Category Archives: Opportunities

Arduino Robot Workshop at You-Do-It Electronics, June 29

Kevin Osborn will teach an Arduino Robot workshop at You-Do-It Electronics on June 29, 6-8PM.  The cost of $99 includes the robot that you will build and get to take home. Register by emailing with “Arduino Robot Workshop” in the subject, with your phone number and number of attendees.  You’ll get a call within two days so you can make your payment and receive your confirmation.  Kevin’s workshops receive great reviews from attendees at You-Do-It, local libraries, and other venues.

Newton Free Library: STEAM Expo, July 16

The Newton Free Library will host its third annual STEAM Expo on Saturday, July 16, 1-4PM.  It’s an interactive gathering of  tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, engineers, and students.  There will be 17 exhibitors in the auditorium, gallery, and outside plaza.

LigerBots Present an Introduction to FIRST Lego League, June 22

The Newton LigerBots will host an introductory meeting about FIRST Lego League (FLL) on Wednesday, June 22, 7-9PM at Newton North High School’s Film Lecture Hall (inside the main entrance at Tiger Drive — 457 Walnut Street).  FLL enables teams of students in Grades 4-8 to compete in building and programning LEGO robots, as well as in researching and presenting creative solutions to real-life problems associated with the theme of the annual FLL challenge. Next year’s theme will be Animal Allies, with details released for all teams on August 30. The June 22 event is primarily for parents — and potential coaches! — but students are welcome. Current LigerBots students and coaches will lead a presentation about FLL and how to start your own team. There will be demonstrations of EV3 robots and an open discussion of questions you may have. The LigerBots conduct these sessions and maintain their FLL information page as a community service — and to develop students’ interest in joining the LigerBots after FLL.  Email for more information.

Jane Street ‘Women in STEM’ NYC Recruiting Event, July 31-Aug. 2

Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm — will host its fourth annual Women in STEM event  July 31-August 2, inviting selected women between senior year of high-school and freshman year of college to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business.  Travel, hotel, and meals will be paid by the company.  Apply by July 1 by emailing to your resume and statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend.  Use the same email address if you have questions.

Workshops in Space Exploration (WiSE) at Tufts in July

Science educators and enthusiasts are invited to attend any of a series of Workshops in Space Exploration (WiSE) at Tufts University (directions):

  • July 11, 12, 14, 15:  Exploring the Solar System
  • July 18, 19, 21, 22:  Exploring the Milky Way
  • July 25, 26, 28, 29:  Exploring the Cosmos

The cost is $300 per four-day workshop, with scholarships available to Massachusetts educators.  The workshop presenters, Bill Waller and Danilo Marchesini, are professional astronomers and educators who are dedicated to sharing the wonders of the cosmos with people of all ages and abilities.  Register online.  To get on the mailing list or for more information,

BostonTechMom: Tech Events for Kids in June

BostonTechMom once again provides a comprehensive list of technology-oriented events for kids in the Boston area for the upcoming month.  This issue again includes a list of Girls Who Code clubs in the greater Boston area.

Newton Free Library STEAM Programs in June

The Newton Free Library offers a range of STEAM events monthly.  See details about these programs (and online registration) in the Library’s Events Calendar.

The following programs require online registration, which begins three weeks before each event or series:

  • CodeCampKidz:  Grades 7 and 8. Take a “mobile first” approach and build a series of re-usable Bootstrap Tools that you can re-use on your own responsive design projects. See details.  June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 4:30PM in the second-floor Computer Center.
  • Time for STEM:  Ages 15-30 months, with an adult.  June 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 10:30AM.
  • Minecraft Club:  Grades 6-12.  June 2 at 4PM.
  • Introduction to Arduino A:  Ages 18+.  June 2 at 7PM.
  • Introduction to Arduino B:  Ages 18+.  June 9 at 7PM.
  • Teen Tinker Club:  Grades 6-12.  June 16 at 4PM.
  • Intensive Arduino:  Ages 18+.  June 16 at 6:30PM.

And for these programs, you can pick up tickets (first come, first served) at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before program starts:

  • STEAM Ahead:  Ages 3-5, with an adult.  June 2 at 4PM.
  • littleBits DIY Club:  Ages 9-12.  June 4 at 11AM.
  • Minecraft:  Grades 3-5.  June 9 at 6PM.
  • HexBugs:  Ages 5+, with adult.  June 10 at 3:30PM or 4:15PM.
  • KIBO Robots:  Ages 7-9 and adults.  June 20 at 4PM.

Informational Meeting on Joining the LigerBots, June 2

Students interested in STEM — or business, or graphic design, or public speaking, or grant writing, or joining a cool student team —  are invited to an introductory, informational meeting for prospective members of the LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning robotics team spanning both NNHS and NSHS.  It will be held Thursday, June 2, 6:30–8:30PM, in the Newton South Wood Shop (Room 9170, by the Auditorium).  All grades, including rising freshmen, are invited, with a special invitation to those interested in outreach/marketing/business.  In this hands-on session, you can drive a robot, use power tools, do engineering challenge games, be part of a new social media campaign, and help students see what makes a top robotics team. Dessert will be served. For more information, email

Call for Presenters: Mass. Association of Science Teachers Conference, Nov. 3-4

The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) seeks presenters for its MAST Annual Conference, November 3-4 in Boxborough.  Potential presenters are invited to apply by May 31.  The themes of the conference will be Science in the World Around Us:

  • Teacher Leaders
  • Made in MA: Local Connections
  • Student Misconceptions
  • Technology and Engineering
  • Innovative Assessments

Challenger Center’s Annual STEM Education Conference, Aug. 11

On August 11, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center will host a STEM education conference for educators, community leaders, and the public:  Inspiring the Future: STEM Education through the Lens of Space Exploration.  It will be held 8:30AM-4:30PM at the McCarthy Forum at Framingham State University (100 State Street in Framingham), followed by an open house at the McAuliffe Center on the same campus.  The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $53.74 before July 1 or $64.29 thereafter.  The program includes:

  • A Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approach to Space Exploration
  • Sports on the Moon
  • The Future of Space Exploration and its Impact on STEM Education
  • Open House at McAuliffe Center