Category Archives: Opportunities

Sign Up by Feb. 20 for MIT’s Spring HSSP, Saturdays, Grades 7-12

MIT’s Spring HSSP is a six-week academic program for Grades 7-12, held at MIT on Saturdays, February 29 to April 11 (except March 14), 1PM-4PM.  All online registrations completed by February 20 will be considered equally in the course-assignment lottery, and registrations after that will be taken first-come/first-served until February 26.  The cost is $40 per student (regardless of the number of courses taken) and generous, need-based financial aid is available. Email spring-hssp@mit.edu for more information.  The Spring HSSP course catalog covers many academic and non-academic topics, including these STEM offerings:

  • Brainy Bots: Robotics and Probability Lab
  • Introduction to Programming with Python
  • Design / Build / Fly
  • Being Real about Bioengineering
  • How to Build Nuclear Weapons
  • “Coincidences” in planar geometry
  • Introduction to Cryptology
  • Win Games with Math: Impartial Game Theory
  • The Mathematics of Music
  • The Gadget Framework: Which types of changing mazes can simulate each other?
  • How the immune system works
  • Building a Body
  • The Earth, Its Dynamics, and the Environment
  • The Science of Food
  • Current Topics in Public Health
  • Human Intelligence vs Artificial Intelligence
  • Fundamentals of the CRISPR-Cas9 World
  • Introduction to Immunology
  • STEM Lecture Series
  • A Gentle Introduction to Quantum Mechanics
  • Fluid Dynamics of the Atmosphere, Ocean and Cryosphere
  • The Biological Basis of Neurological Disorders
  • Sensational Neuroscience: How Your Brain Understands the World
  • Crime Scene Chemistry: Forensic Collection and Analysis
  • Viruses: The craziest collection of molecules in our time (and in all time)
  • Emotional and Artificial Intelligence
  • Global Health
  • Board Game Design
  • Politics for the Modern Era
  • Economics for Good: Applying Economics to Real-World Social Challenges

Ages 4-15: Enter CSF Curiosity Challenge by Feb. 15

The Cambridge Science Festival is again hosting its Curiosity Challenge for ages 4-15. Submit entries by February 15 at any Cambridge public school or public library branch or by mail. Write an essay or poem, take a picture, or create a drawing about your curiosity and how it prompted you to explore your world. See details here. Winners will be announced at the Cambridge Science Festival, April 16-26.

Project Learning Tree Workshop for Elementary Educators, Mar. 7

Project Learning Tree will present a professional-development workshop for teachers, non-formal educators, and anyone wanting to bring the environment into their work with children. The workshop will use PLT’s K-8 curriculum and will focus particularly on Grates 3-5, but all educators are welcome. It will be held at Quinsigamond State Park in Worcester on March 7, 9:30AM-1PM. Cost is $20 per person. For questions or to register (by February 29), contact Gini Traub at Gini.Traub@state.ma.us or 617-699-2387.  Project Learning Tree’s award-winning environmental-education program is sponsored by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs.

MIT CodeIt Programming on Saturdays for Middle-School Girl/Non-Binary Students

MIT CodeIt is a free programming class at MIT for middle-school girls and non-binary students, running on Saturdays, 11AM-3PM, from February 29 to April 25. No experience is necessary. Apply by February 7. For more information, see the FAQs then email codeit-exec@mit.edu.

Girl Scouts STEM Expo Seeks Presenters for Workshops & Expo, Mar. 14

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will hold its 8th annual STEM Conference and Expo for Grades 6-12 on March 14, 9AM-5PM at Framingham State University. The organizers invite volunteers to apply (at these links) to be presenters for 75-minute, interactive workshops or exhibitors for the Expo (3PM-5PM). For more information, contact Betsy Calkins at bcalkins@gsema.org.

‘Science on State Street’ Festival, Apr. 18, Seeks Exhibitors

Framingham State University’s Christa McAuliffe Center seeks presenters and volunteers for the third annual Science on State Street festival (“Planet Earth Edition”) on April 18, 11AM-3PM, on its campus (directions).  It’s free and open to all ages, with hands-on activities (in biology, chemistry, physics, food science, robotics and engineering), featured presentations by FSU faculty and invited scientists, conversations and performances that explore the interaction between science and the arts, and planetarium programs.  To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Earth Day, this year’s festival will focus on planet Earth, environmental issues, and sustainability. Sign up now if you’d like to be an exhibitor.

Mass. Life Sciences Center: Year-Round Internships for College Students and Graduates

The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center is facilitating and funding year-round, paid internships for Massachusetts college students and recent graduates through its Internship Challenge, creating over 550 opportunities each year in life sciences companies and academic research. There is no application deadline but students are encouraged to apply between February and April for the best chance at a summer placement. Employers do the interviewing and selection, then provide a mentor and a hands-on learning experience. Employers sign up here and applicants sign up here. For more information, email internship@masslifesciences.com.

Genes in Space: Contest for Grades 7-12, Experimental Designs Due Apr. 19

Genes in Space invites students in Grades 7-12 to a contest to design DNA experiments for space, working alone or in teams up to four students. Five finalist teams will receive mentoring by Harvard/MIT scientists and present at the International Space Station R&D Conference for a chance at the national award. Winners will attend Space Biology Camp and send their experiment into space. Applications are due April 17.  The contest is free and does not require equipment.  Proposals will be judged solely on their creative and scientific merit.

Science Club for Girls: Catalyst Awards, Apr. 1

Science Club for Girls will hold its annual Catalyst Awards celebration on April 1 at the Broad Institute in Cambridge to honor outstanding leadership in its mission to spark excitement, confidence, and literacy in STEM for girls and young women from underrepresented communities. The event will also celebrate SCFG’s 25th anniversary. Register and/or purchase sponsorships for the event here.

New STEM Programs at New England Sci-Tech

A NewtonSTEM reader calls the New England Sci-Tech STEM education center (16 Tech Circle, Natick) “a serious, wonderful MetroWest resource for kids crazy about physics, space science, ham radios, woodworking- everything they have to offer.” Each paid NESci-Tech membership covers a student plus an adult. Here are some of NESci-Tech’s upcoming programs:

  • Your Project in Space: Citizen Science Projects for Teens: Grades 8-12. Nine Saturdays, February 8 – May 30. Teams of 2 to 4 will see their science projects go to the edge of the atmosphere on a high-altitude balloon (HAB) to be launched in May. Learn about the atmosphere, HABs, and tracking technology. Analyze the results when you recover it. Free for paid members of NESciTech plus $55 for materials.
  • Workshops for Homeschooled Students: Grades 4-10. 9AM-Noon or 1PM-4PM on Tuesdays (Grades 4-7) or Thursdays (Grades 6-10).
  • Radiation Matters: Citizen Science Projects for Teens: Ages 13-18. Five Sunday, January 5 – February 9. Teams design and implement “Citizen Science” projects involving radiation. Free for paid members of NESciTech plus $55 for materials. (Future workshops will focus on the atmosphere, oceans, energy, and gravity.)
  • FIRST LEGO League Club: Ages 9-16. Fridays, 6:30PM-8PM, plus some optional sessions on Sundays. Join any time of the year. Teams of up to five will follow FLL guidelines and compete at NESciTech Free for paid members of NESciTech.
  • Amateur Radio Programs: A variety of courses and events.