NPR’s Science Friday program will host the Create Curiosity Fair at WBUR’s CitySpace (890 Commonwealth Ave., Boston) on January 16 at 6:30PM. Explore with local artists and scientists how art and science influence each other. There will be hands-on workshops and two new Science Friday videos. Tickets are $10 for ages 12+, $9 for WBUR members, and free for kids under 12.
The 2020 Massachusetts STEM Summit will be on April 15, 8AM-3PM at DCU Center (50 Foster Street in Worcester) with the theme, See Yourself in STEM: Connecting Educators to Employers. The organizers invite proposals from exhibitors until February 14. Proposals for workshop sessions will be by invitation only from the Summit planning committee. Registration for the summit ($50 but free for full-time students) will open in late February.
Yesterday the Newton LigerBots high-school robotics team hosted the Eastern Massachusetts FIRST Lego League (FLL) Championship featuring 48 FLL teams in Grades 4-8 that qualified for the event from across eastern Massachusetts, including seven teams from Newton: Roaming Rovers, Botanistas, ROBO SCAPERS, Day Dragons, LazerRobotics, City Snakes, and Supernovas. Teams competed in robot matches and research presentations based on this year’s FLL theme, City Shaper (see video and game guide). These Newton teams won awards:
- ROBO SCAPERS: 1st place for Presentation Award
- Supernovas: 1st place for Strategy & Innovation Award
- City Snakes: Judge’s Award
- Botanistas: 2nd place for Lightning Round
- Lazer Robotics: 2nd place for Mechanical Design Award
LigerBots mentor/coach Greer Swiston won the Outstanding Volunteer Award. The event attracted large crowds, including several public officials and candidates, as well as 120 Girl Scouts attending to earn their STEAM badges. In an accompanying STEAM Expo, the LigerBots and others demonstrated emerging technologies and interesting projects. See more photos here.
Jr. Tech will sponsor a Girls STEM Summit at Wentworth Institute of Technology (550 Huntington Ave, Boston) on April 5, 8AM-4PM. It’s aimed at young women in Grades 8-12 who love STEM and would like to learn about emerging STEM careers. Sponsors include Akamai Foundation, NationalGrid, SIM Boston, and Waters. The cost is $70 and includes lunch. Register online for individuals or groups of 7-20 students. This event has sold out in previous years, so we’re posting about it early.
The LigerBots, Newton’s competitive high school robotics team, will host the FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Eastern Massachusetts State Championship and a STEAM Expo on December 14, 9AM-2PM, at Newton North High School. The competition will feature 48 FLL teams in Grades 4-8 from across eastern Massachusetts that have qualified for the event through their performance in earlier competitions. Teams compete in robot matches and research presentations based on this year’s FLL theme, City Shaper (see video and game guide). The public is invited to watch and participate in hands-on activities and exhibits in the accompanying STEAM Expo featuring Students for a Greener World, Johnson String Instrument, Society for Women Engineers, 501st, as well as the LigerBots. The event is free, open to the public, and fun for all.
The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations each month (except April), with new topics each month within one of three series: Family Night, Late Nite Skies, and Stellar Nursery. This month’s Family Night film, Holiday Skies, will be shown on December 13 at 5:30PM and 6:30PM for families with children 6 years or older. Register now at those links because space is limited, and for guaranteed seating you must pre-register and arrive 15 minutes before show time (directions and parking). A suggested donation of $5 per guest is requested. For more information, email email@example.com.
BioBuilder Learning Lab will offer a new Kids Who Clone workshop, Golden Bread PCR, on December 15, 1PM-4PM, at LearningLab (700 Main Street, Cambridge) for students in ages 10-16. There is a $35 cost per student and no charge for chaperones attending with them. Register students here and register chaperones here. For more information, email Kelley Klor at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) will hold an Engineering for Explorers Workshop on December 7, 1PM-4PM, for Grades 3-5. The workshop will focus on designing, building, and testing boats and winter-time structures for explorers. It will take place at CEEO (200 Boston Avenue, Suite G810, in Medford). The cost is $10, which is a discounted rate as it will be led by first-time instructors, mentored by experienced CEEO staff. Registration is first-come, first-served.
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 Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in December list of STEM events.