Category Archives: Opportunities

Patriot Place STEM Teacher of the Year: Nominations Due Jan. 20

Each year, The Hall at Patriot Place recognizes a full-time, certified, K-12 STEM teacher in public or private school as its Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year.  Anyone may nominate a teacher by January 20, and nominated teachers will be asked to submit a separate application.  The winner’s school will receive $5,000 for STEM education, and the schools of the four other finalists will each receive $1,000.  For more information, email

Register for NuVu Spring and Summer Programs in Cambridge

Registration is now open for spring and summer programs at NuVu Studios in Cambridge.

Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 4-10: Hour of Code

December 4-10 is Computer Science Education Week, and Khan Academy is offering tips and resources to support parents working with their children on Hour of Code projects.

Sign up now for Google Code-In, Ages 13-17, Nov. 28 – Jan. 17

From November 28 to January 17, Google is sponsoring Google Code-In, a global, online contest in which students ages 13-17 complete bite-sized tasks of coding (see examples) in a community of open-source development under the guidance of mentors from participating organizations. Students search for a task and claim it, and then have 3 days in which to complete it and submit it to mentors for review. Prizes are available.

Computer Science Education Week Webinar, Nov. 28

To prepare for Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10), the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Education Foundation (MassTLC) will host a free webinar at 7PM on November 28. It will cover how to host an Hour of Code, lesson plans for classrooms or home use, and information on workshops and other resources. Register here.

MITS: 2018 STEM Professional Development Seminars

The Museum Institute for Teaching Science will hold a series of professional-development seminars at Clark University in Worcester for staff, volunteers, and other museum professionals, as well as teachers.  The cost is $40 per day, with discounts for multiple days.  Register and pay online.  Dates are topics are:

January 24

  • Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and Some Ideas About What to Do About It
  • How We Know What We Know: Using Real-World Data to Explore Key Climate Concepts

February 14

  • Developing a Taste for Molecular Biology
  • Sharing Science: Connecting Scientists and Engineers with the Public

March 28

  • Dig In: Strengthening Sustainability Learning Through Farm-to-School Connections

April 24

  • The Technology, Data and People Behind Forecasting in the National Weather Service
  • Engaging Students with Weather & Climate Through Media

Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, Ages 15-18

The non-profit Center for Science Teaching & Learning runs the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, in which teams of 1-3 students (ages 15-18), assisted by a parent/teacher/mentor, identify a problem within the theme of “Solving Climate Change” and then develop an original solution.  Teams should register by March 16 and submit their papers by April 13, and 10 finalist teams will prepare prototypes and presentations for prizes.

‘Hour of Code’ During Computer Science Education Week, Dec. 4-10

Hour of Code once again encourages introductory activities in computer programming for everyone during Computer Science Education Week.  Boston Tech Mom has an updated, comprehensive catalog of Hour of Code activities and opportunities.

Biogen SPARK Video Contest on Genetic Mutations, Due Dec. 8

The Biogen Foundation is sponsoring its SPARK Video Contest, in which middle and high-school students in Massachusetts and North Carolina are invited to create videos (30 seconds to 3 minutes) about genetic mutation. Teachers must submit the videos (up to two per school) by December 8. For more information, email

Women in STEM Event at UMass Lowell, Grades 7-12, Dec. 9

FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 5962 will host a Women in STEM event for girls in Grades 7-12 on Saturday, December 9, 10AM-3PM, in the UMass Lowell Makerspace (Falmouth Bldg., Rm 102, 1 University Avenue, Lowell). At this event, students may participate in fun, hands-on activities led by female engineers. During lunch, there will be a discussion time for students to ask the engineers and members of the UMassLowell Society of Women Engineers (SWE) any questions they have. The event is free, and lunch is provided. Register here. No experience required!