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@Scale Phase I Projects

In May 2012, the STEM Advisory Council approved the selection of the following set of projects under Phase I of @Scale. The STEM Council awarded a total of $350,000 in @Scale grants.

Project Lead Partner Award Private Match Numbers Served Per Semester
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MassBioEd $50,000 $150,000 Not available at this time
The DIGITS Project
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DIGITS $50,000 $218,000 Not available at this time
Mass Math + Science Initiative
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MassInsight $50,000 $120,000* 30 teachers; 500 students
Project Lead the Way
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Worcester Polytechnic Institute $50,000 $282,500 680 students; 14 teachers
Science Transfer Initiative
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Massasoit Community College $50,000 $156,069 6000+ students
Advanced Robotics Initiative
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Quinsigamond Community College $50,000 $98,500 300 students
The Gateway Project
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Museum of Science $50,000 $150,000 80 teachers

* The private matching ratio is less than the required 3:1 private/public ratio, but additional amounts have been promised.


@Scale Phase II Projects

In December 2012, the STEM Advisory Council approved the selection of five projects under Phase II of @Scale. The STEM Council awarded a total of $428,000 in @Scale grants. These projects address goals 4 and 6 of the state STEM Plan:

Project Lead Partner Award Private Match Numbers Served Per Semester
Big Data Broadening Advanced Technological Education Connections (BATEC) $89,280 $275,000 Over 50 students; 10 teachers
ABLE4STEM University of Massachusetts (UMass) $77,000 $204,000 Over 25 students
STEM Power Workforce Network Central Massachusetts Workforce Investment Board (WIB) $125,000 $449,905 Over 60 trainees; 96 employers
Western Regional Partnership McCann Technical School $62,000 $282,500 80 students; 8 teachers
STEM Pathways Project (SSPP) Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts (MCLA) $75,000 $120,635 80-100 students; 10 faculty

Project Descriptions

BATEC’s “Big Data” program provides training to students as well as displaced and incumbent workers seeking to upgrade or develop their knowledge and skills in information technology. BATEC plans to expand their programming to Holyoke, Northern Essex, Quinsigamond and Roxbury Community Colleges.

UMass' “ABLE4STEM” is a program focused on underrepresentated minorities to promote associate and baccalaureate degree completion at all four UMass undergraduate campuses and the Commonwealth's 15 community colleges.

Central Massachusetts WIB’s “STEM Power” project re-engineers Career Center practices, procedures and policies to provide a sector-based approach to nearly all facets of the services offered to dislocated workers including job-seeker STEM pathways outreach, orientation and education; STEM-related pathways career counseling; training; placement for job seekers; and STEM employer engagement and support. Sixteen local Workforce Investment Boards (WIBs) and their One-Stop Career Centers are partners in this project.

McCann Technical School’s “Western Regional Partnership” is a workforce development project in the area of advanced manufacturing. The educational institutions that make up the STEM Western Regional Partnership currently offer Chapter 74-approved technical programming in advanced manufacturing, precision manufacturing and machine tools.

MCLA’s “STEM Pathways Project” (SSPP) promotes student success with the goal to increase graduation rates by providing strategic and successful initiatives which address students’ academic, experiential, and career awareness interests. MCLA’s SSPP employs a STEM retention plan, starting with activities for freshman and continuing through senior year. Administered through the MCLA Center for Student Success and Engagement (CSSE), the program delivers enhanced academic support, advising, and career planning, and marshals the efforts of both the academic affairs and student affairs divisions.

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.