinary, emerging careers in communication and … create their own work that explains technical concepts in clear, exciting ways.” It will feature presentations, panel discussions, and hands-on workshops led by scientists, journalists, and other creators. If you’d like to be one of the speakers, panelists, or workshop presenters, see this information on the schedule and objectives of the conference and email email@example.com. To become a sponsor of the conference, see this information and email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston Tech Mom (“a parent’s guide to raising a future techie”) is a great resource for all things STEM around Boston — including her monthly posts about free or low-cost STEM Events for Kids in Boston. Here’s her June list of STEM events.
EurekaFest is a two-day celebration of invention and engineering sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Program and highlighting the results of selected high-school InvenTeams from across the country. (Newton North HS participated in 2013.)