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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.

Event Timeline with Links

Mass STEM Week Main web site

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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.

Submit your work: http://bit.ly/34bmJSb

Look for STEM in the world around you!  Get inspired through nature, engineering marvels, or even a game of football.
 
Just a few ideas:
 
K-2:  Draw a scientist or engineer.  Great activity and reinforces that students can "See Yourself in STEM".  
 
Elementary and middle school:  Take a nature walk or go outside in their yard and draw a picture of something that inspires you in nature.  Follow up with a conversation about the science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.   If I look at a leaf, I may ask questions such as:  Why does the leaf have this shape?  Why do leaves change color?  Are all leaves from the same tree the same size?  Have humans been inspired by a leaf to create a technology?  For older students, you can discuss biomimicry.  
 
High school:  Can they depict their STEM content creatively?  How could they depict photosynthesis?  Force and motion?  Engineering marvels such as bridges and trains?   Images or even video clips of art, sculpture, dance, and music can be submitted!  

 

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!

Springfield Museums STEM Week Web Page

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.

https://www.brainco.tech/stem-kit/

Register for the event here

STEM in the News

Exciting ways students and the community are connecting with STEM.

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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.

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