From November 28 to January 17, Google is sponsoring Google Code-In, a global, online contest in which students ages 13-17 complete bite-sized tasks of coding (see examples) in a community of open-source development under the guidance of mentors from participating organizations. Students search for a task and claim it, and then have 3 days in which to complete it and submit it to mentors for review. Prizes are available.
To prepare for Computer Science Education Week (December 4-10), the Commonwealth Alliance for Information Technology Education (CAITE) and Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council Education Foundation (MassTLC) will host a free webinar at 7PM on November 28. It will cover how to host an Hour of Code, lesson plans for classrooms or home use, and information on workshops and other resources. Register here.
The Museum Institute for Teaching Science will hold a series of professional-development seminars at Clark University in Worcester for staff, volunteers, and other museum professionals, as well as teachers. The cost is $40 per day, with discounts for multiple days. Register and pay online. Dates are topics are:
- Extreme Events and Climate Change: What We Know and Some Ideas About What to Do About It
- How We Know What We Know: Using Real-World Data to Explore Key Climate Concepts
- Developing a Taste for Molecular Biology
- Sharing Science: Connecting Scientists and Engineers with the Public
- Dig In: Strengthening Sustainability Learning Through Farm-to-School Connections
- The Technology, Data and People Behind Forecasting in the National Weather Service
- Engaging Students with Weather & Climate Through Media
The non-profit Center for Science Teaching & Learning runs the Spellman High Voltage Electronics Clean Tech Competition, in which teams of 1-3 students (ages 15-18), assisted by a parent/teacher/mentor, identify a problem within the theme of “Solving Climate Change” and then develop an original solution. Teams should register by March 16 and submit their papers by April 13, and 10 finalist teams will prepare prototypes and presentations for prizes.
Hour of Code once again encourages introductory activities in computer programming for everyone during Computer Science Education Week. Boston Tech Mom has an updated, comprehensive catalog of Hour of Code activities and opportunities.
The Biogen Foundation is sponsoring its SPARK Video Contest, in which middle and high-school students in Massachusetts and North Carolina are invited to create videos (30 seconds to 3 minutes) about genetic mutation. Teachers must submit the videos (up to two per school) by December 8. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Team 5962 will host a Women in STEM event for girls in Grades 7-12 on Saturday, December 9, 10AM-3PM, in the UMass Lowell Makerspace (Falmouth Bldg., Rm 102, 1 University Avenue, Lowell). At this event, students may participate in fun, hands-on activities led by female engineers. During lunch, there will be a discussion time for students to ask the engineers and members of the UMassLowell Society of Women Engineers (SWE) any questions they have. The event is free, and lunch is provided. Register here. No experience required!
The UMass Amherst Polymer Science and Engineering Department invites high school students in Grades 10-12 to apply for selection into its ASPIRE program. In this free program, running on 5 consecutive Saturday mornings, 9AM-noon, from January 6 through February 3, students get hands-on laboratory experience and study the synthesis, characterization, and engineering of polymers using the Conte Center’s facilities while they interact with graduate student mentors to learn about research and careers. Applicants must be recommended by a high-school science teacher. Apply online by December 1. For further information, contact email@example.com.
Boston University offers Noyce Scholarships to individuals — either with a degree in physical science or those changing careers — to acquire a Master’s degree to enter the teaching profession. There is a full-time, 10-month option and part-time options for either 12 or 24 months. For more information, contact Professor Peter Garik (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Research Fellow Mark D. Greenman (email@example.com).
Population Connection (formerly ZPG) is sponsoring World of 7 Billion, a video contest on the theme of the global challenges of population growth. Students in Grades 6-12 are invited to create a short video about human population growth that highlights one other global challenge (e.g., feeding 10 billion people, preventing pollution, advancing women and girls). All videos must address how population growth impacts the issue and at least one idea for a sustainable solution. Videos must be submitted by February 22.