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BostonTechMom: Tech Events for Kids in May

BostonTechMom once again provides a comprehensive list of technology-oriented events for kids in the Boston area for the upcoming month.  This issue again includes a list of Girls Who Code clubs in the greater Boston area.

Newton Free Library STEAM Programs in May

Impact Entrepreneurship: Making a Difference in Your Community Through Technological Innovation: High school entrepreneur and Girls Who Code alumna Anaya Tipnis will discuss the process of building a startup and the benefits of learning to code, to create real-world technological solutions that help your community. All ages welcome. Register online. Tuesday, May 3, 7PM in Druker Auditorium.

CodeCampKidz: Take a “mobile first” approach and build a series of re-usable Bootstrap Tools that you can re-use on your own responsive design projects. See details. Free hosting is provided. For Grades 7 and 8. Online registration is required for all four classes: Wednesdays, May 4, 11, 18 and 25, 4:30PM in the second-floor Computer Center.

Minecraft Club:  On the first Thursday of every month, come play Minecraft with your friends on the library’s server, with different challenges each session. Grades 6-12. Register online. Thursday, May 5, 4PM in the second-floor Computer Center.

Teen Tinker Club: Learn how to code LEGO WeDos using Scratch.  Grades 6-12. Space is limited.  Register online.  Thursday, May 19, 4PM in the second-floor Computer Center.

ProjectCSGIRLS: Boston Girls in Tech, at Boston University, May 7

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.  On Saturday, May 7, ProjectCSGIRLS will host a free, all-day (10AM-4:30PM) event, sponsored by GoDaddy, at Boston University’s Undergraduate Computer Science Lab.  It will include:

  • Programming workshops on web development and game programming
  • A panel discussion with leading female, Boston-based engineers and technologists
  • A session by female college entrepreneurs about pitching/communicating ideas
  • A design session on using technology for social impact

Space is limited.  Apply online.

Newton Schools Foundation: 33% Toward Goal of Achieving $25K Matching Funds

This spring, the Newton Schools Foundation launched a fundraising campaign to support the NPS Calculus Project, with an anonymous donor willing to match up to $25,000 in donations.  The Calculus Project has been successful since its start in 2012, working in all of Newton’s middle and high schools to have more African American, Hispanic, and low-income students successfully complete calculus in high school, as a path to success in college.  The program provides intensive, small-group summer classes, enrichment activities, and year-round mentoring and tutoring.  This spring’s campaign has reached 33% of its goal and welcomes your tax-deductible donation to support the Calculus Project’s summer program, tutoring, enrichment activities, and supplies.

Workshops in Space Exploration (WiSE), July 11-29

Science educators and enthusiasts are invited to attend any of a series of Workshops in Space Exploration (WiSE) at Tufts University:

  • July 11, 12, 14, 15:  Exploring the Solar System
  • July 18, 19, 21, 22:  Exploring the Milky Way
  • July 25, 26, 28, 29:  Exploring the Cosmos

The cost is $300 per four-day workshop, with scholarships available to Massachusetts educators.  The workshop presenters, Bill Waller and Danilo Marchesini, are professional astronomers and educators who are dedicated to sharing the wonders of the cosmos with people of all ages and abilities.  To get on the mailing list or for more information, email

Underwater Robotics Workshop for Teachers, May 9-10

SeaPerch is a nationwide underwater robotics educational program focused on engineering and science involved in building and operating remotely operated vehicles.   The Museum Institute for Teaching Science will conduct a professional-development workshop in using SeaPerch in underwater robotics.  The workshop is designed for middle- and high-school teachers and will be held at Clark University, 9AM-3PM on May 9-10.  The fee of $100 for one teacher and $20 per student for up to two students covers the cost of a SeaPerch kit, curriculum materials, and lunch both days. Register online.

High-School Students: Introduction to Materials Science and Engineering, May 9 & 16

ASM International is again sponsoring 2016 ASM Materials Experience New England — a free, one-day program for high-school sophomores and juniors to explore the fields of materials science and engineering.  Typical topics include casting, cryogenics, shape memory alloys, hydrogels, and electron microscopy.  The program will be offered twice, for up to 64 students at each event:

  • Monday, May 6, 8AM-3:30PM at Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s Washburn Labs
  • Monday, May 16, 8AM-3PM at Boston University’s Photonics Center

Apply online.  For more information, email

Newton Library STEM Events in April

STEAM Ahead — April 7 at 4PM:  Free STEAM-oriented storytime for 3-5 year-olds and their caregivers.  Explore STEM plus the Arts with children’s books and related activities.  Space is limited, and tickets will be available at the Children’s Desk starting at 3:30PM.

Introduction to Arduino — April 7, 7-8:30PM:  Learn the basics of programming this simple microcontroller platform for building digital devices and interactive objects.  Registration is required, either online or by calling 617-796-1380.  For more information, contact

Hexbugs — April 11, 3-3:45PM or 3:45-4:30PM:  Children 5 years or older, with an adult, learn to create habitats for these little robotic creatures.  Space is limited, and tickets will be available at the Children’s Desk starting at 30 minutes before each session.

Teen Tinker Club — April 20-22, 4-5PM:  Students in Grades 6-12 explore LEGO WeDo’s and Scratch in a three-day vacation program.  Space is currently full, but there’s a waiting list.

littleBits DIY Club — April 21, 3:30-4:30PM:  Children 9-12 years old can create inventions with these easy-to-use electronic building blocks.  Space is limited, and tickets will be available at the Children’s Desk starting at 3PM.

Intensive Arduino — April 21, 6:30-8:30PM:  Those with some background in Arduino can expand their knowledge of programming this microcontroller platform.  Registration is required.

All these events except STEAM Ahead are funded by the Library’s Federal grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

BostonTechMom: Tech Events for Kids in April

BostonTechMom once again provides a comprehensive list of technology-oriented events for kids in the Boston area for the upcoming month.  This issue includes a list of Girls Who Code clubs in the greater Boston area.

Studio of Engaging Math: Summer Program (ages 6-12) Open House, Apr. 3

The Studio of Engaging Math in Brighton will hold an open house on Sunday, April 3, Noon-2PM for kids and their parents to learn about the Studio’s STEAM Summer Program for ages 6-12:  Puzzles, games, programming, and painting.  Geometry/tessellations/origami.  Bridge building.  3D modeling.  Strategy games.  Programming/video games.  For more information, call (617) 903-3168.