Any Massachusetts K-12 school may register by September 18 to participate in the Zero Waste MA STEM Week Challenge — a part of Massachusetts STEM Week. Project Lead the Way and One8 Foundation’s Mass STEM Hub are sponsoring this real-world design challenge and offering educators free curriculum, training, and opportunities to connect with industry. Themes vary by grade level:
- K-2: Exploring food waste, understanding composting and recycling, and reducing your “foodprint”
- 3-5: Learning about novel energy solutions, understanding unintended consequences, and prototyping a way for your school to use cleaner energy sources
- 6-8: Understanding the impact of microplastics on the environment, animals, and our bodies and creating processes to decrease their spread
- 9-12: Exploring electronic waste and ecotoxicology, understanding the implications of the technology we use every day, and prototyping novel ways to refurbish used technology hardware.
Educators may register here by September 18. Volunteers may register here to be mentors and judges. For more information or to offer your own ideas, email email@example.com.
Smithsonian Magazine will sponsor Museum Day on September 21, when you can visit any of 50 museums in Massachusetts, 14 in New Hampshire, and 24 in Rhode Island. Go online to search for a museum and print out a ticket good for free general admission for two people. STEM-oriented museums that are participating include:
The L3 Innovation Challenge is a design challenge bootcamp hosted by Youth Cities to immerse middle- and high-school students in innovation, design thinking, entrepreneurial problem-solving, and prototyping. It’s like a 24-hour hackathon, but it’s spread out over seven weeks, during which students play the role of Boston Children’s Hospital’s Innovation Team to address a specified challenge. It has mandatory meetings every Wednesday from 5PM to 8PM from October 2 – November 13 at LabCentral in Cambridge. Pizza is provided. The cost is $570, and need-based scholarships are available. Apply by September 25.
Separately, you can also sign up for notice of Youth Cities’ monthly mini-hacks, which are two-hour white-board brainstorming sessions facilitated by local entrepreneurs and open to middle- or high-school teens, college students, entrepreneurs, educators, public officials, and other working professionals. They’re held at the Cambridge Innovation Center on the second Thursday of each month (except July-August) at 4:30-6:30PM, the same time that the CIC hosts Venture Cafe.
Admission fees (except planetarium and Explorer Express Train) at Worcester’s EcoTarium are half-price in September.
The Boys and Girls Club of Newton seeks to hire a part-time, paid facilitator/instructor to teach kids the basics of using the TinkerCAD program using the Club’s classroom space and brand new Dremel 3D printer, with the instructor’s own programming. Men and women who are passionate about fostering skills with youth in the Newton community are encouraged to apply. The course will be at the Club on Fridays, 4PM-5PM, from now through May. To apply or get more information, email the Club’s new Education Director, Cassie Soller, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Science Club for Girls is an after-school program 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 mentors.” SCFG is currently recruiting mentor scientists to lead clubs and serve as role mondels. You can apply here for these locations, days, and grade levels:
- Cambridge: Tuesdays (Grades K-5), Fridays (Grades K-5 and 4-5)
- Dorchester: Fridays (Grades 4-5)
- Somerville: Tuesdays (Grades 3-5), Wednesdays (Grades K-5)
In the month of August, Code Ninjas in Wellesley will hold a social-media Back-to-School contest that will award a $500 prize pack (including iPad) to the winner and a $1,000 donation to the winner’s school. Submissions are due August 31.
Also, Code Ninjas will host a free Digital Art Workshop for ages 7-14 on August 13, 1:30-3:30PM, to teach how to use Scratch to make artwork. Space is limited and registration is required.
The Girl Scouts of Central and Western Massachusetts, partnering with Worcester Polytechnic Institute, will hold its day-long STEM event, Geek is Glam, on October 12, for over 500 girls in Grades 4-8. They seek STEM companies and professionals to participate in workshops, demonstrations, panel discussions, and exhibits — and/or to be sponsors of the event. Advertising and attendee registration will begin in August, so fill out and mail this participation form soon for maximum exposure. For more information, contact Tammy Breen at TBreen@gscwm.org.
The Noyce Legacy Fund will match your donations to the Science Club for Girls — up to a total of $100,000 — to expand SCFG’s free, fun, and authentic programming in Cambridge, Boston, and Somerville. SCFG says: “SCFG fosters excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors. Young women, especially low-income, first generation college-bound, and students of color, are persistently underrepresented in STEM. They need on-ramps, mentors, and enrichment programs to show that STEM needs them and is meaningful to their lives. SCFG addresses a critical need, offering a continuum of engaging activities in STEM for K-8 girls, leadership experiences for high school girls, and adult mentoring by committed women in STEM to create a broad pipeline of future STEM talent.” Donate here to have your donation matched.