Boston Area STEM Activities for Kids- June 2018 Roundup

I hope you all had a wonderful school year, and I am sure you are looking forward to summer vacation as much as I am. Following are a few STEM events I want to showcase this month.

Science & Us– Saturday, June 9 at Boston University for high school students

Science & Us is a day of presentations and workshops to teach high school students about science communication and, in general, how to explain complex ideas in exciting, clear ways through multimedia. Participants of all backgrounds and interests are welcome—from STEM to journalism and beyond. Students will get the chance to create their own work, chat with professionals about their unique, fulfilling careers, and enjoy an outdoor BBQ for lunch. This FREE event features speakers from MIT, Tufts, STAT News, and more. Register now.

TouchTomorrow– Saturday, June 9 at WPI in Worcester

Now in its seventh year, TouchTomorrow is a family-friendly festival featuring hands-on experiments, research lab activities, and interactive exhibits for all ages at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester. The event is FREE and open to the public. Register now.

Empow Studios– Grand opening events in Newton

Empow Studios, a provider of K-12 STEM curriculum and enrichment programs, is expanding and adding a new, year-round studio space in Newton, MA in June. There are a number of FREE workshops and events, including an open house on Saturday, June 23 showcasing what a day at Empow Studios is all about. Space is limited, so tickets are required. Register now.

Sustainable STEAM– June workshops for elementary teacher training

Are you looking for safe engaging lessons to teach science and engineering in unique affordable ways? Real-world sustainable innovations inspired by nature provide the backdrop for integrating scientific thinking and engineering design into your classroom. Beyond Benign’s workshop will equip you with interactive lessons aligned to MA STE, MA Common Core ELA & Math standards as well as Art extensions. Taught by Beyond Benign’s staff and Lead Teacher team of elementary teachers you will receive hands-on experience and open-access resources designed for teachers and by teachers. Earn 10 PDP’s for full participation in the workshop and completion of a follow-up assignment through our professional development co-sponsor Bridgewater State University.

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Here is a list of free or low-cost STEM activities for your kids to consider this month. Enjoy!

Beyond Benign

Beyond Benign

June (multiple dates):

  • Learn to code with CodeCampKidz and write HTML, CSS & JavaScript at Microsoft Store in the Burlington Mall and Rockingham Mall in Salem, NH. Intro classes free. (Grades 6, 7, 8)
  • Microsoft Stores in Boston and Natick are offering a variety of FREE STEM summer camps for students ages 8+. Register now.

June 1: Learn about ancient crocs with paleontologist Alex Hastings, PhD, Virginia Museum of Natural History, at the Museum of Science. Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

June 1: Free Friday night admission to The Discovery Museum in Acton.

June 2: Students will learn about civil engineering and try building bridges with fun materials at the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library. (Grades 4-8).

June 2-3: The Museum of Science is teaming up with the Red Sox to host a fun-filled roster of activities combining the spirit of baseball with STEM learning opportunities. Free with Exhibit Halls admission.

June 2-3: Come watch elementary, middle and high school students compete in RoboNation’s International SeaPerch Challenge at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. A STEM Expo will take place on Saturday, 11am-4pm and Sunday, 9am-2pm at the Claire T. Carney Library on the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth campus with no outside cost or registration required. Free + open to the public.

June 2, 9, 30: Hands-on engineering and design programs are offered by the MIT Museum in Cambridge. Free with Museum admission. (Ages 12+)

June 5: The Business of Doing Good (teaches social entrepreneurship to middle school students) is hosting a panel discussion for girls in Charlestown. Students will meet a panel of Women Entrepreneurs who are making the world a better place. Free event for girls

June 6, 13: CodeCampKidz invites you to two “Learn to Code” workshops at the Newton Free Library. You will write real HTML & CSS code progressing from the basics to more advanced topics building skill and self-confidence along the way. No experience is required. (Grades 5-7)

June 9: High school students participate in Science & Us at Boston University, a day of presentations and workshops to teach high school students about science communication and, in general, how to explain complex ideas in exciting, clear ways through multimedia. Free

June 9: Attend TouchTomorrow, a family-friendly festival featuring hands-on experiments, research lab activities, and interactive exhibits for all ages at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Free and open to the public.

June 9: Try some engineering in reverse and take apart an assortment of electronic devices and then draw a diagram to help them understand how they work. Workshop led by Eileen McMahon, co-founder of Boston Makers and held at the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library. (Grades 6-12)

June 10: Celebrate World Oceans Day at the New England Aquarium in Boston. All activities are free, open to the public, and do not require Aquarium admission.

June 16: Visit the Verizon innovative learning lab at the Verizon Destination in Boston (745 Boylston Street). In the Augmented Reality lab, kids will experience how digital information is integrated with their own environment in real time. (Ages 8-12) Free

June 16: Students will learn about building the perfect airplane at the Jamaica Plain branch of the Boston Public Library. (Grades 4-8).

June 24: Use Scratch to design a short video game, complete with the soundtrack at the Newton Free Library. (Grades 5-7)

June 26: Get an introduction to the world of computer programming, using the Python language in the Code Academy environment at the Worcester Public Library. You will learn about expressions, variables, logic, and control structures, and use them to write simple programs.

June 27-29: Museum of Science will be holding many STEM events for kids at numerous branches of the Boston Public Library.

Photo credit: Beyond Benign

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