School Programs, Events, Competitions, and Professional Development

Mark your calendars with these grant opportunities, workshops, conferences and more!

April 13-22 – 12th Annual Cambridge Science Festival, a 10-day celebration showcasing fun and the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math in our region. The multifaceted, multicultural festival features more than 200 events designed to make science accessible, engaging, and fun.

Apr 15 – Application deadline for Gloria Barron Prize for Young Heroes. This prize recognizes outstanding young leaders ages 8 to 18 who have made a significant positive impact on people, their communities, and the environment.

April 22 – Earth Day. In 1970, the first year of Earth Day, the movement gave voice to an emerging consciousness, channeling human energy toward environmental issues. The theme of Earth Day this year is “Ending Plastic Pollution.”

Apr 23-29National Environmental Education Week, which celebrates the benefits of environmental education and encourages stewardship of our essential resources: land, air, and water.

April 24Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS) 2018 Professional Development Seminar Series: The Technology, Data and People Behind Forecasting in the National Weather Service and Engaging Students with Weather & Climate Through Media. Final of four full-day sessions, exploring STEM content areas in the morning and skill-based hands-on activities in the afternoon.

Apr 27 Stop Food Waste Day strives to educate and ignite change regarding the food waste epidemic. The goal is to draw attention to the problem as well as create and share creative and impactful solutions.

April 28 – Keep Massachusetts Beautiful 2018 Great Massachusetts Cleanup. Join with your neighbors, friends, family, and co-workers to clean up and beautify your neighborhood or community.

May 9Bike to School Day celebrates the benefits of biking and walking to school. Register your school’s event to be counted among the thousands of schools who participate each year and be entered into drawings for bikes and helmets!

May 10 – The Furniture Trust 8th Annual Eco-Carpentry Challenge invites students across Massachusetts to develop new products from a suite of used office furniture donated by local organizations to increase awareness about the value of upcycling. Participating students showcase their creations at this special event in Boston.

May 15 –  Pledge to get your hands dirty on Plant Something Day. Gardening can beautify your neighborhood, reduce your stress level, cut your home energy costs, and provide pollen or nectar for pollinators.

May 17  – Mark your calendars for Outdoor Classroom Day, a day to celebrate and inspire learning and play outside the classroom. Join schools from across the world in taking at least one class outdoors for one lesson!

May 18 – Save the date for the 2018 Massachusetts Envirothon, at Blackstone River and Canal Heritage State Park in Uxbridge

May 21-22 – Save the Date for the Northeast Resource Recovery Association 37th Annual Conference & Expo in Manchester, NH, including the 9th Annual School Recycling Conference on May 22.

June 18 – Application deadline for the Ocean Awareness Contest. Students age 11-18 from around the world are invited to explore, express, and advocate for issues related to climate change and our oceans through creative visual art, poetry, prose, film, or music projects.