The MassTLC Education Foundation is sponsoring the Technovation Showcase and Pitch competition in Boston on May 13, 10AM-3:30PM at Wentworth Institute of Technology. It’s a competition among teams of girls ages 10-18 pitching business plans for mobile apps they have built to solve real problems in their communities. The event needs more judges. Men and women in the “tech ecosystem” are invited to volunteer, and MassTLC will provide training and guidance. Here’s a video from last year’s event. For information and to volunteer, contact Rachel Nicoll at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights on most Tuesdays in the spring and fall, from 8PM to 9PM. They’ll be open from through June 6. Register in advance. Events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast: Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message. The Clay Center offers a range of Outreach Programs for community groups. Check the Center’s calendar for future events.
The Norman B. Leventhal Map Center at the Boston Public Library will host several free STEM-related events during April school break, to accompany the Center’s exhibition, Regions and Seasons: Mapping Climate Through History:
- Calling All Weather Experts!: April 18, 11AM-2PM, ages 6-12.
- Thunder, Lightning, Twisters, and Tweens: April 18, 5-6PM, ages 8-13
- Be a Weather Watcher: April 19, 11AM-Noon, ages 5-9 Register.
- Kite-Making Workshop: April 19, 1-2PM, ages 7+ Register.
Registration is full for Boston University College of Engineering’s U-Design summer workshops for students in Grades 6-9. The program is looking for an instructor for one of its workshops: Flight School 101, July 17-21 (8:30AM-4PM), to run a hands-on workshop for 20 students, with undergraduate assistants, to design and build balsa wood propeller planes, water bottle rockets, and Estes rockets. Applicants need a basic knowledge of aeronautics and rocketry, as well as experience teaching Grades 7-9. Contact Saadiya Mutawakil, STEM Outreach Coordinator, at email@example.com.
Einstein’s Workshop in Lexington will again offer weekly classes on Saturdays in Newton Centre (Davis Hall, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, 210 Herrick Road). The first round of classes will run April 29-June 10 (except May 20 & 27). The Workshop is also continuing a promotion: If you mention the name of your Newton elementary school PTO in the registration comments section, then Einstein’s Workshop will donate $10 to that PTO (per student registered with that PTO designation). Classes in Newton include:
- Creating 3D Prints with BlockCAD, Grades 4-6
- Introduction to Robotics with LEGO WeDO, Grades K-2
- Scratch Programming, Grades 2-5
- Minecraft Club, Grades 2-5
- Learn to Code: Java Minecraft Modding, Grades 6-9
The Education Collaborative (TEC) will hold the last information session about its Career Exploration & Internship Program on April 4, 7-8PM at the Morse Institute Library (lower-level meeting room) in Natick. Non-profit TEC offers this summer program to students who have completed at least two years of high school. Many internships involve 60 hours over 4 consecutive weeks, but timing varies for some. Registration for the information session is not required. Apply online for internships. Placements are made on a rolling basis. For more information, contact Program Coordinator Telma Sullivan at 781-326-2473 X721 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Currently there is one internship at each of the following locations:
- Chemistry (Milford, Chestnut Hill, Canton, Natick-August)
- Environmental (Braintree, Needham)
- Engineering (Marlborough, Waltham, Hopkinton, Walpole, Southborough, Franklin)
- Computer Science (North Attleboro, Mansfield, Waltham)
- Medical Research (Boston)
- Nutrition (Framingham)
- Psychology (Framingham, Chestnut Hill)
- Veterinary (Needham, Wellesley)
The March for Science Boston is hosting an essay contest — on the topic “Why should we stand up for science?” — with a winner in each of three grade categories: K-5, 6-8, and 9-12. The winning entry in each category will be read from the main stage at the march on April 22. Essays must be 500 words or less, and they must be received by 11:59PM on April 1. Enter by filling out this survey and submitting your essay online. Students in Grades K-2 may submit drawings instead of essays.
Teachers who would like to volunteer to serve as readers/judges for the essay contest and/or to conduct outreach for it, please email email@example.com to express your interest.
The March for Science Boston is recruiting volunteers to work the day of the event, April 22. Attend a required training session, then arrive by noon for check-in and volunteer until 4PM. Tasks include assisting guests, helping in the kids’ area, etc. Sign up here. Volunteers will get a free T-shirt.
Registration is open for the following Design and Engineering workshops in April at Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO). Register using the links below. Space is limited and will be assigned as paid registrations are received.
UMass Amherst is accepting applications for a range of residential summer programs for high-school students. Topics for courses (each spanning 1-3 weeks) include: Pre-Veterinary Medicine; Sustainable Tree Care; Sustainable Farming and Food Systems; Investigating Genetic Engineering and GMOs; Music & Technology; Genetics, Genomics & Evolution; Forensic Anthropology; Summer Engineering Institute; Hydrology and Climate Change; Forensic Chemistry; and Modern Astronomy. There are also opportunities for 6-week research placements for high-school students in 15 labs that still have openings: Biology, Biochemistry, Environmental Conservation, Physics, Psychology and Food Sciences. Apply early, since programs fill up on a rolling basis.