The New England Aquarium’s free public lecture series will host a panel discussion on August 21, 6PM-8PM, on Corporate Solutions to Plastic Pollution: How Can We Work Toward a Planet with Reduced Reliance on Plastic?. Panelists will be Debbie Friedel (Director of Sustainability at Delaware North), Eric Hudson (Founder and CEO of Preserve), and Matt Prindiville (Imagineer and CEO at UPSTREAM). Register here.
Northeast HamXposition, the premiere amateur radio convention in the Northeast, will be held Friday afternoon to Sunday noon, September 6-8, at the Boxboro Regency Hotel and Conference Center in Boxborough. There will be workshops, forums and classes, a flea market, exhibition hall, special event dinners, and the docufiction movie, Alien Planet. Admission is free for full-time students and $18 for adults, and dinners are $40 each. Order tickets here.
The Massachusetts Audubon Society‘s Blue Hills Trailside Museum will celebrate its 60th anniversary on September 14, 10AM-5PM, with free admission, live animal demonstrations, special exhibits, and programs for all ages.
Boston’s Museum of Science will hold its annual Butterfly and Caterpillar Weekend, August 17-18. Attendance is free for anyone admitted to the museum’s Exhibit Halls.
This year, the weekend features the Butterfly BioBlitz census, in which you can participate in two ways:
- Download the free app iNaturalist (iOS, Android) and join the project called “Museum of Science Butterfly BioBlitz 2019.”
- Download and fill out this recording sheet.
Other weekend activities include:
- Caterpillar Lab, 10AM-3PM
- Capillary Action Butterflies (Make and Take), 10AM-4PM
- Little Naturalists: Butterfly Classification (Drop-In Activity), 10:30AM- 12PM and 1:30-3PM
And in the Butterfly Garden (requires purchase of separate timed ticket):
- Monarch Migration Game, 10:30AM-12:30PM
- Create Your Own Butterfly Habitat, 1PM-3PM
And these live presentations:
- Live Animal Story Time, 10:30AM
- An Unusual Butterfly Journey, 11AM
- The Caterpillar Lab: Looking Deeper into the Whole Story of Lepidopteran Lives, 11AM
- Eww, Bugs!, 1:30PM
- Butterfly Biology 101, 2:30PM
- The Coolness of Silk Moth Cocoon Spinning Behavior, 2:30PM
- Garden Frenemies: Insects! Love ’em or Hate ’em, 3:30PM
The Caterpillar Lab, from Keene, NH, will come to the Arnold Arboretum for 5 days of fascinating exhibits that are free and amazing for all ages: 10AM-5PM daily, August 22-26, in the Arboretum’s Hunnewell Visitor Center (map). There will be live caterpillars, cocoons, hatched eggs, shed skins, and much more. The Caterpillar Lab was founded by Newton’s own Sam Jaffe, who became enthralled with nature while exploring Cold Spring Park. For more information, email email@example.com or call 617-384-5209.
In the month of August, Code Ninjas in Wellesley will hold a social-media Back-to-School contest that will award a $500 prize pack (including iPad) to the winner and a $1,000 donation to the winner’s school. Submissions are due August 31.
Also, Code Ninjas will host a free Digital Art Workshop for ages 7-14 on August 13, 1:30-3:30PM, to teach how to use Scratch to make artwork. Space is limited and registration is required.
The Newton Free Library will welcome the Museum of Science’s traveling program, Night Sky! on August 5, 4PM-4:30PM, for kindergarteners and older — and their families. Space is limited, and registration is required
The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, partnering with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will hold its day-long STEM event, Geek is Glam, on October 12, for over 500 girls in Grades 4-8. They seek STEM companies and professionals to participate in workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, and exhibits — and/or to be sponsors of the event. Advertising and attendee registration will begin in August, so fill out and mail this participation form soon for maximum exposure. For more information, contact Tammy Breen at TBreen@gscwm.org.
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 August list of STEM events.
Worcester’s EcoTarium will host or participate in the following events: