Category Archives: Events

Arduino Robot Workshop at You-Do-It Electronics, June 29

Kevin Osborn will teach an Arduino Robot workshop at You-Do-It Electronics on June 29, 6-8PM.  The cost of $99 includes the robot that you will build and get to take home. Register by emailing with “Arduino Robot Workshop” in the subject, with your phone number and number of attendees.  You’ll get a call within two days so you can make your payment and receive your confirmation.  Kevin’s workshops receive great reviews from attendees at You-Do-It, local libraries, and other venues.

LigerBots Finish First — and Second — in Beantown Blitz

Yesterday, the LigerBots entered two robots — their competition robot and their backup robot — in the Beantown Blitz, a greater-Boston, post-season competition hosted annually by the Northeastern University Nutrons.  This year it was held at Revere High School.  Both Ligerbots robots ended up in competing alliances, adding an extra dimension to FIRST’s core value of coopertition as LigerBots competed against LigerBots.  Both alliances made easy work of the competition through the Quarter Final and Semi-Final rounds, and ended up facing off against each other in the Final round.  The alliance containing the LigerBots backup robot beat the LigerBots primary robot in the Finals, due to a mechanical problem with the primary robot, and the LigerBots ended up taking first and second places in the competition.  And for the record, the LigerBots won the Sweet Caroline award.

The team continues its extensive efforts in community service by participating in today’s Tour de Newton and hosting an introduction to FIRST Lego League — open to all parents, potential coaches and students — this Wednesday, June 22, at Newton North HS.

Newton Free Library: STEAM Expo, July 16

The Newton Free Library will host its third annual STEAM Expo on Saturday, July 16, 1-4PM.  It’s an interactive gathering of  tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, and students.  There will be 17 exhibitors in the auditorium, gallery, and outside plaza.

Jane Street ‘Women in STEM’ NYC Recruiting Event, July 31-Aug. 2

Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm — will host its fourth annual Women in STEM event  July 31-August 2, inviting selected women between senior year of high-school and freshman year of college to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business.  Travel, hotel, and meals will be paid by the company.  Apply by July 1 by emailing to your resume and statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend.  Use the same email address if you have questions.

Workshops in Space Exploration (WiSE) at Tufts in July

Science educators and enthusiasts are invited to attend any of a series of Workshops in Space Exploration (WiSE) at Tufts University (directions):

  • July 11, 12, 14, 15:  Exploring the Solar System
  • July 18, 19, 21, 22:  Exploring the Milky Way
  • July 25, 26, 28, 29:  Exploring the Cosmos

The cost is $300 per four-day workshop, with scholarships available to Massachusetts educators.  The workshop presenters, Bill Waller and Danilo Marchesini, are professional astronomers and educators who are dedicated to sharing the wonders of the cosmos with people of all ages and abilities.  Register online.  To get on the mailing list or for more information,

MIT EurekaFest Celebrates InvenTeams, June 17-18

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.)

June 17 at MIT Stata Center (32 Vassar Street, Cambridge).  Register here.

June 18 at the Museum of Science.  Museum admission fee applies.

  • 11AM-3PM:  Hands-on activities for all ages
  • 1PM-4:30PM:  High-school “Duck ‘n Hover” wind-powered design competition

BostonTechMom: Tech Events for Kids in June

BostonTechMom once again provides a comprehensive list of technology-oriented events for kids in the Boston area for the upcoming month.  This issue again includes a list of Girls Who Code clubs in the greater Boston area.

Newton South HS Science Open House, May 24

The Newton South HS Science Department will hold its annual Open House on May 24, 4-7PM, featuring:

  • Open classrooms, with displays of student work, including:
    – Family Chemical Poster projects
    – AP Biology biotechnology projects
    – Biotechnology cancer projects and presentations
    – Honors and ACP Biology photosynthesis projects
    – Physics projects
  • Presentations by the NSHS Science Team and the LigerBots Robotics Team
  • Fun with Chemistry demonstrations for kids by our AP Chemistry students
  • Technology and Engineering display
  • Sustainability/Garden display
  • Tours of the Green Trail through the marsh (weather permitting)
  • Science Trivia Bowl
  • Speakers, including:
    – Our Conservation & Environmental Science class
    – Our Modern Global class, highlighting their recent trip to the Galapagos

Informational Meeting on Joining the LigerBots, June 2

Students interested in STEM — or business, or graphic design, or public speaking, or grant writing, or joining a cool student team —  are invited to an introductory, informational meeting for prospective members of the LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning robotics team spanning both NNHS and NSHS.  It will be held Thursday, June 2, 6:30–8:30PM, in the Newton South Wood Shop (Room 9170, by the Auditorium).  All grades, including rising freshmen, are invited, with a special invitation to those interested in outreach/marketing/business.  In this hands-on session, you can drive a robot, use power tools, do engineering challenge games, be part of a new social media campaign, and help students see what makes a top robotics team. Dessert will be served. For more information, email

Register for Science on Saturday (Science Around Latin America) at MIT Lincoln Labs, June 11

Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on June 11 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   The topic will be Exploring Science Around Latin America, presented by the Lincoln Laboratory Hispanic-Latino Network (LLHLN).  All children (5-17 years) must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children.  Children under 5 are not admitted.  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 must bring government photo identification.  See other rules on the registration pages.