Clay Center Observatory: Public Telescope Nights This Summer

The Clay Center Observatory, on the campus of Dexter Southfield School (20 Newton Street in Brookline; 5th floor), will hold Public Telescope Nights 8PM to 9PM on these Tuesdays:  July 11, 18, 25 and August 1 and 8.  Register in advance.  Events are canceled if weather is rainy or overcast:  Call 617-454-2795 one hour before the event for a recorded message.  The Clay Center offers a range of Outreach Programs for community groups.  Check the Center’s calendar for future events.

Jr. Tech STEM Programs on Cape Cod This Summer

Jr.Tech will offer these STEM co-ed camps on Cape Code this summer:

LigerBots Announce Winners of Their 3D Printing Contest

The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) team spanning both high schools — hosted a 3D printing contest for other FRC teams worldwide.  It was open to anyone using 3D-printed parts for a robotics project but was aimed primarily at FRC teams that used 3D printing in building their robots for the 2017 FRC season.

1st Place:  FRC Team 2702 – the Rebels of Ontario, Canada for using 3D printing for nearly all the parts for their robot.

2nd Place:  FRC Team 2079 – 4H ALARM Robotics from Franklin, Massachusetts for creating a low-cost, light-weight ramp with extensions for adjusting its length.

3rd Place: FRC Team 207 – METALCRAFTERS from Hawthorne, California for using an iterative design process and 3D printing to create a climbing mechanism.

Register by June 19 for MIT’s HSSP — Sundays in Summer for Grades 7-12+

MIT’s Summer HSSP is a weekend academic program (July 9-August 13) for students entering Grades 7-12 (plus those who just graduated high school).  Courses are run by volunteers on Sundays at various times between 12PM and 4PM.  Registration is now open until June 19 on a lottery basis, with equal consideration given to all applicants registering by that deadline.  The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.  For more information, email  The course catalog contains these 23 STEM courses:

  • Arithmetic with Shapes and Other Things
  • Making Games with Gameblox
  • Practical Calculus: A Crash Course
  • Reasoning Through Games of Chance
  • Intro to Real and Complex Analysis
  • Relational Databases Before There Were Such Things
  • Topics in the History of Mathematics
  • Introduction to probability and inference: AP Statistics and MORE
  • Fun With Paradoxes
  • Introduction to Organic Chemistry
  • Introduction to Modern Physics
  • Introduction to Molecular Biology, Genetic Engineering, and Laboratory Techniques
  • Quantitative Biology
  • Mind Control and Other Cool Topics in Neuroscience
  • Fundamentals of Chemistry without All the Cr*p: The Structure of Matter
  • Human Anatomy and Physiology: How the Body Works
  • Earth’s Systems and Society
  • Secrets of the Adaptive Immune System
  • Quantitative Chemistry and Regenerative Biology
  • Applied Chemical Thermodynamics
  • Drugs and the Brain
  • History of Physics
  • Animal Behavior: Evolution and Genetics

‘Touch Tomorrow’ STEM Festival at WPI, June 10

Worcester Polytechnic Institute and WGBH will present Touch Tomorrow — a festival of science, technology, and robots — on Saturday, June 10, 10AM-4PM at WPI (directions).  It’s family-friendly, fun, free, and open to all ages — with a particular focus on what’s interesting for middle- and high-school students.  WPI faculty and students will open their labs and share their work and engage the public in hands-on activities and demonstrations.  Registration beforehand is appreciated. Download the Touch Tomorrow app for iPhone or Android as your guide to the festival.

WGBH will host the Design Squad Team Challenge competition for teams of 2-6 students in Grades 5-8 to design and build a structure.  See a video hint and register your team. Choose your first round (12:30 or 1:30) and be prepared to for the final round at 3PM.

MIT EurekaFest Celebrates InvenTeams, June 16-17

EurekaFest is a two-day celebration of invention and engineering sponsored by the Lemelson-MIT Program and highlighting the results of selected high-school InvenTeams from across the country.  (Newton North HS participated in 2013.)

June 16 at MIT Stata Center (32 Vassar Street, Cambridge).  Register here.

  • 9AM-11AM:  InvenTeam Presentations
  • 1-2PM:  Life After InvenTeams (alumni panel discussion)
  • 3-5:30PM:  InvenTeams Showcase
  • 5:30-7:30PM:  National Collegiate Student Prize Awards Ceremony

June 17 at the Museum of Science.  Museum admission fee applies.

  • 11AM-3PM:  Hands-on activities for all ages
  • 1PM-4:30PM:  High-school “Duck ‘n Hover” wind-powered design competition

Edutopia’s 12 Inspiring STEM Books for Girls, by Grades K-12

Edutopia has selected 12 books to encourage girls to explore STEM.  They’re grouped by grade: K-3, 4-6, 7-8, 9-12.

Jane Street ‘Women in STEM’ NYC Recruiting Event, July 30-Aug. 1

Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm — will host its fifth annual Women in STEM event  July 30-August 1, inviting selected women between senior year of high-school and freshman year of college to learn about the firm and how it uses math, computer science, and probability in its business.  Travel, hotel, and meals will be paid by the company.  Apply by July 5 , including your resume and a statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend.  Email if you have questions.

BoSTEM Seeks Two College Graduates as AmeriCorps Volunteers

The BoSTEM collaborative, led by Boston After School & Beyond (BASB) and the United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley (UWMB), aims to increase STEM interest and achievement by Boston middle-school students.  It’s currently seeking two college graduates as AmeriCorps volunteers for a year of service starting in August: Coordinator and Fundraising & Partnerships Coordinator. Living allowance, health coverage, and a stipend or education award are provided.

Reminder: LigerBots to Host Introduction to FIRST Robotics for Grade K-8 Parents and Students, May 30

Students in Grades K-8 — and their parents — are invited to learn about FIRST Lego League (FLL) at FLL Info Night, hosted by the Newton LigerBots on May 30, 7-9PM in Newton North HS’s Film Lecture Hall (by the school’s front entrance on Tiger Drive). At the event, students and parents can learn more about FLL and what roles students can play on FLL teams — such as being a researcher, coder, or engineer — and they can meet others who are interested in forming FLL teams. FLL is for Grades 4-8, and FLL Jr. is for Grades K-3. For more information, email

The LigerBots — Newton’s FIRST Robotics team, spanning both high schools — offers this information session as a community service, in part because FLL is a great introduction to the engineering, teamwork, and project skills that make great future LigerBots. The LigerBots also support FLL by mentoring local FLL teams, hosting FLL competitions, and promoting the principles of FIRST.