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Register Now for Northeastern Splash!, Mar. 14 & 21

Each spring, NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) hosts Splash!, a free program for students in Grades 9-12 to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students.  This year it will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, March 14 & 21, 9AM-5:20PM, in Ryder Hall (11 Leon Street, Boston).  Registration is open and is first-come/first-served and requires setting up a free student account. Pizza will be available, or you can bring your own lunch. For more information, contact nu.neptun@gmail.comThis year’s catalog includes these  STEM-related classes:

  • Amateur Rocketry Basics: Manufacturing & Launch
  • Amateur Rocketry Basics: Rocket Science & Design Process Overview
  • At the Ends of the Earth: Life in Deep Ocean Trenches
  • Biomimicry
  • Clinical Microbiology, aka Poop Medicine
  • Code Within Code
  • Egg Drop
  • Engineering a Diode Circuit
  • How (not) to Die in a Chemistry Lab
  • Introduction to Sound
  • Mechanical Engineering of the Catapult
  • Playing with Perception
  • Programming Languages: History and Types
  • Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder
  • Psychology: Let’s Get Stressed!
  • The Apotheosis Hypothesis
  • The Cat Conspiracy and Other Mind-bending Parasites
  • The Fermi Paradox: Are We Alone Out Here?
  • The Sweet Chemistry of Sugar, and How to Make It Explode
  • This Is Going Tibia Great Class: Anatomy Through Dissections
  • This is Why We Can’t Have Nice Things: Take one Pill a Day and Cry
  • What’s in Your Head 101
  • Would You Believe It? An Exploration of Weird Medical History
  • Your Body Is a Clock: Chronobiology

FSU Planetarium Film: Habitat Earth, Feb. 21 & 22

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations each month (except April). This month’s film, Habitat Earth, will be shown three times this weekend for different audiences. Space is limited and for guaranteed seating you must pre-register at these links and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking):

A suggested donation of $5 per guest is requested. For more information, email

Smith College: Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Mar. 7

The Smith College Society of Women Engineers will host a free, half-day event, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, for girls in Grades 6-8 on March 7. It will be held in Ford Hall on the Smith College campus. Register for either of these two sessions: 9AM-12PM or 2PM-5PM and pick one of five activities: Egg-celent Automobiles, ENGINE-ering, Code (crackers): Computers </, Hydroponics: Plant Power, or Ready-Set-Design! For more information, email

Mishkan Tefila: JSTEAM Nitrogen Ice Cream Event, Mar. 9

Congregation Mishkan Tefila will host a fun and exciting JSTEAM Mad Purim Nitrogen Ice Cream Oneg event on Erev Purim before Megillah Reading on March 9, 6PM-7PM.  Attendees will participate in a hands-on demonstration about Nitrogen and enjoy freshly made Nitrogen Ice Cream. The cost is $5 per ice cream. Register at

Project Learning Tree Workshop for Elementary Educators, Mar. 7

Project Learning Tree will present a professional-development workshop for teachers, non-formal educators, and anyone wanting to bring the environment into their work with children. The workshop will use PLT’s K-8 curriculum and will focus particularly on Grates 3-5, but all educators are welcome. It will be held at Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester on March 7, 9:30AM-1PM. Cost is $20 per person. For questions or to register (by February 29), contact Gini Traub at or 617-699-2387.  Project Learning Tree’s award-winning environmental-education program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

Harvard Museum of Natural History: I ♥ Science, Feb. 8

The Harvard Museum of Natural History will encourage children and adults to celebrate science with its I (Heart) Science program on February 8, 10AM-4PM. Scientists, graduate students, and explorers will present short talks on current research at Harvard. Bring your own shell and mineral collections to show to local clubs. Regular museum admission rates apply.

New England Model Engineering Society Expo, Feb. 15

The New England Model Engineering Society will hold its annual Exposition on February 15, 10AM-4PM, at the Charles River Museum of Industry and Innovation (154 Moody Street, Waltham). See society members building models of machinery, both long ago and recent. Free with museum admission.

MIT Museum FebFest Vacation Events, Feb. 17-22

The MIT Museum celebrates February school vacation (February 17-22) with FebFest — a range of activities:

Gallery activities, included with museum admission:

  • Big Group Build: Chain Reaction: February 17, 10AM-12:30PM and 1:30-3:30PM. Teams build mini chain reactions and link them into one giant one. Materials supplied.
  • Big Group Build: City of the Future: February 22, 10AM-12:30PM and 1:30-3:30PM. Designing for 50 years out. Materials supplied.
  • Polaroid Petting Zoo: February 18-21, Noon-2PM. Discover how camera designs have changed.
  • Spotlight Tours: February 18-21, 2PM-2:30PM. Limited to 15 people. Tickets available 30 minutes beforehand, first-come/first-served.

Workshops for ages 11+ (those under 14 must be accompanied by an adult). $15 students, $20 adults includes museum admission. Some tickets available by pre-registration at these links, and others available starting at 10AM on day of workshop:

Idea Hub: 11AM-3PM daily. Drop into the Museum’s maker space (included with museum admission; 30-minute sessions available for on-site signup on day of event) to explore Scratch (February 17), 3D Printing and Design (February 18), Kinetic Sculptures (February 19), Our Microscopic World (February 20-21), Paper Circuits (February 22).

Girl Scouts STEM Expo Seeks Presenters for Workshops & Expo, Mar. 14

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will hold its 8th annual STEM Conference and Expo for Grades 6-12 on March 14, 9AM-5PM at Framingham State University. The organizers invite volunteers to apply (at these links) to be presenters for 75-minute, interactive workshops or exhibitors for the Expo (3PM-5PM). For more information, contact Betsy Calkins at

‘Science on State Street’ Festival, Apr. 18, Seeks Exhibitors

Framingham State University’s Christa McAuliffe Center seeks presenters and volunteers for the third annual Science on State Street festival (“Planet Earth Edition”) on April 18, 11AM-3PM, on its campus (directions).  It’s free and open to all ages, with hands-on activities (in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering), featured presentations by FSU faculty and invited scientists, conversations and performances that explore the interaction between science and the arts, and planetarium programs.  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s festival will focus on planet Earth, environmental issues, and sustainability. Sign up now if you’d like to be an exhibitor.