Science Exploration Day
A day of science for 72 students from Worcester East Middle and Burncoat Middle
Tuesday, October 23 
Private Event – Middle School

STREAM Around the Globe PD Plan
Students and teachers will kick off event to start the process of preparing for the main event of STREAM Around the Globe in December, 2018.
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26
Private Event – Early Education; Elementary and Middle School; Educators and Administrators

Free Weekly Playgroups
FREE Weekly playgroups/storytimes/craft times/STEM activities for families with young children ages 0-6.
Monday, October 22 – 9:30 AM – Peter Twomey Youth Center, 348 Main St., Groton
Monday, October 22 – 1:00 PM – Stevens Memorial Library, 20 Memorial Dr., Ashburnham
Tuesday, October 23 – 10:30 PM – Ashby Free Public Library, 812 Main St., Ashby
Wednesday, October 24 – 10:30 AM – Townsend Public Library, 12 Dudley Rd., Townsend
Friday, October 26 – 10:00 AM – Forbush Memorial Library, 118 Main St., Westminster
Public Events – Early Education

Design Thinking Bootcamp
Students will complete a series of mini design challenges to learn design thinking attitudes and skills, such as persistence and scoping a problem. Students will then apply what they have learned to an open-ended design challenge: Can you help the Gingerbread Boy get across the river safely and quickly?
Monday, October 22 – Thursday, October 25
Private Event – Elementary; Middle and High School

MySTEM – WPI at Elm Park School

WPI volunteers will bring STEM kits from the Central MA STEM Network to Big Brothers Big Sisters matches at the Elm Park Elementary School.
Wednesday, October 24 
Private Event – Elementary

MySTEM – AWIS at Vernon Hill School

AWIS STEM Professionals will come to present STEM topics around DNA, biology, and biophysics to the Big Brothers Big Sisters matches at Vernon Hill School. These youth and their college age mentors will get to meet the women of AWIS and do hands-on activities together during their regularly scheduled match time.
Monday, October 22 and Wednesday, October 24 
Private Events – Elementary

A week of STEM activities and a Family event
Monday, October 22 – Friday October 26 
Private Events – Elementary School

Science of Roller Skating 
Students will reverse engineer a roller skate and learn how each part functions to make the skate. They will learn about friction and discuss how surfaces in the rink are made of different materials and how that affects the skate in motion. They will perform an experiment to test the friction of the skating floor versus the carpet. Students will have a chance to showcase their creativity and design a new feature for a skate.
Sunday, October 21 – 11:30 – 5:00 pm
Location – On A Roll, 90 Duval Road, Lancaster, MA
Public Event – All Grades
Registration Required – email 
First 200 registrants are FREE, then $8 per person

CENTRAL MA STEM COMMUNITY including Worcester and Fitchburg/Leominster Boys and Girls Clubs, WPI, Fitchburg State College, QCC, Big Brothers Big Sister of Central Mass/Metro West, and a dedicate high school math teacher
Designing My Future: A STEM Career Expo for Families and Students
A community event inviting middle and high school students and their families to have fun, enjoy music and food, and learn about different careers in science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM). Do you like playing video games? Controlling robots? Music? Animals? Your cell phone? You might be a future STEM expert! Come and chat with people in different STEM careers to find out how they got into their careers. No matter if you’re a middle or high school student looking to learn for your future or a parent or family member looking to change jobs, we promise there’s something for everyone. In addition to STEM career professionals, there will also be people from local colleges, STEM after school programs and more available to chat with you and answer all questions you might have as you think about your future pathway. Childcare for younger kids will be available.
Thursday, October 18 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM    
Location: Boys & Girls Club of Worcester; 65 Tainter St., Worcester
Public Event – Middle School and High School

Thursday, October 25 – 6:00 – 8:00 PM
Location:  Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster; 365 Lindell Ave., Leominster
Public – Middle School and High School

For more information and group registrations for the Designing My Future events, please visit

STEM Feature on The Working Lunch radio and TV show
The CMWIB’s Working Lunch show will incorporate a STEM theme and feature interviews and footage of area STEM employers and career information
Wednesday, October 24 – Afternoon (approximately 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Public Event – All Ages

Bridging the Gap
Students will work to solve the problem of a spanning a gap left by a broken bridge.
Tuesday, October 23 – Wednesday, October 24
Private Event – Middle School

More information coming soon.

Blackstone Valley STEM Conference
This exciting program introduces approximately 100 seventh- and eighth-graders from Blackstone Valley schools to the many STEM careers and allows them to meet inspiring professionals in the STEM fields. The students cycle through three hands-on workshops, attend a keynote lecture, and participate in an electrifying closing activity while spending the day on a college campus. Afternoon programming for parents provides information on early college planning and paying for college. The conference is jointly presented by Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University and Blackstone Valley Education Foundation, and is held on Cummings School’s North Grafton campus.
Saturday, October 20 
Private Event – Grades 6-8 

Storybook STEM
In celebration of Massachusetts STEM Week, we will be solving a problem found a familiar story during the 2:00 pm Science Discovery. After reading the story, audience members will work together to identify key problems, generate solutions, and design a prototype to solve the problem! This activity will be fun for all ages and is free with museum admission.
Tuesday, October 23 – 2:00 PM
Public Event – Early Education; Elementary; Middle School and Families
Free with admission

Science Discovery: Chemistry is Colorful
In celebration of National Chemistry Week, Massachusetts STEM Week, and the emergence of colorful fall leaves, the EcoTarium will be facilitating chromatography experiments to explore the chemistry of color.
Tuesday, October 23; Thursday, October 25; Friday, October 26 – 11:30 AM
Saturday, October 27 – 1:30 PM
Location:  EcoTarium – 22 Harrington Way, Worcester
Public Event – All Ages
Free with admission

Science Discovery: Chemistry is Colorful
In celebration of National Chemistry Week, Massachusetts STEM Week, and the emergence of colorful fall leaves, the EcoTarium will be facilitating chromatography experiments at 1:30 pm to explore the chemistry of color!
Saturday, October 27 – 1:30 PM
Location: EcoTarium – 22 Harrington Way, Worcester
Public Event – All Ages
Free with admission

Preschool Wednesday: Chemistry Makes Scents
Preschool Wednesday includes story time, a live animal visit and a supervised, craft activity — all geared especially for little ones aged 4 and under. This week we celebrate National Chemistry Week and Massachusetts STEM Week by focusing on the chemistry of smelling!
The story and animal circle is held at 10:30 a.m. and 11:00 a.m. Drop-in craft time continues from 10:30 a.m. through 11:30 a.m.
Wednesday, October 24 – 10:30 AM
Location: EcoTarium – 22 Harrington Way, Worcester
Public Event – Early Education
Free with admission

Science Story Time: Chemistry Makes Scents
We are celebrating National Chemistry Week and Massachusetts STEM Week by focusing on the chemistry of smelling! Science Story Time will feature a themed storybook reading, live animal visit, and interactive experiment exploring how and what the nose knows!
Saturday, October 27 – 11:30 AM
Public Event – All Ages
Free with admission

Fitchburg State University
ACS Program in A Box
Please consider joining us for ACS Program in a Box Voyage to Mars: Red Planet Chemistry! We will be providing refreshments, and science activities based around the main event hosted by ACS a telecast with expert presenters and prizes. More details regarding the topics and presenters can be found on our website. Please feel free to bring anyone interested in the topic we should have something for just about everyone!
Tuesday, October 23 – 6:30 PM
Location:  Fitchburg State University Hammond Hall:  Falcon Hub
Public Event – Middle School; High School; Adult; Educators and Administrators

Spooky Science with Girls Inc. of Worcester and WPI
Students in the Teacher Prep program at WPI will present “spooky”, hands-on STEM experiments with the Girls Inc. of Worcester Eureka! program.
Monday, October 29 
Location:  Girls Inc. of Worcester
Public Event – Middle School

Technology Petting Zoo
Children have the opportunity to try out technology that may be new to them!
Monday, October 22
Public Event

Halloween STEM Activity
Join us for a Halloween themed STEM activity for toddlers and preschool children before our trick or treat walk to Town Hall.
Tuesday, October 23, Friday, October 26
Public Event – Early Elementary

Hands on Science with Kosmic Kelly
Saturday, October 27 – 2:00 PM
Public Event – All Ages

High school students learn to code in MATLAB and are then tasked to create their own fitness tracker. Students begin with an online tutorial on MATLAB which should start and be completed during Massachusetts STEM Week (October 22-26) as part of an after-school club or school time activity. Schools then form teams of up to 20 students (schools can form multiple teams) where at least 5 students have completed the tutorial. At the end of Massachusetts STEM Week, teams with at least 5 students who have completed the tutorial will be given a complimentary license of MATLAB Online and MATLAB Mobile and the challenge of collecting data, doing research and writing code to create their own fitness tracker.
Final submissions of team fitness trackers are due to i2 Learning on February 15, where a panel of judges from MathWorks, MIT and a number of other engineering organizations will award prizes to teams for creativity, technical ability and overall product solution. The judging rubric will be provided with the challenge.
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26
Open to All MA High School Students

Register here

Operation Welcome Mat
How do you draw creatures in? By laying out the welcome mat, of course! Throughout the year, fourth-grade and fifth-grade students will create a variety of habitat enhancements to make the schoolyard a more welcoming place for people and pollinators. During STEM week, fifth-grade students will take younger children out to test the latest additions to our science garden and nature trail: a talking garbage can, a musical bridge, an arch that welcomes visitors, and more!
Wednesday, October 24 – Thursday, October 25
Private Event – Elementary School

A Chair for my Mother
Based on the book A Chair for My Mother by Vera B. Williams, 3rd graders will design and construct miniature furniture for a room, as well as build chairs that support objects of various size and weight.
Monday, October 22 – Thursday, October 25
Private Event – Elementary School

Building Structures
– Auburn Elks

Come and play with KEVA Blocks and learn how you can encourage your children through open or focused exploration. Review the MA Pre-K STE Standards. Each participant will leave with KEVA Blocks to take back to their program. Buffet Dinner included
Tuesday, October 23 – Evening
Public Event – Early Education

College & Career Exploration

College & Career Exploration Day is designed to expose high school students to the career opportunities within the life sciences industry, while providing an understanding of the connection between their academic choices and career path. The event will showcase a wide array of educational opportunities and diverse fields of study in college life sciences programs. Through rapid-paced mentoring sessions, students will learn first-hand from industry volunteers about their unique qualifications, educational backgrounds, and interests that brought them to biotechnology and the contribution each of their roles make in this evolving industry.
Tuesday, October 30 – 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Private Event – High School; Higher Ed & Industry Professional Volunteers

Halloween STEAM

Experiments ,pumpkins, tricks and treats, building and more!
Saturday, October 27 – 11:00 AM – 1:00 PM
Public Event – Elementary and Middle School

Contraptions, Magformers, Kevamaker Bot Maze, Ozobots
Wednesday, October 24; Friday, October 26 – Drop in 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Public – Toddler & Elementary

Technology/Engineering Chair Building

Design and construct a free standing chair or stool with legs with newspaper and white masking tape that can hold at least 5 fiction books. Participants may work in pairs or groups. Age 7+ Pre-registration at 508-865-1181 or contact – Millbury Public Library
Tuesday, October 23 – 6:00 – 7:00 PM
Public Event – Elementary; Middle School; High School; age 7+

Engineering A Story: Those Darn Squirrels!
The cat next door is terrorizing “Those Darn Squirrels” (a book by Adam Rubin)! Kids in 3rd through 5th grade are invited for a reading of the story, and challenged to engineer a solution to the squirrels’ problem. This event is part of a state-wide STEM week. Registration is required.
Tuesday, October 23 – 3:30 – 5:00 PM
Public Event – Grades 3-5

STEM Week at OSV

Highlighting STEM connections between the 19th century and today through special tours, and drop-in programming.
Wednesday, October 24 – Sunday, October 28 – All day
Public Events – All ages

PLTW Showcase
Project Lead the Way teachers at Thomas Prince School will host other educators to come into their classroom and see what PLTW is all about!
Wednesday, October 24
Private Event 

Manufacture Your Career

This event creates awareness of the wide range of careers in Manufacturing and supporting areas of STEM, the knowledge & skills needed for them and the types of technology used – and demonstrates how students can acquire their credentials in hands on activities in the labs at Quinsigamond Community College. The event is targeted at high school students, who will attend as part of a field trip coordinated through their school, and current QCC students.
Friday, October 19 – Morning
Private Event – High School; Educators and Administrators; Current college students

Explore Formulas for a Science Career
Biology & Chemistry workshops to interest high school juniors & seniors in Science careers
Friday, October 26 – Morning
Private Event – High School

Stimulating STEM Interest
Quinsigamond Community College will feature its STEM programs with interesting demos and information on programs shared by QCC faculty and staff. Tabling will be done all week long to get current students engaged and informed. There will be something surprising that highlights STEM each day, Monday thru Friday, in the ground floor lobby of the Administration building. Hours and demos will vary. Students will see why STEM is cool, and learn about the great career opportunities available.
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26
Private Event – QCC Students and Visitors

QCC Children’s School
STEM Week Activities
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26 – Morning
Private Events – Early Education

Science from Scientists’ During-School STEM Enrichment Program

Award-winning nonprofit Science from Scientists will be showcasing our during-school STEM enrichment program, in which we send real scientists into schools every other week to lead hands-on STEM experiments with students during school throughout the entire academic year in partnership with classroom teachers.
Monday, October 22; Wednesday, October 24; Friday, October 26
Private Event – Elementary and Middle School

ImagArena – Building Workshop

An exciting and hands-on program where participants explore the power of imagination through open-ended building exercises. Much more than a typical building workshop, ImagArena combines the spirit of an art program, the materials of a building workshop, and the framework of a video game to provide an experience that engages all types of learners. This event requires pre-registration.
Tuesday, October 23 – 6:30 PM
Location: Shrewsbury Public Library – 609 Main St., Shrewsbury
Public Event – Elementary and Middle School

Register here

Dash and Dot Club
Our robots Dash and Dot are back again this month! Learn how to program our fun robots using the Wonder Workshop apps. You will work in groups of three and will have a chance to work with both robots.  If you wish to track your own progress with the tutorials, you can bring a tablet or smart phone to use; but we will have tablets on hand for everyone to use!
For children grades 2 – 6. Space is limited and registration is required.
Thursday, October 25 – 6:00 PM
Location: Shrewsbury Public Library – 609 Main St., Shrewsbury
Public Event – Elementary and Middle School

Register here

Young Scientist
Young Scientists is a FREE hands-on enrichment program facilitated by STEM Beginnings. Children, ages 3-5, will learn STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) concepts through hands-on activities, story time, challenges and simple experiments. Siblings are welcome. Space is limited, registration opens two weeks before the date of each class.
Friday, October 26 – 11:00 AM-12:00 PM
Location: Shrewsbury Public Library – 609 Main St., Shrewsbury
Public Event – Early Education

Register here

STEM Goes STEAM Open House
Come and see why our STEMsters are saying “STEM is fun!” Join us in engaging activities where STEM goes STEAM! Families can participate in fun challenges that focus on concepts of science, technology, engineering, art and math:
S – Slime matters (dabble in some chemistry and explore slimy concoctions)
T – Meet and greet KIBO (program a robot using special coding blocks)
E- Around the block (take on the engineering challenge of building specific designs using only 50 blocks)
A – Spin Art Masterpieces (build a fan circuit that creates a spinning work of art)
M – Estimation station (test your math skills and try to guess amounts in all of our container challenges)
Wednesday, October 24 – 10:00 – 12:00 PM; 1:00 – 3:00 PM; 4:00 – 6:00 PM
Location: STEM Beginnings Studio 125 Turnpike Rd. ~ Suite 1 Westborough, MA
Public Event – PreSchool – 4th Grade

Register here

i2 STEM Week

An immersive STEM learning experience for middle school students and teachers.
Monday, October 22- Friday, October 26
Private Events – Middle School

STEM Week Showcase
Students will share some of the work they accomplished throughout STEM week. The 6th graders will show their models of lunar colonies, the 7th graders will show the kinetic sculptures they created, and the 8th graders will show their life size physiological systems map and share their experiences of conducting biopsies, setting broken bones, and learning to suture.
Friday, October 26 – 12:30-2:00 PM
Private Event – Middle School and Families

Open Hack & Crafts

Open Hacks and Crafts is a weekly event at Technocopia where we invite members and the public to share their ideas and projects with one another. It’s an excellent place to learn more about who we are, and meet new artisans and makers in an inspiring environment. The event runs every Thursday night from 7:30 to 10:00pm.
Thursday, October 25 – 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Location:  44 Portland St., 6th Floor; Worcester
Public Event – All Ages

Happy Hackers Society
The Happy Hacker Society is a monthly meetup for those interested in digital rights, privacy, information security, phreaking, modding, and technology. We gather the last thursday of the month for information sharing and discussion. Whether you are new to these topics, a professional looking to network, or have an academic interest, this is for you!
Thursday, October 25 – 7:00 – 10:00 PM
Location: 44 Portland St., 6th Floor; Worcester
Public Event – All Ages

Silly Spooky STEM Week
During the week we will be experimenting with many levels of STEM activities throughout the center. We will bringing STEM alive to the youngest to the oldest in our center. We will celebrate the learning with our parents on Thursday Night and encourage them to play for the night.
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26
Private Event – All grades

Worcester Child Development MA STEM Week Celebration
Worcester Child Development Head Start will be celebrating MA STEM Week throughout our program with a variety of exciting events. Some of these events include participating in activities from the SEEDS of STEM curriculum, exploring colors and architecture with the Read for the Record book, Maybe Something Beautiful, and inviting families to explore our STEAM rooms. These activities are guaranteed to promote creativity and ingenuity for all involved!
Monday, October 22 – Friday, October 26
Private Event – Early Education

STEM Family Night- Exploring Kitchen Chemistry
Head Start families are invited to  STEM Family Night where they will be exploring kitchen chemistry. Families will have the opportunity to experiment with a variety of ingredients found right within their kitchens to create solutions and mixtures that will bubble over, transform to new substances, and feed their senses in exciting ways!   Registration is required.
Tuesday, October 23
Private Event – Early Education

STEM Showcase
Information and displays with students in STEM majors to recruit undeclared students.
Tuesday, October 23
Private Event – Adult

Graduate School Information Session
A panel to talk to students about graduate school and the application process
Thursday, October 25
Private Event – Adult

Aisiku STEM Center Open House
This is an open house for faculty students and the community to learn about the activities and initiatives of the Worcester State University’s Aisiku STEM Center
Monday, October 22 – All day (approximately 9:00 am – 5:00pm)
Public Event  – Adult; Educators and Administrators

Aisiku STEM Center Speaker Series
A speaker from a STEM related field will give a talk that is open to the public.
Wednesday, October 24 – Afternoon (approximately 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Public Event – High School & Families; Adult; Educators and Administrators

STEM Center Student Research Talks
Presentations by students regarding their research conducted over the summer.
Tuesday, October 23 – Afternoon (approximately 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm)
Public Event – Adult; Educators and Administrators

Exploring live lobsters and crabs.
Monday, October 22
Private Event – Early Education

Girls Who Code
Girls in grades 7-11 learn about basic coding concepts.
Wednesday, October 24
Private Event – Middle School & High School

Girls Robotics
The Girls VEX IQ Robotics Team will offer girls an opportunity to explore and discover what robotics is all about. Girls will work together in teams to build a robot who will be able to compete at a competition. This program will provide a safe space for the girls to succeed, and grow their confidence and abilities together.
Wednesday, October 24
Private Event – Elementary

The Women’s Research and Mentorship Program (WRAMP) exposes young women to positive female role models with a STEM background who are pursuing an undergraduate, masters, doctorate, or post-doctoral degree. Each student will be matched with an undergraduate and graduate student to work on a research project in a mentoring setting.
Saturday, October 27
Private – High School

Middle School STEM Experience
Middle school students have the opportunity to visit our college campus and to discover science and engineering with some of our top undergraduate students in the Engineering Ambassadors program. Student groups typically spend two to three hours on the WPI campus and engage in hands-on activities, an early college readiness presentation, and a campus tour. Students register at:

Monday, October 22Moon Day/ Sun Day Shadows / Shadows on the Moon
Tuesday, October 23 – Telescope to Space, Seeing Stars: Constellations
Wednesday, October 24 – We’re OFF COUNTING DOWN, How do we explore: What do we need?
Thursday, October 25 – Other Planets , Orbit and rotation Games
Friday October 26 – Try a Stomp Rocket, Velocity & Force
Expand space week with developmentally appropriate literature, experiments, big vocabulary and fun.