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Science on display at Acera’s Innovator Symposium

By October 17, 2018March 29th, 2023No Comments

Would your kids like to make an electronic Halloween mask? Or meet makers of drones and creators of clothing inspired by NASA? These and other innovators will be on hand at Acera’s Innovator Symposium on Thursday, October 25, from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm. The free, family-friendly event will be held at Acera School, located at 5 Lowell Ave in Winchester.

The Innovator Symposium is an annual event designed to bring science and innovation to the public for people of all ages to explore. Last year, more than 300 kids, adults, researchers, and tinkerers came to learn about intriguing work happening right in our backyard.

Presenters include Gihan Amarasiriwardena, co-founder of Ministry of Supply, creators of NASA-inspired business clothing, and Dr. Kimberly Hamad-Schifferli of the Nanobiointerfaces Lab at UMass Boston. Amarasiriwardena once held the Guinness world record for the fastest half-marathon in a suit — one designed by his company; Dr. Hamad-Schifferli garnered international attention as one of the scientists behind a groundbreaking new test for zika virus. For a full list of presenters, visit the event webpage.

The Symposium will also feature a series of Maker Spaces, where attendees can explore robotics, conduct biochemistry experiments, make their own Halloween-themed electronic mask, and more.

Founded in 2009 by Winchester resident Courtney Dickinson, Acera engages students in individualized, project-based learning that is designed around their passions and aligned with their own abilities. In addition to K-8 education, Acera offers daily after-school enrichment programs as well as February, April, and summer vacation camps. For more information, visit

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