Category Archives: Events

Newton Free Library Talk: Searching for Exoplanets, June 24

On June 24 at 7PM, the Newton Free Library will host From the Moon Landing to Exoplanets: Searching for New Worlds around Our Closest Stellar Neighbors. MIT Torres Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Burt will speak about the history of exoplanet exploration, the design and construction of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, (TESS), how TESS helps us discover new worlds, and areas of science that astronomers can pursue using photos from TESS.

General Assembly Panel: Female Leaders in Data Science, June 25

General Assembly (125 Summer Street, Boston) will host a free panel discussion on June 25 , 6:30-8:30PM, with five local female leaders in data science talking about business success stories, using data science in problem solving, and insights about careers. There will be opportunities for networking before and after the panel discussion, which starts at 7PM. Register here. Panelists are:

Beyond the Books! Life in the Lab: Workshop for Ages 6-8, June 30

CuSTEMized and The Innovation Institute (TI2) will co-host Beyond the books! Life in the Lab, a hands-on STEM education event on June 30, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Open to all students and families, it’s particularly recommended for ages 6-8 and designed to be inspiring for girls to explore STEM. Learn from scientists about how to be a scientist and what they’re working on, use real lab equipment in experiments, and collaborate to design and build a model of a joint. Take home a goodie bag containing a lab notebook, lab apron, goggles, gloves, and a 30x microscope to continue exploration. Cost is $50 plus registration fee. This event is a preview of TI2‘s Living in the Lab series, held over four Sundays this October for ages 6-8.

‘Science & Us’ Makeathon at MIT, Aug. 17

Science & Us will host its third Makeathon — at MIT on August 17, 9AM-5PM — for middle- and high-school students from any school. Students will create their own STEM communications projects to explain a STEM topic of their choosing in an exciting and understandable way. A team of expert mentors will help students write articles, create animations, and make podcasts. And there will be free food and swag. Sign up here. These events are hosted by Boston-area high-school students who are fascinated not only by STEM but also by communicating well with the general public.

New Programs at New England Sci-Tech in Natick

New England Sci-Tech — a non-profit STEM education center and maker space on the Natick/Wellesley line (16 Tech Circle in Natick) — has new summer workshops, clubs, and events:

iCode Wellesley: STEAM Day, June 23

iCode School of Wellesley will host its STEAM Day open house on June 23, 10AM-4PM, at its new location at 73 Central Street in Wellesley. Space is limited, so register here for this free event full of games, activities, competitions, and prizes. Learn how drones fly, try a Virtual Reality game, participate in a Robo-Battle competition, and create and draw in 3D. For more information, call 781-291-3131.

“e” Inc. Activity Night: Rainforest in a Bottle, June 20

“e” inc. — Boston’s environment science learning and action center — hosts Activity Nights for ages 5-7 on the third Thursday of each month, 6PM-7:30PM. On June 20, the theme will be Rainforest in a Bottle, and kids will make their own take-home terrariums. Registration fee of $5 covers activities, art projects, and snack.

Highland Street Foundation: Free Fun Fridays at Museums This Summer

The Highland Street Foundation is once again hosting 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:

Free Lectures at New England Aquarium: Next, July 18

The New England Aquarium hosts a series of free, public lectures, sponsored by the Lowell Institute. Register at the following link for the next lecture:  July 18, 7-8PM: How to Be a Good Creature, by Sy Montgomery, author of Soul of an Octopus.

Broad Institute’s Eric Lander Speaking at WBUR, June 10

Eric Lander, Founding Director of the Broad Institute and a principle leader of the Human Genome Project, will be speaking at WBUR’s CitySpace on June 10 at 6:30PM, in the station’s Boston Brilliance series. Tickets are $5. A limited number of free tickets for students may be available; email info@newtonstem.org by noon on June 10 for details.