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Future engineer visits the 2012 USA Science and Engineering Festival May 10, 2012

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SCFG parent Christina Horner was determined to provide her daughter with as many meaningful science and engineering experiences as possible. Here’s her kindergartener’s perpective of the trip.

The USA Science and Engineering Festival was incredible!

I went with my daddy, mommy, brothers and my cousin, Kyle.  There were many people and many activities, like filling balloons with oobleck and fizzy stuff (mom’s note: sulfurate acid and baking soda), making a cannon and building towers with blocks.

My favorite activity was building a Simon.  A Simon is a lot like Simon Says.  You have to follow the colors on a little computer that doesn’t talk.  It was easy.  I used a circuit board, plastic fasteners, gaskets, lights, screws solder and a soldering iron.  It was VERY hot! A soldering iron looks like a screw and a pen, but instead when you put it to metal smoke comes out.  It makes the metal become glue.

The finished product

I can’t wait to go again!

–B

Like Math but Not Sure About Typical Competitions? Check out SUMiT 2012 November 25, 2011

Posted by Connie Chow in For parents, General Post, Non-SCFG programs.
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Girls in grades 6-10. This is for you!

SUMiT is a fully collaborative, math-intensive, fun and exciting event where participants must work together to achieve a common goal. Based on the traditional end-of-semester Treasure Hunts at Girls’ Angle, MIT’s Undergraduate Society of Women in Mathematics and Girls’ Angle are collaborating to bring the Treasure Hunt out of Girls’ Angle to the general public.

According to Ken Fan, founder and director of Girls’ Angle, SUMiT’s format defies traditional math competitions, where competitors work alone. Instead, it is more like a team support where the girls have to work cooperatively and will “lose together or win together”.

At SUMiT, the girls enter a big room and must work together in order to surmount problems some of which will be even more challenging than typical contest problems precisely because of the expectation that they will be “SUM”ming up their minds and helping each other.

Event date: January 21. Registration opens November 28.

For more information, please visit www.girlsangle.org/page/SUMiT.html

And yes, they’re still looking for additional sponsors!

Art & Science @ 20,000 Leagues under the Sea July 25, 2011

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Dr. Beth O.

Wouldn’t you want your (conceptual?) art decorating scientific equipment 5000 meters under the ocean and be part of a contest sponsored by the Center for Dark Energy Biosphere Investigations?

Just found out about this really cool Adopt-a-Microbe Project started by marine microbial biogeochemist Beth Orcutt. She’s part of a group of researchers trying to understand what’s going on in the deep biosphere. Not just  in the deep ocean, but thousands of meters underneath the seafloor. That’s deep.

As they said, “We know that tiny little life forms exist down there, but we don’t know much about who they are and what they are doing (yet!)”.

The next round of Adopt-a-Microbe activities doesn’t start till September, but you enter your artwork for the contest before September 10, 2011. Details below and here.

Thanks to our FB friend @WendyGrus for alerting us to this awesome project.

MIT Program for High School Students. 12/15 deadline November 18, 2010

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The MIT Mathematics Department offers a new afterschool outreach program for high school students from Greater Boston, called PRIMES: Program for Research In Mathematics, Engineering, and Science.

PRIMES connects high school students with MIT faculty and graduate students to work on advanced research projects in mathematics or computational biology.

Program participants come weekly to MIT campus to meet with their mentors, audit lectures, and visit MIT labs. The Program is free, and there is no application fee.

Girls, minorities, and students from underprivileged groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

The application deadline for the 2011 program cycle is December 15, 2010.

For further information, see http://web.mit.edu/primes

The Story of Cosmetics July 23, 2010

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Last night was the Boston premiere of The Story of Cosmetics movie. It’s a must-see for everyone! The film reveals what toxins are being put into cosmetics that we use every day.

Did you know there are carcinogens in baby wash? What about lead in lipstick? If you hadn’t thought about it before, this movie will make you think twice about the lip gloss, shampoo, and other cosmetics that you use. Check out the movie and the website: http://storyofstuff.org/cosmetics/