Category Archives: Events

NNHS to Show ‘Most Likely to Succeed’ Documentary on Educational Innovations, May 26

Newton North HS and the NNHS PTSO will show Most Likely to Succeed, an acclaimed documentary about the American educational system, at 7PM on May 26 in the Newton North HS auditorium.  (The film will also be shown at 6:15PM on June 15 at Fuller Middle School, which is transforming into a STEAM school.  It’s at 31 Flagg Drive in Framingham.  Register online for the Fuller showing.)

WPI’s “Touch Tomorrow” STEM Festival, June 13

Worcester Polytechnic Institute will host this year’s Touch Tomorrow festival of science, technology, and robots on June 13, 10AM-4PM on the WPI campus (directions).  All exhibits are free and open to the public, rain or shine.  Registration is requested by not required.  For more information, contact touchtomorrow@wpi.eduEvents include:

  • NASA will bring exhibits including the MARCBot IV Rover, R2 Kinect, R2 Model/Video, Be-a-Bot 2.0, and the Mark III Suit.
  • WGBH will bring Curious George and Plum Landing, DesignSquad, and Nova Education.
  • WPI faculty and students will open their labs and share their work, particularly for middle- and high-school students.
  • Many other exhibitors will be there.

On June 11 (4-6:30PM), WPI will host a special Touch Tomorrow session for educators to connect the festival’s events to the classroom.  It’s free but registration is required.

MIT Lincoln Lab ‘Science on Saturday’ Goes on the Road, June 13

The MIT Lincoln Laboratory Science on Saturday session on radar, originally scheduled for June 6, has been rescheduled and relocated to June 13 at the STEM Fair at the Lilla G. Frederick Middle School, 270 Columbia Road in Dorchester.  Members of the Lincoln Laboratory African-American Network will present a demonstration of radar systems and discuss microwave propagation, how radar works, and what can be sensed/measured using radar.  No registration is required by Lincoln Laboratory, but you should register for the STEM Fair, which will be 10AM-2PM and is sponsored by the Latino STEM Alliance.

Newton Library’s STEAM Expo, July 18, Seeks Exhibits and Presentations

The Newton Free Library will host its second annual STEAM Expo on July 18, 1-4PM.  The Library seeks local makers, engineers, science clubs, artists, etc. to exhibit their work and make presentations at this event.  The STEAM Expo will be set up in the auditorium, gallery, computer center, and outside the Library, and each exhibitor will have a table for presentations and hands-on activities.  Contact Liz Rowland at lrowland@minlib.net.

Mayor’s STEM Night with DePuy Synthes, May 18

The next in a series of Mayor’s STEM Nights will be held on May 18 in the cafeteria of Newton North HS.  The featured corporate partner for the evening will be DePuy Synthes of Raynam, MA — a division of Johnson & Johnson that develops products for neurosurgery and sports medicine.  The event will begin with free pizza at 6PM, followed by an interactive presentation for students at 6:30PM in which DePuy Synthes employees will talk about how they got involved with STEM and how engineers work with surgeons when planning complicated surgical procedures.

NSHS Science Dept. Open House, May 19

The Newton South HS Science Department will host an Open House on Tuesday, May 19 from 4PM to 7PM, featuring a broad range of student work:

  • Open classrooms with displays of student work, including projects in: Family Chemical Posters, A.P. & Honors Biology, Biotechnology Biobuilder, Genetics, and Physics
  • Presentations by the NSHS Science Team and the Newton LigerBots Robotics Team
  • Sustainability / Garden display
  • Tours of the Green Trail through the marsh (weather permitting)
  • Science Trivia Bowl
  • Speakers, including:
    • NSHS Conservation & Environmental Science class
    • NSHS Modern Global class, highlighting its recent trip to Cuba

Newton Library: Marshmallow Engineering, Grades K-2, May 22

The Newton Free Library will offer a Marshmallow Engineering session on May 22, 3:30-4:30PM, for Grades K-2.  Space is limited.  Pick up a free ticket at Children’s Desk 30 minutes beforehand.

Newton Library: Scratch Programming for Grades 3-6

The Newton Free Library holds monthly club sessions for kids in Grades 3-6 to explore and work with Scratch (a free programming language designed at MIT) to create games, animation and stories.  Each session is on a Thursday, 6:30-7:30PM in the Children’s Room on the following dates.  Space is limited and fills up quickly, so note the registration dates and register for each event individually:

RSM Volunteers Engage Grades 1-8 in Math Games at Library, May 13

As part of the Newton Free Library‘s expanded STEAM programming, on May 13, teachers from Newton’s Russian School of Mathematics will host an hour of engaging games, puzzles, and hands-on activities for kids in the Library’s Druker Auditorium:  Grades 1-4 at 3:30PM, then Grades 5-8 at 4:30PM.  RSM aims to make math more accessible to all children, to shed stigmas that kids may associate with it, and to encourage flexing of problem-solving muscles!  The program is free, but registration is required (Grades 1-4 , Grades 5-8).  For more information, contact the Children’s Room at 617-796-1370.

Einstein’s Workshop: Open House for Summer Camp, May 16

Einstein’s Workshop will hold a Summer Camp Open House on Saturday, May 16, 10AM-noon at its headquarters (25 Adams Street in Burlington).  Teachers will answer questions and demonstrate examples of what children will learn in its STEM summer classes. There will also be registration discounts, giveaways, and hands-on activities.