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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 Week Participants Celebrated at November 18th Event

Nearly 100 STEM enthusiasts were on hand to recognize the more than 50 STEM Week events hosted throughout Southeastern Massachusetts during the Partnerships Advancing STEM Education event at Bridgewater State University on November 18. Citations were distributed recognizing event hosts from schools, colleges & universities, businesses, and community organizations. A panel, facilitated by AccuRounds CEO Michael Tamasi, shared the impact of STEM Week events and the value of business/education partnerships in preparing students for success in the workplace. Exhibitors displayed various STEM projects and programs and attendees connected with potential partners, acquired new resources, shared ideas and strategies, and discussed ideas for STEM Week 2020.

Educating for the Future Event a Success!

On August 12, 2019, the SE MA STEM Network hosted, Educating for the Future: Practices - Programs - Partnerships at Bridgewater State University. The event, which attracted nearly 100 regional STEM enthusiasts, provided opportunities for participants to engage in relevant, contemporary, experiential learning activities that can be replicated throughout a variety of learning organizations during the Commonwealth’s second annual STEM Week, October 21-25, 2019.

Massachusetts Secretary of Education Jim Peyser provided dynamic welcoming remarks for the attendees and encouraged all of the participants to “See Yourself in STEM,” this year’s STEM Week theme.  The secretary emphasized the importance of authentic collaboration between PK-16 education partners and businesses saying, “STEM education needs employer engagement to work.” He challenged employers to consider how they could accommodate interns, and if it would be feasible for them to represent 10% of their business workforce.

Additional program highlights included remarks from Anvitha Addanki, a Canton High School senior and 2019 MA State Science & Engineering Fair 1st place winner for her research entitled, “A Novel Noninvasive Biomarker for Diagnosing Major Depressive Disorder,” as well reflections from Francesca DiMare, 2019 Brockton High School Valedictorian and 2019 MA State Science & Engineering Fair 2nd place winner for her project entitled, “A DNA Barcode Approach to Ascertain the Foraging Habits of Native Bees.”

During the event, participants had the opportunity to engage in four, hands-on workshops, where materials, models, and resources were provided so the activities could be replicated and adapted in their respective settings. Workshops topics included: Creating Emojis, presented by Project Lead the Way (PLTW;  Micro:bit Magic 8 Ball, presented by the Kaput Center for Research & Innovation in STEM Education at UMass Dartmouth; Engaging All Ages in Coding, presented by the Robbins Children’s Programs; Engaging STEM Learners with iPad, presented by Apple Education; iPlan: An Exploration of Local Environmental Monitoring, presented by Mass Audubon; STEAM Drones, presented  by  Nebula Academy;  Survive That Tsunami!, presented by Wade Institute for Science Education; Innovation Station - problem based learning, presented by Mansfield Public Schools; and Engineering Design Challenge – Wind Turbines, presented by Brockton Public Library- Maker Space. Pictured above are event speakers Secretary Peyer, Anvitha, and Francesa. Click here for additional photos from the event.

To obtain additional information about the Commonwealth’s 2nd Annual STEM Week, visit https://www.massstemweek.org/ or visit the SE MA STEM Network website http://connectsemass.org/stem/ to register your event.

SE MA STEM Network Represented on Governor's Council

Dr. Stacey A. Kaminski, executive director of CONNECT and administrator of the SE MA STEM Network, was recentlyappointed to serve as one of 29 members of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The Council, created to expand access to high quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth, serves as the central coordinating entity bringing together participants from state agencies, the legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved with STEM planning and programming.

The Council has identified four areas on which to focus its work: expanding work-based learning opportunities in STEM fields; developing and implementing early college career pathways; broadening access to high quality computer science and engineering education, and; strengthening and aligning the work of the regional STEM networks.

Dr. Kaminski is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Council, as a representative of all of the Commonwealth’s Networks.

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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