Category Archives: Events

Women in STEM: Volunteer at STEM Pathway’s SET in the City, Apr. 7

Women in STEM fields are invited to participate on April 7 in the 10th annual SET in the City, a program for girls in Grades 9-12 to explore academic paths and careers in STEM.  Volunteers in STEM careers are needed for the program’s Science Information Bazaar, to be held 10:30-11:30AM in the Photonics Center at Boston University. There will be tables set up for you to bring some demonstration, exhibit, poster, or computer application to share with the girls.  Register online to volunteer.  For more information, email

MIT Edgerton’s ‘Science on Saturday’ for Grades K-12, Apr. 7: Optics

MIT’s Edgerton Center holds free Science on Saturday programs approximately monthly during the school year for elementary, middle, and high school students — as well as their parents and teachers.  Each is a fun, one-hour, interactive presentation beginning at 10AM in MIT’s Kresge Auditorium, 48 Massachusetts Ave. in Cambridge.  Kids under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Attendees also receive same-day admission to the MIT Museum at half-price. No pre-registration is necessary but seating is limited and first-come, first-seated.  The next program will be April 7: Optics. For more information, contact Dr. Todd H. Rider, Mad Scientist in Residence, at

Clay Center Course: Beginner Level Amateur Radio Course

The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club — a public outreach STEM program of the Dexter Southfield school — is offering Beginner Level Amateur Radio — a radio Technician Class course for adults — and children (ages 11+) with a parent — to facilitate successful completion of the FCC radio license test, which will be administered in the final class. Children passing the test will receive free membership in the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, the largest youth-oriented radio club in New England.  Six Wednesdays March 28 – May 9, 6:30-8:45PM at the Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School.  Register here via Newton Community Education.

March for Science 2018 in Boston, Apr. 14

Following last year’s event, the 2018 March for Science (“Science Strikes Back”) will be held on April 14, 1PM-3PM, at Christopher Columbus Park in Boston (map).  Please RSVP here to help the organizers plan (where you can also sign up for updates) and you can also sign up to volunteer or donate.

STEM Pathways High School Training in Synthetic Biology, Apr. 14 & 28

STEM Pathways — a Boston University/MIT outreach program for synthetic biology — will offer a one-day training session for high-school students (ages 16+) on two Saturdays — April 14 and April 28 — 10AM-4PM, at Boston University.  Students will learn about fundamental synthetic biology tools and concepts like DNA purification, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation in a working synthetic biology lab environment. There is no fee, and lunch will be provided. Registration (including a recommendation letter from a teacher) is required by April 4 for the April 14 session or by April 18 for the April 28 session. For more information,  email 

Clay Center: Public Telescope Nights on Tuesdays; Also: 3-Evening Introduction to Astronomy

Public Telescope Nights:  The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights 8PM to 9PM on Tuesdays, March 27 through June 5.  Go here to pick a date and register in advance.  Come look through the largest telescope in greater Boston. Events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast:  Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message.

Introduction to Astronomy:  The Clay Center Observatory at Dexter Southfield has teamed up with Newton Community Education to offer a course about telescopes, constellations, sky navigation, Earth’s seasons, and phases of the moon. Weather permitting, the class will use the Clay Center’s 25” research-grade telescope and other telescopes — and also explore the fiber-optic-lit Stars Court and the 3D Moon Court. Three Mondays, April 23-May 7, 6:30-8:30PM at the Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School. $75 fee.  Register here.

Register for Science on Saturday (The Science of Sight and Color) at MIT Lincoln Labs, Apr. 28

Registration is now open for two Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturdayon April 28 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   The topic will be The Science of Sight and Color, presented by Lincoln Laboratory’s Women’s Network. All children (5-17 years) must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children.  Children under 5 are not admitted.  Admission is free but each person attending must be registered.  Space is limited, so register online soon for either Session 1 (9AM to 10:30AM) or Session 2: 10:45AM to 12:15PM). Register an adult first, then a child, then others. Adults must bring government photo identification.  See other rules on the registration pages. Due to construction, this event will be held in the cafeteria, accessed via the garage stairs instead of the main lobby.

Newton Free Library: STEM Events in April

The Newton Free Library will host the following STEM event(s) in April (not including the Girls Who Code club or the Crazy 8s Math club, for which registration has ended). For each, space is limited, and you should pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.

Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in April

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 April list of STEM events.

Boston Society of Architects: Events for Kids, Teens & Adult Volunteers

The Boston Society of Architects will host the following events at BSA Space (290 Congress Street, Boston):

Adults can sign up to volunteer by March 30 for Kids Build! events on April 6, 7, 8, and 15, as well as for the Family Design Days on May 19 and June 16.