Wellesley STEM Events Open to the Public, Oct. 21 & 24

Here are two events open to the public at the Wellesley Library to celebrate STEM Week:

  • On October 21, 6-8PM, Wellesley High School students will host Women in STEM, where Marina Hatsopoulos will share her experiences of being an entrepreneur, director, and angel investor. She is Chairperson of the Board and investor in Levitronix Technologies, a Director of Cynosure Inc., and was the founding CEO and primary investor in Z Corporation.
  • On October 24, 7PM, Jason Kim PhD, Professor of Molecular Medicine at UMass Medical School and former member of its MD/PhD Admissions Committee, will share his insights on preparing for a career in medicine at both the high school and college level.

Museum of Science EiE Pilot Study: In-Home STEM Activities, Ages 4-11

The Engineering is Elementary team of curriculum developers at the Museum of Science is conducting a pilot study of in-home activities to engage children 4-11 years old in engineering. The Engineering At Home activity guides for parents and will require little or no experience with engineering, and materials will be inexpensive. Apply here to join the pilot project.

UMass Amherst/Mt. Ida College Preview for Grades 9-12, Nov. 11

The UMass Amherst Mt. Ida campus in Newton will host a day of free academic enrichment for students in Grades 9-12 on November 11. Workshops in Innovation and Technology, Sports Management, and Creative Writing will provide a sample of the school’s pre-college summer programs. STEM workshops include The Art of Coding, Introduction to Veterinary Medicine, and Engineering Institute. Registration is required.

National Chemistry Week: Events at Museums, Oct. 13-19

To celebrate National Chemistry Week, October 13-19, local museums will host these events for those with valid admission to the museums):

Marvelous Metals:  Guest educators from local high schools and universities will guide visitors through hands-on activities suitable for museum visitors of all ages.

  • October 13, 11AM-3PM: Museum of Science
  • October 19, 11AM-4PM: Boston Children’s Museum

Phyllis A. Brauner Memorial Lecture by Dr. Bassam Shakhashiri, Professor of Chemistry at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, captivating audiences with scientific demonstrations.

  • October 13, 1PM & 3PM:  Museum of Science

MIT Tech Review: Young Writers Essay Contest, due Oct. 14

Apologies for this late notice, but the MIT Technology Review is hosting a Young Writers Essay Contest with entries due October 14. People 18 or younger may write up to 1,000 words to answer the question, What do adults not know about my generation and technology? The magazine is looking for “clear viewpoints that don’t usually get expressed in mainstream media, explorations of conflicts between adults and younger people, and smart ways of exploding people’s assumptions … originality of thought expressed in lucid, insightful writing.” The winner will receive $500, a one-year subscription, and publication of the essay in the upcoming Youth issue. Up to five finalists will have their essays published online and receive a one-year subscription.

Transportation YOU Boston Summit for Girls 8-18, Oct. 26

WTS-Boston’s outreach group, Transportation YOU, along with MassDOT and the MBTA, will host the 2019 Transportation YOU Boston Summit for girls ages 8-18 on October 26, 10AM-4PM (with optional early dismissal at 1PM) at the Harvard University Science Center (1 Oxford Street, Cambridge). It will feature hands-on activities workshops led by transportation professionals. It’s free, and lunch is included, and registration is required.

Boston STEM Fair in Lexington, Oct. 27

Boston Tech Mom will host the Boston STEM Fair — a free open house for parents and kids in Grades K-12 — at Lexington High School (251 Waltham Street, Lexington) on October 27, 1PM-4PM. Exhibitors will discuss the STEM programs they have to offer for summer, after-school, and vacations.

Elementary Science in Massachusetts: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes, Nov. 12

The MetroWest STEM Education Network and EDC’s Coalition for Elementary Science will host a free event, Elementary Science in Massachusetts: Challenges, Opportunities, and Successes, on November 12, 8:30AM-10:30AM at the McCarthy Center Forum at Framingham State University. It will focus on the importance of a strong and early start in STEM learning. Registration is required.

Weston Observatory Colloquium: The Geological History of Cape Cod, Oct. 2

The Weston Observatory, Boston College’s center of geophysical research, offers periodic colloquiua open to the public. The next one will be on October 2, 7-9PM, on The Geological History of Cape Cod, presented by Dr. Ken Galli. The observatory is at 361 Concord Road in Weston. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Email anastasia.macherides@bc.edu to reserve a seat. Three days later, the speaker will lead an all-day field trip, A Geologist’s View of Cape Cod, on October 5, 8AM-5PM, starting and ending at the Weston Observatory parking lot.

Broad Institute: What Genetics and Biology are Teaching Us about Mental Health, Oct. 7

Celebrating its first 15 years, the Broad Institute in Cambridge is hosting Broad@15, a series of free, public lectures.  On October 7, 6-7PM, Geneticist Benjamin Neale and neuroscientist Beth Stevens will speak on What Genetics and Biology are Teaching Us about Mental IllnessRegister here. All Broad@15 talks will be live streamed. You can view the live stream and video of previous talks via links at broadinstitute.org/15.