Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education will host its Fall 2014 Building Bridges program on Friday, December 5, 9AM-3PM, for high school students interested in engineering. Twice a year, high school students can gather for a full day of interactive engineering activities led by NEU faculty and students. It’s an opportunity to understand various engineering disciplines, to learn about NEU’s College of Engineering and its research programs, and to gain an overview of potential career paths and education options. Breakfast and lunch are included. The cost is $15 and financial support is available. Register online. The event takes place at NEU’s Curry Student Center (Rooms 318, 320, and 322). Activities may include:
- Design and Test a Bridge
- Implantable Biomedical Devices
- Design and Build and Electronic Night Light
- Synthesize Slime
- Streamline a Sports Utility Vehicle
- Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
- Computer Chip Design and Fabrication
- Simulate an Earthquake
Newton Parks & Recreation will offer two Lego Engineering activities on Sunday afternoons, January 4 to February 8, at the Newton South HS Recreation Complex:
- Grades K-2: 1:15-2:45PM
- Grades 2-5: 3:35-4:45PM
Boys and girls will use tens of thousands of Lego blocks to design and build boats, bridges, mazes, buildings, etc. with the guidance of a Play-Well instructor. Cost is $135 and space is limited. To register, go to Newton Parks & Recreation registration site, click Newton South Indoor Recreation Program, then click Engineering with Lego 2015.
Science Club for Girls has raised $13,000 and needs to raise an additional $7,000 by December 31 in order to win an all-or-nothing challenge grant from The Amelia Peabody Foundation. Read the reviews of this local non-profit and consider making a donation.
The Women’s Technology Program at MIT is a rigorous summer residential program (June 27 to July 25) for female high school students who are completing Grade 11, who love and excel in math and science, who have little or no experience in engineering or computer science, who are not yet certain about their plans for college majors, and who want to explore engineering. Through hands-on activities, problem solving, and collaborative learning, students explore either of two fields: Electrical Engineering and Computer Science or Mechanical Engineering. Female MIT graduate students design and teach the courses, assisted by female MIT undergraduates. Applications will be available November 25. From a nationwide pool, 40 will be selected for Electrical Engineering/Computer Science and 20 will be selected for Mechanical Engineering.
Registration is now open for the next monthly Saturday-morning session Science on Saturday, on December 6 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington). Jude Kelley of Lincoln Laboratory will discuss Electricity, Ions, and Chemistry. Students will see demonstrations of how ions produce wild colors and interesting effects with electricity. All children must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children. Admission is free but each person attending must be registered. Space is limited, so register online soon for either Session 1 (9AM to 10:30AM) or Session 2: 10:45AM to 12:15PM). Adults much bring government photo identification. See other rules on the registration pages.
Hour of Code is a grassroots, teacher-driven, worldwide campaign to demystify computer science and offer a one-hour introduction to programming to tens of millions of students of all ages. It’s organized by Code.org and an array of high-powered partners, and it’s designed to coincide with Computer Science Education Week (December 8-14). Among the 27,112 classrooms worldwide that have already signed up to host events this year are classes in the following Newton schools: Bigelow, Lincoln-Eliot, Mason-Rice, Memorial-Spaulding, Newton North, Solomon Schechter, Underwood, Ward, and Williams. Any teacher or club leader can sign up to run an Hour of Code event using resources that include planning guides, videos, and self-guided tutorials for students. Classrooms can win prizes that include video-chats with tech celebrities and grants for laptops, programmable robots, or other technology. The Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s Education Foundation is partnering with Code.org to recruit industry volunteers to participate in Hour of Code in response to teachers’ requests.
WTS Boston will host a Volpe Center Simulator Tour and transportation career mentoring event for girls aged 13-18 on Tuesday, November 18, from 2:30PM to 5:30PM at the Volpe National Transportation Systems Center (55 Broadway, Cambridge). This event is part of the Transportation YOU outreach program — a joint initiative of Women’s Transportation Seminar International and the U.S. Department of Transportation to inspire girls’ interest in transportation careers, provide mentorship, and encourage the taking of STEM courses as stepping stones to careers in transportation. This event will include a hands-on tour of car, plane, and locomotive simulators followed by a speed-mentoring activity in which transportation professionals will speak to students about their experiences in the transportation industry and how they got to where they are today. Participation is free, but spots are limited, so register ASAP (no later than November 13) by emailing Alison.Love@stvinc.com.
The Newton North HS Science Team raises funds — for team expenses including travel to science competitions — by raking leaves and shoveling snow for anyone in the Newton area. You set your price — by the job or by the hour. Contact Team VP Amy Huang at firstname.lastname@example.org. By hiring Tiger Science, you support the team while making your yard look even better than it does now.
The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights on most Tuesdays in the spring and fall. This month, these will be held on November 4 and 18, from 7PM to 8PM. These events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast: Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message. The Clay Center offers a range of Outreach Programs for community groups. Check the Center’s calendar for future events and sign up for the Center’s email list.
The observatory contains a diffraction-limited 64cm (25-inch) telescope with optically perfect mirrors (better than 1/100th of a wave at 632.8nm) — similar in optical design to the Hubble Space Telescope. It’s protected by two airlocks, a dome powered by solar cells and wind turbine, and its own foundation that is completely isolated from the foundation of the surrounding building. The telescope and dome are computerized and can be operated through the Internet by researchers anywhere in the world.
Science from Scientists is a wonderful non-profit organization focused on improving the attitudes and aptitudes of 4th – 8th graders in STEM. Since 2004, SfS has been bringing real scientists — vetted and trained for classroom work — into classrooms in the Greater Boston area and is now working with 3000 students in 25 schools. Norma Sullivan, recently retired Newton middle school STEM teacher, is working with SfS and is a strong proponent of the program. For several years, she has had great success bringing in SfS scientists into her classroom at Oak Hill.
The program is very successful and expanding — so SfS wants to hire additional real scientists who are aligned with its mission and would like to have a positive impact as classroom instructors. A typical commitment is four hours at a school every two weeks. Do you or anyone you know have the time, background, and charisma to be a Science from Scientists instructor? See the job description at www.sciencefromscientists.org/work and consider applying.