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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

STEM Resource Fair Attracts 100 Attendees - May 18 Event is 5th at BSU

Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito welcomed more than 100 attendees to the SE MA STEM Network's Annual STEM Resource Fair on Thursday, May 18, from 2:30 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at Bridgewater State University. "Educating for the Future - 2020 and Beyond" was the theme of the event which featured various exhibits, a panel discussion, and networking. STEM stakeholders including parents, educators (PK-16/college/university) and representatives of business, government, and community organizations met to gather resources, connect with potential STEM partners, share ideas, and network. Activities and information focused on aligning workforce and education; integrating STEM, arts, humanities, and fitness; and learning about community STEM initiatives. Following the panel discussion facilitated by BSU President Fred Clark and featuring panelists from AccuRounds, Robbins Children's Program, Easton Public Schools, Sensata Technologoes, and Envision the Future. Congressman Joe Kennedy joined the group via Skype from Washington. Topics included career and college readiness, STEM content professional development, and STEM literacy for all students. Click here to view complete program information. Read a special BSU news feature, STEM on Display, here.

CONNECT Institutions Announce Summer of Science Programs

Over a thousand of the region’s school-aged children will engage in enriching science and technology programs this summer, thanks to the summer science offerings at the CONNECT campuses. Created for students in grades three through twelve, program topics include: forensics, robotics and game design; flight science, App development, Lego engineering, and minecraft - just to name a few.

According to Dr. Stacey Kaminski, executive director of CONNECT, “The Summer of Science programs were initiated by the presidents and chancellor of our institutions because they see a clear connection between students having experiential interaction with science at an early age, and their ability and interest in majoring in science, technology, engineering, or math (STEM) in college.”  In addition, the CONNECT CEOs believe that when students spend time on a college campus it is a prime opportunity for building a “college-going culture” in Southeastern Massachusetts and Cape Cod.  Most programs offer scholarships to families unable to afford regular tuition. Click here to learn more about Summer of Science.

Work-Based Learning Seminar Series Underway

On April 10th, 25 PK-12 educators, guidance counselors, and business leaders convened at the Dana Mohler-Faria College of Mathematics and Science at Bridgewater State University as part of an ongoing Work- Based Learning Seminar Series, coordinated by the SE MA STEM Network. The series aims to provide opportunities for the PK-12 community, industry leaders, and faculty from higher education to discuss how they can align curriculum, materials, and resources to better prepare students for the rapidly changing workforce. Participants who attended the BSU event were welcomed to the campus by Deans Kristen Porter-Utley and Elmore Alexander, and had the opportunity to tour the geology, biology, chemistry, and physics labs. Narrated tours, provided by faculty members, highlighted contemporary student and faculty research being conducted at BSU in each of these domains. In addition to the labs for BSU students, participants toured the City Labs which are available for PK-12 educators and students to visit and complete activities that are facilitated by the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education (CASE). Following a tour of the state of the art facility, which opened in 2015, participants were introduced to Bloomberg Terminals - a new addition to the Ricciardi College of Business at BSU. This technology enables students to track contemporary business trends and help them influence client decisions with real-time data. Participants also engaged in conversations about MassTransfer and Commonwealth Commitment. These initiatives are designed to encourage students to consider how credits can be obtained at community colleges, which can be more economical, and also incentivizes students to continue to pursue their bachelor’s degree at four-year institutions.

Upcoming work-based learning seminar series events include: North Easton Machine; the Hall at Patriot Place; Bristol Community College; and Massasoit Community College. View photos from the BSU event here.

Business & Education Alignment Meeting held at Sensata Technologies

Education Secretary Jim Peyser was keynote speaker at the March 9, SE MA STEM Network Business & Educator Alignment meeting at Sensata Technologies in Attleboro. More than 100 local educators and business leaders perused exhibits and participated in a panel discussion moderated by BSU President Fred Clark and featuring AccuRounds CEO Mike Tamasi, BCC President Jack Sbrega, Attleboro Superintendent David Sawyer, Sensata's Emily Haidemenos, and Envision the Future alumna Trinity Harrison. Read the related Attleboro Sun Chronicle article here.

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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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