Category Archives: Virtual/Online

Z-Kai Offers Online Coding, Robotics, and STEM Literacy Enrichment for Elementary Students

Z-Kai USA, based in Arlington, started in 2018 as a U.S. subsidiary of the large Japanese college-prep training company Z-Kai, started in 1931. It’s pursuing a different strategy in the U.S. by focusing on coding and robotics classes for elementary students and partnering with LEGO Education, Tufts CEEO, and MIT Scratch. During the COVID shutdown, several of its classes are online: Zoom Up Math, Java Script Coding, Basic Robotics, and STEM Literacy. In the STEM Literacy course, students read a book (e.g., about bridges), learn relevant terminology, then are asked to define the problem to be solved, and finally solve the problem (using LEGO). See schedule here for summer and after-school programs. For more information, email info@zkai-usa.com.

New England Sci-Tech Gradually Opening for Members Only, Maintains Online Classes for All

The New England Sci-Tech STEM education center in Natick is gradually opening up with programs and activities for members only, including:

In addition, NEST continues to offer online classes, many of which are free for members, and admission is low-cost for everyone else.

FSU Planetarium AstroNight: Prepare for the Perseids — Live Virtual Event, Aug. 7

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University has moved its free planetarium events for families from onsite to online in its Dome to Home: AstroNights program. Their next live virtual event, the Prepare for the Perseids, will be August 7 at 7PM. You can view recordings of previous events on their YouTube playlist.

Tufts CEEO Online Design & Engineering Workshops

Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) is offering these online Design and Engineering Workshops in August:

MassRobotics and iRobot Webinar: Root Coding Robot as a Learning Tool, July 30

MassRobotics and iRobot will host Meet Root, a webinar on July 30 (4PM-5PM) for educators, students, parents, and other interested parties to learn about iRobot Education’s Root Coding Robot. It’s a learning tool with a library of lessons and activities — some free, some premium  — to engage people of all ages and abilities in learning about coding. Register here.

Harvard Museum of Natural History: Online Animal Snack Time in Marine Tank, Aug. 4

The Harvard Museum of Natural History will host Animal Snack Time: Marine-Tank Edition, a free half-hour online session highlighting live animals in its marine tank on August 4, 2PM-2:30PM. Register for the Zoom event here.

Women in STEM: Online Panel on Returning to Work in STEM, Aug. 3

FlexProfessionals will host a free online panel discussion, Women in STEM Panel: Relaunch Tips and Success Stories, on August 3 at 7PM, to relate success stories and tips for returning to work in STEM fields. Register here.

Black Girls CODE: Virtual Summer Camps and Free Webinars

Black Girls CODE is offering virtual summer camps and related online events. The cost for each week of virtual summer camp is $299 and scholarships are available on a sliding scale based on need. The webinars are free.

  • July 20-25: Virtual Summer Camp — Video Game Development, ages 10-17. Register for Group A (10AM-12PM EDT), Group B (1PM-3PM EDT), or Group C (4PM – 6PM EDT).
  • July 27-August 1: Virtual Summer Camp — iOS Development, ages 13-17. Regster for Group A (10AM-12PM EDT), Group B (1PM-3PM EDT), or Group C (4PM – 6PM EDT).

In addition, Black Girls Code offers free webinars on related topics. Register at these links:

Museum of Science Online: Free Advance Screening of ‘Radioactive’, July 22

On July 22, 7-9PM, Boston’s Museum of Science will present an advance, online screening of the feature film, Radioactive, about Marie Curie. The film will debut on Amazon next March (trailer). There is no charge for this online event, but registration is required and a donation to support #MOSatHome is encouraged, to help the museum continue to provide access to free STEM experiences online.

FSU Planetarium AstroNight: Live Virtual Event, July 24

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University has moved its free planetarium events for families from onsite to online in its Dome to Home: AstroNights program. Their next live virtual event, the Saturn: Sixth Jewel from the Sun, will be July 24 at 7PM. You can view recordings of previous events on their YouTube playlist.