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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

Free Solar Eclipse Resources Available from GALE

Because of the high level of interest in the August 21 solar eclipse, GALE is providing open access to several of its databases now through September 15th. Science in Context, Student Resources in Context, and Research in Context have been updated with plenty of eclipse-themed content and links suitable for all ages and levels of education. Libraries are invited to share these resources with their patrons and use the information to aid their own programs and eclipse activities. The Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners (MBLC) is providing library-specific, geolocated links for these topical databases. Find your library's links here:https://mblc.state.ma.us/resource-sharing/databases/index.php or visit the library resource portal page here:https://libraries.state.ma.us/research/eclipse.

View SE MA STEM Network Highlights

Click here to view a comprehensive slideshow of program highlights from the SE MA STEM Network's 2016 - 2017 season.

STEM Work-Based Learning Seminar Series Links Education to Industry

What is the impact of advances in technology on what students need to learn to secure rewarding and financially secure jobs? What educational experiences foster the development of skill sets needed to succeed in college and in the workplace today? These are just some of the questions addressed during the SE MA STEM Network’s recent Work-Based Learning Seminar Series.                                                                                               
The series provided 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.

Cohorts of STEM stakeholders visited both career readiness sites ( National Marine Life Center, AccuRounds, Massachusetts Maritime Academy, Siemens Industry, Inc., North Easton Machine, The Hall at Patriot Place) and college readiness sites (Bridgewater State University, Bristol Community College, Massasoit Community College) to engage in hands-on activities, experience real-world STEM workplaces, discuss future employment trends, and explore educational pathways to STEM careers.

A comprehensive Seminar Series description, along with session information from each site, is available here. Click on the highlighted site locations within the document for additional information.

Pictured above left: Paul Diamond, vice president of North Easton Machine, demonstrates equipment used in the advanced manufacturing process. Above right: a Massasoit Community College student researcher explains her work.

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.

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.

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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