Massachusetts STEM Week 2020
Massachusetts STEM Week 2020 takes place from October 19 – 23 (inclusive of the weekend before and after), and is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s 9 Regional STEM Networks. It is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities, and compliment the formal instruction happening in the Commonwealth beyond STEM week.
The theme for the third annual statewide STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM,” with a particular focus on the power of mentoring. Women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same. We need more young people to see themselves in STEM.
Enter your Artwork in the STEAM Virtual Showcase
Thursday, October 22, 2020 at 6:00pm
• Guest speaker: Dr. Jason Ramsay(Biology), biological illustrator returns for a full presentation with Dr. David Shapleigh (Art)
• We encourage all participants to register and submit their work in advance (file format is a photo or short video clip (< 20 sec)
• Anyone who submits their work will receive a certificate.
We ask that all creative work be submitted by 8:00 am on October 20, 2020 so they can be included in the STEM Virtual Showcase on October 22, 2020. Work can be submitted by a teacher or individual students. We will prepare a montage of the submitted work and send certificates of participation. Dr. Jason Ramsay (Biology and Biological Illustrator) will be the guest speaker for the event along with other special guests. Registration: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/pvstem2020. The Zoom credentials will be shared with all participants.
If teachers are planning STEM Week activities in their classrooms, please be sure to register the events here so they will be included in the statewide report. Register school events here https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSd8haalzfwcVX1nbNCY6-SyYLa64GQfamoFWSs0H95u-1d0EA/viewform
STEAM Virtual Showcase Exhibition
Thu, October 22, 2020
6:00 PM – 7:00 PM EDT
Join Dr. Jason Ramsay (Biology) as he discusses how his background in art and design has opened doors to new methods of viewing and illustrating concepts in the biological sciences, and how the art and science of nature has inspired the design of many useful forms of technology. Dr. David Shapleigh (Art) will share examples of how his art is inspired from nature, including the depictions of weather on top of Mt. Washington (NH).
We will then share the creative work of students and members of the community during the virtual showcase!
Register for the exhibition: STEAM Virtual Showcase
Springfield Museums STEM Week Site
The Springfield Museums, a member of the Pioneer Valley STEM Network, are excited to join in celebrating Massachusetts STEM Week, October 19-23. The free resources included on this page are available for use in any and all learning environments. From at-home family STEM adventures to virtual classwork for an entire grade level, we hope you find these activities and challenges to be engaging, educational and fun!
Featured Event: Breaking Barriers: Gender Equity in STEM Thursday, October 22 at 12:15 pm
As part of the Springfield Museum’s ongoing work to highlight innovators in science, this lecture will focus on gender equity in STEM: looking at barriers to participation, the challenges women and non-binary folks face in STEM fields, and ways to broaden our own knowledge in order to influence future generations of STEM (and STEAM!) innovators.
Presented by Anne Thalheimer, PhD, Springfield Museums Science Educator
Register for this free event on the Museum's STEM Week page.
BrainCo STEM Kit - Prosthetics Technology Demonstration
October 22, 2020 4 - 5 pm EDT
BrainCo's Dexus prosthetic has empowered amputees around the world with cutting edge technology. Based on this tech and its social mission, BrainCo has modified this into a classroom solution that introduces students to the intersection of engineering, artificial intelligence, programming and more with seeking out and solving real world challenges. The BrainCo STEM Hand Base Set includes ready to build hardware, motors, controllers, sensors, IR Remote, Cables and more with full curriculum access and a block-based programming platform. Join us for a demo of our award winning Dexus prosthetic and the STEM kit that bring this technology and mission to students around the world.
Register for the event here
Although this year is a different learning experience for us all, BioBuilder Educational Foundation is committed to providing science students, teachers, and their parents with the online resources they need for a successful academic year.
Created specifically for middle school students, BioBuilder is offering a new program, BioBuilders 6-7-8, adapted from our high school curriculum. This program can accommodate virtual, in-person, and hybrid classroom models, and gives students an introduction to BioBuilder's synthetic biology curriculum and opportunity to pursue a group project in biodesign, under the supervision of BioBuilder Teaching Fellows.
Join the Artemis Generation and take on a challenge or help solve a problem.
These are primarily for college students. Current projects include rovers, robotics, and spacesuit interface technology.
See the Artemis Student Challenge page for more details.