Category Archives: Opportunities

Registration is Open for Boston College Splash — Grades 9-12, Nov. 16

Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 16 from 9AM to 4PM.  Splash is a student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach free mini-courses for high-school students.  Running in parallel is the Parent Program for parents to talk with financial advisors, admissions directors, and faculty.  Registration is required, is first-come/first-served, and is open until November 12.  STEM-oriented courses this year include:

  • Introduction to Programming with Pytho
  • Message from the TARDIS: The Science Behind Doctor Who
  • Star Stuff: How to Walk and Talk Like a True Astronomer
  • Introductory Neuroscience!
  • Space: Why it’s a lot cooler than you think
  • Liquid Nitrogen Ice Cream
  • Intro to Computer Science

For more information, email bcsplash@gmail.com or call 617-291-7524.

Registration is Open for MIT Splash — Grades 9-12, Nov. 22-23

MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 22-23 (1oAM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday).  It gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in drop-in activities.  This year, over 300 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff.  Here’s a list of the STEM-related courses (PDF).   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, in which students will have at least until November 1 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 November 8.  Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration.  See the Student Guide page and also the More Info page.  There’s also a Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents.

New Computer Science Clubs at Newton Free Library in November

Register for new, free computer-science clubs for kids and teens at the Newton Free Library in its second-floor computer center:

Scratch Club:  A new monthly club for Grades 3-6 will start meeting on Thursday, November 6, 6:30-7:30PM in the second floor Computer Center.  In one-hour sessions, kids will explore and work with Scratch, a free programming language designed at MIT for creating games, animation and stories.  Online registration is required and opens October 23.  For more information, call 617-796-1370.

Girls Who Code Club:  GWC is a national non-profit organization aiming to inspire, educate, and equip girls with the computing skills.  In Newton, GWC is open to girls in Grades 9-12 and will meet 4-6PM on Fridays throughout the school year (in November:  7, 14, 21, 28).   Participants will learn about concepts and techniquese of artificial intelligence, graphics, game design, cryptography, and mobile development.  Online registration is required.  For information, scroll down on this page to Girls Who Code, or email teens@newtonfreelibrary.net or call 617-796-1360.

STEM Fun for Kids at Newton Free Library

The Newton Free Library will offer these free STEM programs in November:

Magnet Fun:  Kids ages 3-5, accompanied by adults, are invited to drop in on Thursday, November 13, 2:30-3:30PM in Druker Auditorium to experiment and play with magnets.

Making Things in 3D:  Design to Print:  Students in Grades 6-12 will learn how to design 3D objects using free computer-aided-design software and then print them on the library’s new 3D printer.  Monday, November 24, 4-5:30PM in the second-floor Computer Center.  Space is limited.  Registration is required and opens on November 3.

WGBH’s STEM Video Challenge for Mass. Teachers

WGBH is conducting a STEM Teacher Video Challenge for Massachusetts teachers seeking creative solutions for teaching STEM.  It’s “an online film school just for STEM teachers,” with training videos on YouTube and live, hosted hangouts on Google and culminating in a film-making competition.  Teachers should watch the introductory video, join in the online training, produce a video (1-5 minutes), and submit it by February 1.  Winners will receive camera equipment for their classrooms, and their videos will be shared nationally by WGBH and PBS Learning Media.  All participants will receive Google Play app cards.  Sponsored by the Google Community Grants Fund of Tides Foundation.

“AMP It Up” Challenge Engages Students in Advanced Manufacturing

The AMP it up! Challenge invites students to research an advanced manufacturing innovation in Massachusetts and then present it in a 3-minute video to explain how it’s made, why it matters, and what it means to the student.  One middle school and one high school in each of five regions in the state will each win $2,500 in grant funding, and a grand prize of $5,000 will also be awarded.  Manufacturers are encouraged to sign up now to support the challenge by talking with students and offering factory tours.  Schools should sign up before December 31 to participage and may be represented by individual students, classes, groups, or clubs.  Students will begin researching in January and submit their videos by April 15.

Reminders: STEM Events in the Next 7 Days

Sat, Oct 25
♦ NOAA Professional Development Workshop at New England Aquarium: Ocean Exploration -- 8:00 am
♦ Science Quest Day at UMass Amherst -- 9:00 am
♦ Robotics and Science Workshop for Teachers -- 9:00 am
♦ ThinkFest at North Andover Middle School -- 10:00 am
Mon, Oct 27
♦ Science Club for Girls: 20th Anniversary and Catalyst Awards Night -- 6:00 pm
♦ Women in Tech: A Story Slam -- 7:00 pm
Wed, Oct 29
♦ Deadline to apply for grant for eCYBERMISSION: Online STEM Competition for Grades
♦ Ligerbots Open Meeting for Interested Parents, Potential Mentors, New Students -- 7:00 pm
Fri, Oct 31
♦ Northeastern's Women in Engineering Day
♦ Phase 1 registration ends for MIT Splash, Nov. 22-23
♦ Deadline to register for Women of Science Competition

‘Engineering is Elementary’ Scholarships for K-5 Teachers: Apply by Midnight Oct. 10

Raytheon offers professional-development scholarships for Grade K-5 teachers to incorporate the Engineering-is-Elementary engineering curriculum into their classes.  The scholarship awards pay for a complete set of EiE curriculum materials for 30 students and a two-day professional-development workshop at Boston’s Museum of Science.  Applications are due by midnight on Friday, October 10.  Applicants must be full-time classroom teachers or STEM specialists in Grades K-5 with three years experience.  Engineering-is-Elementary was developed at the Museum of Science with support from the National Science Foundation.  It incorporates hands-on engineering challenges and coordinates with state and national STEM standards.

Register Now for Northeastern’s Building Bridges Program, Dec. 5

Northeastern University invites high-school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in engineering to attend its Fall 2014 Building Bridges program on Friday, December 5 from 9AM to 3PM at Curry Student Center.  It’s a day of hands-on, interactive activities to introduce high-school students to NEU’s College of Engineering and encourage interaction with faculty and college students.  Tentative list of activities:  Design and test a bridge, implantable biomedical devices, design and build an electronic night light, synthesize slime, streamline a sport utility vehicle, computer-aided design and manufacturing, computer chip design and fabrication, and an earthquake simulation.  Breakfast and a networking lunch are provided.  The cost is $15 and registration is required.  For more information, e-mail Claire Duggan at stem@neu.edu.

Survey on Resources for PreK-12 Engineering Education, by Oct. 20

The National Academy of Engineering seeks a wide range of input — from educators,  STEM professionals, college STEM students, and other interested parties — to inform its upcoming design of an online resource for PreK-12 engineering education.  The NAE online survey takes about 15 minutes and will be open through October 20.