Category Archives: Opportunities

High-School Students: Register by Oct. 28 for MIT Splash, Nov. 19-20

MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 19-20 (10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday).  Splash gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in walk-in activities.  BostonTechMom has an insightful post recommending MIT Splash.  This year, over 300 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.

The first phase of registration is now open until October 28 for students to specify their preferences for classes.  Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration.  Lottery results will be available by November 3. MIT notes, “To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking at least 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come first-served; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.”

Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration.  See the Program Details page.  There’s also a free Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents (see last year’s schedule), with no need for registration.  For more information, email

Einstein’s Workshop: Saturday Classes in Newton Centre

Einstein’s Workshop in Lexington recently started offering weekly classes on Saturdays in Newton Centre (Davis Hall, Andover Newton Theological Seminary, 210 Herrick Road). The first round of classes will run November 5 through December 17.  In a kick-off promotion, if you mention the name of your Newton elementary school PTO in the registration comments section, then Einstein’s Workshop will donate $10 to that PTO.

Elms College Offers STEM Scholarships for Fall 2017 Transfers

Elms College in Chicopee is offering NSF-funded STEM scholarships for transfer students entering in the Fall of 2017 to major in Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, or Computer Information Technology.  Apply online with a one-page essay by March 1.  For more information, complete the form on this page or email Separately, the Elms STEM program will host an open house on November 11 (9:30AM through lunch) for all prospective students.  The event is free, and lunch will be provided.  Registration is required.  For more information, email

WPI STEM Saturdays for Grades 6-8 — Waitlist Available

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers students in Grades 6-8 a program of STEM Saturdays to inspire and enable exploration of STEM academics and careers.  This school year they will be held 8:45AM-Noon on these Saturdays:  November 19, December 3, January 28, February 18, March 18, and April 8.  The cost is $180.  Student and accompanying parent must attend all sessions.  Registration is full but the waitlist is open.

DiscoverE Webinar Nov. 7 to Prepare for ‘Dream BIG’ IMAX Film

DiscoverE will host a webcast at noon (Eastern time) on November 7 to enlist volunteers in promoting engineering via the upcoming IMAX film, Dream BIG, which will premiere during Engineers Week (February 19-25, 2017).  Sign up for webinar details and to learn more about DiscoverE’s efforts to promote engineering.

UMass Amherst ASPIRE: Materials Science for High School Juniors & Seniors, Sat. Mornings in January

The UMass Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering Department invites high school students in Grades 10-12 to apply for selection into its ASPIRE program.  In this free program, running on 5 consecutive Saturday mornings from January 7, students get hands-on laboratory experience and study the synthesis, characterization, and engineering of polymers using the Conte Center’s facilities while they interact with graduate student mentors to learn about research and careers.  Applicants must be recommended by a high-school science teacherApply online by November 30.  For further information, contact

NCWIT ‘Aspirations in Computing’ Awards: Apply by Nov. 7

High-school and college women who are active and interested in technology and computing are encouraged to apply by November 7 for the NCWIT Awards for Aspirations in Computing.  The competition encourages women to pursue computing education and careers through recognition, prizes, and access to an online network of supporters, like-minded peers, and tech-related opportunities.

And high-school educators who encourage women’s interest and participation in technology pursuits are encouraged to apply by November 28 for the NCWIT Aspirations in Computing Educator Awards.

To date, the National Center for Women in IT (NCWIT) awards have recognized 5,721 high-school students and 246 educators.

Register Now for Tufts CEEO Fall Workshops for Kids

Register now for these Tufts University Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) workshops for kids this Fall in Medford (200 Boston Avenue, Suite G-810). See FAQs.  Register using the links below.

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Two Newton Community Ed Classes: Programming Scratch — for Parents, for Kids

Newton Community Education is offering two courses on programming in Scratch (a free programming language designed at MIT):

For Parents:  Programming:  Start from Scratch, on six Wednesdays, 7-8:30PM, September 28-November 9, at Newton North HS.  No experience required.  Computers provided in lab.  $125

For Grades 3-5:  Game Design with Scratch, 14 one-hour classes after school at Bowen, Burr, and Mason-Rice schools, on various days of the week starting the week of September 26.  No experience necessary $255

Two Free Computer Science Workshops for Teachers

Two free, one-day workshops for teachers interested in computer science: