Category Archives: Virtual/Online

SciTechCafe: Why Sharks Matter, July 27

SciTechCafe usually has meetings twice a month in Northampton, but recently those meetings are online and available to a wider audience. On Monday, July 27 at 7PM, their online meeting will be Why sharks matter: the ecological importance of sharks, the threats they face, and how you can help, featuring marine conservation biologist David Shiffman. Follow that link for credentials to access the meeting.

Jane Street’s 1st Annual FOCUS Program, for Minority Undergraduates, Aug. 3-4

Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm in New York City — will host its first annual FOCUS event virtually over two days, August 3-4, inviting undergraduates (Classes of 2020-24) who self-identify with a historically underrepresented minority group* to participate in online classes, discussions, and structured activities to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business. No prior experience in finance is required. Apply with your resume and 150-word essay by July 23. For more information, email

*Minority groups include Black or African American, Native American or Alaska Native, Hispanic or Latinx, or Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander.

Mad Science of North Boston: Register for Fall Online Programs

Mad Science of North Boston has opened registration for its online after-school enrichment programs this fall, combining science demonstrations, virtual games, and at-home projects for Pre-K  through Grade 6. Topics include chemistry, engineering, environmental science, forensics, geology, inventing, illusion, and space exploration.

STEM Museums are Reopening …and Continuing Online

Boston-area STEM museums are beginning to reopen, following the COVID-19 safety protocols specified for Phase 3 of the state’s reopening plan, including timed ticketing increased cleaning and sanitation, one-way traffic flows for pedestrians, and reduced capacity. Online events and activities are continuing.

NSHS Science Team Mentors Middle-School Students

The Newton South HS Science Team — led by captains Frank Liu, David Kim, and Lucy Dutton — is starting an online mentorship program to introduce middle-school students to high-school science. Middle-school students will benefit by filling in gaps in their curriculum during the shutdown while also interacting with high-school students. Students can ask questions about science and high school and get to know Science Team members. The program aims to be introductory and preparatory, addressing the basics of physics, chemistry, biology, engineering, and related topics. It is designed mainly for students who will be in Grade 9 at Newton high schools in the fall, but it’s open to anyone interested in science. Weekly sessions will be scheduled based on availability and demand. Interested parents should fill out this form to express interest and learn more.

NewtonHACKS: Hackathon for Beginner Programmers, Grades 6-12, Aug. 29

NewtonHACKS — an organization run by Newton high-school students — will host a free, online hackathon on August 29 for beginner programmers entering Grades 6-12. It’s an all-day event where participants get to collaborate and code to create projects, and this one is for beginners. The high-school student organizers plan to host a series of webinars before the event to help brand-new coders gain some experience. Interested students may register individually or in teams of 2 to 3. NewtonHACKS was started in part to promote gender equality in the tech industry, and it’s sponsored by Johnny’s Luncheonette and Millifluidica. For more information, see the FAQs or email

WGBH/Museum of Science Online Town Hall: Addressing Community Inequities During COVID-19 Recovery, June 29

Boston’s Museum of Science and WGBH will host a free, online town hall, Addressing Community Inequities During COVID-19 Recovery, on June 29, 5PM. Registration required.

Asteroid Day: Celebrate Virtually with Christa McAuliffe Center, June 30

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University will celebrate Asteroid Day on June 30 with at-home activities:

  • 9AM-3PM: Videos, websites, and other at-home activities for kids, including Make a Crater and Incoming!, a 25-minute film.
  • 3PM: The Hunt for Asteroids, live-streamed webinar for middle school and families, with Pat Monteith, author and NASA/JPL Solar System Ambassador (Registration required).
  • 6PM: Planetary Defense 101: Discussion for high school and adults about the threat of an asteroid hitting the Earth, with Dr. Alissa Haddaji, Harvard & Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (Registration required).

Museum of Science: Ask a NASA Engineer, June 30

Boston’s Museum of Science will host Ask a NASA Engineer! — a free, online discussion with an engineer from NASA’s Artemis program to return humans to the Moon — June 30, 12PM-12:40PM. Registration is required. If you’re not able to attend, you can see a recording of this event, along with other events, on the Museum’s Facebook video page.

Newton Community Ed: Online Summer Science & Technology Classes

Newton Community Education is offering week-long, online STEM classes for elementary, middle, and high school students. Classes include:

  • 3-D Game Development (Grades 9-12)
  • 3-D Printing, Coding, & Design (Grades 3-5, 6-9)
  • App Inventors (Grades 6-9)
  • Camp Invention: Live Online (Grades 1-6)
  • Chess Intensive Plus (Grades 3-6)
  • Circuitry 101 (Grades 1-4)
  • Game Creation (Grades 4-6, 7-9)
  • Hands-on Electronics (Grades 3-5)
  • Interactive Electronics (Grades 6-9)
  • Intro to Programming: Scratch (Grades 3-5)
  • Math Meets 3-D Printing (Grades 3-5)
  • MathemAddicts (Grades 5-9)
  • Minecraft Metropolis (Grades 3-6)
  • Minecraft Modding with Java (Grades 9-12)
  • Minecraft Mythicraft (Grades 2-5)
  • Nature in your Neighborhood (Grades 1-4)
  • Python Game Development (Grades 5-9)
  • Python Programming (Grades 9-12)
  • Science Scramble (Grades 1-4)
  • Space Lab (Grades 1-4)
  • Web Development (Grades 5-9)
  • Web Development: Javascript (Grades 9-12)
  • Wicked Cool Vet School (Grades 1-4)