Registration will open (and the links below will become active) at 10AM on October 16 for the following Design and Engineering workshops in November and December at Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). Space is limited and will be assigned as paid registrations are received.
- From Nomads to Skyscrapers!: Grades 3-5. November 6, 13, 20; 3-5PM. Civil Engineering throughout history. $120
- Geometry of Design: Grades 3-5. November 4, 9AM-Noon. Relationships between 3D geometries and how they can be used in a larger design challenge. $50
- Robots, robots, robots!: Grades 3-5. November 4, 1-4PM. LEGO EV3 Robotics and Mindstorms programming for design challenges. $50
- Exploring Momentum: Grades 3-5. November 11, 9AM-Noon. Newton’s laws of momentum; build tops and sailboats. $50
- It’s Electric!: Grades 6-8. November 18, 9AM-Noon. Basics of electricity, building circuits, engineering design process applied to an e-textiles project. $50
- Take Apart Workshop: Grades 6-8. December 2, 9AM-Noon. Mechanical engineering principles; take apart everyday objects and reassemble them to invent something new. $50
- Musical Engineering: Grade: K-2. December 2, 1-4PM. Connection between music and engineering; build musical instruments. $50
The Newton LigerBots will host a free, one-evening, two-hour workshop — Girls + Tools! — on October 17, as an opportunity for Newton Public Schools students ages 13-18 to have fun with problem solving and mechanical activities, even if they have little or no experience in robotics or engineering. Planning for this event started last summer among several female mentors and students involved in LigerBots who want to show others how much fun engineering can be. It will be held 6:30-8:30PM in the Newton South HS wood shop (Room 9271). Register here.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations on the third Friday of each month (except April). The show on October 20 will be The Night Sky: Yours to Discover and will include the film Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope. Space is limited, and pre-registration is strongly recommended. A few seats remain for the 5:30 and 6:30 shows. Arrive on campus 20 minutes early (directions and parking).
On October 11, TERC — a non-profit dedicated to improving STEM education — will host STEAMworks, a workshop to help parents and caregivers become STEM mentors for children in Grades K-5. It will be presented by Moms as Mentors, 6:30-8PM at TERC (2067 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge). The cost is $15 per person (free for families qualifying for free or reduced lunch fees). Register online.
On October 14, the MIT Museum will host Family Funstruction, a participatory event for families interested in constructing Rube Goldberg machines. Each family or group will construct a contraption and link it with those built by others to form one long chain reaction. The event will be held 6-8:30PM at the MIT Museum (265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge). The cost ($5 for students and $10 for adults) includes pizza, beverages, and other kid-friendly snacks. This is a great way to learn about, prepare for, or get inspired for MIT’s Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary on November 24.
Boston’s Museum of Science offers these upcoming programs:
- Gridiron Glory: A temporary exhibit, opening October 8, highlighting the science and history of all things football.
- Dream Big – Engineering Our World: A recently opened IMAX movie celebrating engineering marvels and the ingenuity, compassion, and creativity behind their creation.
Register here for the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) annual conference on November 2-3 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel (242 Adams Place, Boxborough). It will focus on:
- Climate Change Education: Our Changing World
- New Teacher Resources
- Student Misconceptions
- Technology Resource in the Science Classroom
- Dynamic Classrooms
Check out Kickstarter starting at 4PM on October 2, as Boston-based start-up Unruly Studios launches its first STEM education product, Unruly Splats. Unruly Splats teaches kids basic concepts of programming and other STEM skills in a fun and compelling way as they get up, move around, and create real, interactive games from their own imagination.
You may have met CEO Bryanne Leeming demonstrating Unruly Splats at either of the last two Newton Free Library STEAM Expos or in the Mini Maker Faire at the LigerBots’ FIRST LEGO League Competition last year. David Kunitz, Unruly’s Head of Design, is a Newton North HS graduate, and the company’s Tech Lead, Daniel Ozick, is a Newton resident.
Your backing of this local start-up will be most helpful and appreciated in the first two days after the early-access Kickstarter link goes live at 4PM on Monday, the day before the formal launch of the company’s 30-day Kickstarter campaign. After this campaign, sales will be via Unruly-Studios.com, for delivery by next summer.
Tickets are still available for the free Public Expo at the conclusion of the MIT Media Lab’s Reality Virtually Hackathon. This hackathon (for which participant registration is now closed) will be held October 6-9 to gather 400 “interdisciplinary minds to explore the application of virtual reality and augmented reality technologies for building new experiences” in the areas of healthcare/medicine, entertainment, sports, architecture, gaming, and retail. The Public Expo will be held October 9, 1-5PM, to showcase the results of the hackathon, followed by an awards ceremony, 5-6PM. Register here for the Public Expo.
The Newton Free Library will host the following STEM events in October:
- October 5: Scratch Club, 7-8PM, Grades 3-4. Space is limited. Pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk.
- October 16: Crazy 8s Math Club, 4-5PM, Grades K-2. Space is limited. Register now for all 7 sessions (October 16, 23, 30; November 6, 13, 20, 27).
- October 17: Programming with Alice, 4:30-5:30PM, Grades 5-7. Register now.
- October 24: Programming with Alice, 4:30-5:30PM, Grades 5-7. Registration opens on October 3 at 9AM.
- October 25: Engineering Club, 7-8PM, Grades 5-7. Registration opens on October 4 for all 4 sessions (October 25, November 29, December 20, and January 24).
- October 28: Planetarium. Four programs in an inflatable planetarium set up in Druker Auditorium. Sign up for each 30 minutes before each program.
1:15PM – In My Backyard (Grades K-2)
2PM – In My Backyard (Grades K-2)
2:45PM – Oasis in Space (Grades 3+)
3:30PM – Black Holes: The Other Side of Infinity (Grades 6+)