Category Archives: Opportunities

MassTLC Technovation Seeks a Few More Entrepreneurial Mentors for Teams of Girls Ages 10-18

MassTLC’s Technovation promotes technology entrepreneurship among girls ages 10-18. In the Technovation Challenge, teams worldwide compete in identifying and solving a problem in their local communities. MassTLC seeks a few more mentors to share their expertise in coding, marketing, and project management with currently mentor-less teams that want to compete this spring. For more information, contact Rachel Nicoll at Rnicoll@masstlc.org.

OMEGA Scholarships for Grades 11-12 Making Intergenerational Connections

Applications are now open until March 31 for New England high-school juniors and seniors to apply for OMEGA scholarships sponsored by the MIT AgeLab, AARP, and the New England University Transportation Center. Three OMEGA college scholarships are available (offering $1000 to the student plus $1000 to his/her high school) to recognize efforts of young adults in creating multi-generational connections in their communities. For more information, contact omegamit@mit.edu or 617-253-3506.

MassBioMed Workshops for Teachers, Mar. 28-29

The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation offers these Learning by Doing workshops for teachers in Cambridge

  • Investigate Genetically Modified OrganismsTuesday, March 28, 8:30AM-4PM. Test various food items for the presence of transgenes using three different kits and compare the advantages and disadvantages of each for different classes.
  • Investigate Your Personal Genetics- Are You a Taster or Not?Wednesday, March 29, 8:30AM-4PM. Isolate your own DNA, use PCR to amplify the gene responsible for the ability to taste bitter compounds, and analyze the PCR products by restriction enzyme analysis and electrophoresis.

Mass. Life Sciences Center: High School Lab Training and Summer Internships

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center will offer after-school lab training and summer internships to high-school students in Grades 10-12.

The after-school Lab Training Program is for underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged students, to prepare them for summer internships.  It will be administered by the BioBuilder Educational Foundation over 8 weeks this spring in two locations:  MIT’s Department of Biological Engineering and Worcester Technical High School.

The Summer Internship Program connects students with employers throughout the state and subsidizes intern stipends (up to $12 per hour, for a total of up to $2,880 for six weeks) so that life sciences companies and academic researchers can hire interns. Employers provide a mentor and a hands-on learning experience. Employers sign up here and students sign up here.

ProjectCSGIRLS-Yahoo Computer Science Workshop for Middle-School Girls, Feb. 18

ProjectCSGIRLS is a non-profit aiming to address the gender gap in computer science through workshops and a national competition. ProjectCSGIRLS and Yahoo will host a free computer-science workshop for middle-school girls on February 18, 10AM-2PM at Yahoo’s Boston office (31 St. James Avenue, Suite 11A, Boston), to kick off a national competition in using computer science to address an imminent social problem.  Workshop sessions will include web development, social impact and design thinking, mobile app ddevelopment, game programming, presentation by Yahoo Engineers, ‘Women in Tech’ panel, robotics, and bioengineering. Registration for the workshop is first-come/first-served. Individuals and teams may also register for the competition by February 20., and projects are due April 15.

STEM Programs During February Break, Feb. 20-24

STEM programs during the February school break (February 20-24):

  • Math Camp at Mathnasium: Choose any number of days for individualized programs: Addition Mastery, Multiplication Hero, Fabulous Fractions, Decimals, Percents, MCAS practice.  Up to 4 students per Instructor; $49 – $63 per day.
  • Empow Studios’ Tech & Design Camp:  5 days ($380 half days, $645 full days) at Leventhal-Sidman JCC in Newton and in other locations in Lexington and Belmont.
  • Ecotarium in Worcester:  Tuesday-Friday.  A wide range of science discovery programs, table-top activities, and planetarium shows.  Note: This is not a drop-off program.

Free Workshop for ‘Informal Educators’ on Mass. STE Standards, Feb. 27

The Massachusetts Department of Elementary Secondary Education and the Museum of Science will co-host a free workshop at the museum on February 27, 9AM-12PM, for educators in ‘Informal Science Institutions’ to discuss the 2016 Science / Technology / Engineering standards. Register online. For more information, contact Marianne Dunne (Marianne.dunne@doe.mass.edu) or Lesley Kennedy (lkennedy@mos.org).

Summer Training for Mathematicians to be Expert Witnesses on Redistricting and Gerrymandering

Tufts University will run a one-week summer course (August 7-11) to train mathematicians to be expert witnesses for court cases in electoral redistricting and gerrymandering. The course is designed for, but not limited to, those with doctoral training in mathematics. Topics will include the Voting Rights Act, geometric compactness, GIS, being an expert witness, and ideas for including voting and civil rights in mathematics teaching. Some sessions will be open to the public and others will be for official participants. Applications will be available online during February 15-March 31. To get on the mailing list, email gerrymandr@gmail.com.

Mass. Eye & Ear Seeks Athletes, Age 12-18, for Larynx Study

A doctoral candidate in the Voice and Speech Lab at Mass Eye and Ear Infirmary in Boston is studying larynx disorders leading to breathing problems during physical activity. The lab seeks research subjects who are athletes 12-18 years old with no atypical breathing problems during exercise. Each selected participant will have his/her larynx examined by a tiny camera. Participants will receive a $50 gift card and be able to experience “science in action” and learn about speech-language pathology. For more information, contact Adrianna Shembel at Adrianna_Shembel@meei.harvard.edu or 617-702-2619.

Sign Up by Feb. 11 for MIT’s Spring HSSP, Saturdays, Grades 7-12

MIT’s Spring HSSP is a six-week academic program for Grades 7-12, held at MIT on Saturdays, February 18 to April 1 (except March 11), noon to 3PM.  All online registrations completed by February 11 will be considered equally in the course-assignment lottery, and registrations after that will be taken first-come/first-served until February 15.  The cost is $40 per student (regardless of the number of courses taken) and generous, need-based financial aid is available. Email spring-hssp@mit.edu for more information.  The Spring HSSP course catalog covers many academic and non-academic topics, including these STEM offerings:

  • Fundamentals of Web Development
  • How to make Android Mobile Apps
  • Visual Programming
  • Introduction to Programming Language
  • Making Games with Gameblox
  • Search Algorithms:How to get to your destination
  • From Pizza to High Tech: the Application of Technical Cost Modeling in Product Development Decisions
  • The History of Science
  • Relational Databases Before There Were Such Things
  • Models of Computation
  • Topology
  • Introduction to Olympiad Inequalities
  • Genetics
  • A Brief Intro to Quantum Mechanics
  • The Science of Nutrition: A Microscopic to Macroscopic Exploration
  • Splitting the Atom: An Introduction to Nuclear Science and Engineering
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Math and Science Lecture Series