Boston Tech Mom (“a parent’s guide to raising a future techie”) is a great resource for all things STEM around Boston — including her monthly posts about free or low-cost STEM Events for Kids in Boston. Here’s her February list of STEM events.
MIT Lincoln Laboratory offers the Lincoln Laboratory Radar Introduction for Student Engineers (LLRISE), a two-week summer workshop for 18 rising high-school seniors to build small radar systems. It’s free and includes room and board. It will be held at Lincoln Laboratories in Lexington, MA, July 14-27. Students from a wide range of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. Applications must be printed and postmarked (or completed online) by March 31, including transcripts, standardized test scores, and two teacher recommendations. For more information, contact LLRISE@LL.mit.edu.
This month, the Museum of Science will debut two new exhibits, just in time for February school vacation. Both are free with Exhibit Halls admission or museum membership.
Science Club for Girls has announced that Dr. Bonnie Bertolaet is the club’s new Executive Director. She has been on SCFG’s board for two years, most recently as chair, and has been the major force behind the organization’s current strategic plan, operational restructuring, and reinvigorated focus on development. SCFG offers free STEM programs to connect girls in Grades K-12, especially those from underrepresented groups, with female mentor-scientists in a fun, nurturing, and interactive environment. Learn how you can volunteer or donate.
Northeastern University’s Center for STEM Education offers summer STEM programs for middle- and high-school students.
NUSSP is a three-week academic program (July 8-19) for students currently in Grades 5-7 who have an interest in STEM, live within 30 miles of Northeastern, and are in historically under-served and underrepresented groups with limited opportunities. The program builds STEM knowledge and skills, introduces participants to college life, and stimulates interest in STEM careers.
The cost is $500 and a limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Applications (including two-part essay and recommendations) are due March 15.
The Young Scholars Program, running June 24-August 1, is for current high-school juniors who live within commuting distance of Northeastern (with priority given to students who have low access to similar programs). It offers selected students laboratory research experience, career exploration and counseling, and an introduction to college life. Applications (including short essay questions and teacher recommendations) are due March 1.
Girls Who Code offers its free, 7-week Summer Immersion Program for girls currently in Grades 10-11 to learn computer science and get exposure to technology jobs. No previous experience is required — just an interest in technology and willingness to learn. It will be held in 23 cities, including Boston (at MIT, starting in July; dates to be announced later). Several free webinars are scheduled to explain the program. The application takes about 20-30 minutes and does not require grades or recommendations. Apply by February 15 for early acceptance or by March 15 for the regular deadline. Students may also apply for need-based stipends.
Oak Hill Middle School teachers Maureen Stewart and Jessie Cadigan sent this about the school’s Girls Who Code program:
The Girls Who Code group at Oak Hill has been meeting weekly since October. We are very fortunate to have a parent volunteer, Raktim Sinha, who offered to start the group and share his knowledge of coding. The intent of GWC is to explore coding while teaching the girls self-reliance and problem-solving in a collaborative and fun environment. It has a wide interest with many girls joining across all three grades. The girls started by learning basic concepts using Scratch and now have moved on to Python. Interspersed with the coding lessons, the girls are also exploring ideas around what it means to be “courageous” and “creative.” They are currently brainstorming project ideas that they will focus on for the rest of the year.
This year’s Summer Teen Expo, free and open to all, will be held tomorrow, January 28, 5:30-8PM at Newton South HS and will feature 25 STEM programs. Register here or just drop by to meet with directors of a wide range of summer programs for middle- and high-school students.
DiscoverE.org offers a substantial catalog of over 450 free activities for Engineers Week (February 17-23) and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day (February 21), as well as free kits (poster, classroom activities, and other resources) to support teachers for Engineers Week and Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day ($2 shipping charge per kit).
MetroHacks, run by high-school students to host high-school hackathons in the Boston area, will host MetroHacks Women II on February 23 (8:30AM-6PM) at the Microsoft NERD Center (1 Memorial Drive, Cambridge). Young women (ages 13-18), regardless of level of experience, are invited to register for a free day of learning, programming, and competing to build applications in the areas of health, the environment, and civics. Meals and snacks are included. Adults who would like to be mentors at the event may apply here. For more information, email email@example.com.