Open House: The Newton Boys & Girls Club invites all current, former, and prospective families to an Open House at the Club (675 Watertown Street) on Monday, September 24 from 5PM to 7PM. All are invited to see what fun, educational, and developmental opportunities are offered at the Club — including several STEM offerings.
Club Seeks to Hire Part-time 3D Printing Instructor: The Boys & Girls Club has joined the latest DIY craze — 3D printing! The Club is looking for a paid ($20 per hour) facilitator/instructor to teach kids the basics of using the TinkerCAD program with its brand new MakerBot 3D printer. The Club seeks someone who is passionate about fostering skills with youth in our community, using the Club’s printer and space and the instructor’s own programming. The course will be one hour per week on Fridays, 4PM-5PM, from now through May. Men and women are encouraged to apply. To apply or get more information, email the Club’s new Education Director, Cassie Soller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Russian School of Math at Boys and Girls Club: The award-winning Russian School of Mathematics is again offering a full-year math program at the Boys and Girls Club for Club members in Grades 2-4. This program is free for Club members and is designed help students develop the skills and confidence they need to become strong in mathematics. The class will run on Thursdays, 4PM-5PM, for the school year, starting September 27. It will be based on the RSM curriculum aiming to build up skills, develop critical and logical thinking, and involve alternative approaches such as hands-on activities, puzzles, and projects to engage students. Students must be Club members and must register for the entire school year. (Club membership is $125 per family per year.)
Science Adventures: The Club is offering the Science Adventures program to members in Grades 2-6. It will run on Mondays, 4-5PM, starting September 24. Register here.
Mighty Mechanix: Stay tuned for this upcoming program for middle-school students using LEGO WeDO and Mindstorm EV3 robots.
From now through 2019, Framingham State University will host a wide-ranging series of events — free and open to the public — exploring the historical and cultural background and impact of the Moon Landing.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations on the third Friday of each month (except April), and will offer new topics each month within one of three series: Family Night, Late Nite Skies, and Stellar Nursery. Space is limited, and for guaranteed seating you must pre-registerr and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking). Registration links will be available here one week before each show.
Family Night for families with children ages 6+
Late Nite Skies for adults and teens 14+
- November 16: 7PM. Undiscovered Worlds
Stellar Nursery for children 5 years and younger, with their caregivers
The Maria Mitchell Women in Science Symposium will be held October 5-6 at Babson College to serve as a source of inspiration and support for encouraging and keeping girls in STEM and supporting women in STEM at the beginning, middle, and late career stages. The cost is $335, and limited scholarships may be available. Registrations are appreciated by September 20.
The UMass Amherst Department of Astronomy invites the public to witness sunrise (6:30AM) and/or sunset (6PM) among the standing stones of the UMass Amherst Sunwheel on the autumnal equinox, September 22. (The exact minute of the autumnal equinox will be 9:54PM EDT.) Observers standing at the center of the Sunwheel will see the sun rise and set over stones placed to mark the equinoxes. If the skies are clear, telescopes will be available for observations of the sun and other objects.
Sunwheel is located south of McGuirk Alumni Stadium, just off Rocky Hill Road about one-quarter mile west of University Drive (map). Be prepared for wet footing and bring mosquito repellent. Heavy rain cancels the event. Donations will be welcome for supporting additional site work and future events.
Girls in Grades 6-12 and their parents are invited to an information session about the Newton’s Girls Who Code club on September 20, 7-8PM in the Newton Free Library’s Druker Auditorium. Girls Who Code (GWC) is a national nonprofit organization to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills to pursue 21st-century opportunities. At the info session, you can learn about GWC, what to expect for the year, how to register, what the schedule looks like, and more. Registration is required for the information session. Registration for GWC will open later, as explained at the info session.
Registration will open on September 12 for the Massachusetts STEM Summit, to be held on November 14, 8AM-4PM at DCU Center in Worcester. See lists of the sessions, speakers, and exhibits. The registration fee of $50 (rising to $60 on October 29) will be waived for full-time students. Register early, as this event usually sells out. For more information, contact Dana Bienkowski at 774-455-7372 or
A new worldwide organization, 500 Women Scientists, will hold a launch event on September 5, 6-8PM, at Boston University’s BUild Lab (730 Commonwealth Ave., Boston) to start its Boston-based pod. (No, you do not have to be one of the first 500 to sign up!) 500 Women Scientists aims to “build an inclusive scientific community dedicated to training a more diverse group of future leaders in science and to use the language of science to bridge divides and enhance global diplomacy.” The Boston launch event will feature lightning talks, a panel discussion, and networking. Tickets are available for a $10 donation to Science Club for Girls, a Cambridge-based non-profit fostering confidence, sisterhood, and STEM literacy in young girls in underrepresented communities.
All are welcome to attend the next quarterly meeting of the MetroWest STEM Education Network will be held on September 12, 8:15-10:30AM at Framingham State University. Topics include MSEN’s recent joining of the STEM Learning Ecosystems Community of Practice, the forming of the MSEN Advisory Committee, and community updates about local STEM activities. This free event includes a light breakfast and time for networking. Register here for the meeting — and to get a free parking pass that you’ll need for the FSU campus.