Jr.Tech Programs on Cape Cod This Summer

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

Edge on Science: Try EyeWire Gaming to Map Neurons

Edge on Science, which offers summer STEM programs, recently sent a newsletter describing EyeWire.org, a free online gaming environment that facilitates mapping neurons for brain research. The newsletter explained, “[Sebastian Seung’s]  lab at Princeton University has been building 3D models of neurons [and] continuous groups of them. … The computer image processing is not perfect and [with EyeWire] thousands of citizen scientists have contributed to correcting and filling in the connections and completing the 3D models, neuron by neuron.” You can read this description and sign up to play the game.

‘Touch Tomorrow’ STEM Festival at WPI, June 9

Worcester Polytechnic Institute and WGBH will present Touch Tomorrow — a festival of science, technology, and robots — on Saturday, June 9, 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. Programming includes hands-on activities, exhibits, presentations, and the movie, Dream Big. 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.

WGBH will host the Design Squad Team Challenge competition for teams of 2-6 students in Grades 5-8 to design and build a wind turbine that can lift heavy objects.  See a video hint and register your team. Choose your preferred round (11AM or 2PM).

NNHS Envirothon Team Wins State Title — Again

Newton North HS has once again won first place in the 31st annual Massachusetts Envirothon competition and will represent the state at the North American competition, July 22-28 in Pocatello, Idaho. After a year of intensive preparation and study, the team traveled to the Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge to compete against 26 other high schools in an all-day schedule of written tests and hands-on activities assessing knowledge of soils, forests, water, and wildlife. Each team also gave a presentation about its research into its own community’s water infrastructure resources and needs, identifying a partnering opportunity and making specific recommendations for action. This is the sixth time in seven years that Newton North HS has won this honor.

LigerBots Compete in BattleCry and Plan Participation in Community Events

This weekend the LigerBots participated in the two-day Battlecry 19 post-season FIRST robotics competition at Worcester Polytechnic Institute with 59 other teams from the region. The LigerBots ended the Qualifying Rounds with a record of 5-3-0 and were invited to join an alliance headed by The Bionics from Billerica. This alliance advanced to the quarter-finals, where they were defeated by the alliance that eventually won the competition.

The ever-community-minded LigerBots plan to bring their robot to events in May and June, including the Newton Memorial Day Parade on May 27Newton Highlands Village Day on June 10, and  Tour de Newton on June 17. The team will also host an evening meeting for all parents and potential coaches (all are welcome!) to learn about FIRST LEGO League (FLL) on Wednesday, June 20, 7-9PM, at the Newton North High School Film Lecture Hall. And the team is starting the process of recruiting new students for the 2018-2019 school year.

Mass. College Students: Attend MassEcon ‘World of the Future’ Conference, June 1

MassEcon will hold its annual conference, World of the Future: Key Drivers of Change, on June 1, 7:30-9:30AM, at the Newton Marriott hotel. Speakers include:

  • Nav Singh, McKinsey & Company, focused on innovation in pharmaceuticals and medical products
  • Shirley Leung, Boston Globe columnist and associate editor
  • David Lucchino, Frequency Therapeutics, co-founder, president and CEO
  • Daniela Rus, MIT CSAIL, professor of computer science and artificial intelligence
  • Corey Thomas, Rapid7, CEO

Stay in MA, sponsored by Flybridge Capital Partners, aims to foster entrepreneurship and innovation by offering scholarships of up to $100 for full-time college students in Massachusetts to attend business and technology networking events such as this one. Apply for a scholarship to offset the $85 conference fee for those who are not members of MassEcon.

Tufts CEEO High School Summer Workshop, July 23-27

Tufts University’s Center for Engineering Education and Outreach (CEEO) still has room in its High School Workshop, July 23-27, for Grades 9-12 to explore simple machines, aerodynamics, robotics, and maker tools using woodworking tools, laser cutters, the EV3 robotics platform, and microbit controllers.

Jane Street ‘Women in STEM’ NYC Recruiting Event, July 29-31

Jane Street Capital — a quantitative trading firm — will host its sixth annual Women in STEM event  July 29-31, 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 June 29 , including your resume and a statement (up to 250 words) about yourself and why you’d like to attend. Email womeninstem@janestreet.com if you have questions.

UMass Amherst Summer STEM Program for Grades 9-12

UMass Amherst is accepting applications for a range of residential summer programs for high-school students.  STEM topics among the courses (spanning 1, 2 or 6 weeks between July 1 and August 11) include:

  • Modern Astronomy
  • Engineering Institute
  • Hydrology & Climate Change
  • Genetic Engineering & GMOs
  • Genetics, Genomics & Evolution
  • Plant Biology
  • Visualizing Cells in Cancer & Disease

There are also opportunities for 6-week research placements for high-school students in the Research Intensives program. Apply early, since programs fill up on a rolling basis, and no later than mid-June.

Olin College Spring Expo, May 14 and SCOPE Summit, May 15

Each spring, Olin College of Engineering holds two public events to showcase the work of its students:

  • Olin Spring ExpositionMay 14 (10AM-3PM):  First-, second-, and third-year students present their projects in poster sessions, oral presentations, and artistic performances (see program). Register here.  For information, email expo@olin.edu.
  • SCOPE SummitMay 15 (9:30AM-3:30PM):  Seniors present the results of their year-long, corporate-sponsored Capstone projects via rocket talks and poster sessions.  Register to attend.