At Bowen Elementary School today, 200 students in Grades K-5, on 125 teams, presented amazing projects at their Science Day. The PTO provided posterboard, online resources, encouragement in the weeks beforehand, and a low-stress, cooperative environment for exploration, inquiry, and presentation. Parent scientists visited with each team to engage them in the results of their work, and each exhibit had comment forms for visitors. Also exhibiting were the LigerBots, Green Newton, Destination Imagination, Cambridge Science Festival, Bowen’s BASCP after-school program. Congratulations and thanks to the PTO organizers and school staff. This is what STEM events can be.
The deadline for getting a March for Science Boston T-shirt in time for the event on April 22 has been extended to midnight tonight, April 2. Net proceeds will fund audi0-visual equipment and other expenses of the March. Order online here. If you’re going to the event, register here for free to help with planning and post-event connections.
The Education Collaborative (TEC) will hold the last information session about its Career Exploration & Internship Program on April 4, 7-8PM at the Morse Institute Library (lower-level meeting room) in Natick. Non-profit TEC offers this summer program to students who have completed at least two years of high school. Many internships involve 60 hours over 4 consecutive weeks, but timing varies for some. Registration for the information session is not required. Apply online for internships. Placements are made on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Telma Sullivan at 781-326-2473 X721 or email@example.com. Currently there is one internship at each of the following locations:
- Chemistry (Milford, Chestnut Hill, Canton, Natick-August)
- Environmental (Braintree, Needham)
- Engineering (Marlborough, Waltham, Hopkinton, Walpole, Southborough, Franklin)
- Computer Science (North Attleboro, Mansfield, Waltham)
- Medical Research (Boston)
- Nutrition (Framingham)
- Psychology (Framingham, Chestnut Hill)
- Veterinary (Needham, Wellesley)
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 STEM Events for Kids in Boston. Here’s her April list of STEM events, with her ever-growing list of Girls Who Code clubs.
Framingham State University’s Christa McAuliffe Center will hold its third annual Science on State Street festival on April 21, 2:30-6PM, in the parking lot of FSU’s O’Connor Hall (map). It’s free and open to all ages, with hands-on activities (in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering), presentations by FSU faculty and invited scientists, conversations and performances that explore the interaction between science and the arts, and planetarium programs.
Acera School will host its Spring Innovator Symposium on April 20, 6:30-8:30PM on its campus (5 Lowell Avenue in Winchester). It’s free and open to the public of all ages. Meet scientists, researchers, tinkerers, and entrepreneurs from MIT’s Media Lab, Harvard’s School Applied Engineering, BU’s Social Development & Learning Lab, and more. Activities include: Robotic Creations, Programmable Tattoos, Woodworking Challenge, Engineering Challenge, Shadow Architecture, and Drawing in Virtual Reality.
The 2017 Wellesley STEM Expo will be held Saturday, April 8, at Wellesley High School. Here’s a brief video of highlights from the 2014 and 2015 Expos. The event is free and open to the public. Registration is encouraged.
- 10AM-2PM: Over 100 exhibits and 50 workshops for all ages
- 2-3PM: Keynote: Rocking Spacetime: The Discovery of Gravitational Waves from Colliding Black Holes
- 3-4PM: STEM professional panel for high-school students.
The South Shore branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW), in partnership with the Weymouth Public Schools, will host a STEM Conference for girls in Grades 4-8 on Saturday, April 8, 8AM-1PM at Weymouth High School (1 Wildcat Way in Weymouth). Each participant will attend 3 of 18 interactive workshops. The cost is $10. Register here by March 31, ranking five preferences for workshops. For more information, contact Lynn Howard at 781-901-9120 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The March for Science Boston is recruiting volunteers to work the day of the event, April 22. Attend a required training session, then arrive by noon for check-in and volunteer until 4PM. Tasks include assisting guests, helping in the kids’ area, etc. Sign up here. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt.
Registration is open for the following Design and Engineering workshops in April at Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). Register using the links below. Space is limited and will be assigned as paid registrations are received.