southeastern massachusetts STEM News and Events
Register Today! STEM Resource Fair is May 18 at BSU
Don't miss the SE MA STEM Network's Annual STEM Resource Fair on Thursday, May 18, from 3:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Bridgewater State University. Join STEM stakeholders including parents, educators (PK-16/college/university) and representatives of business, government, and community organizations to gather resources, connect with potential STEM partners, share ideas, and network. Activities and information will focus on aligning workforce and education; integrating STEM, arts, humanities, and fitness; and learning about community STEM initiatives. Topics will include career and college readiness, STEM content professional development, and STEM literacy for all students. This event is FREE but Registration is Required. Click HERE to register today.
Hour of Code Events Held Throughout the Region
Responding to the challenge to host Hour of Code activities as part of Computer Science Education Week in December, more than 890 educational coding events were held throughout the Commonwealth with nearly 200 taking place in Southeastern Massachusetts/Cape & Islands. Hour of Code is a global movement seeking to “demystify code, to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science.”
Since 2013, Attleboro’s Robbins Children’s Program has participated in the Hour of Code. In 2014, Sue Grenier, an innovative early childhood educator with 35+ years of experience, was asked to engage her Pre-K – 5-year-old students in an Hour of Code activity. After initially questioning her ability to master the technology skills, she persevered in preparing for the event and her students excelled. (At left and above, Robbins students work on projects)
Today, as Senior Lead Educator, Sue is often called upon to present to her colleagues the newest STEM materials and toys such as Bee-Bots, which challenge students to be creative problem solvers and to learn creative and complex coding sequences. Other coding activities at the Robbins Children’s Program include using new coding toys which introduce the concepts of coding and programming to children as young as 3, such as the Code-A-Pillar and the Code and Go Robot Mouse. Throughout the year, educators use resources on Code.org to introduce new coding apps.
Another early adopter, Weymouth Public Schools, also has been involved with Hour of Code since 2013. During this year’s event, Lynn Howard, along with her colleagues, provided a variety of activities for students in grades K - 4 at the Murphy School. Each grade was assigned a day starting with the 4th graders on Monday who did block programming with the Minecraft or Star Wars programs on the Hour of Code. At the end of the week, the 4th graders mentored the kindergartners and 1st graders as they learned about computer programming with the Lightbot and Moana programs.
In addition to the Hour of Code in December, Lynn is planning lessons and activities throughout 2017 with computer programming using Lego Robotics (WeDo kits), Ozobots and Wonder Workshop Dash and Dotrobots (purchased with a grant from the Weymouth Educational Foundation (WEF). She also is planning a five-week, after-school enrichment class beginning in January 2017, for students interested in computer programming and robotics in 3rd and 4th grades. (At left and above, Weymouth students at work in the classroom)
Mansfield High School rounds out our featured participants, and also started with Hour of Code in 2013. Jacqueline Prester, Business and Technology teacher, has coordinated efforts each year, culminating with this year’s activity where six high school teachers reached more than 500 students. Plans to continue coding activities into 2017 are well underway.
For more information and ideas for your own Hour of Code activities visit https://hourofcode.com/us
Supporting STEM Council Priorities in our Region - MA STEM@Work
Baker-PolitoAdministration Welcomes New Southcoast Employers To Participate In MA STEM@WORK Program Connecting High School Students To STEM Internships
Initiative addresses skills gap and is developing future workforce to fuel rapidly growing innovation economy in New Bedford and Massachusetts
New Bedford – The Baker-Polito Administration today announced five new Southcoast companies -- Southcoast Health System, Siemens, Lockheed Martin, HTP Inc., and Five Star Companies -- that have signed on to participate in MA STEM@Work, an expanded initiative of the Governor’s STEM Council, to connect high school students to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) internships across the Commonwealth. The announcement came during a MA STEM@Work event at Five Star Companies headquarters in New Bedford, a firm that provides high quality instrument manufacturing, maintenance and repair services to hospitals and surgeons. Click here for the rest of the story.
Don't Forget the Network's Resources...
Including our searchable SE MA STEM Directory (new listings -- PBS's NOVA Education and HarborOne U); our Corporate Partner program (with member companies Accurounds, HarborOne Credit Union, Lockheed Martin, MathWorks, MEDITECH, Sensata Technologies, U.S. Air Force, and Verizon), and our Career Exploration website for middle and high school students. All resources are available through this website.
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The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network
A Resource for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Education
The Southeastern Massachusetts Regional PreK-16 STEM Network is a collaboration of schools, colleges and universities, other formal and informal educational organizations, and business and industry whose representatives are concerned with improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and increasing the number of students interested in and prepared for STEM-based careers.
This Network is one of seven regional STEM Networks in Massachusetts, all funded through the STEM Pipeline Fund of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. For more information visit About the Network.
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