southeastern massachusetts STEM News and Events
Science, Technology & Engineering (STE) Activities Focus of Easton Event
Integrating STE Practices Across the Curriculum and Grade Levels was the theme on October 20 when educators, STEM leaders, and community members gathered to explore hands-on classroom activities which support the state's STE standards adopted in January 2016. Christen Foote and Kim Krockta of the Easton Public Schools demonstrated ways they are integrating STE practices into the classroom. Potential district-wide activities, grade level adaptations, and cross-curriculum connections were also explored. This is one of several events within the SE MA STEM Network focused on developing educational experiences that support the ability of students to engage successfully in the MA STE practices and to deepen understanding of STEM concepts and how STEM skills expand career opportunities. Pictured at right, SE MA STEM Network Coordinator Katherine Honey works with attendees. Click here to view additional photos from the program.
Transition Plan for MCAS STE Tests Announced
At its January 26, 2016, meeting, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted to adopt the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Standards. These revised standards were incorporated into the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework, published in April 2016.
Accordingly, over the next few years the MCAS STE program will be transitioning to assess the new standards. Click here for more details and the timeline of the transition.
Summer Workshop Attendees Create Turbines and More
Sixty PK-12 educators, representing more than thirty communities, attended the STE Standards and Practices Workshop on August 10 at Bridgewater State University. Participants engaged in STEM activities facilitated by local teachers, business professionals, and community and government leaders. Designed to emphasize the importance of STEM education and support the Commonwealth's recently revised science, technology & engineering standards, the hands-on workshop allowed participants to examine new activities, consider novel strategies, and discover available resources. Click here to view additional photos from the August 10 event.
STE Standards Seminars Held in June
The SE MA STEM Network, in collaboration with the MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, hosted three seminars which were designed to facilitate the sharing of ideas and resources in order to support the integration of the newly adopted STE standards and practices this June. Gatherings in Weymouth, Silver Lake, and Attleboro featured interactive presentations and hands-on activities. Seminars focused on introducing the eight practices and grade level standards. Click here to view more photos from the programs.
Envision Replication Efforts Continue: Weymouth Hosts Week-long Program
The American Association of University Women, in partnership with the Weymouth Public Schools, recently hosted a week-long Envision the Future program featuring a variety of STEM programming. Based on last summer's successful residential program, this full-day variation is designed for young women entering grades six through nine.
In separate replication efforts, teams of Envision the Future girls are continuing to integrate STEM into their communities through various activities and events throughout Southeastern Massachusetts.
The Easton Envision Team has presented at the town's Harvest Fair, volunteered at the Children's Museum, assisted with an aftershool STEM program at Parkview Elementary, and participated in the second annual STEAM Family Night at the Richardson Olmsted Elementary School.
Attleboro's Envision Team was recently honored to participate as part of the Cambridge Science Festival project called Tenacious Engineering. Click here to see the video.
Envision the Future Replication Resource Fair & Meeting held December 10
The first-ever Envision the Future Replication Resource Fair and Meeting was held Thursday, December 10, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:30 p.m. at Bridgewater State University. The 2015 Envision the Future Girls and Replication Teams shared how they've brought Envision into their communities. Click here for additional information.
Hailing from 17 communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond, 48 girls celebrated their successful participation in the first-ever Envision the Future Program on July 24, 2015. A collaborative project of the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network and CONNECT, Envision the Future is a five-day residential science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) program for girls ages 11 - 13. Held July 20 - 24 at Bridgewater State University, Envision the Future provided opportunties for participants to engage in challenging STEM activities, explore career options with STEM professionals, meet women role models in STEM fields, and connect with other girls with similar interests and aspirations.
The program models effective practices and is designed to foster interest in the STEM disciplines. Exciting workshops and activities included: using DNA to solve a crime, creating mobile apps, building an underwater remotely operated vehicle, designing a balloon car, programming robots, participating in the Women Heroes Writing Project, learning about the achievement of women in STEM throughout history, and working with mentors to design a career path.
Key Partners are: American Association of University Women (AAUW), CONNECT Partnership, and the Office of Congressman Joseph Kennedy.
NEW - Click here to view a slideshow of photos from the 2015 Envision the Future program.
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2015 STEM Resource Fair Showcased Envision Projects & Area Resources
The third annual SE MA STEM Network's STEM Resource Fair on July 24, 2015, marked the culmination of the Envision the Future Program and featured a variety of STEM programs and initiatives available throughout Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond. STEM stakeholders including parents, educators (early childhood and K-16) and representatives of business, government and community organizations attended to gather resources, connect with potential STEM partners, share ideas, and network.
In addition of showcasing projects from Envision the Future participants, activities and information focused on aligning workforce and education; integrating STEM, arts, humanities, and fitness; and learning about community STEM initiatives. Topics included career and college readiness, STEM content professional development, and STEM literacy for all students. *
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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