ABOUT THE NETWORK
The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network is one of seven Regional STEM Networks in Massachusetts funded through the STEM Pipeline Fund of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE). The STEM Pipeline Fund was established through economic stimulus legislation in 2003, and renewed annually since 2006. The DHE has focused the Pipeline Fund on three main goals: 1) increasing the number of students who participate in programs that support STEM careers, 2) increasing the number of qualified STEM teachers, and 3) improving STEM educational offerings available in public and private schools. Regional STEM Networks are set up to plan and implement activities that address the Pipeline Fund's goals in the best manner for their geographic area. Read the press release.
The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network (formerly the Southeast STEM Alliance) was founded in 2003 to respond to the STEM Pipeline Fund's request for proposals. A Strategic Plan for the Network was completed in March 2008. The Cape and Islands Network merged into the Southeastern Massachusetts Network in 2010. An Advisory Council for the Network was established in October 2010.
Grants from the DHE's Pipeline Fund have enabled the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network to sponsor successful programs in past years such as:
STEM Teacher Connections Learning Communities: To support the professional development of practicing STEM middle-school teachers in the four host towns of Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River, and Plymouth. Graduate courses in Number Sense, Algebraic Thinking, Physical Science, and Technology Engineering were offered to participating cohorts during the 2007 – 2010 grant period.
STEM Connections to Teaching Success sought to increase the number of STEM-certified teachers through two routes: 1) by providing no-cost MTEL preparation classes to future STEM content area teachers, and 2) by creating awareness of accelerated post-baccalaureate licensure programs at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and at Bridgewater State University. This program was offered during the 2007 – 2010 grant period.
Summer Science Camps, funded through a 2008 – 2009 DHE Student Interest grant, included weeklong Forensics camps at Durfee High School in Fall River and weeklong Sustainability Camps at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
The Network is administered by the CONNECT Partnership, a collaboration of the five public higher education institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts—Bristol, Cape Cod, and Massasoit Community Colleges; Bridgewater State University; and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.
Information about the activities of other Regional STEM Networks is available through these links: