What is Newton doing for Massachusetts STEM Week? This Saturday, we’re going to Think Big! The Newton Free Library, John M. Barry Boys & Girls Club, and NewtonSTEM are hosting their third gathering of middle- and high-school students to meet and talk informally with a wide range of local professionals in Science, Engineering, Technology, and Math. The event is free for Grades 6-12 and takes place at the Newton Free Library this Saturday, October 27, 2PM-4:30PM. Students are asked to register for the event, but walk-ins will be accepted as space allows.
Earlier Think Big! events in November 2015 and March 2018 were a blast. As with earlier events, the Newton LigerBots high-school robotics team will again assist, and Cabot’s will again provide free ice cream to fuel the discussions. This time, the 17 STEM mentors — nearly all from Newton — include:
– a New Balance designer of performance-running shoes
– a NNHS graduate and founder/COO of Embr Labs
– the head of a gene-therapy lab at Harvard
– the director of cellular biology at a biotech startup
– the head of manufacturing science at Sanofi
– a manager of global supply chains for Cabot Corp.
– a scientist working with carbon nanotube applications
– a patent technical adviser in a law firm
– an expert in competitive gaming
– a physician instructor at Harvard Medical School
– several scientists working in drug discovery and design