Boston BioBlitz Initiative for Girls (BBIG) is a STEM program for girls (ages 12-15) held on 13 Saturdays, 10:30AM-2PM between November 17 and May 4 at Boston’s Franklin Park Zoo. It’s full of biodiversity and citizen-science activities in classroom and outdoors, as well as field trips to local urban wildlife areas. Participants will learn to use wildlife observing platforms such as iNaturalist and DataQuest — and will take leadership roles in the Boston Area Nature Challenge next April. The cost for the entire program is $20. Apply by November 13. For more information, contact Emily Miller at 617-989-3742 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Enrollment is now open for spring computer-science classes at CSRecititations in Natick (4 Mechanic Street, Suite 102). Their small classes draw students from a wide area.
- Game Design Using Construct 3 (Grades 6-8)
- Introduction to Unity game programming (Grades 9-12)
- April Break Math Workshop SAT: Math Prep & Math Level 1 (Grades 9-12)
- Private Tutoring in Math or Computer Science
The Harvard Undergraduate Science Olympiad will host its first Division B (middle school) invitational Science Olympiad on February 10. Middle schools must register teams by 11:59PM on October 31. Space is limited, and registration does not guarantee participation. Schools may register up to two teams, and each school’s first team will have priority over any school’s second team. Successful registrations will be confirmed within one week and a fee of $200 per team will be due two weeks after registration is confirmed. Each team must have two adult coaches, at least one of which must supervise an event at the tournament. Email email@example.com for more information.
This Tuesday is the deadline to apply for a one-day Training Session in Synthetic Biology in a real, synthetic biology environment. It’s offered to students entering Grades 10-12 (ages 16 and older) by STEM Pathways — the synthetic biology outreach program of the Living Computing Project — and the DAMP (Design | Automation | Manufacturing | Prototyping) Lab. It will be held 10AM-4PM on November 3 on the Boston University campus. Apply online by 8PM on October 23. Include the name, email, and phone number of a teacher, mentor, or coach as a reference. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Rohin at 617-299-0816.
Every other year, Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education offers its one-day Building Bridges program to enable high-school students to explore Northeastern’s College of Engineering. Faculty and students from all the school’s departments explain various engineering disciplines, career paths, high-education opportunities, and research opportunities. Activities may include:
- Design and Test a Bridge
- Implantable Biomedical Devices
- Design and Build and Electronic Night Light
- Synthesize Slime
- Streamline a Sports Utility Vehicle
- Computer Aided Design and Manufacturing
- Computer chip Design and Fabrication
- Simulate an Earthquake
Parents and families are encouraged to explore the campus while students participate in the program. This year the event will be on November 30 from 9AM to 2:15PM. The cost is $15, including lunch. Registration is open now.
MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 17-18 (10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday). Splash gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of mini-courses and participate in walk-in activities. BostonTechMom has this informative post recommending MIT Splash. This year, over 300 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.
The first phase of registration is now open until October 27 for students to specify their preferences for classes. Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration. Lottery results will be available by October 31. MIT notes, “To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking at least 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come first-served; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.”
The Boys and Girls Club of Newton seeks a volunteer who is passionate about fostering skills with youth, to help implement the Mighty Mechanix program this winter and spring. It will require one hour per week on a day of the week to be determined. This program will use LEGO’s We Do 2.0 curriculum, which is designed to engage and motivate elementary students’ interest in learning science and engineering using motorized LEGO models and simple programming. Please reach out to the Club’s Education Director, Cassie Soller (email@example.com) to express interest or get more information.
Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 4, 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’s also an optional one-hour session for groups of Splash students to talk with current BC undergraduates. There’s a $5.25 fee for the day, which includes a pizza lunch. Registration is required, is first-come/first-served, and is open now until just before midnight on November 2. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 617-297-7524. STEM-related classes in the course catalog include:
- Fundamentals of Experimental Molecular Biology
- An Introduction to Einstein: The Special and General Theories of Relativity
- Egg Drop!
- Exploring all 2 METERS of your DNA: An Introduction to Genetics and Genomics
- The Big Bad World of Bats!
- Coding in Python: Where to Begin?
Coding Butterfly has developed a four-step lesson plan for introducing kids to coding and moving with them as they grow and progress. Each step consists of weekly lessons over 12 weeks:
- Step 1: Creative Electronics and 3D Print (Micro:bit, Scratch, and TinkerCad).
- Step 2: Robotics and Digital Art
- Step 3: Game Design and Hardware Coding in Python
- Step 4: Microprocessors and Machine Learning
Classes for Step 1 start in early November in Newton, Boston, and Norwood.
Each fall, NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) hosts Splash! (Waterfall), a free program for high-school students to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students. This year it will be held on two consecutive Saturdays, November 3 & 10, 10AM-3:20PM, in Ryder Hall (11 Leon Street, Boston). Registration is first-come/first-served and requires setting up a free student account. Bring your own lunch. For more information, contact email@example.com. This year’s catalog includes these STEM-related classes:
- Cookie Assembly Line
- Reverse Egg Drop
- Intro to Environmental Engineering
- Create Your Own Website
- Monte Carlo Simulations
- Science Squad: Various Experiments
- Forensics: How to Get Caught Being a (totally not) Russian Spy
- This is Your Brain on Drugs
- How the Brain Smooths Movement
- Psychiatric and Neurological Disorder
- How (not) to Die in a Chemistry Lab
- The Science to Science