Category Archives: Opportunities

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.

After School:


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:

Empow Studios in Lexington Offers One-Day Nano-Camps when School is Closed

Empow Studios in Lexington offers one-day Nano-Camps for Grades 2-8 on most days that school is closed for holidays and breaks.  Kids complete a project — e.g., an animated film, a video game, or an interactive robot —  in one day, 8:30AM-4PM with extended day available until 5:30PM.  Register from this list of sessions.

Newton Boys & Girls Club Visits Elmwood Aquaponics Farm

img_1918Last week, several students from the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club visited Elmwood Farm in Hopkinton to learn about its aquaponics and energy sustainability.  The students learned how aquaponics combines aquaculture (raising fish in tanks) with hydroponics (growing plants in water) in a symbiotic balance as excrement from fish becomes nutrients for plants, which filter the fish environment.  They also earned about Elmwood Farm’s total solar energy self-sufficiency.  They met cows and sheep and participated in farming operations — feeding chickens, collecting eggs, planting and harvesting vegetables.  The Club’s Education Director, Tamara Brogan, arranged the after-school field trip.

Free Evolution Workshop for Teachers at WGBH, Sept. 20

NOVA and the Leakey Foundation are hosting a free Evolution Workshop for teachers at WGBH (10 Guest Street in Boston) on September 20, 4-6PM.  Dinner is provided, and registration is required.

MAST Awards: Nominate a Science Teacher by Sept. 30

Nominations are open until September 30 for several awards for science teachers from the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST):

  • 14 county-level science educator awards
  • 1 award for an exemplary new teacher
  • 1 award for a distinguished “friend of science” working with educators
  • 1 award for a K-8 teacher who is inspirational in environmental education

Anyone may submit a nomination, either by submitting the downloaded form along with a sheet describing the nominee’s accomplishments OR by completing the form online with the same information.  All nominees will be notified of their nominations, and awards will be presented at the MAST Annual Conference on November 3.  For more information, contact Dr. Gary Mazzola at

Free Monthly Planetarium Shows at Framingham State University

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for public presentations on the third Friday of each month (except April), with two one-hour shows:  5:30PM and 6:30PM.  On some dates, the 5:30PM show is aimed at a younger audience, but all ages are welcome.  Pre-registration is required and opens two weeks prior to each event via links on this page listing upcoming events, which include:

  • October 21:  Climate Change and Habitat Earth
  • November 18:  Back to the Moon for Good
  • December 16:  Holiday Skies
  • January 20:  Galaxy Zoo
  • February 17:  (to be determined)
  • March 17:  Habitat Earth

WPI STEM Outreach Programs for Middle Schoolers

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers STEM outreach programs for middle-school students.  For more information, email or call 508-831-4900.

STEM Saturdays:  A series of monthly workshops for Grade 6-8 students and their parents/guardians on Saturdays, 8:45AM-Noon.  $180 for entire series.  Registration opens October 3 at 9AM.

Tech Girls:  An almost-weekly series of after-school STEM-related activities for girls in Grades 6-8 with WPI students, faculty, and staff on Wednesdays, 4-6PM.  $180 for entire series, and financial assistance is available.  Register.