Worcester Polytechnic Institute and WGBH will present Touch Tomorrow — a festival of science, technology, and robots — on Saturday, June 8, 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 high-school FIRST robotics competition, BattleCry (in which the Newton LigerBots will compete). 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 rubber-band cars for speed.
Empow Studios will hold an Open House for its STEM Camp and After-School Club on June 8, 3:30-5:30PM at its Newton location (180 Needham Street). Design, engineering, and coding activities will include Scratch programming, video-game design software, stop-motion and digital animation, digital architecture design, programming EV3 robots, painting with augmented reality, and touring the International Space Station via virtual reality
The New England Aquarium will celebrate World Oceans Day on June 9, 11AM-3PM with a free, outdoor festival (separate from museum admission) on its Harbor View Terrace. The event will feature activities and exhibits by 20 participating organizations, with an emphasis on reducing pollution by eliminating single-use plastics.
FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a robotics competition for Grades 4-8 in which teams build and program LEGO robots and complete a project by creating and presenting a solution to a real-life problem related to the year’s FLL themed challenge. The Newton high-school robotics team, the LigerBots, supports local FLL teams through mentoring, promotion, and hosting two regional tournaments each year. On June 17, 7PM-9PM, the LigerBots will hold an information session in the Newton North HS Film Lecture Hall for parents to learn about FLL while interested students participate in fun STEM activities. For more information, email email@example.com.
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 Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in June list of STEM events.
The Newton South High School Science Department will hold its annual Open House on May 30, 3PM-6:30PM.
- Displays of student work in Family Chemistry, Biology, Physics, and Engineering
- Departmental awards honoring student achievements
- DaVinci STEAM program final engineering projects (Kinetic sculpture meets Biology & Math) and understanding DNA through art and engineering
- Fun With Chemistry demonstrations for kids
- Guest speakers from local universities on climate change
- Student speakers presenting their original work
- Technology and Engineering displays
- Presentations by the NSHS Science Team and the LigerBots robotics team
Empow Studios will hold two free information sessions for students and parents to learn about FIRST Lego League and what it’s like to be on an FLL team. Empow Studios hosts its own FLL teams during the school year. The sessions will be 6:30-7:30PM in Lexington (June 6) and Newton (June 7).
The first TEDx@MIT conference, Computing the Future, will be held on May 28, 1PM-6PM, at MIT’s Computer Science & Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) in Cambridge. Apply here to attend. Speakers include:
- Barbara Liskov, Turing Award winner Professor
- Judy Brewer, Director of WWW3 Consortium’s Web Accessibility Initiative
- Ronitt Rubinfeld, Professor and ACM Fellow
- Dava Newman, Apollo Professor of Astronautics,former Deputy Administrator of NASA
- Hamsa Balakrishnan, Associate Department Head and Director of Transportation@MIT
- Nergis Mavalvala, Laser Interferometer Gravitational-Wave Observatory
- Julie Shah, Boeing Associate Professor
- Vivienne Sze, Associate Professor and Edgerton Faculty Award winner
- Bonnie Berger, head of CSAIL’s Computation and Biology group
- Daniela Rus, roboticist and Director of CSAIL
- Krystyn van Vliet, SMART Professor
The Friends of Cold Spring Park and the Zervas PTO will host naturalist Sam Jaffe, founder of The Caterpillar Lab, speaking on The Natural Wonders of Cold Spring Park on June 3, 7:30PM at Zervas Elementary School. Sam has identified 150 species of birds, 32 butterflies, and many species of reptiles, amphibians, insects, and mammals in Cold Spring Park. He’ll speak about the park’s diverse habitats and inhabitants, how he works with Zervas teachers to use the park as an outdoor classroom, threats to the park’s ecosystem, and plans to rehabilitate the trails in the park. For more information, email FriendsofColdSpringPark@gmail.com.