FIRST Lego League (FLL) is a robotics competition for Grades 4-8 in which teams build and program LEGO robots and complete a project by creating and presenting a solution to a real-life problem related to the year’s FLL themed challenge. The Newton high-school robotics team, the LigerBots, supports local FLL teams through mentoring, promotion, and hosting two regional tournaments each year. On June 17, 7PM-9PM, the LigerBots will hold an information session in the Newton North HS Film Lecture Hall for parents to learn about FLL while interested students participate in fun STEM activities. For more information, email email@example.com.
The MetroWest YMCA runs Y STEM summer camp in Natick in one-week sessions, June 24-August 23, to spark interest in STEM for students entering Grades 1-5. The camp seeks STEM students, educators, and professionals as volunteer presenters to come and share their passion with campers through a talk an activity. For more information, contact Patrick Rosendale at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The TiE Young Entrepreneurs is an extra curricular program for students in Grades 9-12 to foster skills in building a startup. Along the way, it helps them identify and develop pathways to reach personal and professional goals. Participants meet in Kendall Square, Cambridge on alternate Saturdays, October through April, to learn from startup founders and tech industry experts, using a time-tested, rigorous curriculum. Student teams compete for up to $5000 in seed funding for ventures they create. About 90% of TYE’s 400+ participants say that the program influenced their decision to pursue studies and a career in STEM. The cost is $1650, and need-based scholarships are available. Applications for the 2019-2020 school year are now open, and decisions are made on a rolling basis and will be announced June 30 and August 30. For more information, contact TYE Program Director Katie Quigley Mellor at email@example.com.
MassBay Community College will host its bi-annual STEM Expo, 1PM-2PM on May 1 at its Wellesley Hills campus cafeteria (50 Oakland Street) to highlight accomplishments of students and faculty in Engineering, Math, Computer Science, Life Sciences, and Biotechnology. It’s free and open to the public, and business and industry professionals, community organizations, high school students, teachers and administrators are encouraged to attend. For more information, contact Marina Bograd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Eight local robotics companies are offering free open houses to celebrate National Robotics week. You must be 18 years or older and preregister here.
- April 8: iRobot, FLIR (formerly Endeavor Robotics)
- April 9: Artaic, MassRobotics
- April 10: DunkWorks
- April 11: 6 River Systems
- April 12: Symbotic, Piaggio Fast Forward
Newton Destination Imagination Creativity Day, on May 4, will offer parents and kids a preview of the Destination Imagination program — a volunteer-run STEAM program for Grades K-12 (see video). Participants will work in teams to solve STEAM-based challenges in structural engineering, science, math, performance, and improv. The event will take place at Memorial Spaulding School (250 Brookline Street), and the cost is $5 person. Attendees under Grade 9 must be accompanied by an adult. Register now for either the 9AM-11:30AM session or the 11:30AM-1:30PM session.
In the school-year Destination Imagination, teams of 2-7 students form in September (by Grades: K-2, 3-5, 6-9, and 9-12) to address various design challenges throughout the year in preparation for regional tournaments in the early spring and potentially state and global competitions in May. Over the years, over 350 Newton students have participated, and last year a Newton team went to the Global Finals!
The 11th annual SET in the City (that’s Science, Engineering, Technology) takes place next Saturday, April 6, and needs adult volunteers to help 150 high-school girls explore academic paths and careers in STEM. Volunteers are needed specifically for its Science Information Bazaar, 10:30-11:30AM in the Photonics Center at Boston University. Can you bring a demo, exhibit, poster, or computer application to share with the girls?
It’s a wonderful opportunity to share your enthusiasm for what you do with high-school girls eager to learn what motivates people into STEM careers. In past years, volunteers have:
- Made “elephant toothpaste” and bottle rockets with the students;
- Brought in sea urchins, Van der Graaf generators and ultrasound machines;
- Demonstrated innovative computer applications and nano materials; and
- Experimented with Snap Circuits and Mobius bands.
After the Science Information Bazaar, the girls will travel to other campuses (Emmanuel, Harvard, Simmons, or MIT) for lunch and lab activities — and finally to Merck in Boston for the keynote and a student panel. Adult volunteers exhibiting in the Science Information Bazaar are invited to travel with them for the lunch and lab activities (but need to arrange their own transportation back).
SET in the City is sponsored by the Boston Area Girls STEM Collaborative: Boston University, Emmanuel College, Harvard University, MIT, Northeastern University, Simmons College, UMass Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology and WGBH.
Framingham State University‘s Moon Landing in Context series will host a presentation at its McCarthy Center Forum on March 28, 7-8:30PM: Space Hero or Nazi Villain? The Life of Wernher von Braun. The speaker will be Dr. Michael Neufeld of the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The events is free, and registration is required.