STEM Education Center at WPI

Strategic STEM

Call for applications coming in February
A call for applications to join the 8th cohort of the Strategic STEM program (formerly known as STEM Integration for Education Leaders) will be released in February. Interested schools and districts are welcome to learn more about the program and past participants by visiting the website. Contact Mia Dubosarsky at mdubosarsky@wpi.edu with questions.

PLTW PD Day - Save the Date 

Wednesday, March 6
WPI is hosting a free PLTW PD day on Wednesday, March 6. Put it on your calendars! Registration information will be available soon.

Join a MA PLTW Learning Team!

The Community Leads' Learning Teams are up and running, and it's not too late to join! Teams work together throughout the year to provide peer to peer support. Connect with PLTW teachers around the state as they share best practices and tips, swap resources, and celebrate successes. Visit this webpage to learn more, meet our Community Leads, and sign up to join a Learning Team to be part of their next meeting!

AweSTEM! 2019 - Save the Date

Wednesday, March 27, 3:30-5:30pm
The STEM Education Center's annual celebration of PreK-12 STEM educators, AweSTEM! 2019, will be held on Wednesday, March 27 from 3:30 to 5:30pm. This year's theme is Growing STEM in Our Communities. Whether you've attended all previous seven AweSTEM! events or this will be your first time, there will be something new for everyone. Registration will open in February. Learn more about past AweSTEM! events...

Bio/CS Teacher Integrator Positions

Are you a biology teacher wanting to address new standards using computational approaches? Or a math/CS teacher wanting to motivate your students with real-world problems? Consider applying for a teacher integrator position here at WPI. Funded by NSF, we have developed a curriculum that uses computational tools and approaches to address complex biological problems that will motivate your students. Teams of biology and math/CS teachers are encouraged to apply at http://bit.ly/BioCSBridgeApplication. Contact Shari Weaver at sweaver@wpi.edu for more information.

High School Internship Colloquium

Thursday, March 7 at WPI 
Join MassHire Central, the STEM Education Center at WPI, and the Central Massachusetts STEM Network for its first internship colloquium. The event will start at 1pm with workshops for industry professionals about the impact internships have on high school students. High school administrators and educators, including internship coordinators, are invited to join us at 3pm for conversation and networking between industry professionals and educators. Educators are welcome to attend the earlier industry-focused workshops. We are looking for presenters. Industry partners who have had successful, paid high school internships and are interested in sharing about their internship structure should contact Ethan Brown of the MassHire Central Region Workforce Board (ebrown@masshirecentral.com). Educators who are interested in sharing their experiences of placing high school students in internships and the impact these experiences have on students should contact Katie Elmes (kaelmes@wpi.edu). Registration to attend the event will open in early February on our website. This event primarily focuses on educators and schools located in south central Massachusetts.

This colloquium is made possible through funding from the Massachusetts Department of Education and the STEM Advisory Council and builds upon efforts by the MA STEM@Work campaign by the Baker-Polito Administration. Through initiatives like this, the Administration seeks to expand access to high quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth, including participation in paid STEM-focused internship opportunities.