in August 2004, the Board of Higher Education announced recipients of grants from the STEM Pipeline Fund. Approximately $2.3 million in one-year grants were distributed in two categories:
Regional PreK-16 Network Grants
Berkshire County STEM Pipeline Network
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and regional partners
Got Math? was an out-of-school mentoring program reaching 60 fourth grade students in three elementary schools in Berkshire County. The program was designed to individualize math instruction and combine instruction with hands-on experiments.
Central MA STEM Pipeline Network
University of Massachusetts Medical Center and regional partners
Making Connections in STEM involved teams of math and science teachers from four diverse districts and their students, higher education faculty, math and science professional development experts, and industry mentors. The Network completed a 3-credit STEM Data Analysis course with 28 teachers.
Greater Boston East Pipeline Network
Northeastern University and regional partners
The Boston Children’s Museum’s Waterfront Learning utilized Boston Harbor as a rich STEM resource for students and teachers. MassPEP’s (Pre-Engineering Program) Discovery Lab supported underserved elementary and middle school students to increase success in science, math, engineering, and technology. Northeastern’s Boston Summer Advanced Math continued to prepare underserved urban high school students for their calculus course in their senior year in high school.
Greater Boston West Pipeline Network
Framingham State College and regional partners
Mass Bay Community College’s SolidWorks Workshops promoted computer graphics, technology, science and math in Massachusetts high schools and regional vocational schools. The MetroWest Center for Excellence hosted after-school science and engineering clubs for middle and high school girls.
Northeast STEM Pipeline Network
University of Massachusetts Lowell and regional partners
The STEM Fellows program enrolled 38 middle school and early high school mathematics, science and technology teachers in eight school districts in a program to participate in existing regional STEM programs and share the new content and tools with their classrooms and districts. Each Fellow develop an individual professional development plan.
University of Massachusetts Amherst and regional partners
Engineering pathways mapping project organized available career and educational options into a guide book of coherent engineering/technician pathways for parents, guidance counselors, teachers, and students to better inform career and college choices; three engineering/technology career fairs were also held. Two new summer camps were created to increase students' awareness of STEM careers. Six Saturday Explorations in Science and Engineering combined hands-on activities, lab work and visits to labs. Three summer content and pedagogy institutes and two academic-year seminars were held for K-12 and high school teachers.
Bridgewater State College and regional partners
Project INVENTION facilitated project-based, real-work related activities for teachers and students mentored by industry and higher education. The Advanced Studies and Leadership Program provided project-driven content instruction in STEM subjects during a four-week, summer, residential program for 8th and 9th grade, high-achieving students from districts in the Cape Cod Collaborative. Three previously approved but wait-listed schools received assistance from the MassBioEd Lab Awards to remodel and refit science laboratories.
Commonwealth Information Technology Initiative Phase II
University of Massachusetts Donahue Institute
CITI is a public/private partnership to promote information technology across the curriculum and prepare graduates to participate, lead and innovate in the knowledge-based economy of Massachusetts. CITI funded 14 subgrants for teacher professional development and pre-service course development projects.
Engineering is Elementary (K-6 Technology/Engineering Tie-In Lessons)
Museum of Science
This project, originally funded by the Intel Foundation, developed seven technology and engineering units in the elementary science curriculum and professional development for teachers in support of the Massachusetts Curriculum Frameworks.
STEM High School Internships
Metro South/West Regional Employment Board
This proposal developed a statewide STEM internship program for high school students among seven Regional Employment Boards. Nearly 1,000 students were placed in STEM internships in 2004-2005.