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STEM Key Goals
  1. Increase student interest in STEM
  2. Increase STEM achievement of PreK-12 students
  3. Increase percentage of students who demonstrate readiness for college-level study in STEM fields
  4. Increase number of students who graduate from a post-secondary institution with degree in
    STEM field
  5. Increase number/percentage of STEM classes led by effective educators, from PreK-16
 

southeastern massachusetts STEM News and Events

Network Advisory Board Members Present at Stem Summit

Progress through Partnership was the theme of the 2017 Massachusetts STEM Summit at the DCU Center in Worcester on November 14. This year, members of the SE MA STEM Network’s advisory board served as panelists during a break-out session entitled, “Developing and Maintaining Business Partnerships - Regionally and Locally”. The session, attended by over 80 participants, highlighted examples of successful partnerships between PK-16 educators, faculty, administrators and business/ industry leaders.  Network panelists included: Rodney Clark, dean, Bristol Community College, Attleboro; Debra Garvin, education coordinator, Robbins Children's Program, Inc., Attleboro; Teresa Murphy, superintendent, Mansfield Public Schools, and Michael Tamasi, president/CEO, AccuRounds, Avon. Panel facilitators were Keith Connors, senior program manager, MA Department of Higher Education and Dr. Stacey Kaminski, executive director, CONNECT Partnership.

At the onset of the session, Mr. Connors provided pertinent context articulating the structure of Commonwealth’s STEM Networks to the audience, while Dr. Kaminski followed with a video highlighting the SE MA STEM Network’s 2017 initiatives including; the STE Practices Workshops, the Business & Education Alignment Meeting, the Work-Based Learning Seminar Series, and the STEM Expo.

During the panel discussion, Mr. Tamasi highlighted the importance of building partnerships with local school districts as a conduit for creating a talent pipeline to fill workforce needs, while Ms. Murphy shared examples of how her district conducted an inventory of family members who may be able to offer expertise and support to the schools, based on their own STEM career choice. Mr. Clark discussed the benefits of partnering with local businesses to promote STEM internship opportunities, while Ms. Garvin emphasized the importance of providing students with STEM experiences in PK.

We are eager to offer new series of professional learning programs to educators in spring 2018. Please visit our site and view our newsletter, the Petri Dish, for information about our programs and registration links.  

The next STEM Summit is scheduled for November 14, 2018, at the DCU in Worcester.

View SE MA STEM Network Highlights

Click here to view a comprehensive slideshow of program highlights from the SE MA STEM Network's 2016 - 2017 season.

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Don't Forget the Network's Resources...

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, among other 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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