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 firstname.lastname@example.org to express your interest.
On Saturday, April 1 (9:30AM-1PM), the Massachusetts Exploring Computer Science Partnership will hold a free information session for school superintendents, principals, and teachers about the Exploring Computer Science program. ECS is a year-long course of six six-week units to make computer science accessible and socially relevant for a diverse range of high-school students. The information session will be held at the Education Development Center in Waltham. It’s free and includes lunch. Registration is required.
The very successful Wellesley STEM Expo, now in its third year, will be held at Wellesley High School on April 8. Experienced speakers and exhibitors are invited to participate in engaging the Expo’s K-12 audience in hands-on activities and demonstrations of classic and cutting-edge science, 10AM-2PM. Sponsors are also welcome! Apply here. For more information, email email@example.com.
The Newton Schools Foundation has announced that, for a second year in a row, an anonymous donor will match up to $25,000 in donations made in March for the Newton Public School’s Calculus Project. The Calculus Project works in all of Newton’s middle and high schools to have more Hispanic, African American, and low-income students successfully complete calculus in high school, as a path to success in college. Since its start in 2013, the program has increased enrollment by 70%, 200%, and 800% for these groups, respectively. The program provides intensive, small-group summer classes, enrichment activities, and year-round mentoring and tutoring. While the NPS operating budget funds part of the program, tax-deductible donations via the NSF are needed for the summer program, tutoring, enrichment activities, and supplies.
High-school students (ages 13-18) are invited to register for MetroHacks II — a free, non-profit coding event that is the largest high-school hackathon in New England. Last year, over 200 students worked on projects such an educational quadcopter simulator or learned a new programming language overnight, under the mentorship of Google and Red Hat engineers. Now in its second year, MetroHacks will be held over 24 hours on May 20-21 at Warrior Ice Arena in Boston, with attendance expected around 300. It’s is free and open to students at any level of experience, and meals are provided. Learn more about the philosophy and goals behind the event here: What is MetroHacks?
The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education is seeking 30-35 members for a panel to support implementation of the Digital Literacy and Computer Science Framework. Candidates may be educators, administrators, community members (including parents, school committee members, librarians, and educators from informal and other institutions or agencies), business people involved in hiring and training, or researchers in digital literacy or computer science. Apply by April 7.
Registration is open for the 9th annual SET in the City, for girls in Grades 9-12 to spend a day exploring academic paths and careers in STEM. It will be held 9:30AM-5PM on March 25, with an agenda starting at the Boston University Photonics Center, then traveling to Brandeis or Emmanuel or Harvard or Simmons, then visiting Biogen in Cambridge. Girls will participate in hands-on activities and interact with STEM students and professionals. The cost is $25 (or $10 for students meeting financial guidelines). Register and pay and submit waivers. The program is sponsored by Boston University, Emmanuel College, Girls Scouts of MA, Harvard University, Northeastern University, Simmons College, Tufts Medical School, UMass Boston, Wentworth Institute of Technology, and WGBH.
Boston University hosts many STEM-related summer programs for middle- and high-school students. Some have registration open now and processed on a rolling basis, while others have registration open now with a deadline. Here are the ones open now:
Registration is open now, with decisions on a rolling basis, for these:
- Academic Immersion: Residential program for rising high-school juniors and seniors focusing this year on Introduction to Experimental Psychology (July 2-12) and Introduction to Medicine (July 23-August 11)
- High School Honors: Students who are rising high-school juniors or seniors may choose from 80+ summer-term courses (STEM courses include Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Earth and Environment, Mathematics, Physics) on a residential (2 courses) or commuter (1 or 2 courses) basis, July 2-August 11
- Summer Challenge: Two-week residential program for rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to learn about college life and participate in two of 20 seminars (STEM choices include Chemistry of Medicine, Electrical Engineering, Anatomy and Physiology, Computer Science, Infectious Diseases). Three sessions (June 18-30, July 9-21, July 23-August 4)
- Summer Institute for the Gifted: Day program for academically gifted/talented children ages 5-12 to pursue a range of courses, July 10-28
- Summer Preview: A one-week residential or commuter program for rising freshmen and sophomores to learn about college life and participate in seminars (including Discovering Biology and Exploring Mathematics), July 23-28)
- SummerLab Biotechnology Program: Residential or commuter program for students entering Grades 10-12 or rising college freshmen. Students may apply for up to two one-week sessions: DNA, Genes, and Drug Production (July 10-14 and July 24-28), Clinical Connections (July 17-21 and July 31-August 4)
- U-Design: Engineering workshops offered in two one-week sessions (July 10-14, July 17-21) for commuter students entering Grades 7-10
Registration is open now, with application deadlines of April 1, for these:
- PROMYS: Intensive study in mathematics for highly motivated students 15 years or older entering Grades 9-12, July 2-August 12.
- Research Internship in Science & Engineering: University-level research and mentorship for highly motivated rising high-school seniors, residential or commuter, July 2-August 11.
Registration is open now, with application deadline of May 1 for:
- Artemis Project, a five-week computer-science summer program for Massachusetts girls entering Grade 9 (see activities and topics in the tentative schedule). No prior computer experience is required. July 10– August 11. Applications, including essay and references, are due May 1.
The theme of the international 2017 Clean Tech Competition is “Creating a Greener Future.” Teams of 1-3 students (ages 15-18), assisted by a parent/teacher/mentor, must identify a problem involving plastics and/or the need for clean energy and then develop an original solution. Teams should register by March 24 and submit their papers by April 14, and 10 finalist teams will prepare prototypes and presentations for prizes. The contest is sponsored by the Center for Science Teaching & Learning.
MIT’s SPARK offers students in Grades 7 and 8 a variety of short, interesting classes on the MIT campus over one weekend, March 11-12. The registration lottery is open now through February 28, and until that deadline all course preferences will be treated equally in the lottery. Starting March 1, any remaining seats will be open first-come/first-served. Students may choose from 96 STEM courses (plus 100 other courses) and must register on their own. To ensure a full schedule, rank your top three classes and then star at least 10 classes per time block. A $40 fee covers two days of classes and lunch and lots of walk-in activities. Generous financial aid is available. For more information not covered here, email firstname.lastname@example.org. The STEM courses are listed here.