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On January 8, 2007, the Board of Higher Education announced $1.7 million in three-year grants to the following Regional PreK-16 Networks through the STEM Pipeline Fund.
Berkshire STEM Pipeline Network
Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and regional partners
- Got Math? for elementary and middle school students and teachers to understand the application of math to life and the workplace.
- A STEM Fellows project, mirrored after a successful project run by the Northeast Pipeline Network in 2004-2005, to provide six teachers in the region with tailored professional development each year. Participating Fellows will create curriculum modules to implement in their classrooms.
- Additional support of the Berkshire STEM Resource Center, which began with the 2004-2005 grant as a regional resource for supplies and resources for teachers.
- Support for the western Massachusetts middle and high school state science and engineering fairs.
- Regional career fairs run by the Berkshire Tech Prep Consortium and hosted by Berkshire Community College.
Cape and Islands STEM Pipeline Network
Cape Cod Community College and regional partners
- Advanced Student Leadership Program (ASLP), provides high-achieving 7th and 8th grade students in the Cape Cod Collaborative's school districts with a three-week residential program at Massachusetts Maritime Academy during the summer. ASLP focuses on STEM instruction and enhancing student leadership skills. Teacher training will also be provided as part of the program.
- Junior Tech, produced by the Cape Cod Technology Council, is a suite of after school and summer programs for middle and high school students with the goal of generating interest in STEM careers.
MetroWest STEM Education Network (MSEN)
Framingham State College and regional partners
- The Biotech Career Pathways Program is sponsored by Norfolk County Agricultural High School in collaboration with Mass Bay Community College, Tufts Veterinary College and Mass General Hospital to give hands-on exposure for students in the care and handling of animal used in health care research laboratories. This program draws from five public school districts within the region that are serviced by Norfolk Agricultural High School with 75 students (predominately female) and 15 teachers or guidance counselors directly involved.
Central MA STEM Pipeline Network
University of Massachusetts Medical Center and regional partners
- Assessing and Addressing Physical Science Misconceptions is a professional development project for teachers of grades three through eight. Through the five-day course, teachers will learn about these common misconceptions and practice instructional activities to help students dispel misconceptions.
- Growing STEM From the Ground Up is a collaborative effort among regional K-12, higher education and industry representatives to identify and develop additional ways to address regional STEM education and workforce needs.
Northeast STEM Pipeline Network
University of Massachusetts Lowell and regional partners
- The STEM Fellows program works with teams of middle school teachers from 15 districts. The STEM Fellows will participate in a tailored series of professional development activities, supported by regional partners: Salem State College, Northern Essex Community College, University of Massachusetts Lowell, Museum of Science, EduTron, and the Northshore Workforce Investment Board. Also required is the development of a strategic action plan, to be implemented by the teachers with the support of the districts. The Network developed and produced this program in 2004-2005 and will bring back 15 STEM Fellows from the previous cohort to serve as STEM Leaders.
University of Massachusetts Amherst and regional partners
- Emerging Scientist and Mathematician Summer Camps will be held each summer for middle school students, rotating among Springfield College, American International College and Holyoke Community College. The camps will involve hands-on learning in different science and math content areas, including forensic science, engineering/robotics and animal science.
- Biotechnology Summer Camp for Girls will be held for middle school girls to generate excitement in science and build self-confidence. The summer camp will be held at Gateway Regional High School for one week during the summer and at another location for a second week.
- The Engineering is Elementary (EiE) curriculum, developed by the Boston Museum of Science, will be implemented in the Holyoke Public Schools. Teachers in grades three to five will receive professional development to provide them with the skills to implement the EiE curriculum.
- The STEM Teacher Mentoring program will provide targeted mentorship training to veteran STEM teachers to prepare them to mentor new STEM teachers. The summer workshop will be held at Westfield State College.
- The WGBY Media Integration program will deliver a series of STEM multimedia workshops to teachers in the region.
Southcoast STEM Pipeline Network
CONNECT and regional partners
- STEM Teacher Connections Learning Communities will work with cohorts of 15 to 20 teachers in four districts: Attleboro, Brockton, Fall River and Plymouth. Each teacher will receive graduate-level professional development in STEM areas.
- STEM Connection to Teaching Success to provide MTEL test preparation assistance and to recruit teachers into the region’s alternative pathways to teacher licensure.