Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 16 from 9AM to 4PM. Splash is a student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach free mini-courses for high-school students. Running in parallel is the Parent Program for parents to talk with financial advisors, admissions directors, and faculty. Registration is required, is first-come/first-served, and is open until November 12. STEM-oriented courses this year include:
- Introduction to Programming with Pytho
- Message from the TARDIS: The Science Behind Doctor Who
- Star Stuff: How to Walk and Talk Like a True Astronomer
- Introductory Neuroscience!
- Space: Why it’s a lot cooler than you think
- Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
- Intro to Computer Science
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 617-291-7524.
MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 22-23 (1oAM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday). It gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in drop-in activities. This year, over 300 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. Here’s a list of the STEM-related courses (PDF). The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available. The first phase of registration is now open, in which students will have at least until November 1 to specify their preferences for classes. Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration. Lottery results will be available November 8. Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration. See the Student Guide page and also the More Info page. There’s also a Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents.
Register for new, free computer-science clubs for kids and teens at the Newton Free Library in its second-floor computer center:
Scratch Club: A new monthly club for Grades 3-6 will start meeting on Thursday, November 6, 6:30-7:30PM in the second floor Computer Center. In one-hour sessions, kids will explore and work with Scratch, a free programming language designed at MIT for creating games, animation and stories. Online registration is required and opens October 23. For more information, call 617-796-1370.
Girls Who Code Club: GWC is a national non-profit organization aiming to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills. In Newton, GWC is open to girls in Grades 9-12 and will meet 4-6PM on Fridays throughout the school year (in November: 7, 14, 21, 28). Participants will learn about concepts and techniquese of artificial intelligence, graphics, game design, cryptography, and mobile development. Online registration is required. For information, scroll down on this page to Girls Who Code, or email email@example.com or call 617-796-1360.
The Newton Free Library will offer these free STEM programs in November:
Magnet Fun: Kids ages 3-5, accompanied by adults, are invited to drop in on Thursday, November 13, 2:30-3:30PM in Druker Auditorium to experiment and play with magnets.
Making Things in 3D: Design to Print: Students in Grades 6-12 will learn how to design 3D objects using free computer-aided-design software and then print them on the library’s new 3D printer. Monday, November 24, 4-5:30PM in the second-floor Computer Center. Space is limited. Registration is required and opens on November 3.
WGBH is conducting a STEM Teacher Video Challenge for Massachusetts teachers seeking creative solutions for teaching STEM. It’s “an online film school just for STEM teachers,” with training videos on YouTube and live, hosted hangouts on Google and culminating in a film-making competition. Teachers should watch the introductory video, join in the online training, produce a video (1-5 minutes), and submit it by February 1. Winners will receive camera equipment for their classrooms, and their videos will be shared nationally by WGBH and PBS Learning Media. All participants will receive Google Play app cards. Sponsored by the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation.
Raytheon offers professional-development scholarships for Grade K-5 teachers to incorporate the Engineering-is-Elementary engineering curriculum into their classes. The scholarship awards pay for a complete set of EiE curriculum materials for 30 students and a two-day professional-development workshop at Boston’s Museum of Science. Applications are due by midnight on Friday, October 10. Applicants must be full-time classroom teachers or STEM specialists in Grades K-5 with three years experience. Engineering-is-Elementary was developed at the Museum of Science with support from the National Science Foundation. It incorporates hands-on engineering challenges and coordinates with state and national STEM standards.
Northeastern University invites high-school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in engineering to attend its Fall 2014 Building Bridges program on Friday, December 5 from 9AM to 3PM at Curry Student Center. It’s a day of hands-on, interactive activities to introduce high-school students to NEU’s College of Engineering and encourage interaction with faculty and college students. Tentative list of activities: Design and test a bridge, implantable biomedical devices, design and build an electronic night light, synthesize slime, streamline a sport utility vehicle, computer-aided design and manufacturing, computer chip design and fabrication, and an earthquake simulation. Breakfast and a networking lunch are provided. The cost is $15 and registration is required. For more information, e-mail Claire Duggan at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The National Academy of Engineering seeks a wide range of input — from educators, STEM professionals, college STEM students, and other interested parties — to inform its upcoming design of an online resource for PreK-12 engineering education. The NAE online survey takes about 15 minutes and will be open through October 20.