Category Archives: Opportunities

Sign Up by Feb. 14 for MIT’s Spring HSSP, Saturdays, Grades 7-12

MIT’s Spring HSSP is a six-week academic program for Grades 7-12, held at MIT on Saturdays, February 23 to April 6 (except March 16), 1PM-4PM.  All online registrations completed by February 14 will be considered equally in the course-assignment lottery, and registrations after that will be taken first-come/first-served until February 19.  The cost is $40 per student (regardless of the number of courses taken) and generous, need-based financial aid is available. Email for more information.  The Spring HSSP course catalog covers many academic and non-academic topics, including these STEM offerings:

  • Programming Amazon Alexa with MIT App Inventor
  • Machine Learning with MIT App Inventor
  • Introduction To Python
  • Deep Learning from First Principles
  • Computer Graphics Programming
  • How to Build a Nuclear Bomb
  • Being Real about Bioengineering
  • A Lot of Meta-Mathematics
  • Algorithms that run the world!
  • The Science of Nutrition: A Microscopic to Macroscopic Exploration
  • Kitchen Chemistry
  • Soil Ecosystems from Micro to Global Scales
  • Next Generation Biology
  • From Neurons to Thoughts: An Introduction to the Human Mind and Brain
  • Quantum Mechanics, with Applications in Astrophysics and Computation
  • Sensational Neuroscience: How Your Brain Understands the World
  • 40 Orders of Magnitude: Selected Problems in Physics
  • The Chemistry in Our Lives
  • Thermodynamics and Applications
  • The Science of Recognizing Good Science
  • Introduction to Evolutionary Biology
  • Social Psychology and Game Theory
  • Economics and Psychology
  • Make Your Own Language
  • Happiness
  • Math and Science Lecture Series

ProjectCSGIRLS Competition for Middle School Girls

ProjectCSGIRLS is a non-profit run by undergraduate women aiming to close the gender gap in computer science by holding a national competition and regional workshops for girls in Grades 6-8. The 2019 ProjectCSGIRLS Competition is now open for individuals or teams of two to three middle-school girls to build projects to address a social problem or issue. Building can mean anything from physically putting together machine parts for a robot to writing code for a mobile app to prototyping a new prosthetic device. Register by March 1 and submit projects by April 15.

New Exhibits at Boston’s Museum of Science

This month, the Museum of Science will debut two new exhibits, just in time for February school vacation. Both are free with Exhibit Halls admission or museum membership.

Science Club for Girls: New Executive Director

Science Club for Girls has announced that Dr. Bonnie Bertolaet is the club’s new Executive Director. She has been on SCFG’s board for two years, most recently as chair, and has been the major force behind the organization’s current strategic plan, operational restructuring, and reinvigorated focus on development. SCFG offers free STEM programs to connect girls in Grades K-12, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists in a fun, nurturing, and interactive environment.  Learn how you can volunteer or donate.

Learn2Code: Online Coding Classes

Learn2Code offers live online, hands-on coding classes — taught by students from universities such as MIT, Carnegie-Mellon, and Caltech — for students in elementary, middle, and high school. Students learn coding concepts and write, test, and debug code with an instructor in private, semi-private, or group online settings and can access all course material at any time.

Wellesley STEM Expo Seeks Exhibitors, Workshops, and Sponsors for Apr. 6

The fourth Wellesley STEM Expo will be held on April 6 at Wellesley High School.  The organizers invite individuals, organizations, schools, companies, and groups to sign up to host an exhibit, run a workshop, or become a sponsor. For more information, email

Genes in Space: Contest for Grades 7-12, Experimental Designs Due Apr. 19

Genes in Space invites students in Grades 7-12 to a contest to design DNA experiments for space. 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 19.  The contest is free and does not require equipment.  Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit.

‘Science on State Street’ Festival, Apr. 27, Seeks Presenters and Volunteers

Framingham State University’s Christa McAuliffe Center seeks presenters and volunteers for the second annual Science on State Street festival on April 27, 11AM-3PM, on its campus (directions).  It’s free and open to all ages, with hands-on activities (in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering), featured presentations by FSU faculty and invited scientists, conversations and performances that explore the interaction between science and the arts, and planetarium programs.  Sign up now if you’d like to be an exhibitor or volunteer.

Bay State Learning Center Seeks to Hire Part-time Staff

Bay State Learning Center (45 Bullard Street in Dedham) is seeking to hire a
“mature, energetic, creative person to help facilitate programs, mentor kids, and/or develop learning plans” — starting as soon as possible through June 15, 10AM-2PM, $35 per hour. Experience working with middle- and high-school students in an educational setting is required. For more information email To apply, send resume and cover letter to that address.

Library Seeks Facilitator/Instructors for ‘Girls Who Code’ Club

The Newton Free Library, in its fifth year hosting the Newton Girls Who Code Club, seeks volunteer facilitator/instructors for this very popular, free, after-school program for Grades 6-12. The Library provides meeting space, and the global Girls Who Code organization provides curriculum materials. The Library usually hosts two sections, each with 20-25 girls and two or more facilitators, meeting on Mondays, 7PM-8:30PM. Facilitators do not need technical experience and may learn alongside Club members. They need a passion for closing the gender gap in technology, skill in fostering community in youth groups, and the ability to volunteer 3 to 4 hours per week through May (including preparation and travel). Men and women are encouraged to apply. If interested, read this description and email if you have further questions. Apply here.