STEM Nexus: Connecting Massachusetts' STEM Community

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On February 15, 2008, the Board of Higher Education announced $3.2 million in three-year grants through the STEM Pipeline Fund for the following projects.

Andover Public Schools, with partners Brookline Public SchoolsWorcester Public Schools, and Northeastern University, will collaborate and expand upon existing engineering curriculum to further implement and integrate the curriculum across districts and grade levels. Students will have access to visits to employers through partners Wyeth and Philips Healthcare.

Boston University, with partners Northeastern University and Wheelock College, receives funding for the for inquiry-based learning opportunities for elementary and middle school teachers from seven area school districts. The professional development will be focused around the theme of Green Energy. Teachers and students will also take part in visits to colleges and employers.

CONNECT, with partners University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Fall River Public Schools, will hold two week-long summer camps on sustainability and biotechnology with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning.

Framingham State College, with partners the Greater Framingham Community ChurchMetro South/West Regional Employment Board, and Olin College, will continue to scale up the LIFT program, to give regional teachers externship opportunities at local STEM companies, and will develop the Saturday STEM Academy. Based on the MIT SEED Academy, the Saturday STEM Academy will bring students and parents to the campuses of Olin College and Framingham State College for hands-on STEM projects, college awareness, and college role models. In addition, the students will tour regional industry locations.

Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, with partners Berkshire Community CollegeWilliams College and regional school districts will produce a series of STEM career awareness and professional development activities including an after-school family STEM program, visits to colleges and employers, and the continuation of the Starlab professional development program. Several of the programs will become STEM Destinations as part of the Berkshire Compact’s Berkshire Passport program, available to students in Berkshire County beginning in third grade.

Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council, with four other industry associations:MassMEDICMassBioEdThe Engineering Center, and the Massachusdtts Networks Communications Council, will develop a statewide STEM awareness campaign, a STEM Ambassadors program, and a guidebook for how business and school districts can most effectively work with each other. The collaborative will also sponsor a research report on student motivation.

Northern Essex Community College, with partners Lawrence Boys and Girls Club,Merrimack Valley Workforce Investment BoardMiddlesex Community College,Museum of Science, and school districts BillericaChelmsfordMethuen, andReading, receives funding to implement the Engineering is Elementary curriculum in four school districts and to support the Viva Latinas program for young women to learn about computing technology.

University of Massachusetts Amherst, with partners Greenfield Community College and Smith College, receives funding to continue the STEMRAYS program, an after-school science program for districts in Franklin County and currently funded through NSF. The after-school programs connect teachers and students in grades 4 through 8 to topics such as weather and climate, air quality, and sustainable energy. Through theFranklin/Hampshire Regional Employment Board, participating teachers will have access to externships at regional employers; participating students will have access to career awareness activities.

University of Massachusetts Lowell, with regional school district partners, will expand its existing after-school DESIGNLAB program for middle school students and teachers. The DESIGNLAB program seeks to teach mathematics and science concepts using inquiry-based learning and to increase the interest in STEM subjects.

University of Massachusetts Medical School, with partners Colleges of theWorcester ConsortiumEcoTariumFitchburg State CollegeMount Wachusett Community CollegeQuinsigamond Community CollegeWorcester Polytechnic Institute, and school districts in Fitchburg, Lunenberg, Worcester and elsewhere will develop a communications plan to increase the awareness of STEM careers and career pathways among middle school students, parents, teachers, and guidance counselors in Central Massachusetts. Students will have access to role models and career mentors and will participate in the development of student-friendly messages about STEM.


This website is supported by the STEM Pipeline Fund, a state trust account administered by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education to support STEM initiatives.