Category Archives: Events

SUMIT Collaborative Event for Girls in Grades 9-10 Who Like Math, Feb. 3 & 4

SUMIT is a fun, mathematically intense, fully collaborative, all-day, large-scale math collaboration for girls in Grades 6-10 who like math. It’s hosted annually by Girls Angle, a math club for girls in Cambridge. SUMIT is not a competition but is a collaborative math/theater event in which participants must self-organize and overcome math challenges toward a common overall goal. Participants do not need any experience in math and should simply bring an enjoyment of thinking about math and an open mind.

This year, there will be two separate sessions, each running 8:45AM to 4:30PM at the Broad Institute in Cambridge. Girls can sign up for either February 3 or February 4, as grade-specific space is available.  Currently there is still room for girls in Grades 9-10.  A wait list is available for grades that are filled. The $50 fee will be waived for students demonstrating financial need. Register here. For more information, email girlsanglesumit@gmail.com. Learn more about the Girls Angle club in their bimonthly Bulletin and blog.

Science Emporium: Holiday Shopping Party, Dec. 19

e, Inc.‘s Science Emporium, in the Charlestown Navy Yard (114 Sixteenth Street, Charlestown), invites the public to its special holiday shopping hours, December 19, 4-7:30PM, for refreshments and a 5% discount on science toys, games, books, and gifts for all ages.

LigerBots to Host Eastern Mass. State FLL Championship at NNHS, Dec. 16

The LigerBots will host the Eastern Massachusetts FLL State Championship, a FIRST LEGO League robotics competition for 300 Massachusetts students in Grades 4-8 on Saturday, December 16, 9AM-3PM, at Newton North HS. It’s free and open to the public. The theme of this year’s competition is Hydro Dynamics (see video).  Forty-eight teams earned the right to compete in the championship via their performance in earlier qualifying events. They will use LEGO robots they have designed, built, and programmed to perform complex tasks. The public may also view the teams’ displays of their solutions to real-world problems related to the water-based theme. There will also be a maker fair with hands-on STEM activities for kids and a “RoboPalooza” exhibit of robots from First Robotics Competitions and FIRST Tech Challenges.

Women in STEM Event in Lowell, Postponed to Dec. 16

Women in STEM event for girls in Grades 7-12, originally scheduled for December 9, has been moved to Saturday, December 16, 10AM-3PM, in the UMass Lowell Makerspace (Falmouth Bldg., Rm 102, 1 University Avenue, Lowell). It’s sponsored by FIRST Robotics Competition Team 5962. At this event, students may participate in fun, hands-on activities led by female engineers. During lunch, there will be a discussion time for students to ask the engineers and members of the UMassLowell Society of Women Engineers (SWE) any questions they have. The event is free, and lunch is provided. Register here. No experience required!

Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 4-10: Hour of Code

December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week, and Khan Academy is offering tips and resources to support parents working with their children on Hour of Code projects.

FSU Planetarium Family Night: Holiday Skies, Dec. 15

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 shows on December 15 will be Holiday Skies, at 5:30PM and 6:30PM. Space is limited, and pre-registration for the 5:30PM show or 6:30PM show is strongly recommended.  Arrive on campus 20 minutes early (directions and parking).

Museum of Science: 50% Off on Fridays, Dec. 8 & 15

Boston’s Museum of Science is offering a 50% discount on admission to its exhibit halls, 3PM-9PM on these Fridays:  December 8 and 15.

Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in December

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 December list of STEM events.

‘Sound Ideas’ — Teen Science Cafe at MIT Museum, Dec. 2

The MIT Museum will host its next Teen Science Cafe for high-school students on December 2, 6-8:30PM, focused on the science of sound and music.  Admission is free and dinner will be provided.  Seating is limited and registration is required.  Doors will open at 5:45PM and no one will be admitted after 7PM. The event will include a musical performance by Newton South HS’s Crescendo acapella group and these talks:

  • Converting Sound to Neural Signals
  • Musician and Mega-Machine: Compositions Driven by Real-Time Particle Collision Data from the ATLAS Detector
  • Using Sound Waves to Separate Cancer Cells from the Blood
  • Fabric Keyboard – Multimodal Textile as an Expressive and Deformable Musical Interface

MassBay STEM Expo, Dec. 13

MassBay Community College will host its bi-annual STEM Expo, 11AM-Noon on December 13 at its Wellesley Hills campus cafeteria (50 Oakland Street) to showcase the accomplishments of students and faculty.  It’s free and open to the public. Topics include Engineering Design, Robotics, Game Programming, Cyber Security, Protein Purification, Biotechnology, and Statistics and Quantitative Reasoning.