KTBYTE offers week-long, camp-styled summer classes and robotics clubs in Newton and Lexington with curricula that are “progressive, rigorous, and fun”:
- Introduction to Coding, ages 9-12
- Game Design with JavaBlocks, ages 9-12
- Game Design with Processing, ages 9-12
- Robotics Club (beginner), ages 9-14
- Smart Things Program, ages 10+
- Computer Science (intermediate), ages 13+
- Project Creation with Arduino, ages 13+
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 Boston Tech Mom: Tech Events for Kids in July list of STEM events.
The Newton Free Library will hold its 6th annual STEAM Expo for all ages on Saturday, July 13, 12-3PM, with dozens of exhibitors and hands-on activities. This STEM + Arts Expo is a gathering of tech enthusiasts, traditional crafters, artists, musicians, educators, tinkerers, hobbyists, museums, engineers, and students.
Nathaniel and Theo, two high-school students in Weston, are offering to tutor students in the Scratch programming language. Both students have completed college-level courses in computer science and have experience working with kids. They offer one-on-one tutoring sessions (at $20/hour) at the Weston Public Library and the Newton Free Library. Their Scratch tutoring is part of the students’ social venture in vermicomposting called MunchPoop, to help address climate change. Go to their website for additional information or to sign up.
On June 24 at 7PM, the Newton Free Library will host From the Moon Landing to Exoplanets: Searching for New Worlds around Our Closest Stellar Neighbors. MIT Torres Postdoctoral Fellow Jennifer Burt will speak about the history of exoplanet exploration, the design and construction of the Transiting Exoplanet Survey Satellite, (TESS), how TESS helps us discover new worlds, and areas of science that astronomers can pursue using photos from TESS.
General Assembly (125 Summer Street, Boston) will host a free panel discussion on June 25 , 6:30-8:30PM, with five local female leaders in data science talking about business success stories, using data science in problem solving, and insights about careers. There will be opportunities for networking before and after the panel discussion, which starts at 7PM. Register here. Panelists are:
CuSTEMized and The Innovation Institute (TI2) will co-host Beyond the books! Life in the Lab, a hands-on STEM education event on June 30, 1:30PM-3:30PM. Open to all students and families, it’s particularly recommended for ages 6-8 and designed to be inspiring for girls to explore STEM. Learn from scientists about how to be a scientist and what they’re working on, use real lab equipment in experiments, and collaborate to design and build a model of a joint. Take home a goodie bag containing a lab notebook, lab apron, goggles, gloves, and a 30x microscope to continue exploration. Cost is $50 plus registration fee. This event is a preview of TI2‘s Living in the Lab series, held over four Sundays this October for ages 6-8.
Science & Us will host its third Makeathon — at MIT on August 17, 9AM-5PM — for middle- and high-school students from any school. Students will create their own STEM communications projects to explain a STEM topic of their choosing in an exciting and understandable way. A team of expert mentors will help students write articles, create animations, and make podcasts. And there will be free food and swag. Sign up here. These events are hosted by Boston-area high-school students who are fascinated not only by STEM but also by communicating well with the general public.
New England Sci-Tech — a non-profit STEM education center and maker space on the Natick/Wellesley line (16 Tech Circle in Natick) — has new summer workshops, clubs, and events:
iCode School of Wellesley will host its STEAM Day open house on June 23, 10AM-4PM, at its new location at 73 Central Street in Wellesley. Space is limited, so register here for this free event full of games, activities, competitions, and prizes. Learn how drones fly, try a Virtual Reality game, participate in a Robo-Battle competition, and create and draw in 3D. For more information, call 781-291-3131.