Get your feet wet and learn about marine and ocean engineering! Nitsch Engineering is partnering with Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Massachusetts Port Authority to offer girls in Grades 6-12 a one-day introduction to the application of engineering to ships, the sea, and the coastline. It will be held Tuesday, April 1 from 8:30AM to 2PM at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston. Space is limited, so register now (certainly by March 19). An adult chaperone is welcome to accompany each girl. See the registration page for the day’s schedule, directions, and an extra-credit assignment about the blog by the MassMaritime’s students recent term at sea. For more information, contact Anna Luciano at email@example.com or Jessica Yarmarkovich at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BC Splash is a free, one-day opportunity for high-school students to be immersed in a college environment for a day of fun, informative, and inspiring courses taught by Boston College undergraduate and graduate students. Besides the courses, there are separate opportunities for students and parents to mingle and learn. This spring BC Splash will be held 9AM-4PM on Sunday, April 6. Registration is open now until April 2. (You need to create a free account and sign in before registering for courses.) For more information, see the BC Splash FAQ or email BCSplash@gmail.com or call 617-297-7524.
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Clark University’s 2014 Spring Splash program will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 9AM to 4PM on Clark’s campus (Jonas Clark Building, 950 Main St., Worcester). Splash is a free, one-day, annual event for students in Grades 5 through 12 to explore a wide range of subjects taught by Clark students and faculty. Registration is open now through April 6 and is first-come, first-served. Science classes in the course catalog include:
- The Physicist of Wall Street
- Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe
- What’s a Genome?
- The Science Behind Kerbal Space Program
- Imaging Atoms
- Survival of the Fittest: Fun with Darwin’s Finches
- Environment Science 101
- Disease and Civilization
- Man, Myth and Math: In Search of Pythagoras
- Chemistry Prep
Mathnasium in Newton Highlands will host a one-hour Math Game Night — Fabulous Fractions — at 6:45PM on Thursday, March 6. It’s free, but register ahead of time. For more information, visit www.mathgamenight.com or call 617-340-3665.
Registration has been extended for a workshop on pH and pH Indicators in Nature — the first in a series of science and math workshops for middle-school girls — to be held on March 2, 3-5PM at Lasell College. The series is being run by a Newton high-school student for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Space available for 20 middle-school girls (non-Scouts are welcome), with a cost of $2 each. Register via email to email@example.com.
The 2014 national conference of the National Science Teachers Association will be held April 2-6 in Boston. Science educators from around the world will gather to think and learn about the future of STEM education. The schedule includes over 1600 sessions selected from a record-breaking 4000 proposals. The following sessions will be presented by Newton Public Schools educators:
- Productive Talk. Find out how to conduct a productive talk session by being actively engaged in the process. Jason Souza and Mary C. Buttiglieri (Bigelow Middle School)
- Infusing Engineering into the High School Physics Curriculum. An approach for infusing the engineering concepts of design, analysis, modeling, and systems into high school physics courses. Shu-Yee Chen (Newton North HS) and Derek VanBeever (Newton South HS)
- Engage with Engineering: Prepare a Science Department to Integrate Engineering Practices into Its Courses. Baby steps, professional development, and fun!: One administrator’s experience preparing a science department to infuse engineering into its science instruction. Amy Winston (Newton North HS)
- Greengineering the Future. Big ideas, lessons learned, and action plans for creating an inspired, inquiry-based integration of science and engineering through the flipped and blended Greengineering program. Steve Chinosi and Matt Anderson (Newton North HS) and Sam Shames (MIT, NNHS ’10)
- Canvas and PVC Boats as a Capstone for Senior Physics. Students in senior level physics course design, engineer, construct and test boats capable of carrying two students across a pool. Michael Hazeltine, Deborah Lund, Matt Anderson and Ellen Williams (Newton North HS)
The MIT Education Arcade will present Sandbox Summit@MIT, Innovation by Design: Inspirations for Playful Learning, March 24-25 at MIT’s Stata Center. In two days of sessions at this annual Sandbox Summit gathering, speakers will explore “the minds behind — and in front of — today’s revolutionary ideas, platforms, places, and products” for playful learning. Registration is open now ($795). See videos of Sandbox Summits from earlier years.
High school students are invited to come to Northeastern on March 22 for NEU Splash — a day of interactive classes taught by Northeastern undergraduates on the Northeastern campus. The program is free for all Boston-area high school students. See the course catalog and register for classes.
Spark is a two-day program on MIT’s campus in which students in 7th to 8th grade take awesome classes from MIT students on a variety of subjects from arts and crafts to hardcore math and science topics. This year’s classes include:
- Large numbers
- A brief history of information
- The birthday problem and its applications
- A world without gravity
- Introduction to physics (kinematics)
- Programming simple math in Python
- Why are carrots orange?
- Build a robot
- Protein design
- The science of brain health
- The best of the solar system
- Introduction to drug design for human diseases
- Rapid-fire mechanics
- The physics, chemistry, and biology of food
- A Tour of the Elements
Spark will be on March 15 (1-7PM) and March 16 (9AM-4PM). Registration is on a lottery basis and is now open until February 27. The class catalog is located at <http://esp.mit.edu/learn/Spark/2014/view_classes>. Spark costs $40 for the entire program, regardless of the number of classes taken, and generous financial aid is available. Lunch on Sunday will be provided free of charge.
The Google Science Fair, a free, global, online competition for students 13 to 18, launched this week. Submissions are due May 12, and finalists will be announced August 6 in three age categories (13-14, 15-16, and 17-18 years). Prizes include the Science in Action award, the Computer Science award, Local awards, the Voter’s Choice award, and the Celebrate the School Prize. Students can use the Idea Springboard search tool to help determine a project. See googlesciencefair.com for information for participants as well as teachers and parents.