Category Archives: Opportunities

Middle-School Girls: Apply by April 6 for Envision the Future, July 20-24

As announced last week, the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club of Newton is participating in the Envision the Future program with the support of NewtonSTEM, the Newton Free Library, Newton Community Education, and the Southeastern STEM Network.  The first step is to send three Newton middle-school girls as ambassadors to Envision the Future‘s one-week summer STEM program at Bridgewater State University, July 20-24.  On their return, these student ambassadors will be called on to spread the word — through presentations, articles, etc. — about what they learn from the program.  The sponsoring organizations will replicate one or more of the program’s STEM-promoting practices in Newton next year.

Interested middle-school girls should apply online by 9AM on April 6 and also have a parent/guardian sign and submit the Parent/Guardian Approval Form (PDF) by that deadline.  Continue reading

Registration Opens Mar. 23 for Clark University’s Spring Splash, April 25

Clark University’s 2015 Spring Splash program will be held on Saturday, April 25 from 10AM to 5PM 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.  Classes include introductions to advanced academic topics and hands-on experiments.  Lunch is included.  Registration is open on a first-come, first-served basis until April 17.  Students should open their own account and register for courses, then print out and bring to the event a liability waiver (PDF) signed by a parent.  For further information, email  The course catalog includes these Science courses: Continue reading

Middle-School Teachers: Bring 2 Students to Tour MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center, Apr. 16

The MIT Plasma Science and Fusion Center invites middle-school teachers to bring two outstanding students for the Center’s annual Outreach Day, April 16.  The event will discuss plasmas, harnessing fusion energy, large magnets, and sources of intense microwave and millimeter-wave power.  Students will observe plasmas in a glow discharge tube, perform hands-on demonstrations with superconductivity, and see MIT’s tokamak, the Alcator C-MOD.  The program begins at 9AM and goes to 3PM, when there will be an optional information session and tour of MIT.  Bring a lunch.  Registration is first-come, first-served and closes April 1.  For further information, email Paul Rivenberg at

Elementary Teachers: Learn About ‘STOP for Science’ — April 1

Framingham State University’s Christa McAuliffe Center (100 State St., Framingham) will host a professional-development workshop (4:30-6PM on April 1) for elementary-school teachers to learn about “STOP for Science,” a program of materials and exhibits to increase students’ interest in science.  Themes include:  When stars go BOOM; Somewhere over the Rainbow; How Tall is Tall?; Choke Up on that Bat!; That’s Fast!  Cost is $10.  Registration is required.

MassBay’s Summer STEM Programs for High-School Students

MassBay Community College in Wellesley will offer its Summer Bridge STEM program, July 6-17 from 9AM to 3:30PM.  Students will choose either a) one of two for-credit courses (3D CAD Technology or Digital Imaging) or b) a series of four 2.5-day, noncredit workshops (Artbotics, Coding with Scratch, Raspberry Pi, Mobile Apps with App Inventor).  Register online.  The $100 fee is due at registration.  For more information, call 781-239-2586 or email

Newton to Send 3 Middle-School Girls to ‘Envision the Future’ — July 20-24

Envision the Future is a one-week residential summer STEM program for girls ages 11-13.  It’s designed to foster interest in STEM fields — and to serve as a model of effective practices for doing so, through replication of its activities in supporting communities the following year.  The program includes challenging STEM activities, career exploration with STEM professionals, meeting women role models, and connecting with other girls with similar interests.

Envision the Future will take place with a total of 48 participants at Bridgewater State University, July 20-24, under the auspices of the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network.  Participation is by invitation.  Newton has been invited to create a network of local STEM-interested organizations to:

  • Send three middle-school girls as participants in the program and then
  • Replicate one or more of the program’s STEM-promoting practices in Newton next year.

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Community Boating’s Spring ‘RoboSail’ Program: Register Now

This spring, Community Boating will repeat last fall’s RoboSail program — combining sailing with robotics — for up to 20 Boston-area high-school students who will learn about robotics, electronics, and mechanisms by programming a model sailboat to sail a course.  The program is taught by Diane Brancazio, a Belmont middle- and high-school engineering teacher who also teaches sailing at Community Boating.  Participants should have a solid understanding of sailing principles, but programming experience is not required.  Attendance at all six sessions (1-4PM on most Sundays, April 12-May 31) is required.  All on-board equipment is provided by a generous donor, but participants should bring a laptop if possible.  The program fee is $1 to $50, depending on household income.  Register by April 5 by mailing in this form with a check.  To become a volunteer mentor for this program or for information about the course content, email  For registration questions, email

Tech Savvy in Boston: One-Week Summer STEM for Girls Entering Grades 7-8

Tech Savvy is a one-week summer STEM program for girls entering Grades 7-8 next fall.  It’s run July 20-24, 9AM-4PM, by the Boston Girls STEM Collaborative.  Each day starts and ends at BU’s Photonics Center and includes activities at a different university:  Northeastern, Wentworth, BU, UMass Boston, or Harvard.  The cost ($200, or $40 for those with demonstrated financial need) covers all activities, transportation, and lunch.  Online registration is open.  Those who are accepted will be asked to submit signed waivers and payment.  For more information, email

Innovation Institute: Openings in Spring Engineering Classes

The Innovation Institute in Newtonville has space available in two of its after-school classes this spring:

  • Electrical Engineering Immersion Grades 7-8 (4:15-6:15PM on Thursdays, April 2-June 25):  An unusually small class in Robotics, led by an experienced electrical engineer, telecom hardware entrepreneur, and math Olympiad coach.
  • Mechanical Engineering Grades 5-6 (4:15-6:15PM on Thursdays, March 26-June 25):  “Water, Fire and Strong Projectiles!” — fluid dynamics and buoyancy, heat transfer and thermodynamics,  projectile motion and Newtonian physics.

…and has added two more classes:

  • Mechanical Engineering Grades 5-6 (1-3PM on Saturdays, March 28-June 27):  Same as above.
  • Investigate, Discover and Design II Grades 1-2 (Mondays, 3:30-5PM, March 23-June 22):  Experiential learning in science and engineering.

Register online or call 617-340-9907.

John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club Seeks FLL Coach

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club is expanding its STEM programming and would like to start a FIRST Lego League team.  The club has secured a donation of needed equipment and now seeks one or more adult volunteers to coach a team that will be formed.  Contact Les Whitham, Program Director, for more information or to express interest.