Grades 9-12: Register for Northeastern Splash, Nov. 4-5

NEPTUN (a Northeastern University student group) has announced the courses for this fall’s Splash! (Waterfall), a free program for high-school students in the Boston area to take mini-classes led by Northeastern undergraduate and graduate students, 10AM-3:20PM on November 4-5.  Registration requires setting up a free student account.  For more information, contact  Courses include these STEM offerings:

  • Diapers and Hydrogels
  • All About Rockets!
  • Designing, Simulating, and Optimizing Rockets!
  • Big Number Competition
  • Ins and outs of Game Design
  • Demystifying Big Data
  • Monte Carlo Simulations
  • What happens on the Internet…
  • From Observation to Application: Discoveries in Biotechnology!
  • Harmful or Fatal if Swallowed: Why Poison Kills
  • Why Am I So Tired?
  • CPR: The Abridged Series
  • Time To Unzip Those Genes
  • Science Experiments!!
  • Neuroethics: Memory Modification
  • Caught Red-Handed
  • This is Your Brain on Drugs

LigerBots Seeks Demos, Hands-on Activities for Maker Fairs, Nov. 18 & Dec. 16

The Newton LigerBots seeks STEM-related demonstrations, exhibits, and hands-on activities to highlight in the two Maker Fairs that the team will hold in conjunction with two FIRST LEGO League (FLL) competitions it will host this fall: the Newton Qualifier on November 18 and the Eastern Massachusetts State Championship on December 16. Hundreds of students, coaches, parents, siblings, friends, and other spectators are expected at each event. See this Newton TAB article about their 2015 event. It’s a great opportunity for engagement and test marketing for technology companies, STEM education programs, community and school organizations, local makers, and others.  Contact for more information.

Register for Tufts CEEO Workshops for Kids

Registration will open (and the links below will become active) at 10AM on October 16 for the following Design and Engineering workshops in November and December at Tuft’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO).  Space is limited and will be assigned as paid registrations are received.

  • From Nomads to Skyscrapers!:  Grades 3-5. November 6, 13, 20; 3-5PM. Civil Engineering throughout history.  $120
  • Geometry of DesignGrades 3-5. November 4, 9AM-Noon.  Relationships between 3D geometries and how they can be used in a larger design challenge. $50
  • Robots, robots, robots!Grades 3-5. November 4, 1-4PM. LEGO EV3 Robotics and Mindstorms programming for design challenges. $50
  • Exploring MomentumGrades 3-5. November 11, 9AM-Noon.  Newton’s laws of momentum; build tops and sailboats. $50
  • It’s Electric!Grades 6-8. November 18, 9AM-Noon. Basics of electricity, building circuits, engineering design process applied to an e-textiles project. $50
  • Take Apart WorkshopGrades 6-8. December 2, 9AM-Noon. Mechanical engineering principles; take apart everyday objects and reassemble them to invent something new. $50
  • Musical EngineeringGrade: K-2. December 2, 1-4PM. Connection between music and engineering; build musical instruments. $50

Empow Studios: 15% Discount on 2018 Vacation Camps Until Oct. 31

Empow Studios runs week-long day camps in Tech and Design during February and April vacations in Newton/Needham (at Leventhal JCC), Brookline (at Heath School), and Lexington (at Empow Studios).  It’s offering a 15% discount for those who sign up for 2018 camps before October 31.  Topics include animation, audio/video production, robotics, 3D design, and graphic design.

LigerBots Host ‘Girls + Tools!’ Workshop for Ages 13-18, Oct. 17

The Newton LigerBots will host a free, one-evening, two-hour workshop — Girls + Tools! — on October 17, as an opportunity for Newton Public Schools students ages 13-18 to have fun with problem solving and mechanical activities, even if they have little or no experience in robotics or engineering. Planning for this event started last summer among several female mentors and students involved in LigerBots who want to show others how much fun engineering can be. It will be held 6:30-8:30PM in the Newton South HS wood shop (Room 9271). Register here.

A Few Seats Remain for FSU Planetarium Family Night, Oct. 20

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations on the third Friday of each month (except April).  The show on October 20 will be The Night Sky: Yours to Discover and will include the film Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope. Space is limited, and pre-registration is strongly recommended. A few seats remain for the 5:30 and 6:30 shows. Arrive on campus 20 minutes early (directions and parking).

STEAMworks at TERC: How to be a STEM Mentor, Oct. 11

On October 11, TERC — a non-profit dedicated to improving STEM education — will host STEAMworks, a workshop to help parents and caregivers become STEM mentors for  children in Grades K-5. It will be presented by Moms as Mentors, 6:30-8PM at TERC (2067 Massachusetts Avenue in Cambridge). The cost is $15 per person (free for families qualifying for free or reduced lunch fees). Register online.

MIT Museum: Family Funstruction of Rube Goldberg Contraptions, Oct. 14

On October 14, the MIT Museum will host Family Funstruction, a participatory event for families interested in constructing Rube Goldberg machines. Each family or group will construct a contraption and link it with those built by others to form one long chain reaction. The event will be held 6-8:30PM at the MIT Museum (265 Massachusetts Avenue, Cambridge). The cost ($5 for students and $10 for adults) includes pizza, beverages, and other kid-friendly snacks. This is a great way to learn about, prepare for, or get inspired for MIT’s Friday After Thanksgiving (F.A.T.) Chain Reaction Event, which this year celebrates its 20th anniversary on November 24.

Thoreau Scholarships for Environmental Leadership

Each year the Henry David Thoreau Foundation awards scholarships of up to $20,000 to eight to ten high-school seniors graduating from public or private high schools in Massachusetts and majoring in fields related to the environment. Past recipients have studied biology, epidemiology, oceanography, international affairs and environmental law. The foundation also offers assistance in identifying internships and networking opportunities. Applications are available now and due February 1.

Museum of Science Events: Football and Dream Big

Boston’s Museum of Science offers these upcoming programs:

  • Gridiron Glory:  A temporary exhibit, opening October 8, highlighting the science and history of all things football.
  • Dream Big – Engineering Our World:  A recently opened IMAX movie celebrating engineering marvels and the ingenuity, compassion, and creativity behind their creation.