southeastern massachusetts STEM News and Events
Volunteers Sought for STEM Summit Proposal Reviews
Planning for STEM Summit 2015 is well underway and the Summit organizers are seeking volunteers to help read and score session proposals. Many volunteers will be needed as the organizers expect a strong response. This expectation is based on the success of last year’s limited call for proposals and the fact that Summit 2015 will be the first time almost all breakout sessions originate from proposal submissions.
Proposal reviewers should have some experience or background in the strand for which they volunteer to read. This year’s Summit will offer breakout sessions among nine strands including: Career Awareness and Workforce Development, Digital Education, Early Education, K-12 Education, Higher Education (2-year), Higher Education (4-year+), Innovation and Entrepreneurship, Out-of-School Time, and Research and Practice.
The bulk of the review work will take place between May 18 and July 10, with July 10 as the date for final decisions. The organizers will provide all volunteers with a set of Reviewer Guidelines (including Conflict of Interest instructions) as well as a Scoring Rubric. Being a proposal reviewer is a great way to directly influence the quality and type of breakout sessions offered at the Summit.
If you are interested in reviewing proposals, complete a volunteer form here. Volunteer forms must be filled out by April 24, 2015. After the application deadline, Summit organizers will contact you to connect you to the strand leader in charge of your reading and scoring team. Contact Katherine Honey, SE MA STEM Coordinator, with any questions.
Envision the Future is a five-day residential science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) program for girls ages 11-13. The program models effective practices and is designed to foster interest in the STEM fields. The program will provide opportunities for participants to engage in challenging STEM activities, explore career options with STEM professionals, meet women role models in STEM fields, and connect with peers with similar interests and aspirations.
Some exciting workshops and activities planned include: 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 include: American Association of University Women (AAUW), Bridgewater State University, CONNECT Partnership, and the Office of Congressman Joseph Kennedy.
Click here for more information on how you can form an Envision the Future Team or help send a young women to this innovative STEM program,or contact Katherine Honey, SE MA STEM Network Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org.
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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