Coding Butterfly: New, 4-Step Lesson Plan Starts Early Nov.

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.

Register for FIRST Women in Science & Technology Forum, Nov. 9

Registration is open for this year’s FIRST Women in Science & Technology (WIST) Forum for high-school students.  It will be held on November 9, 8:30AM-2PM at FIRST Place, 200 Bedford Street in Manchester, NH. The WIST forum, offered every other year since 2000, is an effective networking event for students interested in STEM. The cost is $10 for high-school students and $20 for adult teachers, parents, and mentors.  Admission includes a keynote, panel discussions, breakfast, and lunch.  Students will learn from accomplished women in STEM fields, and adults will learn about issues surrounding careers in STEM so they can best support students of all genders. For more information, email Karen Sullivan at

Framingham State Planetarium Moon-Watch Event, Oct. 19

The Christa McAuliffe Center at Framingham State University opens its planetarium for free public presentations for ages 6+ on the third Friday of each month (except April). A suggested donation of $5 per guest is requested. Registration is now sold out for the October 19 event, Two Small Pieces of Glass: The Amazing Telescope (in honor of International Observe the Moon Night) with planetarium shows at 5:30PM (register) and 6:30PM (register), with outdoor moon observation starting at 6PM, weather permitting — but walk-ins may be accepted on space-available basis due to no-shows.

Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) Celebration, Nov. 9

Boston’s Museum of Science and its Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) committee will host a luncheon panel discussion, Changing the Financial Landscape:  How Women are Putting the ‘M’ in STEM. It will be held November 9, 11:30AM-2PM, at the Royal Sonesta Hotel (40 Edwin H Land Boulevard, Cambridge). Tickets are $150. Speakers include:

  • Helen Frame Peters:  Professor of Finance and former dean of Carroll School of Management, Boston College
  • Yvonne Garcia:  Senior Vice President and Global head of client solutions and program management at State Street Corporation; National Chairwoman of the Association of Latino Professionals for America
  • Nilanjana Bhowmik:  Co-founder and General Partner of Converge; President of TiE Boston
  • Andrea Silbert:  President of Eos Foundation; Co-founder of Center for Women & Enterprise

Grades 9-12: Registration Open for Northeastern Splash, Nov. 3 & 10

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 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

Register for Clark University’s Fall Splash, Grades 5-12, Nov. 4

Clark University’s Fall Splash — a one-day, free program offering 29 classes for students in Grades 5-12 — will be held November 4, 10AM-5PM on the Clark campus (950 Main St., Worcester). Students should register as soon as possible because classes fill up.  The day is free, with lunch included.  For more information, email STEM-related classes include:

  • Imaging Atoms
  • Forensics: Find Out What Really Happened
  • It’s a Liquid…It’s a Solid…It’s Ooobleck!
  • STEM Majors 101
  • Clark University Rapid Response: Saving Lives and Taking Names
  • The Perfect Storm

New Clubs for Grades 6-8 at Makers’ Corner (at Underwood)

The new Makers’ Corner for Grades 6-8, located at Underwood School, has these new after-school clubs open for registration:

  • 3-D Printing Introduction and Designing for Real Life:  Tuesdays, 2:00-4:15 PM, October 9, 16, 23, 30, & November 6.  Solving real-life design problems with 3-D modeling, 3-D printing, and Tinkercad.
  • Stop-Motion Animation:  Thursdays, 2:45-4:15 PM, October 11, 18, 25, November 1, & 8.   Make a short movie using found or handmade characters and scenery.
  • Woodworking Club:  Fridays, 2:45-4:15 PM, October 12, 19, 26, November 2 & 9.  Make wooden utensils (spoons, spatulas, chopsticks), coasters and other wares.

You-Do-It Workshops: Learn to Solder, Oct. 26 & 27

YouDoIt Electronics — one of the few places left in Boston that caters to electronics hobbyists — will offer one-hour Learn to Solder workshops at four times: October 26 at 10AM or 3:30PM and October 27 at 10AM or 3:30PM. The workshop costs $14.90 and is at the store, on the Newton/Needham border (right off Needham Street near the entrance to Rte 128).

DiscoverE Webinar for Grades 6-8: Engineering in Unusual Places, Oct. 10

DiscoverE will present a webinar for Grades 6-8, Engineering in Unusual Places, on October 10, 4-5PM.  Teachers and parents may register here to gain access for either  the presentation, either live or recorded. Topics include:

  • Operation #PolarEye – Working to save polar bear habitats.
  • #STEM Style – Explore how “STEM empowers your knowledge, STYLE empowers your expression.”

Register Now for MAST Conference in Boxborough, Nov. 1-2

Register here for the Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) annual conference on November 2-3 at the Boxborough Regency Hotel (242 Adams Place, Boxborough). Newton teachers Laura Rossier (F.A. Day) and Michelle Fox (Brown) will present “Cause and Effect:  An 8th Grade Integrated Curriculum Outline Based On The 2016 MA ST&E Frameworks” and “Building Systems from SCRATCH.”  Ms. Rossier will also present “Utilizing Scaffolds To Help Students Form Testable Questions.” The agenda will focus on:

  • Innovative Learning
  • New Teacher Resources
  • Literacy in Science
  • Integrated Science Learning
  • Equity & Diversity in STEM