Registration will open on October 23 for Clark University’s Fall Splash — a one-day program offering many dozens of classes for students in Grades 5-12, to be held November 19, 10AM-5PM, on the Clark campus (950 Main St., Worcester). The classes are taught by Clark student volunteers. Each student should create his/her own online account and then register as soon as possible because classes fill up. The day is free, with lunch included. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Grades 5-12: Registration Opens Oct. 23 for Clark University’s Splash, Nov. 19
- Register by Oct. 25 for STEM Pathways High-School Training in Synthetic Biology, Nov. 4
- High-School Students: Register Now for Boston College Splash, Nov. 5
- High-School Students: Register by Oct. 27 for MIT Splash, Nov. 18-19
- Grades 7-8: Register Now for WPI STEM Saturdays, Nov.-Apr.
- Studio of Engaging Math: Halloween Math Hunt & Open House, Oct. 29
- MIT Museum Celebrates Girls Day with ‘Physics Matters!’ Event, Nov. 4
- Computer Science Teachers Association Regional Conference, Oct. 28
- NNHS Science Team Raises Funds by Raking Your Leaves
- Grades 7-12: Register for Brandeis Splash!, Nov. 11
STEM Pathways — a Boston University/MIT outreach program for synthetic biology — will offer a one-day training session for high-school students (ages 15+) on November 4, 10AM-4PM, at Boston University. Students will learn about fundamental synthetic biology tools and concepts like DNA purification, gel electrophoresis, and bacterial transformation in a working synthetic biology lab environment. There is no fee, and lunch will be provided. Registration (including a recommendation letter from a teacher) is required by October 25. For more information, email email@example.com.
Boston College will hold BC Splash on Sunday, November 5. Splash is a one-day, student-run program in which undergraduates and graduate students teach mini-courses for high-school students. Running in parallel is the Parent Program for parents to talk with financial advisers, admissions directors, and faculty. There’s a $5.25 fee, which includes a pizza lunch. Registration is required, is first-come/first-served. For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 617-297-7524.
MIT’s Splash program runs each year on the weekend before Thanksgiving — this year, on November 18-19 (10AM-9PM on Saturday, and 9AM-6PM on Sunday). Splash gives students in Grades 9-12 the opportunity to take a wide range of over mini-courses and participate in walk-in activities. BostonTechMom has an insightful post recommending MIT Splash. This year, over 400 courses will be offered in the areas of Science, Computers & Programming, Engineering, and Mathematics — plus other stuff. The cost is $40 regardless of the number of courses taken, and generous financial aid is available.
The first phase of registration is now open until October 27 for students to specify their preferences for classes. Classes will then be filled by lottery, treating equally all those who register anytime in the first phase of registration. Lottery results will be available by October 30. MIT notes, “To get a full schedule, we recommend ranking at least 3 classes and starring at least 10 classes per time block. All class choices will be entered into the lottery. This is not first-come first-served; classes will be assigned after student registration is closed, so take your time.”
Some classes may be available for those registering later, in a subsequent phase of registration. See the Program Details page. There’s also a free Parent’s Program with campus tours and discussion of issues of interest to parents (see last year’s schedule), with no need for registration. For more information, email email@example.com.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute offers a series of STEM Saturdays for middle-school students to work with WPI faculty and students to explore STEM topics in a hands-on, team-based environment. In parallel, parents/guardians and mentors attend sessions on how to best support and encourage students in STEM. Register now for the entire series, 9AM-noon on November 4, December 9, January 27, February 17, March 17, and April 7, and attendance at all sessions is required for both students and parent/guardians. The cost is $180. For more information, contact the WPI Office of Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org or 508-831-4900.
The Studio of Engaging Math will host a Halloween Math Hunt and Open House on October 29, 10AM-1PM at 320 Washington St, Ste 301, in Brighton. Kids 4 to 14 years old and their parents are invited to play games of logic and strategy, solve challenging puzzles, and learn about the Studio’s curriculum.
On November 4, 10AM-5PM, the MIT Museum will hold its twice-yearly event, Girls Day, celebrating women in STEM. It’s designed to encourage girls (and boys) ages 10+ (but all are welcome!) to explore, build, create, and investigate with MIT faculty, students, and volunteers. This day will focus on Physics Matters! All hand-on activities, talks, and demonstrations are included in the cost of museum admission.
The New England Regional Conference of the Computer Science Teachers Association will be held October 28, 7:30AM-3PM at UMass Lowell (Olsen Hall, 198 Riverside Street, Lowell) with the theme, “Working Together to Strengthen K-12 Computer Science.. Registration includes lunch and is $30 online through October 22, then $40 online or $50 at the door.