The Newton Free Library is recruiting tweens entering Grades 5-7 for Design Squad Global, to be held on six summer Tuesdays evenings (July 11, 18, 25, August 1, 8, 15) at 7PM in second floor Teen Area. Each week, the Design Squad will take on a new engineering challenge, some of which will involve designing solutions to global problems. There will be lots of problem-solving, creativity, thinking outside the box, and hanging out with other like-minded kids. The Library is partnering with similar clubs in South Africa and Swaziland to share videos back and forth, share design ideas, and get to know each other over these six weeks. Register online for all 6 sessions.
The Highland Street Foundation is bringing back Free Fun Fridays, during which it provides support for 85 selected museums and cultural venues open to everyone for free on specified Fridays. Here are the STEM-oriented Free Fun Fridays on the schedule this summer:
- June 23: The Discovery Museums
- June 30: Boston Children’s Museum, MIT Museum, EcoTarium
- July 7: Amelia Park Children’s Museum, Children’s Museum in Easton
- July 14: The Metropolitan Waterworks Museum, Harvard Museums of Science & Culture
- July 28: Arnold Arboretum, Wenham Museum, Tower Hill Botanic Garden
- August 4: Children’s Museum at Holyoke
- August 11: Franklin Park Zoo, Cape Cod Maritime Museum
- August 18: Buttonwood Park Zoo, Cape Cod Children’s Museum, Berkshire Museum
- August 25: The Children’s Museum of Greater Fall River, Cape Cod Museum of Natural History, Heritage Museums & Gardens
Last week, Boston’s Museum of Science unveiled a new permanent exhibit, Wicked Smart, to showcase innovations developed in Massachusetts. It’s in the Blue Wing and is included in regular admission to the museum. On display are: Particle Mirror interactive special effects, RoboBees flying micro-robots, Freedom Chair off-road wheelchair, Daktari CD4 blood cell counter for HIV/AIDS patients, G3PD 3-D printed glass, and Cheetah 2 autonomous running and jumping robot.
Babson College in Wellesley seeks a part-time faculty member with a master’s or doctoral degree to teach two sections of a Physics course focused on semiconductor physics as applied to consumer electronics and managing electricity-delivery grids. The courses will meet Mondays and Wednesdays, 1:15-2:50PM and 3:00-4:35PM. Contact Chuck Winrich at firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-239-5583.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute’s STEM Education Center seeks a post-doctoral fellow in STEM education to participate its Seeds of STEM program to develop and promote an innovative STEM curriculum for pre-kindergartners. For more information, contact Dr. Mia Dubosarsky at email@example.com.
The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team spanning both high schools — will host Intro Night on June 12, 6:30-8:30PM at Newton South HS (in the Wood Shop, Room 9170, to the right of the auditorium) for prospective team members and their parents to learn about FRC and the engineering, business, and community outreach activities of the team. Attendees can drive the LigerBots robot, use design software and power tools, make marketing materials, participate in engineering-challenge games, and eat dessert!
The Edison Innovation Foundation is sponsoring an Invention Challenge, with entries due June 19. Use any or all of the following to create something new and unique: a fork, 10 inches of string, a small bar of soap, a corkscrew, a plastic drinking cup, and/or any small, portable kitchen item of your choosing. Email a drawing or photo of your invention, with a few words of description, to firstname.lastname@example.org by June 19. Four winners will receive gift cards of $100, $75, $50, and $25.
Registration is now open for Newton’s Destination Imagination program for the 2017-18 school year. It’s a volunteer-run STEAM program for Grades K-12. Teams of 2-7 students form in September and address various design challenges (see preview) throughout the year in preparation for regional tournaments in the early spring and potentially state and global competitions in May. Details are in this webinar. The registration fee of $135 is reduced to $95 for those volunteering to co-manage a team.
Jr.Tech will offer these STEM co-ed camps on Cape Code this summer:
- Graphic Arts Explorations & Technology!: July 17, 18, 19, 20. Grades 6-9. Cape Cod Regional Technical School
- Introduction to Computer Game Programming and Development – Level 1: July 31, August 1, 2, 3. Grades 5-8. Upper Cape Cod Regional Technical School
- 3D Modeling, 3D Printing, and Robotics Workshop: August 1, 2, 3. Grades 6-9. Osterville Village Library
- Computer Game Programming and Development – Level 2: August 7, 8, 9, 10. Sturgis Charter Public School — West Campus
- Bayside Estuary Exploration!: August 8. Grades 4-5. Dowes Beach, Osterville
- Jr. Spy Academy!: August 9. Grades 4-5. Osterville Village Library
- Introduction to Computer Programming and Algorithms using Python Software: August 14, 15, 16, 17. Grades 8-12. Sturgis Charter Public School – West Campus
MIT’s Summer HSSP is a weekend academic program (July 9-August 13) for students entering Grades 7-12 (plus those who just graduated high school). Courses are run by volunteers on Sundays at various times between 12PM and 4PM. Registration is now open until June 19 on a lottery basis, with equal consideration given to all applicants registering by that deadline. The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available. For more information, email email@example.com. The course catalog contains these 23 STEM courses:
- Arithmetic with Shapes and Other Things
- Making Games with Gameblox
- Practical Calculus: A Crash Course
- Reasoning Through Games of Chance
- Intro to Real and Complex Analysis
- Relational Databases Before There Were Such Things
- Topics in the History of Mathematics
- Introduction to probability and inference: AP Statistics and MORE
- Fun With Paradoxes
- Introduction to Organic Chemistry
- Introduction to Modern Physics
- Introduction to Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, and Laboratory Techniques
- Quantitative Biology
- Mind Control and Other Cool Topics in Neuroscience
- Fundamentals of Chemistry without All the Cr*p: The Structure of Matter
- Human Anatomy and Physiology: How the Body Works
- Earth’s Systems and Society
- Secrets of the Adaptive Immune System
- Quantitative Chemistry and Regenerative Biology
- Applied Chemical Thermodynamics
- Drugs and the Brain
- History of Physics
- Animal Behavior: Evolution and Genetics