Category Archives: Events

High-School Students: Register by Oct. 28 for MIT Splash, Nov. 19-20

MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 19-20 (10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday).  Splash gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in walk-in activities.  BostonTechMom has an insightful post recommending MIT Splash.  This year, over 300 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.

The first phase of registration is now open until October 28 for students to specify their preferences for classes.  Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration.  Lottery results will be available by November 3. MIT notes, “To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking at least 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come first-served; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.”

Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration.  See the Program Details page.  There’s also a free Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents (see last year’s schedule), with no need for registration.  For more information, email

Benefit for “e” Inc.’s New ‘Environment Science Discovery’ Museum, Nov. 9

All are invited to Shakin’ for Science, a benefit for “e” Inc.’s new Environment Science Discovery & Action Museum, opening in Charlestown in January.  The fundraiser will be held at the museum (114  116th Street, Suite 1030, Charlestown Navy Yard) on November 9, 6-10PM, with drinks, dancing, an auction, and hors d’oeuvres.  Tickets are $25 until October 29, after which they will be $30.  “e” Inc. aims to “provide children, teens, and adults a scientific understanding of Earth’s national biomes, resources, and systems and the skills to protect the planet and live sustainably.”  The museum is currently open for teachers and private trips.

Register for Northeastern’s Building Bridges Program for High-School Students, Dec. 9

Northeastern University’s Building Bridges program, for high-school students interested in engineering, will take place December 9, 8:30AM-3PM, in the university’s Curry Center Ballroom.  It’s an opportunity to explore Northeastern’s engineering program, participate in engineering challenges, and learn about education and career opportunities. Registration is now open, costs $15, and includes breakfast and lunch.

Tufts CEEO 20th Anniversary Celebration, Oct. 23

Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach will hold its 20th anniversary celebration on October 23 with hands-on making, food robots, and novel engineering.

  • Tours and Maker Time, 3-5PM at 200 Boston Avenue, Medford
  • 20th Anniversary Reception, 5-8PM at 51 Winthrop Street (Breed Hall), Medford

Register online.  For more information, contact or call 617-627-5888.

Elms College Offers STEM Scholarships for Fall 2017 Transfers

Elms College in Chicopee is offering NSF-funded STEM scholarships for transfer students entering in the Fall of 2017 to major in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Computer Information Technology.  Apply online with a one-page essay by March 1.  For more information, complete the form on this page or email Separately, the Elms STEM program will host an open house on November 11 (9:30AM through lunch) for all prospective students.  The event is free, and lunch will be provided.  Registration is required.  For more information, email

Current and Aspiring Geoscience Teachers to Meet in Cambridge, Nov. 5

Current and aspiring teachers of geoscience are invited to the annual meeting of the National Association of Geoscience Teachers New England Section on November 5, 10AM-Noon at the Harvard Museum of Natural History in Cambridge.  Museum entrance fees apply.  For more information, email

Newton Free Library: STEM Events in October

The Newton Free Library offers these STEM-related events in October:

  • October 15:  cuSTEMized, 2-4PM, all are welcome but focus is on ages 4-8.  Imagine, explore, and color with cuSTEMized coloring books featuring STEM careers.  Talk with female scientists about how the brain grows, curing cancer, and other topics.  Visit for info.  Register online. (cuSTEMized is a non-profit organization founded by Harvard students to support girls in STEM through personalized STEM-related motivational books and posters that encourages girls to envision themselves in STEM careers and outreach events to connect girls with women in STEM fields.)
  • October 19 & 26:  CodeCampKidz, 7-8PM, grades 6-7.  Introduction to coding, with no experience necessary, but bring earbuds or headphones for audio instruction. Registration required.
  • October 27:  STEAM Ahead, 4-4:45PM, ages 3-5.  Storytime.  **
  • October 27:  3D Printing Workshop, 4-5PM, grades 7-12.  Registration required.
  • October 31:  HexBugs, 4-4:45PM, grades K-1, accompanied by an adult.  Create habitats in which to race your HexBug. **

** Space is limited for events marked “**”, so for these events pick up a ticket 30 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.

Computer Science Ed Week Webinar for Teachers, Oct. 13

Teachers are invited to a free, one-hour webinar on October 13, at 4PM or 8PM, to prepare for Computer Science Education Week (December 5-11).  It’s sponsored by  the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) Education Foundation and will include information on lesson plans and workshops.  Register online for either live viewing or to get a link to a recording of the session.

National Chemistry Week Events, Oct. 16-22

The Northeastern Section of the National Chemistry Society will celebrate National Chemistry Week (October 16-22) with these events:

October 14:  Deadline for the ACS National Illustrated Poem Contest:  Students in Grades K-12 may write and illustrate a poem using the theme, “Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry.”  Poems may be up to 40 words of haiku, limerick, ode, ABC, free verse, end rhyme, or blank verse.  At the local level, a $25 Amazon gift certificate will be awarded for each of several categories (DNA, fingerprints, art forgeriers, pigments, and invisible ink) and will be entered at the national level. See the rules and send your entry with a completed entry form to Dr. Raymond Lam, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, 101 Academy Drive, Buzzards Bay, MA 02532,

October 16 at the Museum of Science Boston (admission to the museum is required):

  • 1PM and 4PM:  Phyllis A. Brauner Memorial Lecture by Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri, who captivates audiences with scientific demonstrations, in Cahner’s Theatre.  Free tickets available by advance registration to by October 11.
  • 1PM-5PM:  Hands-on Activities related to Forensics Science

October 22 at Boston Children’s Museum (admission to the museum is required):

  • 11AM-4PM:  Solving Mysteries Through Chemistry:  Solve a crime committed at the museum by taking fingerprints, analyzing body types, using chromatography, etc.

Deciphering the Code: Girls in the STEM Pipeline, Oct. 20

Wellesley Centers for Women (WCW) at Wellesley College will present a free lunch-time seminar, Deciphering the Code: Girls in the STEM Pipeline, on October 20, 12:30-1:30PM, at Cheever House (828 Washington Street, Wellesley).  Speakers are Georgia Hall and Kathryn Wheeler of the National Institute on Out-of-School Time.  Coffee and tea provided; bring your lunch.  Or listen to the recorded audio online. For more information or to confirm this or other lunch-time seminars, contact WCW at or 781-283-2500.