WGBH will broadcast the PBS/BBC 3-segment presentation, Big Blue Live, at 8PM on August 31, September 2, and September 2. It celebrates a marine animal phenomenon: Humpback whales, blue whales, sea lions, elephant seals, sea otters, great white sharks and more as they convene annually in Monterey Bay, CA.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University will present a free planetarium program, Pluto, the Planet that Never Was, on Wednesday, August 19, at 100 State Street in Framingham. It will provide a closer look at Pluto, its moons, and the Kuiper Belt. Registration is required. The 5:30PM show for children under 11 is full, but you can register for the 6:30PM show, which is for the general public, including families with children 12 or older, and college students.
Einstein’s Workshop (25 Adams Street in Burlington) will hold its first-ever Chess Tournament on Sunday, August 30. U.S. women’s 1995 chess champion, Sharon Burtman, will host, provide analysis of some games, and offer a workshop for parents. Space is limited, the fee is $15, and registration is required. Check-in is at 12:30PM, and the tournament will run 1-6PM, with separate sections for Grades K-3, 4-8, and 9-12.
The Newton Free Library’s STEAM Lecture Series will host a presentation by Newton North alumnus Dave Avery, of the low-altitude cinematography company Above Summit, about the civilian use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles), on August 13 at 7PM in the Druker Auditorium. He will describe drone technologies, capabilities, and potential impacts. No reservation is required.
Gique, an MIT-based STEM+Arts educational non-profit, is holding a geek-themed Zumbathon fundraiser on Saturday, August 29 on the Great Lawn at 4 Emerson Place in Boston. Adults $15, children $10. All proceeds will be used for Gique’s programs to attract girls to STEM and teach them STEM principles through the arts. See details and register here.
On Tuesday, August 4 at 7PM, a representative from iRobot will talk about robots at the Newton Free Library. The talk — about what some robots do and careers for people who want to work with robots — is for kids entering Grades 2-5 and will be in the Library’s Druker Auditorium. Space is limited, so pick up tickets at the Library’s children’s desk 30 minutes before the program starts.
Newton’s three middle-school girl ambassadors to Envision the Future — Abigail Brooks (Brown MS), Dumebi Okonkwo (Day MS), and Deanne Harris (Oak Hill MS) — had a terrific week at Bridgewater State University, culminating in a STEM Resource Expo to present their work and meet with STEM programs and vendors. Sponsored by the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club, the Newton team joined 45 other girls from 17 Massachusetts communities in a packed program of inspiration, introductions, experimentation, and accomplishment — all in collaboration with about two dozen women in STEM careers.
Attending the final-day Expo were Tamara Brogan (Boys & Girls Club Director of Education), Margaret Albright (Newton School Committee), and Bruce Henderson (NewtonSTEM). Other supporters of Envision the Future — Angela Pitter (Newton School Committee) and Jill Graboski (Newton Free Library Assistant Director) — were unable to attend at the last minute. NewTV covered the event (video; see timemark 8:10).
The Newton Envision the Future middle-school ambassadors and supporting organizations — including Newton Community Education and The Innovation Institute — are eager to replicate aspects of the program in Newton throughout the coming year. Stay tuned.
At the conclusion of Envision the Future, a one-week summer STEM camp for middle-school girls, the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network will present a STEM Resource Fair on Friday, July 24, 10AM-Noon at the Rondileau Campus Center of Bridgewater State University (directions). The 48 middle-school girls attending Envision the Future, including three girls representing Newton, will present the results of their work that week. Over 40 programs and vendors will exhibit at the Fair. Representatives of the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton, NewtonSTEM, and the Newton Free Library — which are sponsoring Newton’s activities in Envision the Future — will attend.
The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs sponsors Project Learning Tree, and award-winning environmental-education program of the American Forest Foundation offering professional-development courses for teachers. Upcoming sessions include:
- PreK-8 Curriculum: August 19 at Brookwood Community Farm in Canton, September 19 at Riverbend Farm in Uxbridge. $20 Register via Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413-584-6788,
- Early Childhood Experiences: September 12 at Mount Greylock Reservation in Lanesborough, November 17 at Borderland State Park in Easton. $15. Register via Gini.Traub@state.ma.us, 413-584-6788.
- Both curricula together: October 17 at Lawrence Heritage State Park. $35. Register via Nancy.Riley-Whitehill@state.ma.us, 617-626-1494.
The Newton Free Library will hold its second annual STEAM Expo on July 18, 1-4PM. Seventeen exhibits and workshops, both inside and outside the library, will be available for “tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers and students” including — digital saxophone, bone analysis, lasers, robot maze, Drumlin Farm animals, Newton Community Farm, and SCRATCH programming.