The Newton Free Library will again offer its hugely popular Girls Who Code after-school program for girls in Grades 6-12 on Friday afternoons 4-6PM during the 2016-17 school year. Can you volunteer 2 hours per week as an instructor using the Girls Who Code computer-science curriculum? It’s best if you’re proficient in programming languages, with intermediate knowledge of data structures and algorithms. Perhaps you’re a current or former software developer or a current undergraduate/graduate student in computer science. The most successful volunteer GWC instructors have experience teaching or working with youth — as teaching assistants, camp counselors, or tutors — although this is not required. To express interest or get more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org. Make a huge impact — in two hours per week over the school year.
Can you — or your company or your organization — contribute to the success of the Girl Scouts’ STEM Geek is Glam event at Worcester Polytechnic Institute on Saturday, October 15? Registration for girls in Grades 4-8 opens August 19, and the Girls Scouts would like to hear from potential presenters by July 31 so all may be included in the promotional materials for the event. Fill out this participation form if you can offer any of the following:
- Hands-on, interactive workshops (55 minutes; for up to 15-20 girls)
- Career workshops (55 minutes; 3-4 presenters each speak 10 minutes, followed by Q&A)
- Tables in expo hall (12:25-4:35PM; inviting, informative, and preferably hands-on)
- Donations of any relevant sort
For more information, contact Tammy Breen at email@example.com or 413-584-2602 x3608.
The Massachusetts Bay Community College offers its iCREATE summer program for high-school students — a month-long exploration of engineering design, electronics, and coding. This summer’s participants will showcase their work on July 21, noon to 1PM, on the MassBay Wellesley Hills campus (50 Oakland Street). The event is free and open to the public, with particular invitation to business/industry professionals, community organizations, and high-school students, teachers and administrators.
Science Club for Girls is hiring for positions in the Fall:
The Cambridge headquarters is also seeking an Events and Special Projects Intern (unpaid): Write to firstname.lastname@example.org with subject line: “Summer 2016 Fundraising Intern.”
SCFG, in its 20th year, is a terrific non-profit organization that “fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women in STEM.”
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 email@example.com 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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
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 email@example.com 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.
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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.