Get your feet wet and learn about marine and ocean engineering! Nitsch Engineering is partnering with Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Massachusetts Port Authority to offer girls in Grades 6-12 a one-day introduction to the application of engineering to ships, the sea, and the coastline. It will be held Tuesday, April 1 from 8:30AM to 2PM at the Black Falcon Cruise Terminal in Boston. Space is limited, so register now (certainly by March 19). An adult chaperone is welcome to accompany each girl. See the registration page for the day’s schedule, directions, and an extra-credit assignment about the blog by the MassMaritime’s students recent term at sea. For more information, contact Anna Luciano at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jessica Yarmarkovich at email@example.com.
BC Splash is a free, one-day opportunity for high-school students to be immersed in a college environment for a day of fun, informative, and inspiring courses taught by Boston College undergraduate and graduate students. Besides the courses, there are separate opportunities for students and parents to mingle and learn. This spring BC Splash will be held 9AM-4PM on Sunday, April 6. Registration is open now until April 2. (You need to create a free account and sign in before registering for courses.) For more information, see the BC Splash FAQ or email BCSplash@gmail.com or call 617-297-7524.
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Clark University’s 2014 Spring Splash program will be held on Sunday, April 13 from 9AM to 4PM on Clark’s campus (Jonas Clark Building, 950 Main St., Worcester). Splash is a free, one-day, annual event for students in Grades 5 through 12 to explore a wide range of subjects taught by Clark students and faculty. Registration is open now through April 6 and is first-come, first-served. Science classes in the course catalog include:
- The Physicist of Wall Street
- Astrobiology: The Search for Life in the Universe
- What’s a Genome?
- The Science Behind Kerbal Space Program
- Imaging Atoms
- Survival of the Fittest: Fun with Darwin’s Finches
- Environment Science 101
- Disease and Civilization
- Man, Myth and Math: In Search of Pythagoras
- Chemistry Prep
The Innovation Institute in Newtonville will conduct a weekly seminar course, At the Biomedical Frontiers, for up to 10 “self-disciplined, mature students with a substantive interest in science and/or engineering” who want to experience “university-calibre research.” It’s open to Grades 7-9, plus high-school students in some cases. The course will meet Thursdays, March 20 – June 26 and will address these topics:
- Biology of Cancer and Emerging Cancer Therapies
- Medical Nanotechnology for Cancer
- Quantum Mechanics and Neurobiology: Theory and Applications
- 3D Printing and Medical Applications: Introduction, Progress and Future Applications
- Synthetic Biology: Genetic Circuits
- Vaccines: How They Work, Misinformation and Novel Applications
- Tissue Engineering: Progress and Future Applications
- Microbiomes and the Human Body: Bacteria Living in and on You
- Materials Science and How Molecular Properties Determine Function
Each topic will be led by Harvard/MIT-affiliated specialists, including fellows, post-docs, and graduate students. Registration is open now.
Registration has been extended for a workshop on pH and pH Indicators in Nature — the first in a series of science and math workshops for middle-school girls — to be held on March 2, 3-5PM at Lasell College. The series is being run by a Newton high-school student for her Girl Scout Gold Award. Space available for 20 middle-school girls (non-Scouts are welcome), with a cost of $2 each. Register via email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MIT’s Edgerton Center presents Science on Saturday, a free, fun, 60-minute session for elementary, middle-, and high-school students. On March 6, the focus will be on Chemistry. MIT’s ChemClub will conduct on-stage demonstrations with assistance from the audience. Before and after the show, there will be activity booths for hands-on chemistry experiments. Seating is limited and first-come/first-served. Adult escort required for children under 12. The event will be held 10AM in MIT Kresge Auditorium
48 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge. Park at the West Garage or Albany Street Garage ($5 with a credit card).
Applications are now available for two summer programs at Northeastern University:
The Young Scholars Program is a highly selective program for Boston-area high-school students who have completed either sophomore or junior year and are interested in careers as scientists or engineers. The program includes laboratory research, career exploration and counseling, and field trips. Applications are due March 28 or 30 (the website lists both dates), and the program’s tentative schedule is July 1 to August 1.
Northeastern University Summer STEM Program is a free, two-week, academic day program for Boston-area middle-school students entering 6, 7, or 8 grade. It is designed to stimulate interest in science and engineering and increase skills in math and science. Applications are due March 31 but be sure to read instructions first. Classes, scheduled for July 7-18, are taught by Northeastern graduate students with assistance from undergraduates.
Each year Raytheon’s MathMovesU program recognizes 32 middle-school/high-school math teachers as “Math Heroes” for their effective, innovative methods to promote student enthusiasm and achievement in math. Students, parents, school administrators, volunteers, and colleagues may nominate teachers for their innovative learning approaches to make math “real and relatable” for their students. Nominations are due by April 9. Each Math Hero receives a $2,500 award, and his/her school receives the same amount. Finalists will be selected based on compelling nominations describing the teachers’ effectiveness and creativity in teaching math using new approaches. The 32 Math Heroes will be selected based on the finalists’ plans for using the award to promote math.
Girls STEM Summit East — a one-day gathering of young women in grades 8-12 who love STEM — will be held Saturday, April 26, at MIT, sponsored by Jr. Tech and Biogen Idec Foundation. The summit is very popular and is full for this year, but you can register for the wait list. The program includes a keynote, career sessions, connections with female STEM professionals, and guidance about STEM courses and careers. To become a sponsor of future Girls STEM Summit events, email email@example.com.
The Hall at Patriot Place, sponsored by Raytheon, has extended the deadline for nominations for Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year until February 28. The program will recognize a Massachusetts STEM teacher who is making significant contributions to education. That teacher’s school will receive a $5,000 grant for STEM education, and that teacher and four other finalists will be honored at the Massachusetts STEM Summit next fall. Continue reading