Registration will open on October 23 for Clark University’s Fall Splash — a one-day program offering many dozens of classes for students in Grades 5-12, to be held November 19, 10AM-5PM, on the Clark campus (950 Main St., Worcester). The classes are taught by Clark student volunteers. Each student should create his/her own online account and then register as soon as possible because classes fill up. The day is free, with lunch included. For more information, email email@example.com.
STEM Pathways — a Boston University/MIT outreach program for synthetic biology — will offer a one-day training session for high-school students (ages 15+) on November 4, 10AM-4PM, at Boston University. Students will learn about fundamental synthetic biology tools and concepts like DNA purification, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation in a working synthetic biology lab environment. There is no fee, and lunch will be provided. Registration (including a recommendation letter from a teacher) is required by October 25. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 5. Splash is a one-day, student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach mini-courses for high-school students. Running in parallel is the Parent Program for parents to talk with financial advisers, admissions directors, and faculty. There’s a $5.25 fee, which includes a pizza lunch. Registration is required, is first-come/first-served. For more information, email email@example.com or call at 617-297-7524.
MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 18-19 (10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday). Splash gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in walk-in activities. BostonTechMom has an insightful post recommending MIT Splash. This year, over 400 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.
The first phase of registration is now open until October 27 for students to specify their preferences for classes. Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration. Lottery results will be available by October 30. MIT notes, “To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking at least 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come first-served; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.”
Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration. See the Program Details page. There’s also a free Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents (see last year’s schedule), with no need for registration. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Studio of Engaging Math will host a Halloween Math Hunt and Open House on October 29, 10AM-1PM at 320 Washington St, Ste 301, in Brighton. Kids 4 to 14 years old and their parents are invited to play games of logic and strategy, solve challenging puzzles, and learn about the Studio’s curriculum.
On November 4, 10AM-5PM, the MIT Museum will hold its twice-yearly event, Girls Day, celebrating women in STEM. It’s designed to encourage girls (and boys) ages 10+ (but all are welcome!) to explore, build, create, and investigate with MIT faculty, students, and volunteers. This day will focus on Physics Matters! All hand-on activities, talks, and demonstrations are included in the cost of museum admission.
The New England Regional Conference of the Computer Science Teachers Association will be held October 28, 7:30AM-3PM at UMass Lowell (Olsen Hall, 198 Riverside Street, Lowell) with the theme, “Working Together to Strengthen K-12 Computer Science.. Registration includes lunch and is $30 online through October 22, then $40 online or $50 at the door.
Brandeis University’s Splash free program of one-day mini-courses for students in Grades 7-12 will be held on November 11, Noon-5PM. Register here by November 8 to see the courses offered. For more information, email email@example.com.
NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) has announced the courses for this fall’s Splash! (Waterfall), a free program for high-school students in the Boston area to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students, 10AM-3:20PM on November 4-5. Registration requires setting up a free student account. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Courses include these STEM offerings:
- Diapers and Hydrogels
- All About Rockets!
- Designing, Simulating, and Optimizing Rockets!
- Big Number Competition
- Ins and outs of Game Design
- Demystifying Big Data
- Monte Carlo Simulations
- What happens on the Internet…
- From Observation to Application: Discoveries in Biotechnology!
- Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed: Why Poison Kills
- Why Am I So Tired?
- CPR: The Abridged Series
- Time To Unzip Those Genes
- NEURONS 1
- Science Experiments!!
- Neuroethics: Memory Modification
- Caught Red-Handed
- This is Your Brain on Drugs
- NEURONS 2
The Newton LigerBots seeks STEM-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities to highlight in the two Maker Fairs that the team will hold in conjunction with two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competitions it will host this fall: the Newton Qualifier on November 18 and the Eastern Massachusetts State Championship on December 16. Hundreds of students, coaches, parents, siblings, friends, and other spectators are expected at each event. See this Newton TAB article about their 2015 event. It’s a great opportunity for engagement and test marketing for technology companies, STEM education programs, community and school organizations, local makers, and others. Contact email@example.com for more information.