Goldschmidt, the premier international academic conference on geochemistry, will take place in Boston at the Hynes Convention Center, August 12-17. At NewtonSTEM’s request, the conference is offering high-school students a one-day pass for $95 to access all sessions for the day, the exhibition hall, and an evening poster session. (Student admission is usually $560 for the week or $170 for one day.) Any high-school students interested in exploring the intersection of chemistry, earth science, and environmental science should review the program, choose a day to attend, and then bring his/her valid high-school ID and mention the “NewtonSTEM high-school rate” to register on-site for $95. This rate is not available online.
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 August list of STEM events.
The Newton Free Library will host the following STEM event(s) in August (not including Finch Robots and Engineering Club, for which registration has ended).
- August 9: Scratch Club, 7-8PM, Grades 3-5 (no registration; pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk)
- August 10: LEGO WeDo, 4:30-5:30PM, Grades 4-5 (registration required; waiting list)
- August 11: STEAM and a STORY: Fairy Houses!, 2-3PM, Grades K-2 (no registration required; pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk)
The MIT Play Labs accelerator will host its Demo Day on August 14 at MIT’s Wong Auditorium (2 Amherst Street, Cambridge). Register to attend either in person (6-9PM) or online (6:15-8PM). Ten Play Labs startups will demonstrate on stage and offer opportunities to try what they have been working on. Technologies (and related startups) include educational games and tools (BlocksCAD 3D, Realism), virtual/augmented reality (LUI, PlaySpark), blockchain (BitMovio, Button Wallet), eSports (InTheGame, SitNPlay Games), artificial intelligence & machine vision (InTheGame, Toucan AI), and voice (Toucan AI, Whetstone Technologies).
Coding Butterfly has an early-bird registration offer: Students signed up by July 31 for one of Coding Butterfly’s after-school programs for the fall semester may receive free transportation via Sheprd to the program for the entire semester. Rides must be completed to Coding Butterfly’s Newton or Boston location during weekdays 3PM-7PM, for not more than 5 miles driving distance.
The Newton LigerBots sent a delegation to the FIRST National Advocacy Conference, June 24-26 in Washington, DC, representing Massachusetts along with the Green Reapers team from Worcester. The 250 conference attendees learned about how bills get passed, how to advocate effectively, what other teams are doing at the state level, and the two STEM-related aims of FIRST’s current advocacy:
- Reauthorization of the Perkins Act, which supports technical education and STEM opportunities in second careers for those who may otherwise not be able to afford it, and
- Full funding for the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA), which provides flexible block grants that school districts can use to for high-quality STEM programs both in the classroom and after school.
On the last day of the conference, the LigerBot delegates met with Representative Joseph Kennedy as well as with staff of Senators Warren and Markey, and Representative Capuano to talk about FIRST, STEM, the Perkins Act, and ESSA.
Empow Studios is planning to expand its programs for teens in Newton and Lexington and would like to hear from teens and their parents about what programs they would like to see offered. The company’s online survey is anonymous — unless you choose the option to provide your name and email address in order to be informed of future programs and provide more feedback in the future. It should take less than 5 minutes to complete. Empow Studios would appreciate your survey response by July 15, if possible.
Kids 4 Coding, based in Atlanta, offers full-day and half-day summer programs for ages 7-16 in two Boston locations: Newbury College in Brookline and Lesley University in Cambridge. Space is still available in the following programs during some weeks in one or both locations:
- Ages 7-8: Build & Code Robots + Minecraft;
Code with Music + Game Design
- Ages 8-9: Robotics + Game Design;
Minecraft + Engineering
- Ages 9-10: Fly & Code Drones + Game Design;
Build Your Own Computer with Minecraft Pi
- Ages 10-12: ROBLOX: code, design & publish games;
Team Robotics & Visual Programming;
Game Design & Python Programming;
Build & Code Your Own Take-Home Laptop;
Design & Code Wearable Tech + 3D Design
- Ages 13-16: Teen Entrepreneur: Web Development;
Learn to Code through Music;
Build Your Own Take-Home Laptop;
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 July list of STEM events.
The Newton Free Library will host the following STEM event(s) in July (not including Finch Robots, LEGO WeDo, and Engineering Club, for which registration has ended).
- July 10: Museum of Science — Reptiles!, 4-4:30PM, families with kids Kindergarten and up (no registration required)
- July 11: Intro to Ozobots, 7-7:45PM, Grades 4-5 (registration required; waiting list)
- July 12: Scratch Club, 7-8PM, Grades 3-5 (no registration; pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk)
- July 24: Design a Video Game with Scratch, 7-8:30PM, Grades 5-7 (registration required; waiting list)
- July 26: STEAM and a STORY: The Three Little Pigs!, 4-5PM, Grades K-2 (no registration required; pick up tickets 15 minutes beforehand at the Children’s Desk)