At the conclusion of Envision the Future, a one-week summer STEM camp for middle-school girls, the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network will present a STEM Resource Fair on Friday, July 24, 10AM-Noon at the Rondileau Campus Center of Bridgewater State University (directions). The 48 middle-school girls attending Envision the Future, including three girls representing Newton, will present the results of their work that week. Over 40 programs and vendors will exhibit at the Fair. Representatives of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, NewtonSTEM, and the Newton Free Library — which are sponsoring Newton’s activities in Envision the Future — will attend.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs sponsors Project Learning Tree, and award-winning environmental-education program of the American Forest Foundation offering professional-development courses for teachers. Upcoming sessions include:
- PreK-8 Curriculum: August 19 at Brookwood Community Farm in Canton, September 19 at Riverbend Farm in Uxbridge. $20 Register via Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413-584-6788,
- Early Childhood Experiences: September 12 at Mount Greylock Reservation in Lanesborough, November 17 at Borderland State Park in Easton. $15. Register via Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413-584-6788.
- Both curricula together: October 17 at Lawrence Heritage State Park. $35. Register via Nancy.Riley-Whitehill@state.ma.us, 617-626-1494.
The Newton Free Library will hold its second annual STEAM Expo on July 18, 1-4PM. Seventeen exhibits and workshops, both inside and outside the library, will be available for “tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers and students” including — digital saxophone, bone analysis, lasers, robot maze, Drumlin Farm animals, Newton Community Farm, and SCRATCH programming.
Science Club for Girls‘ Young Leaders in STEM program and Microsoft will present a free screening of Big Dream for girls in Grades 6-12, at the Microsoft NERD Center (One Memorial Drive in Cambridge) on Tuesday, July 14, 2PM-4:30PM. The film is a documentary about seven young women who are breaking barriers as they follow their passion in STEM. At the event, participants will first mingle with female scientists and engineers, then view the 90-minute documentary, and then discuss it. Snacks and drinks provided by Microsoft. Girls in Grades 6-12 throughout greater Boston are invited and must be accompanied by adults (either individually or as part of a summer program). Space is limited, so register online now.
The BAE Systems Engineering Leadership Development Program (brochure, PDF) will host a summer Engineering Career Day on Friday, July 24 to inspire high-school students’ interest in STEM-related fields by introducing various engineering disciplines. During this one-day event, students will:
- Receive information about being an engineer
- Tour BAE Systems factories
- Learn about BAE Systems products
- Enjoy a networking lunch with current engineers
- Participate in hands-on activities and engineering challenges
For more information or to register, contact Carla Toland at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Newton Free Library will host a Museum of Science educator presenting Super-Cold Science on July 6, 3-3:30PM in the Druker Auditorium to enable everyone from Grade K and up to explore what happens to everyday objects when they are super-cooled by an intensely cold liquid.
The Southeastern Mass. STEM Network will hold its third annual STEM Resource Fair on July 24 at Bridgewater State University (Rondileau Campus Center, 19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater). Parents, educators, and representatives of business, government, and community organizations are invited. The fair includes exhibits of STEM education resources as well as presentations by participants in the Envision the Future STEM program for middle-school girls. (Three girls from Newton will be attend Envision the Future.) Free online registration opens on July 1.
The Newton LigerBots will hold an informational meeting for students of Newton North HS and Newton South HS (including those who will be freshmen next fall) interested in learning about the engineering and business opportunities offered by the team. It’s great opportunity for students interested in technology, business, graphic design, public speaking, grant writing, and/or STEM. The open house will be held on Monday, June 15, 6:30-8:30PM in the Newton South HS wood shop (Room 9170, by the auditorium). Hands-on activities include driving the LigerBots 2015 robot, using power tools and computer-aided design software, making marketing products, and doing engineering challenge games. Dessert will be provided. Parents are also welcome to come learn about how the team works and opportunities for adults to get involved. For more information, email email@example.com.
Parents who are interested in robotics for their elementary/middle-school children are invited to an Info Night hosted by the LigerBots, to explain FIRST Lego League robotics to parents of students entering Grades 4-8 this fall. It will be held on Wednesday, June 24, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall (just off the main school lobby at the Tiger Drive entrance; map; park in the lot off Elm Street). FIRST Lego League immerses teams of up to 10 students, ages 9-14, in real-world scientific and technological problems. Teams research and design solutions to a scientific question or problem and build autonomous Lego robots that compete in performing assigned missions. This year’s challenge is Trash Trek. Experience in FIRST Lego League prepares students well for high-school-level robotics with the LigerBots. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit www.ligerbots.com.
The Newton Free Library’s STEAM Lecture Series will present a free talk by Quentin Prideaux of the Climate Reality Project on June 17 at 7PM in the Library’s Druker Auditorium. He will discuss the impacts and causes of climate change, the actions needed, and what it means for Massachusetts and the Northeast. Although the subject is serious, he keeps his presentation positive — and lighthearted where possible.