southeastern massachusetts STEM News and Events
Register Today! Massachusetts STEM Summit is October 22, 2014
Registration for the 2014 Massachusetts STEM Summit, Gateway to the Future, is now open. Prompt registration is encouraged as the event fills up quickly. Last year's Summit attracted more than 1,300 educators, business leaders and policy makers.
Throughout the day, panel presentations, plenary speakers and exhibitors will showcase STEM initiatives, share innovative thinking, and highlight the goals, plans and progress of STEM policies and programs throughout Massachusetts. Sessions will cover a broad range of topics, including: state policy; early childhood, K-12, and higher education; out-of-school time programs; digital education; research and practice; innovation and entrepreneurship; workforce development and career awareness; skilled educators; and more.
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STEM Resource Fair Attracts 250+
The second annual STEM Resource Fair was held Wednesday, May 21, 2014, at Bridgewater State University. Attendees walked away with inspiring, hands-on STEM lessons, STEM resources, and fresh ideas. Click here to view a complete list of exhibitors. Review detailed workshop descriptions here.
Spring Network Meetings Held Throughout Region
Practical, engaging and inspiring were just some of the adjectives used to describe the 2014 SEMA STEM Regional meetings. More than 275 STEM stakeholders shared effective STEM practices and programs during spring meetings at Cape Cod Community College, Weymouth High School, Jordan Jackson Elementary School (Mansfield), and Old Rochester Regional High School (Mattapoisett).
Attendees visited exhibitors and learned about business and school partnerships, integrating STEM across the curriculum in music and art, federal and state legislative STEM initiatives, after- and out-of-school STEM programs, and use of digital technology to personalize STEM learning.
Presenters included kindergarten students from Weymouth's Academy Avenue School who joined more than 30 million students around the world and across the U.S. in an "Hour of Code,"learning the importance of coding and computer science. Innovative STEM programs in early childhood were highlighted. Markman Children's Programs in Attleboro and the Children's Museum of Greater Fall River focused on preparing students for the 2010 workplace and emphasized the critical role of early childhood educators in introducing STEM language and concepts. Businesses, including AccuRounds of Avon, emphasized the need for new employees to have STEM and creative problem solving skills. School district presentations showed strategies they're using to align workforce and education. Initiatives included Mansfield's STEM Literacy Team, ORR's Science Vertical Team, Bourne's Evolving STEM Plan, and CCCC's work on developing a Cape Cod Regional STEM Plan.
SE MA STEM Network Annual Meeting Featured Kennedy & Chester
More than 120 Southeastern Massachusetts educators and business people joined Congressman Joe Kennedy (via Skype) & DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester to discuss STEM Workforce and Education Alignment. STEM employment opportunities are not limited to PhDs. There are STEM jobs available to all, from high school graduates to certificate earners, to associate's, bachelor's, and master's degree holders. Attendees discussed and learned about the current state of "middle skills" STEM jobs, the opportunities and needs of STEM employers, and how to best prepare students for college and career readiness. The program was held on October 16 at the Brennan Middle School in Attleboro. Click here to view the complete program agenda.
STEM Resource Fair for Educators Attracted 300
More than 300 attendees and exhibitors came together at the SE MA STEM Network's first Resource Fair for Educators on May 23, 2013, at Bridgewater State University. Participants attended workshops such as "Using Marine Animal Rehabilitation to Support STEM Goals" and "Sports and Engineering" to walk away with inspiring STEM lessons to incorporate into the classroom. Attendees also learned about STEM resource providers such as the Green Schools Project, National Institutes for Health, and NOVA Education. Resource materials available from the SE MA STEM Network included our Corporate Partners program, our SE MA STEM Directory, how to establish a STEM Education in your community, and our STEM Career Exploration website.
Special thanks to STEM Resource Fair Sponsor:
Contact Us: Questions regarding the STEM Resource Fair for Educators may be directed to STEM Coordinator Katherine Honey, firstname.lastname@example.org, 508.316.1480
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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Southeast Region on Target for STEM Goals
A recent report from the UMASS Donohue Institute shows that the Southeast Region is currently on target to meet STEM goals set by the Commonwealth in terms of: interest in STEM majors among college-going public high school graduates; the percentage of all students scoring Proficient or Advanced on the MCAS math, science, and technology/engineering assessments; percentage of students who demonstrate readiness for college level study in STEM fields by taking four or more years of high school math and three or more years of high school science; and the number of students graduating from post-secondary institutions with a degree in a STEM field.
The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network
A Resource for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Education
The Southeast/Cape and Islands 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.
The Southeast/Cape & Islands Regional PreK-16 STEM 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 about the SE MA Regional PreK-16 STEM Network, visit About the Network.
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