Category Archives: Events

Newton Free Library STEM Events in December

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

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

BostonTechMom: Tech Events for Kids in December

The BostonTechMom blog offers its December list of technology-oriented events for kids in the Boston area, with a rather comprehensive list of Girls Who Code clubs in the area.

Empow Studios: Holiday Coding Workshop, Dec. 6

To celebrate Hour of Code, Empow Studios in Lexington will host a Holiday Coding Workshop for Grades 2-8 on December 6, 6:30-8PM — during Lexington’s Gals & Pals Night Out for local shopping.  The cost is $25 per child.

Catalyst Conversations: Music and Math, Dec. 8

Catalyst Conversations will present a discussion, Music and Math, on December 8, 7-8PM at MIT’s List Visual Arts Center (20 Ames Street in Cambridge).  Admission is free, registration is required, and a suggested donation of $25 is appreciated.

Register for Science on Saturday (Robotics) at MIT Lincoln Labs, Dec. 10

Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturdayon December 10 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   The topic will be Robotics, presented by Members of Robotics Outreach at Lincoln Laboratory (ROLL).  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.

MIT Enterprise Forum: Smart Water, Smart Cities — Dec. 1

The MIT Enterprise Forum will present a panel discussion, Can Smart Water Technologies Quench the Thirst of our Modern Cities? on December 1, 5:30-8:30PM, at MassCEC, in the Eastern Bank Building (63 Franklin Street, Boston).  Registration is required.  It’s free for MIT Enterprise Forum members, students, and sponsors and $30 for others.

MassBay STEM Expo, Dec. 14

MassBay Community College will host its bi-annual STEM Expo, 11AM-Noon on December 14 its Wellesley Hills campus cafeteria (50 Oakland Street) to accomplishments of students and faculty.  Topics include Engineering Design, Robotics, Programming, Web Design, Cyber Security, Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning, and Biology and Biotechnology.  RSVP online.  For more information, contact Marina Bograd at

LigerBots Host Another Successful FLL Qualifying Tournament!

fllnove2016Yesterday the LigerBots, Newton’s high-school FIRST Robotics team, hosted the Newton Qualifier, a FIRST LEGO League (“FLL”) competition, in which 31 teams of students in Grades 4-8 from 14 communities across the state were challenged to think like real-life scientists and engineers. Six teams participated from Newton: The Snowy Owls, Tacocats, Roaming Rover, Kattattak, Day Dragons, and Atomic-Bots.  Congratulations to the Day Dragons for being one of nine teams to advance to the Eastern Massachusetts State Tournament!  (That tournament, with 48 qualifying teams, will also be hosted by the LigerBots, on December 17 at Newton North HS.)

For yesterday’s event, each team defined and solved a real-world problem around this year’s theme, Animal Allies. At the event, the teams presented their research and competed to solve a set of robot game missions using autonomous robots they had built, tested, and programmed.

Yesterday’s event also included an exciting Maker Fair of demonstrations and hands-on activities, including 3D Printing & Artbotics by the LigerBots, Einstein’s WorkshopiRobot, Microsoft, Newton North Greengineering, Russian School of Math, Made@MassChallenge, Kevin Osborn (Maker),  Newton Free Library, Woobo, Empow Studios and Destination Imagination.

Many thanks to all teams, judges, and exhibitors — and congratulations to the LigerBots for their community contribution of careful planning, promotion, and execution of yet another successful event. #MoreThanRobots

MIT ‘Friday After Thanksgiving’ Chain Reaction, Nov. 25

Each year, on the Friday After Thanksgiving, the MIT Museum hosts a hugely collaborative Chain Reaction in which simple or complex contraptions built by participating teams are joined into one massive Rube-Goldberg-esque chain reaction viewed by over 1500 attendees.  (See videos from 2013 and 2014.)  This year, the 19th annual F.A.T. Chain Reaction will be on November 25, 1-4PM, and will be based on the theme “Symmetry.”  The public can view contraptions and talk with teams 1PM-3PM, and the chain reaction will start at 3:30PM.  Buy tickets online through November 24, or in person on November 25 at the MIT Museum (starting at 10AM) or Rockwell Cage (starting at 1PM).  There’s still time to register a team to participate by building a link in the chain.

Clay Center Observatory: Public Telescope Nights Resume Nov. 29

The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights on most Tuesdays in the spring and fall, from 8PM to 9PM.  They’ll take a break this week and be back November 29 for a short time before closing for the winter, then back open from March 28 through May 30Register in advance.  Events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast:  Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message.  The Clay Center offers a range of Outreach Programs for community groups.  Check the Center’s calendar for future events.