Newton Destination Imagination Creativity Day, on May 4, will offer parents and kids a preview of the Destination Imagination program — a volunteer-run STEAM program for Grades K-12 (see video). Participants will work in teams to solve STEAM-based challenges in structural engineering, science, math, performance, and improv. The event will take place at Memorial Spaulding School (250 Brookline Street), and the cost is $5 person. Attendees under Grade 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Register now for either the 9AM-11:30AM session or the 11:30AM-1:30PM session.
In the school-year Destination Imagination, teams of 2-7 students form in September (by Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-9, and 9-12) to address various design challenges throughout the year in preparation for regional tournaments in the early spring and potentially state and global competitions in May. Over the years, over 350 Newton students have participated, and last year a Newton team went to the Global Finals!
The fourth Wellesley STEM Expo — free and open to the public — will be held on April 6, 10AM-3PM, at Wellesley High School (50 Rice Street). Last time, over 3000 attended this amazing event (see the video recap of the 2017 Expo). From 10AM to 2PM, there will be over 100 exhibits, 14 workshops (workshop space is limited), and a showcase of student work. A featured exhibit will be Picturing Science, adapted from the exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History. At 2PM, this year’s keynote speaker — Dr. Cheryl Knott, Professor of Anthropology and Biology at Boston University — will speak about her work to protect the wild orangutans of Borneo. At 3PM, there will be a Meet-a-STEM-Professional networking reception. Register for free. Check out opportunities to be a sponsor.
The 11th annual SET in the City (that’s Science, Engineering, Technology) takes place next Saturday, April 6, and needs adult volunteers to help 150 high-school girls explore academic paths and careers in STEM. Volunteers are needed specifically for its Science Information Bazaar, 10:30-11:30AM in the Photonics Center at Boston University. Can you bring a demo, exhibit, poster, or computer application to share with the girls?
It’s a wonderful opportunity to share your enthusiasm for what you do with high-school girls eager to learn what motivates people into STEM careers. In past years, volunteers have:
- Made “elephant toothpaste” and bottle rockets with the students;
- Brought in sea urchins, Van der Graaf generators and ultrasound machines;
- Demonstrated innovative computer applications and nano materials; and
- Experimented with Snap Circuits and Mobius bands.
After the Science Information Bazaar, the girls will travel to other campuses (Emmanuel, Harvard, Simmons, or MIT) for lunch and lab activities — and finally to Merck in Boston for the keynote and a student panel. Adult volunteers exhibiting in the Science Information Bazaar are invited to travel with them for the lunch and lab activities (but need to arrange their own transportation back).
SET in the City is sponsored by the Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative: Boston University, Emmanuel College, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Simmons College, UMass Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology and WGBH.
The Cambridge Science Festival is the national leader in its field, with 189 activities and events spanning 10 days, April 12-21, in Cambridge, greater Boston, and beyond. #CambSciFest is too much to keep in your head. You can filter this year’s online schedule of events by date, age (family/teens/adults), cost, various tags, venue, day of the week, time of day, or organizer — and then export your filtered events to your personal calendar. Some events require pre-registration or tickets, and most are free. Some highlights:
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 April list of STEM events.
Empow Studios will host these events in April:
- April 12: Celebrate Robotics Week at Empow Studios with a robotics favorite: a friendly Sumo Competition! Lexington & Newton, 7-8:30PM. $25
- April 15-19: April Vacation Camp with Empow Studios in Cambridge, Brookline, Lexington, and Newton. Programs include Tech & Design Camp, Minecraft Camp, and Java Coding Camp.
The Studio of Engaging Math (320 Washington Street, Brighton) is hosting a Math Festival and Open House on April 7, 11AM-2PM, so that kids (ages 4-12) and their parents can play games and learn about their programs.
Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, April 6, 10AM-4PM (yes, on a Saturday this year!). Splash is a one-day, student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach mini-courses for students in Grades 7-12. There’s also an optional one-hour session for groups of Splash students to talk with current BC undergraduates. There’s a $5.25 fee for the day, which includes a pizza lunch. Registration is required, is first-come/first-served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 617-297-7524. STEM-related classes in the course catalog include:
- Stacking Up: Intro to Recursion
- Stop Blocking Me! Crash Course in Asynchronous Programming
- Exploring Sharks
- What is Forensic Science?
- Cancer and Embryogenesis: The Start and End of Life
- The Big Bad World of Bats!
- Egg Drop!
- Your Genome and You: What’s the Human Genome Project?
- The Science Behind Slime
Boston’s Museum of Science has announced these events, which are included with museum admission:
To celebrate National Robotics Week (April 7-13), MassRobotics has arranged a series of open houses at robotics companies across the state. Admission is free, space is limited, registration is required, and you must be 18 or older.