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‘Touch Tomorrow’ STEM Festival at WPI, June 9

Worcester Polytechnic Institute and WGBH will present Touch Tomorrow — a festival of science, technology, and robots — on Saturday, June 9, 10AM-4PM at WPI (directions). It’s family-friendly, fun, free, and open to all ages — with a particular focus on what’s interesting for middle- and high-school students. Programming includes hands-on activities, exhibits, presentations, and the movie, Dream Big. WPI faculty and students will open their labs and share their work and engage the public in hands-on activities and demonstrations.  Registration beforehand is appreciated.

WGBH will host the Design Squad Team Challenge competition for teams of 2-6 students in Grades 5-8 to design and build a wind turbine that can lift heavy objects.  See a video hint and register your team. Choose your preferred round (11AM or 2PM).

LigerBots Compete in BattleCry and Plan Participation in Community Events

This weekend the LigerBots participated in the two-day Battlecry 19 post-season FIRST robotics competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with 59 other teams from the region. The LigerBots ended the Qualifying Rounds with a record of 5-3-0 and were invited to join an alliance headed by The Bionics from Billerica. This alliance advanced to the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by the alliance that eventually won the competition.

The ever-community-minded LigerBots plan to bring their robot to events in May and June, including the Newton Memorial Day Parade on May 27Newton Highlands Village Day on June 10, and  Tour de Newton on June 17. The team will also host an evening meeting for all parents and potential coaches (all are welcome!) to learn about FIRST LEGO League (FLL) on Wednesday, June 20, 7-9PM, at the Newton North High School Film Lecture Hall. And the team is starting the process of recruiting new students for the 2018-2019 school year.

Mass. College Students: Attend MassEcon ‘World of the Future’ Conference, June 1

MassEcon will hold its annual conference, World of the Future: Key Drivers of Change, on June 1, 7:30-9:30AM, at the Newton Marriott hotel. Speakers include:

  • Nav Singh, McKinsey & Company, focused on innovation in pharmaceuticals and medical products
  • Shirley Leung, Boston Globe columnist and associate editor
  • David Lucchino, Frequency Therapeutics, co-founder, president and CEO
  • Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL, professor of computer science and artificial intelligence
  • Corey Thomas, Rapid7, CEO

Stay in MA, sponsored by Flybridge Capital Partners, aims to foster entrepreneurship and innovation by offering scholarships of up to $100 for full-time college students in Massachusetts to attend business and technology networking events such as this one. Apply for a scholarship to offset the $85 conference fee for those who are not members of MassEcon.

Olin College Spring Expo, May 14 and SCOPE Summit, May 15

Each spring, Olin College of Engineering holds two public events to showcase the work of its students:

  • Olin Spring ExpositionMay 14 (10AM-3PM):  First-, second-, and third-year students present their projects in poster sessions, oral presentations, and artistic performances (see program). Register here.  For information, email
  • SCOPE SummitMay 15 (9:30AM-3:30PM):  Seniors present the results of their year-long, corporate-sponsored Capstone projects via rocket talks and poster sessions.  Register to attend.

Learn about ‘Skywrite Newton’ Augmented Reality, May 16

The Newton Festival of the Arts is sponsoring Skywrite Newton, an installation of augmented reality (AR) art in the skies above 13 sites in Newton, May 5-31. Instructions for viewing the installation with a smartphone are here. The artist, Prof. Will Pappenheimer of Pace University, will discuss this work in a free event at the Newton Free Library on May 16, 6:30-8PM. Win a prize by emailing with your answer to: “What do the 13 Skywrite phrases have in common?”

FSU Talk: How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hands, May 18

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University will host a multimedia presentation, How to Hold a Dead Star in Your Hands, on May 18, 6PM by Kimberly Kowal Arcand of the Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory in Cambridge, MA. The program is recommended for ages 14+ and does not include a planetarium show. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.  The event is free, and a suggested donation is $5 welcome.

Meet Einstein’s Workshop at Waban Village Day, May 20

At Waban Village Day on May 20, Einstein’s Workshop will have activities for kids while parents can learn about Einstein’s Workshop’s summer-camp programs at Zervas Elementary School for Grades K-6 — offered in half-day, full-day, and/or extended-day sessions. Classes include Minecraft, Robotics, Coding, and Making & Inventing.

Newton South HS Science Dept. Open House, May 31

Newton South HS’s Science Department will hold its annual Open House on May 31, 3:30-6:30PM.  Current and future NSHS students and their parents — and the general public — are invited to come talk with science faculty and students to learn about their work.  Featured exhibits and activities include:

  • Open classrooms, with displays of student work, including:
    • Family Chemistry Poster projects
    • A.P. Biology projects
    • Honors & ACP Biology energy projects
  • DaVinci STEAM projects, including:
    • Engineering projects:  Kinetic Sculpture Meets Biology
    • DNA through art and engineering
  • Technology & Engineering displays
  • Fun With Chemistry demonstratons for kids, by A.P. Chemistry students
  • Student speakers presenting their original work
  • Departmental awards ceremony

Empow Studios to Open STEM Enrichment Center in Newton

Empow Studios will open its new, year-round studio space in Newton at the Nexus Mall (180 Needham Street) with a Grand Opening and studio tours on June 12, noon to 4PM, followed by an Open House and Student Showcase on June 23.  Families with children in Grades 2-8 are invited to register for the Open House in one of four time slots (12PM, 12:30PM, 1PM, 1:30PM) for a tour and preview of programs:  Summer Camps (June 25 – August 31), STEM After School Club, STEM Clubs and Classes (Weekday & Weekend), and Birthday Parties.

World Robot Summer Olympiad: Info Session, May 16

Semia USA and WRO USA will hold a free information session on May 16, 7:30-9PM, for students ages 7-16 and their parents to learn more about the World Robot Olympiad (WRO) and summer competition. It will be held in the South Medford Community Room, 20 Main Street in Medford. Register here. WRO involves over 66,000 students in over 60 countries. For more information contact