After a week of hard work in Artificial Reality and Virtual Reality Projects, teams at MIT Reality Hack will show off their work at the MIT Reality Hack Public Expo, January 20, 2-4:30PM, at MIT’s Ray and Maria Stata Center (32 Vassar Street, Cambridge). Register for free here.
CSRecititations (45 Michigan Drive in Natick) will host the Math Kangaroo International Math Competition in March and will hold a one-day practice workshop for it on February 22, with separate sessions for Grades 1-2, 3-4, and 5-6 to help build confidence and success. Limited to 10 students in each session. Sign up here for the practice workshops. Students may participate in the competition without signing up for workshops or classes.
Science Club for Girls will hold its annual Catalyst Awards celebration on April 1 at the Broad Institute in Cambridge to honor outstanding leadership in its mission to spark excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls and young women from underrepresented communities. The event will also celebrate SCFG’s 25th anniversary. Register and/or purchase sponsorships for the event here.
“e” inc. — Boston’s environment science learning and action center — hosts Activity Nights for ages 5-7 on the third Thursday of each month, 6PM-7:30PM. On January 16, the theme will be Catapults. Cost of $5 includes activities, art projects, and a snack.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations each month (except April), with new topics each month within one of three series: Family Night, Late Nite Skies, and Stellar Nursery. This month’s Family Night film, Destination Mars: The New Frontier, will be shown on January 17 at 5:30PM and 6:30PM for families with children 6 years or older. Register now at those links because space is limited, and for guaranteed seating you must pre-register and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking). A suggested donation of $5 per guest is requested. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BioBuilder Learning Lab will offer a new Kids Who Clone workshop, Golden Bread PCR, on January 21, 10AM-1PM, at LearningLab (700 Main Street, Cambridge) for students in ages 10-16. There is a $35 cost per student and no charge for chaperones attending with them. Register here. For more information, email Kelley Klor at email@example.com.
Celebrating its first 15 years, the Broad Institute in Cambridge is hosting Broad@15, a series of free, public lectures. On January 21, 6-7PM, Broad Institute Core Members David Liu and Feng Zhang will speak on The Extraordinary Evolution of Genome Editing. Register here. All Broad@15 talks will be live streamed. You can view the live stream and video of previous talks via links at broadinstitute.org/15.
Code Ninjas (161 Linden Street in Wellesley) will host the following events in December:
A NewtonSTEM reader calls the New England Sci-Tech STEM education center (16 Tech Circle, Natick) “a serious, wonderful MetroWest resource for kids crazy about physics, space science, ham radios, woodworking- everything they have to offer.” Each paid NESci-Tech membership covers a student plus an adult. Here are some of NESci-Tech’s upcoming programs:
- Your Project in Space: Citizen Science Projects for Teens: Grades 8-12. Nine Saturdays, February 8 – May 30. Teams of 2 to 4 will see their science projects go to the edge of the atmosphere on a high-altitude balloon (HAB) to be launched in May. Learn about the atmosphere, HABs, and tracking technology. Analyze the results when you recover it. Free for paid members of NESciTech plus $55 for materials.
- Workshops for Homeschooled Students: Grades 4-10. 9AM-Noon or 1PM-4PM on Tuesdays (Grades 4-7) or Thursdays (Grades 6-10).
- Radiation Matters: Citizen Science Projects for Teens: Ages 13-18. Five Sunday, January 5 – February 9. Teams design and implement “Citizen Science” projects involving radiation. Free for paid members of NESciTech plus $55 for materials. (Future workshops will focus on the atmosphere, oceans, energy, and gravity.)
- FIRST LEGO League Club: Ages 9-16. Fridays, 6:30PM-8PM, plus some optional sessions on Sundays. Join any time of the year. Teams of up to five will follow FLL guidelines and compete at NESciTech Free for paid members of NESciTech.
- Amateur Radio Programs: A variety of courses and events.
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 Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in January list of STEM events.