The Northeast STEM Network is one of nine Regional Networks supported by funding from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The network is dictated by the goals of the Massachusetts STEM plan:

  • to increase the number of Massachusetts students who participate in programs that support careers in fields related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM);
  • to increase the number of qualified STEM teachers; and
  • to improve the STEM educational offerings available in public and private schools and to increase the awareness and interest in STEM careers.

The Northeast STEM Network is a collaboration of institutions of higher education, P-12 schools and school districts, workforce development groups, community based organizations and employers in the northeast region of the state. The Graduate School of Education at UMass Lowell has been lead partner since 2003.

The Network Co-Directors are Dr. Judith Boccia, UMass Lowell and Maryellen Rancourt, Essex Technical High School. The project manager is Marjorie Dennis, UMass Lowell. join us! 


NeSTEMnet News:

 

Hall STEM Teacher of the Year application

The application period for the 2014-2015 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year is now open. Nominate a deserving teacher who could win $5,000 for that teacher’s school to be used for STEM education. Full Story - Application

 

Project GUTS, CS4HS Online Learning Opportunity for MS Teachers:  A forty hour experience, requiring approximately 5 hours per week is invaluable, and at no expense to teachers. 
Register Here for Online Guts: Learn more about the Project GUTS curriculum.


  As breaking news slows down for the holiday season, we see many news outlets putting out strong opinions about the current, and future STEM agenda. Sources are quick to point out the flaws in the system, and provide resources and answers for how to avoid pitfalls in promoting STEM education.

  At a retreat earlier this year, 50 underrepresented minority students had wide latitude to talk about what would enhance their STEM training. They identified eight major themes summarized in a new paper.

  This website, administered by Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) under the guidance of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, is devoted to directing users to information about STEM educational and workforce programs, policies, and resources, all in an effort to strengthen the pipeline of STEM-skilled residents.  www.mass.edu/stem/

  As education, government and business leaders gathered for the Massachusetts STEM Summit in Worcester, MA, recently to address the shortage of college graduates in STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and math) and the critical role they play in the technology-driven 21st century economy, the Lowell Institute is investing $4 million to expand the mission of the undergraduate curriculum at Northeastern University College of Professional Studies to address the challenge.

  The Verizon Innovative App Challenge is an exciting, creative and collaborative competition that offers $20,000 grants for winning middle schools and high schools and Samsung Galaxy Tabs for students on the winning teams. Designed to ignite students’ interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Challenge shows students exciting new possibilities for their futures, opening doors they may never have known were there.

  Billerica Memorial High School held a grand opening for two new project-based learning spaces that are now a reality for students: a new biotechnology lab, and a new engineering/ robotics lab.

  With $10,000 in funding from the Learning By Giving Foundation, the UMass Lowell Honors College Philanthropy Class functions as a foundation board and seeks grant proposals from Lowell nonprofit organizations meeting the criteria outlined.

  Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts (GSEM) and Raytheon are teaming up on Sunday, Nov. 2, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m., for MathMovesU at Middlesex Community College. The event seeks to arm future female innovators with science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) experiences and the world-changing opportunities that these fields can bring

  On Thursday, October 2, Dewey Square Park near South Station will host a free public event called Wicked Smaht! Celebrating Climate Leaders in Boston. From 11:00 am to 1:30 pm, find a flock of colorful ostrich statues, talk with scientists, share your stories of climate action, and take pictures with Ozzie!

  Throughout the year MITS offers SeaPerch Educator Workshops in different regions of Massachusetts. In these 2 day workshops, classroom teachers and informal educators build their own SeaPerch and explore how this ROV can be used in the classroom and field. As part of the workshop, educators receive their own kit to use in the classroom along with the SeaPerch curriculum guide. For many of the workshops teachers are encouraged to bring along 2 students who can then become SeaPerch team leaders for their school.

  Massachusetts – STEM Beginnings is a start-up company in Shrewsbury that promotes fun and exciting programs focused on building and sustaining interest in the areas of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). It caters to young children (ages 3-8 years old) as STEM-related concepts are introduced through effective instruction and enjoyable activities during a child’s early years. The goal is to stimulate young minds and inspire them to create and cultivate curiosity toward these disciplines.

  Students entering grades 6-9 in the Boston, Cambridge and Lawrence, MA area recently had an opportunity to learn about science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts thanks to a STEM Summer Institute offered by MIT's Office of Engineering Outreach Programs.

  A new after-school mentoring program for Lawrence High School 9th graders is designed to get students excited about science, technology, engineering and math, and interested in pursuing careers in these in-demand fields.

 

The STEM Activity App provides engaging, family-friendly activities in science, technology, engineering and math. This free web app fosters positive STEM-related interactions between elementary-age students and their families. The activities are designed to increase a child's excitement about STEM now, and to develop their interest in a STEM career in the future.


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