Category Archives: Opportunities

‘Girls Who Code’ Workshop for Potential Club Leaders, Jan. 22

The MetroWest STEM Education Network will hold a free workshop on January 22, 8AM-10:30AM, at Synopsis (11 Apex Drive, Suite 302B, in Marlborough) for adults interested in learning about the Girls Who Code curriculum and various implementation models for Girls Who Code clubs in schools and out-of-school organizations. Register online.

Empow Studios: Free Drop-in Sessions

Empow Studios will offer free drop-in sessions at its Newton and Lexington locations to invite kids and their parents to get a sense of Empow’s STEM clubs and classes. Register with these links:

Edison Innovation Foundation Pitch Contest, Grades 4-12

The Edison Innovation Foundation will hold its Thomas Edison Pitch Contest for Grades 4-12, with separate competitions for elementary, middle, and high school teams. Invention categories for this work include Animals, Environment, Health, Education, and Community Development. Each team receives a free Maker’s Kit. Register by December 31 to receive it one month early, or by January 31 for the standard delivery schedule. Stipends are available for supervising teachers/mentors. Final project submissions will be due April 3.

Hour of Code, Dec. 9-15

Find time this week (December 9-15) for Hour of Code! Congratulations to these Newton organizations that have organized events:

  • Eduporium
  • Memorial Spaulding
  • Mount Alvernia Academy
  • Newton North HS
  • Newton Free Library
  • Oak Hill Middle School
  • Williams Elementary School

Nominations for STEM Teacher of the Year Open Until Jan. 20

The Patriots Hall of Fame will accept nominations until January 20 for its Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year award, presented by Raytheon. Anyone may nominate any certified K-12 classroom STEM teacher active full-time in a Massachusetts public or private school, and teachers may nominate themselves. The winner will receive $5,000 for the teacher’s school, tickets and pre-game field passes for a Patriots home game, and an invitation to serve one year on the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council.

Mass. Science & Engineering Fair: Open for Registration

Each year, the Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair showcases more than 300 of the “best of the best” high-school science fair research and design projects from across the state, awarding $500,000 in scholarships and prizes. The public showcase will be held at MIT on May 1 &2. Students in Grades 9-12 in Massachusetts may qualify to participate through high placement in either one of the six regional science fairs or their own school science fairs. They must first create a personal account and student profile and receive approval for their research plans.

Fenway HS Seeks Volunteer Judges for Senior Science Fair, Dec. 6

Fenway High School‘s annual Senior Science Fair will be held on Friday, December 6, 8:30-11:30AM at Boston’s Museum of Science. The school seeks adult volunteers to be judges. You do not need to be a scientist to be a judge; you need an open mind, a positive attitude, and ability to provide candid feedback and thoughtful encouragement. The school will provide a , sample questions, a rubric, and orientation for judges (at 8:30AM). If you’re interested in participating, even if not for the full time, email Joseph Cheung at jcheung@fenwayhs.org. Museum parking will be validated, and you can explore the museum afterwards.

MIT AgeLab OMEGA Summit for High School Students, Oct. 19

MIT AgeLab will host its annual OMEGA Summit for Grades 9-12 on the MIT campus on October 19, 10AM-2PM. Register here by October 15. OMEGA (Opportunities for Multigenerational Exchange, Growth, and Action) supports student programs and clubs that connect high school students with older adults. At the OMEGA Summit, students will connect across generations, brainstorm and share programming ideas, meet other students from across New England, and plan inter-generational projects in their schools and communities. OMEGA also sponsors the $1000 OMEGA scholarship, which is awarded to students and their organizations leading outstanding inter-generational efforts.

High-School Students: Register Now for Boston College Splash, Nov. 3

Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 3, 10AM-4PM.  Splash is a one-day, student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach mini-courses for students in Grades 7-12. There will be a parallel Parent Program about admissions and financial aid, sample splash classes, student panels, and campus tours There’s a $5 fee for the day, which includes a pizza lunch. Registration is required and is first-come/first-served. A signed liability waiver is also required.  For more information, email bcsplash@gmail.com or call at 617-297-7524. STEM-related classes in the course catalog include:

  • Talking to Aliens
  • Neuroscience of Social and Emotional Memory
  • What is Forensic Science?
  • Intro to Advanced Physics
  • Intro to Marine Science: How the Ocean Moves & Ocean Pollution
  • The Chemistry of Lava Lamps
  • Neuroscience and Positive Psychology: Implications for Mental Health
  • Science of the Sleeping Brain

BC Splash sent this notice:

Payment of the $5.00 registration fee is a separate process from class registration. Unfortunately due to technical difficulties, access to payment is currently unavailable. This situation will not hinder the ability to sign up for classes. When it becomes available, the steps for payment will be sent to registered students and their guardians. We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience.

Seeking a Few More STEM Mentors for Think Big!, Oct. 26

Are you a STEM professional interested in inspiring teens about careers in STEM? On October 26, 2PM-4PM, the Newton Free Library, NewtonSTEM, and the John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club will host our fourth Think Big! event — an opportunity for informal conversations between local STEM professionals and middle- and high-school students — with Cabot’s Ice Cream, of course. If you’d like to participate, email outreach@newtonstem.org to let us know. Here are are links to NewtonSTEM posts from our earlier events:  October 2018, March 2018, and November 2015.