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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

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.

Spring STEM & Career Programs End Successful Season

Partnerships Advancing STEM Education along with explorations of STEM & Career Pathways were the themes of the SE MA STEM Network's spring 2018 initiatives. Exhibitors, speakers, panelists, and hands-on activities highlighted effective practices and programs that focus on the successful preparation of PK-16 students for the modern workplace beginning in early childhood. The spring initiatives included:

Partnerships Advancing STEM Education Meeting, Wednesday, February 28, 3:30-5:45 p.m., Sensata Technologies, Attleboro. Participating exhibitors representing business, workforce, education, and community organizations shared information pertaining to collaborative partnerships, project-based learning, programs, activities, resources, and ideas. A moderated panel, focused on Developing & Maintaining Business and Education Partnerships, included speakers from all STEM stakeholder sectors in an interactive discussion about effective practices. Click here to learn more and access resources from this event. At right, panelists Michael Tamasi, president & CEO, AccuRounds; Laura Douglas, president, Bristol Community College; Teresa Murphy, superintendent, Attleboro Public Schools; and Debra Garvin, education coordinator, Robbins Children's Programs

STEM & Career Pathways Seminar, Monday, April 9, 4:00-6:30 p.m., Sensata Technologies, Attleboro. Workshop topics included Rube Goldberg Design, Product Design & Prototype, and Spaghetti Marshmallow Tower.

STEM & Career Pathways Seminar, Thursday, April 26, 3:30-6:00 p.m., AccuRounds, Avon. Discussion topics featured effective business, community & education partnerships. The event included an AccuRounds tour, networking, and workshops. Click here for more information and resources from the event.

STEM & Career Pathways Seminar, Thursday, May 10, 4:00-6:30 p.m., Old Colony Regional Vocational Technical High School, Rochester. Workshop topics included Coding - Plugged & Unplugged Computing and State & Community Initiatives. Click here for additional information and here to view photos from the event.

Partnerships Advancing STEM Education Meeting, Thursday, May 17, 3:30-5:45 p.m., Bristol Community College, Fall River. Participating exhibitors representing business, workforce, education, and community organizations shared collaborative partnerships, programs, activities, resources, and ideas. A moderated panel, focused on Preparing for the Modern Workplace - Academic & Workforce Training, included speakers from all STEM stakeholder sectors in an interactive discussion about effective practices. Click here for more information and photos from the event.

For additional information contact Katherine Honey, SE MA Network Coordinator.

Start Planning Now! STEM Week is October 22-26, 2018

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, in collaboration with The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, have announced a first-ever statewide STEM Week, October 22-26, 2018.

STEM Week activities will encompass PreK-12 learning, with particular emphasis on middle and high school STEM courses. The SE MA STEM Network will be offering opportunities for you to meet and share your ideas about potential STEM Week activities, hear from those who have plans already in place for STEM Week, and take away resources to support your STEM Week programs.

If you’re interested in planning for and participating in this exciting new initiative, contact SE MA STEM Network Coordinator Katherine Honey, KHoney@comcast.net.

Paula Martel Recognized by Easton Chamber of Commerce

The CONNECT Partnership and SE MA STEM Network are pleased to congratulate Paula Martel, recipient of the Easton Chamber of Commerce 2017 Outstanding Business Citizen Award.  Paula is director of human resources at North Easton Machine, an active member of the SE MA STEM Network Advisory Board, and a leader of Easton’s STEM Community Team. The award recognizes her continuous commitment to fostering dynamic relationships between community partners, business leaders, and PK-16 educators along with her steadfast enthusiasm for STEM.

Network Advisory Board Members Present at Stem Summit

Progress through Partnership was the theme of the 2017 Massachusetts STEM Summit at the DCU Center in Worcester on November 14. This year, members of the SE MA STEM Network’s advisory board served as panelists during a break-out session entitled, “Developing and Maintaining Business Partnerships - Regionally and Locally”. The session, attended by over 80 participants, highlighted examples of successful partnerships between PK-16 educators, faculty, administrators and business/ industry leaders.  Network panelists included: Rodney Clark, dean, Bristol Community College, Attleboro; Debra Garvin, education coordinator, Robbins Children's Program, Inc., Attleboro; Teresa Murphy, superintendent, Mansfield Public Schools, and Michael Tamasi, president/CEO, AccuRounds, Avon. Panel facilitators were Keith Connors, senior program manager, MA Department of Higher Education and Dr. Stacey Kaminski, executive director, CONNECT Partnership. Read more here...

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.

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Don't Forget the Network's Resources...

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, among other 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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