SE Mass. STEM Network: Community Celebration, Dec. 5

The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network will host a celebration of Partnerships Advancing STEM Education on December 5, 3:30-6PM at Bridgewater State University’s Rondileau Campus Center (19 Park Avenue, Bridgewater). Participants from business/industry, community, and academic partners will discuss the impact of their STEM Week events. Admission is free but registration is required. For more information, contact Kim Williams at kim.williams@connectsemass.org.

Newton North PTSO Science Fundraiser; Parent Meeting on Hands-On Learning in Biology, Dec. 6

This year’s annual Newton North HS PTSO fundraiser for Educational Excellence is focusing on funding new equipment for hands-on learning in biology and upper-year electives. On December 6, 7:15-8:45PM, the NNHS Science Department invites parents to learn about the school’s science programs with a hands-on activity, Q&A with Science Department chair Heather Haines, and brief remarks by Zeke Alvarez-Saavedra, co-founder of miniPCR–the DNA Discovery System. You may contribute here to the PTSO’s fundraiser.

Mass. Audubon Program: Young Leaders for Climate Justice

The Massachusetts Audubon Society is inviting teams of 3 to 12 high-school students to participate in Young Leaders for Climate Justice. Teams will attend a Climate Learning Intensive Program on January 26, create and implement action projects, and meet again to present their projects at Mass Audobon’s Climate Summit on May 18. Teams must apply by December 21. The fee is $300 per team, and financial assistance is available. For more information, email dfteens@massaudubon.org. Existing teen groups and clubs — as well as ad-hoc teams — are encouraged to apply, as long as they have an adult sponsor.

Yale Young Global Scholars: Apply by Feb. 6 for Summer

Yale Young Global Scholars is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program bringing students worldwide to attend lectures and seminars and also work in capstone project groups on global problems, conducting rigorous background research and proposing solutions. The program offers ten interdisciplinary sessions:  three sessions in each of three two-week blocks on the Yale campus and one session in Beijing. Need-based financial aid is available and students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply by February 6.

Register for Science on Saturday (3D Printing) at MIT Lincoln Labs, Dec. 1

Registration is now open for the Saturday-morning sessions of Science on Saturdayon December 1 at MIT’s Lincoln Laboratory (244 Wood Street in Lexington).   The topic will be 3D Printing, presented by Lincoln Laboratory’s David Scott. Visit 11 stations to learn how 3D parts are designed and made. All children (5-17 years) must be escorted by an adult, and every adult must be escorted by a child or children.  Children under 5 are not admitted.  Admission is free but each person attending must be registered.  Space is limited. Register online by November 29. Register an adult first, then a child, then others. Adults must bring government photo identification.  See other rules on the registration pages.

MIT Museum: Addiction: Facing the Opioid Epidemic in Massachusetts, Dec. 6

On December 6, 6:30-8PM, the MIT Museum will offer a free screening of NOVA’s new film, Addiction, followed by a panel discussion on “the deadliest drug epidemic in US history and how technology can play a role in saving lives.” Register here. Panelists include:

  • Julia Cort, Deputy Executive Producer, NOVA
  • Dr. Peter Chai, Department of Emergency Medicine, Brigham and Women’s Hospital
  • Sara Holt, Producer, Director, and Writer of the film, Addiction
  • Dr. Emily Lindemer (MIT Class of 2017), Cofounder of Hey, Charlie, a health care startup fighting the opioid epidemic with a mobile app providing recovery support

Update from Science Club for Girls

Science Club for Girls has been focusing on developing a strategic plan and a more robust development model to support expansion of its services. Its mission is to “foster excitement, confidence and literacy in STEM for girls from underrepresented communities by providing free, experiential programs and by maximizing meaningful interactions with women mentors in STEM.”

  • This fall, SCFG is running 12 clubs in three locations in Cambridge: Amigos School, King Open School, and Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House. Each club has three or more mentors who are women undergraduates, graduate students, or STEM professionals.
  • SCFG also has 15 Junior Mentors who are girls in Grades 8-12 — most of whom have been involved with SCFG since Kindergarten — to maintain institutional memory, traditions, and excitement.
  • SCFG is currently conducting a search for a new Executive Director.
  • This summer, SCFG raised $239,000 from individual donors, foundations, corporations and government sources.  You can donate here to continue the work of this organization.

Code Ninjas Invites Families to Tour its Wellesley Facility

Code Ninjas in Wellesley — a coding center for ages 7-14 — invites families to schedule a tour of its facilities (161 Linden Street, Wellesley). Kids can participate in a free, 30-minute game-building session. Parents can learn about Code Ninja’s Family Founding Special. Sign up for a tour here. For more information, contact Annie Duong at 781-591-2413 or annie.duong@codeninjas.com.

Summer Research Science Institute at MIT: Apply by Jan. 15

The Research Science Institute hosts 80 accomplished high-school students in a rigorous summer STEM research program at MIT, June 23 to August 3, combining on-campus coursework in scientific theory and off-campus work in STEM research.  Students first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes, then conduct five-week individual research projects with mentors, and finally prepare written and oral presentations of their results. The program is designed for students entering senior year in the fall, but exceptions for younger students will be considered. Except for a $65 application fee (which may be waived upon request), the program is free to students.  Applications are due January 15.  For more information, email RSI.

MIT Women’s Technology Program for Grade 11, Apply by Jan. 15

MIT’s Women’s Technology Program is an intensive, four-week summer residential academic program for girls currently in Grade 11 to explore engineering through classes, labs, and projects.  Separate programs are available for Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (40 students) and Mechanical Engineering (20 students).  Applicants must have strong curiosity about one of these fields (but no direct experience in it yet) and also excel in math and science.  Applications are now available online and are due January 15.  There is no fee to apply.  The cost for attendees is $3,500, and financial aid is available.  For more information, first check the program’s FAQ and then email wtp@mit.edu.