SheHacks Boston aims to the be largest student-run hackathon for female and femme non-binary high school and college students 16 years or older. It will be held over 36 hours, January 26-28 at Boston University. Hear keynote speakers; attend optional workshops to learn how to code; address challenges and win prizes; network with technology companies; benefit from mentorship. Learn more here. It’s free, and meals will be provided Friday night through Sunday brunch. Online registrations will be accepted on a rolling basis, and walk-ins may be available. Teams will be formed via a Facebook group and also in-person at the event. Volunteers and mentors of all genders are welcome.
In addition to the Teen Summer Program Expo on January 29, here are two more free opportunities to learn about summer programs for kids:
On January 28, the City of Newton will hold its annual Camp Fair in the Newton North HS cafeteria, noon to 4PM. From noon to 3PM, entertainment will be provided by Wicked Cool Science, enabling kids to build and launch air rockets. Participating organizations include Newton Parks and Recreation, Newton Public Schools, Newton Community Education, Newton Free Library, and Historic Newton.
On February 11, the Newton England Camp Fair will be held at Bigelow Middle School, 11:30AM-2:30PM. While many of the exhibiting programs have a STEM component, the following have a particularly focus on STEM: Edge on Science, Empow Studios, Exploration School, LINX Camps, and Zaniac Learning Center.
Jr. Tech will host instructors from the Atlantic White Shark Conservancy for a program on shark biology, anatomy, and dissection for students in Grades 5-7 on Saturday, February 3, 9AM-3PM at Barnstable United School in Marstons Mills. The cost is $85. Register online.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations on the third Friday of each month (except April). The presentation on January 19, for adults and teens 14 years and older, will be an encore showing of Phantom of the Universe, a full-dome film about the exploration of dark matter by the world’s top physics labs, including CERN. After the film, Dr. Vandana Singh, FSU’s Chair of Physics and Earth Science, discuss the work being done by scientists at facilities like CERN. Registration is required and opens January 12.
At the 14th annual Teen Summer Program Expo, held at Newton South HS cafeteria on January 29, 5:30-8PM, you can meet representatives of a wide range of summer programs for teenagers, including these STEM programs. The expo is free. Register online to save time at the door.
The MetroWest STEM Education Network will hold its quarterly meeting on January 24, 8:15-10:30AM, at MassBay Community College to discuss The Role of Mentorship in the Development of STEM Enthusiasts and Professionals. The event is free and open to the public. Register by January 20.
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 January list of STEM events.
The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts seeks presenters to provide interactive workshops for 15 to 25 participants in Grades 6-12 at its 6th annual STEM Conference and Expo, to be held March 18, 9AM-5PM at the Sheraton Framingham Hotel. This drop-off event is open to both members and non-members of the Girl Scouts. Potential presenters register here. This is one of many STEM activities offered by the GSEMA.
Seven Newton-based FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics teams competed in the Eastern Massachusetts FLL State Championship, hosted by the Ligerbots at Newton North HS yesterday, and four of them won awards. The event drew a crowd of over 1,000 FLL team participants, coaches, mentors, volunteers, and spectators.
- The Day Dragons, a team of four 7th graders from F. A. Day Middle School and two 5th graders from Peirce Elementary School, won the top honor for the event — the Champions’ Award, for the best overall performance in each aspect of the competition. This includes the team’s performance in the robotics competition, the team’s presentation of research results in this year’s area of focus (Hydro Dynamics), and the team’s demonstration of FLL’s Core Values.
- The Botanists were part of the 1st-place alliance for the Lightning Round, in which teams are paired for collaboration in matches that run in half the time.
- The Block Party team earned the second-place Programming award.
- The Snowy Owls won the award for “Most Reliable Robot.”
Other Newton-based FLL teams that earned the right, in earlier qualifying events, to participate in the Eastern Massachusetts Championship were the Hydro-Dragons, the Newtronics, and the Roaming Rovers. Congratulations to all seven teams!
The LigerBots also hosted a maker fair that drew participation from such local groups as Destination Imagination, the New Art Center, Students for Greener World, and others. There was even a taste of Star Wars, with a Stormtrooper and Imperial Droid on hand!
The Newton Free Library will host the following STEM events in January:
- January 4: Scratch Club, 7-8PM, Grades 3-4. Space is limited. Pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.
- January 8: Crazy 8s Math Club, 4-5PM, Grades K-2. Space is limited. Registration opens at 9AM on December 18. Register for all 8 sessions (January 8, 22, 29; February 5, 12, 26; March 5, 12).
- January 16: Animal Camouflage, 4-5PM, ages 3+.
- January 27: KIBO Robots, 10:30-11:30AM, Grades K-2. Space is limited to 8 children. Pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.