Category Archives: Opportunities

Newton Free Library STEAM Programs in June

The Newton Free Library offers a range of STEAM events monthly.  See details about these programs (and online registration) in the Library’s Events Calendar.

The following programs require online registration, which begins three weeks before each event or series:

  • CodeCampKidz:  Grades 7 and 8. Take a “mobile first” approach and build a series of re-usable Bootstrap Tools that you can re-use on your own responsive design projects. See details.  June 1, 8, 15, and 22, 4:30PM in the second-floor Computer Center.
  • Time for STEM:  Ages 15-30 months, with an adult.  June 2, 9, 16, and 23 at 10:30AM.
  • Minecraft Club:  Grades 6-12.  June 2 at 4PM.
  • Introduction to Arduino A:  Ages 18+.  June 2 at 7PM.
  • Introduction to Arduino B:  Ages 18+.  June 9 at 7PM.
  • Teen Tinker Club:  Grades 6-12.  June 16 at 4PM.
  • Intensive Arduino:  Ages 18+.  June 16 at 6:30PM.

And for these programs, you can pick up tickets (first come, first served) at the Children’s Desk 30 minutes before program starts:

  • STEAM Ahead:  Ages 3-5, with an adult.  June 2 at 4PM.
  • littleBits DIY Club:  Ages 9-12.  June 4 at 11AM.
  • Minecraft:  Grades 3-5.  June 9 at 6PM.
  • HexBugs:  Ages 5+, with adult.  June 10 at 3:30PM or 4:15PM.
  • KIBO Robots:  Ages 7-9 and adults.  June 20 at 4PM.

Informational Meeting on Joining the LigerBots, June 2

Students interested in STEM — or business, or graphic design, or public speaking, or grant writing, or joining a cool student team —  are invited to an introductory, informational meeting for prospective members of the LigerBots, Newton’s award-winning robotics team spanning both NNHS and NSHS.  It will be held Thursday, June 2, 6:30–8:30PM, in the Newton South Wood Shop (Room 9170, by the Auditorium).  All grades, including rising freshmen, are invited, with a special invitation to those interested in outreach/marketing/business.  In this hands-on session, you can drive a robot, use power tools, do engineering challenge games, be part of a new social media campaign, and help students see what makes a top robotics team. Dessert will be served. For more information, email

Call for Presenters: Mass. Association of Science Teachers Conference, Nov. 3-4

The Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) seeks presenters for its MAST Annual Conference, November 3-4 in Boxborough.  Potential presenters are invited to apply by May 31.  The themes of the conference will be Science in the World Around Us:

  • Teacher Leaders
  • Made in MA: Local Connections
  • Student Misconceptions
  • Technology and Engineering
  • Innovative Assessments

Challenger Center’s Annual STEM Education Conference, Aug. 11

On August 11, the Christa Corrigan McAuliffe Center will host a STEM education conference for educators, community leaders, and the public:  Inspiring the Future: STEM Education through the Lens of Space Exploration.  It will be held 8:30AM-4:30PM at the McCarthy Forum at Framingham State University (100 State Street in Framingham), followed by an open house at the McAuliffe Center on the same campus.  The registration fee, which includes lunch, is $53.74 before July 1 or $64.29 thereafter.  The program includes:

  • A Multidisciplinary and Interdisciplinary Approach to Space Exploration
  • Sports on the Moon
  • The Future of Space Exploration and its Impact on STEM Education
  • Open House at McAuliffe Center

Project Learning Tree Workshops for Teachers

The Massachusetts Executive Office of Energy and Environmental Affairs sponsors Project Learning Tree, and award-winning environmental-education program of the American Forest Foundation offering professional-development courses for teachers.  Contact Gini Traub (413-584-6788, to register or inquire about these workshops:

  • PreK-K Curriculum:  June 4, 10AM-1:30PM, in Uxbridge.  $15.  Register by May 28.
  • K-8 Curriculum:  June 9, 10AM-2PM, in North Easton.  $20.  Register by June 2.

Museum of Science: Gateway Institutes for Teachers

This summer the Museum of Science’s Gateway Project will again host three professional-development institutes for teachers:  July 5-7 and July 12-14 at the Museum of Science in Boston and July 19-21 at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) in North Adams.  For more information, call 617-589-3100 or email

Student Space Station Experiments: Inquire by May 27

The National Center for Earth and Space Science Education will hold another competition for student-designed microgravity experiments to be conducted on the International Space Station (ISS).  This program has been featured in Scientific American.  Students in Grades 5-16 are eligible to design and propose experiements, but communities sponsoring entries from Grades 5-12 should plan to engage as many as 300 students in the program. Participating communities with approved entries will be provided a microgravity mini-laboratory to host one experiment, plus all launch services to reach the ISS in Spring 2017 and return for analysis.  Communities must express interest by May 27 and commit funding by August 29 start a 9-week design/proposal phase, September 6 through November 4.  Winning experiments will be selected by December 15 for launch in the Spring.

EcoTarium’s Tree Canopy Walkway Opens Weekends, May 28

The Worcester EcoTarium’s Tree Canopy walkway, will re-open for the summer season, starting with weekends on May 28, weather permitting.  Kids and adults move through a series of platforms and rope bridges suspended high in the trees to explore life in the tree canopy (see photos)– and then zip-line down to the ground.  It’s open to children 5-11 years old when accompanied by an adult, as well as to children 12 and up with or without an adult.  Space is limited.  Purchase tickets at the museum.  The cost is $10 plus museum admission ($8 for members).  Check the website for preparation, safety information, and a liability-release form.

Epiic Solutions: One-Week Summer Experiences in Innovation for Teens

Applications are due by June 1 for Epiic Solutions‘ series of one-week, team-based, summer innovation experiences for high-school students with partners in Boston:

  • Food Fighters: June 20 – 24
  • Arts & Culture: June 27 – July 1
  • Fempreneur: July 11 – 15
  • College Quest I: July 18 – 22
  • Environment & CleanTech: July 25 – 29
  • Health & Fitness: August 1 – 5
  • College Quest II: August 8 – 12
  • Technovation: August 15 -19

BostonTechMom: Tech Events for Kids in May

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.