Category Archives: Opportunities

Thoreau Scholarships for Environmental Leadership

Each year the Henry David Thoreau Foundation awards scholarships of up to $20,000 to eight to ten high-school seniors graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts and majoring in fields related to the environment. Past recipients have studied biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law. The foundation also offers assistance in identifying internships and networking opportunities. Applications are available now and due February 1.

Unruly Splats! Local STEM Education Product Launch, Oct. 2

Check out Kickstarter starting at 4PM on October 2, as Boston-based start-up Unruly Studios launches its first STEM education product, Unruly Splats. Unruly Splats teaches kids basic concepts of programming and other STEM skills in a fun and compelling way as they get up, move around, and create real, interactive games from their own imagination.

You may have met CEO Bryanne Leeming demonstrating Unruly Splats at either of the last two Newton Free Library STEAM Expos or in the Mini Maker Faire at the LigerBots’ FIRST LEGO League Competition last year. David Kunitz, Unruly’s Head of Design, is a Newton North HS graduate, and the company’s Tech Lead, Daniel Ozick, is a Newton resident.

Your backing of this local start-up will be most helpful and appreciated in the first two days after the early-access Kickstarter link goes live at 4PM on Monday, the day before the formal launch of the company’s 30-day Kickstarter campaign. After this campaign, sales will be via, for delivery by next summer.

Transportation YOU Summit for Girls in Grades 6-12, Nov. 4

WTS Boston will host the Transportation YOU Boston Summit on November 4, 9AM-2PM (10 Park Plaza, 2nd floor, Boston) for girls in Grades 6-12 who are interested in transportation. The event will include workshops (Bridge Design and Inspection, Logistics:  How Does Software Get Your Stuff to You?, Roadway Planning Puzzle) and a panel discussion. Participation is free, but spots are limited, so register ASAP by emailing this registration form to Lunch is included. For more information, contact Ali Love at that address or Dianne Gunther at This event is part of the Transportation YOU outreach program — a joint initiative of Women’s Transportation Seminar International and the U.S. Department of Transportation to inspire girls’ interest in transportation careers, provide mentorship, and encourage the taking of STEM courses as stepping stones to careers in transportation.

Clay Center Amateur Radio Classes: Sept 27, Oct 20-21, Nov 17-18

The Clay Center Amateur Radio Club — a public outreach STEM program of the Dexter Southfield school — is offering the following classes:

Beginner Level Amateur Radio:  A radio Technician Class course for adults — and children (ages 11+) with a parent — to facilitate successful completion of the FCC radio license test, which will be administered in the final class. Children passing the test will receive free membership in the Clay Center Amateur Radio Club, the largest youth-oriented radio club in New England.  Six Wednesdays starting September 27, 6:3o-8:45PM at the Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School.  Register here via Newton Community Education.

Amateur Radio License Weekends:  Two separate courses prepare you for either the FCC Technician license exam or FCC General license exam.  Each course runs over one weekend, 6-9PM on Friday evening and 9AM-5PM on Saturday, followed by the corresponding FCC exam at 5PM on Saturday, at the Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School. $65 fee for each course covers exam fee, lunch, snacks, and printed materials. Advance registration and payment required. To register, go to

  • Technician License:  A fast-paced, two-day course (October 20-21) to prepare high-school students and adults to take the FCC Technician license exam. Some preliminary reading and study is required, and material will be sent about a week before the course.
  • General License:  A two-day course (November 17-18) to prepare for the  FCC General License exam.

Clay Center: Public Telescope Nights on Tuesdays; Introduction to Astronomy, Oct. 18

Public Telescope Nights:  The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), holds Public Telescope Nights 8PM to 9PM on Tuesdays through November (except October 31 and November 21).  Go here to pick a date and register in advance.  Events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast:  Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message.

Introduction to Astronomy:  The Clay Center Observatory at Dexter Southfield has teamed up with Newton Community Education to offer a course about telescopes, constellations, sky navigation, Earth’s seasons, and phases of the moon. Weather permitting, the class will use the Clay Center’s 25” research-grade telescope and other telescopes — and also explore the fiber-optic-lit Stars Court and the 3D Moon Court. Three Wednesdays starting October 18, 6:30-8:30PM at the Clay Center at Dexter Southfield School. $75 fee.  Register here.

STEM Pathways High-School Training in Synthetic Biology, Oct. 14 & Nov. 4

STEM Pathways — a Boston University/MIT outreach program for synthetic biology — will offer a one-day training session for high-school students (ages 15+) on two Saturdays — October 14 and November 4 — 10AM-4PM, at Boston University.  Students will learn about fundamental synthetic biology tools and concepts like DNA purification, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation in a working synthetic biology lab environment. There is no fee, and lunch will be provided. Registration (including a recommendation letter from a teacher) is required by October 4 for the October 14 session or by October 25 for the November 4 session. For more information,  email

Boys & Girls Club Seeks Teachers for Two After-School STEM Classes

The John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club seeks adults or high-school students to teach two after-school STEM classes, compensated at $15-$20 per hour.  Contact Michael Finnegan, Director of Operations, at or 617-630-2066.

  • 3-D Printing:  For teens.  Fridays, 4-5PM at the Boys & Girls Club (675 Watertown Street), October 7 through December 1.
  • LEGO Robotics:  For Grades 3-5.  Tuesdays, 2-3PM at the Education Center (100 Walnut Street), October 3 through November 28.

Empow Studios in Lexington Offers One-Day Nano-Camps when School is Closed

Empow Studios in Lexington offers one-day Nano-Camps for Grades 2-8 on most days that school is closed for holidays and breaks.  Kids complete a project — e.g., an animated film, a video game, or an interactive robot —  in one day, 8:30AM-4PM with extended day available until 5:30PM.  Register from this list of sessions.

Architecture/Construction/Engineering Mentors for Grades 10-12

ACE Mentor Program of America — a non-profit run by design/construction professionals — offers mentorship programs in Architecture, Construction, and Engineering for students in Grades 10-12.  As explained in its annual report, ACE of Greater Boston guides students in the development of hypothetical, but realistic building projects — and offers opportunities for networking, scholarships, and internships, as well as other benefits. In the greater Boston area, about 45 high schools have participated since 2007, and last year 75 students from 19 schools participated. Students new to the program can register here for the 2017-18 year to learn more. For more information, email Nigel Gallaher (president) or Ezgi Kosereisoglu (student liaison).

Register by Sept. 24 for ‘Girls Who Code’ Club — Info Night, Sept. 18

There will be an information session about Newton’s Girls Who Code club for girls and their parents on Monday, September 18, 7-9PM at the Newton Free Library. Registration is now open for the 2017-18 season of club meetings, which will be held at the library in two sections:  Tuesdays 6:30 – 8:30PM and Fridays 4-6PM (see calendar).  Each section has room for 15 new girls and 10 returning girls, and a lottery will be used to allocate seats if they are over-subscribed. Register for the lottery by Sunday, September 24. All instruction and software is provided free of charge. See the enrollment guide for more information, and email David Miller at if you have any questions.