Genes in Space invites students in Grades 7-12 to a contest to design DNA experiments for space, working alone or in teams up to four students. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring by Harvard/MIT scientists and present at the International Space Station R&D Conference for a chance at the national award. Winners will attend Space Biology Camp and send their experiment into space. Applications are due April 17. The contest is free and does not require equipment. Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit.
Science Club for Girls will hold its annual Catalyst Awards celebration on April 1 at the Broad Institute in Cambridge to honor outstanding leadership in its mission to spark excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls and young women from underrepresented communities. The event will also celebrate SCFG’s 25th anniversary. Register and/or purchase sponsorships for the event here.
A NewtonSTEM reader calls the New England Sci-Tech STEM education center (16 Tech Circle, Natick) “a serious, wonderful MetroWest resource for kids crazy about physics, space science, ham radios, woodworking- everything they have to offer.” Each paid NESci-Tech membership covers a student plus an adult. Here are some of NESci-Tech’s upcoming programs:
- Your Project in Space: Citizen Science Projects for Teens: Grades 8-12. Nine Saturdays, February 8 – May 30. Teams of 2 to 4 will see their science projects go to the edge of the atmosphere on a high-altitude balloon (HAB) to be launched in May. Learn about the atmosphere, HABs, and tracking technology. Analyze the results when you recover it. Free for paid members of NESciTech plus $55 for materials.
- Workshops for Homeschooled Students: Grades 4-10. 9AM-Noon or 1PM-4PM on Tuesdays (Grades 4-7) or Thursdays (Grades 6-10).
- Radiation Matters: Citizen Science Projects for Teens: Ages 13-18. Five Sunday, January 5 – February 9. Teams design and implement “Citizen Science” projects involving radiation. Free for paid members of NESciTech plus $55 for materials. (Future workshops will focus on the atmosphere, oceans, energy, and gravity.)
- FIRST LEGO League Club: Ages 9-16. Fridays, 6:30PM-8PM, plus some optional sessions on Sundays. Join any time of the year. Teams of up to five will follow FLL guidelines and compete at NESciTech Free for paid members of NESciTech.
- Amateur Radio Programs: A variety of courses and events.
The MetroWest STEM Education Network will hold a free workshop on January 22, 8AM-10:30AM, at Synopsis (11 Apex Drive, Suite 302B, in Marlborough) for adults interested in learning about the Girls Who Code curriculum and various implementation models for Girls Who Code clubs in schools and out-of-school organizations. Register online.
Empow Studios will offer free drop-in sessions at its Newton and Lexington locations to invite kids and their parents to get a sense of Empow’s STEM clubs and classes. Register with these links:
The Edison Innovation Foundation will hold its Thomas Edison Pitch Contest for Grades 4-12, with separate competitions for elementary, middle, and high school teams. Invention categories for this work include Animals, Environment, Health, Education, and Community Development. Each team receives a free Maker’s Kit. Register by December 31 to receive it one month early, or by January 31 for the standard delivery schedule. Stipends are available for supervising teachers/mentors. Final project submissions will be due April 3.
Find time this week (December 9-15) for Hour of Code! Congratulations to these Newton organizations that have organized events:
- Memorial Spaulding
- Mount Alvernia Academy
- Newton North HS
- Newton Free Library
- Oak Hill Middle School
- Williams Elementary School
The Patriots Hall of Fame will accept nominations until January 20 for its Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year award, presented by Raytheon. Anyone may nominate any certified K-12 classroom STEM teacher active full-time in a Massachusetts public or private school, and teachers may nominate themselves. The winner will receive $5,000 for the teacher’s school, tickets and pre-game field passes for a Patriots home game, and an invitation to serve one year on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.
Each year, the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair showcases more than 300 of the “best of the best” high-school science fair research and design projects from across the state, awarding $500,000 in scholarships and prizes. The public showcase will be held at MIT on May 1 &2. Students in Grades 9-12 in Massachusetts may qualify to participate through high placement in either one of the six regional science fairs or their own school science fairs. They must first create a personal account and student profile and receive approval for their research plans.