STEM in the Pioneer Valley Community

Exciting ways students are connecting with STEM in the community through outreach and partnerships.

Citizen science projects enable anyone to become part of a scientific research project. The projects can be community-based or part of a global or even galactic study. Participation ranges from gathering data and observations in the field to allowing your computer to become part of a data-processing super computer. here are several resources to help you get started:

CitizenScience.org

Citizen Science at NASA

Citizen Science Month

 

NISE, the National Informal STEM Education Network, is a community of informal educators and scientists. They offer resources to support STEM education in informal settings in communities around the country. The newsletter is available to informal STEM educators and contains many activities, programs, and development opportunities each month.

NISE Newsletter Archive

Libraries, youth-serving organizations such as Scouts, Boys and Girls Clubs, and out of school organizations such as afterschool and summer programs are all eligible for free membership in NASA's Museum and Informal Education Alliance. members have access to NASA materials, some of which are not open to the general public, as well as news and programming surrounding NASA missions and activities. Many other types of organizations are also eligible, check the site for details.

NASA Museum and Informal Education Alliance

NASA provides a resource for community-based organizations to stage events that explore the wonders of NASA science, and celebrate the contributions of women to science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

There’s a new player in the local university research game.

"For a liberal arts school like Westfield State University to get a grant of this magnitude is almost unheard-of,'' biology professor Kristen Porter said after learning she’d been awarded a $750,000 state grant to research to paths to personalized medicine in women’s health.

14th Annual RFTS Competition

Kids have missed out on far too much already.

When they return give them something exciting to look forward to – a Rocket Competition!

This year’s deadline extended to December 31

Are you a chemistry professional or informal science educator that shares your love of chemistry with your community? Apply to participate in a 5-week online, interactive workshop where you will learn best practices for using a framework for hands-on activities to increase public's attitudes about chemistry.

The founders of Latinas in STEM are  first generation American women who have been the first in their family to attend college. We are also MIT graduates with careers in industry and a long track record of community service.

We know first-hand that there are barriers to entry for women in STEM fields. Those barriers are compounded for Latinas due to a lack of role models, lagging outreach and overall limited parental awareness. We are a force from the community for the community to inspire and empower parents and K-12 students to pursue STEM fields, and to help college students and professionals thrive in their careers.

Founded at Purdue University, the Ameliators Program continues the trailblazing legacy of Amelia Earhart by connecting high school students to meaningful STEM-based community service projects. Available nationwide, girls in this free, online program will meet weekly to learn the Purdue EPICS (Engineering Projects in Community Service) design process from college mentors to solve real-life problems in their local communities over the course of an academic year.

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