Category Archives: Opportunities

Grades 5-12: Registration Opens Oct. 23 for Clark University’s Splash, Nov. 19

Registration will open on October 23 for Clark University’s Fall Splash — a one-day program offering many dozens of classes for students in Grades 5-12, to be held November 19, 10AM-5PM, on the Clark campus (950 Main St., Worcester).  The classes are taught by Clark student volunteers. Each student should create his/her own online account and then register as soon as possible because classes fill up.  The day is free, with lunch included.  For more information, email clarkuesp@gmail.com.

Register by Oct. 25 for STEM Pathways High-School Training in Synthetic Biology, Nov. 4

STEM Pathways — a Boston University/MIT outreach program for synthetic biology — will offer a one-day training session for high-school students (ages 15+) on November 4, 10AM-4PM, at Boston University.  Students will learn about fundamental synthetic biology tools and concepts like DNA purification, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation in a working synthetic biology lab environment. There is no fee, and lunch will be provided. Registration (including a recommendation letter from a teacher) is required by October 25. For more information,  email connect@stempathways.org.

High-School Students: Register Now for Boston College Splash, Nov. 5

Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 5.  Splash is a one-day, student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach mini-courses for high-school students.  Running in parallel is the Parent Program for parents to talk with financial advisers, admissions directors, and faculty. There’s a $5.25 fee, which includes a pizza lunch.  Registration is required, is first-come/first-served. For more information, email bcsplash@gmail.com or call at 617-297-7524.

High-School Students: Register by Oct. 27 for MIT Splash, Nov. 18-19

MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 18-19 (10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday).  Splash gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in walk-in activities.  BostonTechMom has an insightful post recommending MIT Splash.  This year, over 400 courses will be offered in the areas of ScienceComputers & ProgrammingEngineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. 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 until October 27 for students 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 by October 30. MIT notes, “To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking at least 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come first-served; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.”

Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration.  See the Program Details page.  There’s also a free Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents (see last year’s schedule), with no need for registration.  For more information, email splash@mit.edu.

Grades 7-8: Register Now for WPI STEM Saturdays, Nov.-Apr.

Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a series of STEM Saturdays for middle-school students to work with WPI faculty and students to explore STEM topics in a hands-on, team-based environment. In parallel, parents/guardians and mentors attend sessions on how to best support and encourage students in STEM.  Register now for the entire series, 9AM-noon on November 4, December 9, January 27, February 17, March 17, and April 7, and attendance at all sessions is required for both students and parent/guardians. The cost is $180. For more information, contact the WPI Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs at pop@wpi.edu or  508-831-4900.

Studio of Engaging Math: Halloween Math Hunt & Open House, Oct. 29

The Studio of Engaging Math will host a Halloween Math Hunt and Open House on October 29, 10AM-1PM at 320 Washington St, Ste 301, in Brighton. Kids 4 to 14 years old and their parents are invited to play games of logic and strategy, solve challenging puzzles, and learn about the Studio’s curriculum.

LigerBots Seeks Demos, Hands-on Activities for Maker Fairs, Nov. 18 & Dec. 16

The Newton LigerBots seeks STEM-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities to highlight in the two Maker Fairs that the team will hold in conjunction with two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competitions it will host this fall: the Newton Qualifier on November 18 and the Eastern Massachusetts State Championship on December 16. Hundreds of students, coaches, parents, siblings, friends, and other spectators are expected at each event. See this Newton TAB article about their 2015 event. It’s a great opportunity for engagement and test marketing for technology companies, STEM education programs, community and school organizations, local makers, and others.  Contact info@ligerbots.org for more information.

Register for Tufts CEEO Workshops for Kids

Registration will open (and the links below will become active) at 10AM on October 16 for the following Design and Engineering workshops in November and December at Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO).  Space is limited and will be assigned as paid registrations are received.

  • From Nomads to Skyscrapers!:  Grades 3-5. November 6, 13, 20; 3-5PM. Civil Engineering throughout history.  $120
  • Geometry of DesignGrades 3-5. November 4, 9AM-Noon.  Relationships between 3D geometries and how they can be used in a larger design challenge. $50
  • Robots, robots, robots!Grades 3-5. November 4, 1-4PM. LEGO EV3 Robotics and Mindstorms programming for design challenges. $50
  • Exploring MomentumGrades 3-5. November 11, 9AM-Noon.  Newton’s laws of momentum; build tops and sailboats. $50
  • It’s Electric!Grades 6-8. November 18, 9AM-Noon. Basics of electricity, building circuits, engineering design process applied to an e-textiles project. $50
  • Take Apart WorkshopGrades 6-8. December 2, 9AM-Noon. Mechanical engineering principles; take apart everyday objects and reassemble them to invent something new. $50
  • Musical EngineeringGrade: K-2. December 2, 1-4PM. Connection between music and engineering; build musical instruments. $50

Empow Studios: 15% Discount on 2018 Vacation Camps Until Oct. 31

Empow Studios runs week-long day camps in Tech and Design during February and April vacations in Newton/Needham (at Leventhal JCC), Brookline (at Heath School), and Lexington (at Empow Studios).  It’s offering a 15% discount for those who sign up for 2018 camps before October 31.  Topics include animation, audio/video production, robotics, 3D design, and graphic design.

LigerBots Host ‘Girls + Tools!’ Workshop for Ages 13-18, Oct. 17

The Newton LigerBots will host a free, one-evening, two-hour workshop — Girls + Tools! — on October 17, as an opportunity for Newton Public Schools students ages 13-18 to have fun with problem solving and mechanical activities, even if they have little or no experience in robotics or engineering. Planning for this event started last summer among several female mentors and students involved in LigerBots who want to show others how much fun engineering can be. It will be held 6:30-8:30PM in the Newton South HS wood shop (Room 9271). Register here.