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STEM Newsletter Issue 2: Dec 2nd 2020

 Dear Readers,

Here are STEM activities in the next fortnight:

Empow Studios is hosting a free webinar for parents on Online learning

Empow Studios will offer a free webinar for parents, Online Learning: Help Your Kids Succeed, on December 3 at 5PM. Register here.

Lincoln Labs’ Science on Saturday: Curious About COVID, Dec. 12  

MIT Lincoln Laboratory is offering its Science on Saturdays programs virtually this year, and registration is NOT required. The programs are free and designed for children aged 5-17, their parents, and teachers. On Saturday, December 12 at 10AM, the program will be Curious About COVID, in two parts:

  • Part 1:  Wide-area Fever Screening will describe the building of a prototype digital imaging system to measure body temperatures of crowds of people.

  • Part 2: Become a Junior Epidemiologist will present an online game to help explain terms such as quarantine, contact tracing, super-spreader, exponential growth, herd immunity, isolation, protect the vulnerable, and flatten the curve.

TechGirlz: free online workshops for middle school girls

TechGirlz is a non-profit program founded to inspire middle-school girls to explore technology to empower future careers. Affiliated with the Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA), it runs free online workshops open to girls in Grades 6-8.  Upcoming online workshops include:

  • Build Your Own Voice App, December 12, 2:30PM – 4:30PM

  • Python Programming, December 18, 6:30PM – 8:30PM

  • You Can Code!, December 19, 12:30PM – 2:30PM

  • Game Design, December 28-29, 11:00AM – 2:00PM

Model UN Virtual Program on Climate Change

The United Nations Association of Greater Boston will offer two 3-day, virtual Model UN programs, the Virtual Spring Institute in Global Leadership, for students in Grades 7-10 to explore climate change from a global perspective. In the role of diplomats, students will engage in public speaking, negotiation, and team-building activities and use parliamentary procedure to structure the debate and represent the perspective of their assigned country in a full-day Model UN simulation on Climate Change. The programs will be offered February 17-19 and March 15-17, 9:30AM-3PM each day. The cost is $345 for each 3-day program. For more information, email lynn.arsenault@unagb.org.

Girls Scouts virtual STEM Conference

The Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts will hold its 9th annual STEM Conference and Expo for Grades 6-12, this time online, on March 20-21. For more information, contact Eileen Koury at ekoury@gsema.org.

Artisan’s Asylum Webinar: How YouTube Inspires Curiosity about Science

Artisan’s Asylum will present a webinar, Experiments and Explosions: How YouTube Inspires Curiosity about Science, on December 8, 6:30PM-7:30PM, to explore what sort of planning, building, and testing makes some STEM videos so compelling and popular. The cost is $15. Register here.

Planet Robotics Junior FLL Information Webinar Dec 11,5-6pm register here 

  1. Junior FLL session will run from Jan- March, one class(60 min) every week.

  2. Showcase will be in a remote setting this season, we will be compiling a video submission about our team's project. There might be a zoom call for judging for the Junior FLL showcase. Junior FLL showcase date has not been announced yet.

  3. Junior FLL tuition will be $125. It will include an Engineering Notebook, PLAYMAKERS edition LEGO's and the team T-shirt.

  4. Families will need to purchase their own LEGO WeDo2.0 kits( about $225 on Amazon)

 Here are some Science news that we found interesting

RMIT University of Australia has prototyped robotic skin 

In early September of 2020, the innovative team had already finished the prototype for an electronic ‘smart skin’.  This machine is fully sensitive, like human skin. This smart device is designed to mimic how humans react to pain. This device resembles a thin sheet of plastic, but when applied, can be revolutionary. These small gadgets are also looking to be the future of skin grafts.  These patches on the skin are still evolving into better products, using the latest technology like stretchable electronics, brain mimicking memory features, and temperature reaction coatings. 

Meteorite study suggests Earth may have been wet since it formed

A new study shows that the earth has been wet since it was formed. Not that the water came with an asteroid hitting Earth but it has always been there since the moment Earth was created. Scientists believe the Earth's core building blocks had to do with Earth’s water, they say that “Hydrogen-bearing” material has always been available in the inner solar system at the time the rocky planet was formed. One of the most interesting things they found was that enstatite chondrites which are considered to be dry actually contain a lot of water. It was assumed that the chondrites were formed near the sun making it dry but it collected water from the solar system as it went along.


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