Monday at 10PM is the deadline to apply for a one-day Training Session in Synthetic Biology in a real, synthetic biology environment. It’s offered to students entering Grades 10-12 (ages 16 and older) by STEM Pathways — the synthetic biology outreach program of the Living Computing Project — and the DAMP (Design | Automation | Manufacturing | Prototyping) Lab. It will be held 10AM-4PM on July 14 on the Boston University campus. Apply online by 10PM on July 2. Include the name, email, and phone number of a teacher, mentor, or coach as a reference. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. or call Rohin at 617-299-0816.
The MIT Game Lab invites the public to an open house on July 3, 5-8PM, at 32 Vassar Street in Cambridge to try out the latest products and games from companies it is hosting at Play Labs. Technologies include educational games and tools, augmented/mixed reality, blockchain, eSports, natural language, artificial intelligence, etc. The Game Lab will also showcase CLEVR, a multiplayer virtual-reality game about cellular biology that it is developing with the MIT Education Arcade. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Broad Institute hosts Midsummer Nights’ Science, a series of lectures open to the public on a variety of topics. Each is held at 415 Main Street, Kendall Square, Cambridge, on a Wednesday, 6:30-7:30PM, and followed by a reception. Registration is required, opens on a rolling basis, and is available now for the first lecture.
The Highland Street Foundation is bringing back Free Fun Fridays, during which it provides support to about 100 selected museums and cultural venues open to everyone for free on specified Fridays. Here are the STEM-oriented Free Fun Fridays on the schedule this summer:
- June 29: MIT Museum, Children’s Museum in Easton
- July 6: Boston Children’s Museum, Amelia Park Children’s Museum,
- July 13: Charles River Watershed Association, Larz Anderson Auto Museum, The Telephone Museum, Children’s Museum at Holyoke
- July 20: Chatham Shark Center, Maria Mitchell Association (Nantucket’s Science Center), Springfield Museums, The Discovery Museum
- July 27: Sandwich Glass Museum, Arnold Arboretum
- August 3: Franklin Park Zoo, The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River
- August 24: Harvard Museums of Science & Culture, Buttonwood Park Zoo, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Heritage Museums & Gardens
- August 31: EcoTarium, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Chatham Marconi Maritime Center
Empow Studios opened its beautifully designed new studio space in Newton at 180 Needham Street last week, with enthusiastic staff and representatives of the mayor’s office and Chamber of Commerce celebrating the ribbon-cutting. Families with children in Grades 2-8 are invited to register for an Open House and Student Showcase on June 23, 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.
New England FIRST Mentor’s Organization (NEMO) will hold its inaugural meeting on June 26, 6-8PM, at MassRobotics (12 Channel Street, Suite 502, in Boston). Register by June 19. NEMO aims to help FIRST mentors become better mentors, and meetings will include presentations and networking. This inaugural meeting will be introduced by the Regional Director of NE FIRST and will include a presentation about off-season projects for FIRST Robotics Competition teams.
The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network invites educators, business partners, and community representatives to its STEM conference — Educating for the Future: Practices – Programs – Partnerships — at Bridgewater State University on August 15, 8:30AM-2PM, in the Rondileau Campus Center Ballroom (19 Park Avenue in Bridgewater). All are welcome and attendance is free but registration is required. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
October 22-16 has been designated Massachusetts STEM Week by the Governor and the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. The MetroWest STEM Education Network will coordinate our region’s activities for the week and is seeking STEM professionals to volunteer to offer presentations and hands-on activities, asking schools and out-of-school programs to request them, and asking about STEM-related events planned for the week in order to promote them.
Students in Grades K-8 — and their parents — are invited to learn about FIRST Lego League (FLL) and Junior FLL at FLL Info Night, hosted by the Newton LigerBots on June 20, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall (on the left of the main lobby on Tiger Drive). At the event, students and parents can learn more about FLL and what roles students can play on FLL teams, such as being a researcher, coder, or engineer, and they can meet others who are interested in forming FLL teams. The meeting is aimed primarily at parents, but kids are also welcome to come and learn more about the FLL program and participate in STEM-related activities.
FLL is a competition for Grades 4-8, and Junior FLL is a project-based program for Grades K-3. FLL teams build and program LEGO robots, and they undertake a project to brainstorm and present creative solutions to real life problems related to each year’s FIRST theme. This year, the theme is space and the FLL game is “Into Orbit.”
The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics team, spanning both high schools — offers this information session as a community service, in part because FLL is a great introduction to the engineering, teamwork, and project skills that make great future LigerBots. The LigerBots also support FLL by mentoring local FLL teams, hosting FLL competitions, and promoting the principles of FIRST. A Newton FLL team, the Day Dragons, which won the Eastern Massachusetts Championship this year, will assist the LigerBots in this presentation. For more information, visit ligerbots.org/fll or email email@example.com.
The MetroWest STEM Education Network (MSEN) will hold its quarterly meeting June 13, 8:15-10:30AM at Regis College (235 Wellesley Street, Weston) for MSEN members from K-12, higher education, and community partners to their discuss participation in MSEN and ways it can benefit or scale their current or future projects. The free event includes a light breakfast and opportunities for networking. Register here.