New England Sci-Tech is a non-profit STEM education center and maker space on the Natick/Wellesley line (16 Tech Circle in Natick). On Tuesdays, it hosts training, exams, gatherings, and contests for amateur-radio enthusiasts. The next meeting will be on January 8, starting at 6PM for activities, pizza, and hanging out. You can join in remotely through this video link (but you’ll have to bring your own pizza!). For more information, contact Rishi Bhagat at KC1BKX or email@example.com.
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 January list of STEM events.
Code Ninjas (161 Linden Street in Wellesley) will host a Holiday Hack-a-Thon for ages 7-14 on December 29, 1PM-4:30PM for kids to create a game and perhaps win prizes. Contact Annie Duong at 781-591-2413 or firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a tour before their Grand Opening on January 5, 10AM-2PM. Enrollment is now open, and there are Founding Family specials for the first 50 enrollments.
The quarterly meeting of the MetroWest STEM Education Network will feature a talk, STEM Learning in Out-of-School Time, by Georgia Hall, Ph.D., Director and Senior Research Scientist at National Institute on Out-of-School Time and Managing Editor of Afterschool Matters. It will be held on January 23, 8:15-10:30AM, at Wellesley College (College Club, 2nd floor, 727 Washington Street, Wellesley). Registration is free.
The Newton LigerBots high-school robotics team will once again host the Eastern Massachusetts Championship event of the annual FIRST LEGO League (FLL) robotics competition. It will be held at Newton North HS on December 15, 9AM-3PM, and it’s free, open to the public, and a blast to see. Among the 45+ FLL teams competing will be Newton’s Roaming Rovers and Day Dragons, which won entry to the event through their success at the Newton Qualifier competition hosted by the LigerBots last month. Alongside the Eastern Massachusetts competition will be an expanded maker fair and robot zoo exhibition showcasing all kinds of STEM offerings and hands-on activities. The LigerBots will also host about 50 Newton Girl Scouts in Grades 1-5 to see and participate in the maker fair.
Yesterday, two teams of Newton North HS students performed well at the 16th Annual Women of Science Competition in Bedford. Of 38 teams competing, team A (Abby Lau, Eve Martin and Dominique Rinfret) placed second, each winning $500 scholarships and science books, and team B (Jane Alandydy, Mari McCarthy and Ali Roberts) won sixth place. Newton South HS also fielded two teams, winning seventh and eleventh places. All 38 teams wrestled with STEM problems celebrating women’s achievements in STEM, under the theme Reaching for the Stars – Celebrating Astronomical Discoveries of Women Astronomers. The event also included a networking lunch with female STEM professionals. Take a look at some of the challenges from this year and prior years!
The New England Regional competition for the 2018-19 Future Cities program will be held January 26 at Watertown Middle School (68 Waverly Ave., Watertown). STEM professionals can support the competition, either as mentors throughout the fall semester or as judges before and during the regional competitions (info here). You can register online to be a judge. Contact Reed Brockman at email@example.com or 617-240-7979 for more information about the New England event.
The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network will host a celebration of Partnerships Advancing STEM Education on December 5, 3:30-6PM at Bridgewater State University’s Rondileau Campus Center (19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater). Participants from business/industry, community, and academic partners will discuss the impact of their STEM Week events. Admission is free but registration is required. For more information, contact Kim Williams at firstname.lastname@example.org.
This year’s annual Newton North HS PTSO fundraiser for Educational Excellence is focusing on funding new equipment for hands-on learning in biology and upper-year electives. On December 6, 7:15-8:45PM, the NNHS Science Department invites parents to learn about the school’s science programs with a hands-on activity, Q&A with Science Department chair Heather Haines, and brief remarks by Zeke Alvarez-Saavedra, co-founder of miniPCR–the DNA Discovery System. You may contribute here to the PTSO’s fundraiser.
Registration is now open for the Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturday, on December 1 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). The topic will be 3D Printing, presented by Lincoln Laboratory’s David Scott. Visit 11 stations to learn how 3D parts are designed and made. 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. Register online by November 29. Register an adult first, then a child, then others. Adults must bring government photo identification. See other rules on the registration pages.