STEM Week 2020

Massachusetts STEM Week Live Webcast:  Kick off with the third annual statewide STEM Week! The theme this year 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.  Even though these groups are an increasing portion of the overall workforce, they are significantly underrepresented in STEM industries.  Schools, non-profit organizations, colleges, museums, libraries, and businesses are organizing STEM Week events for students ranging from preschool to college to adult. Take a look at some of the programs being offered this week throughout Massachusetts full schedule of events 

Math in my window: Register for a special STEM week kit from the Needham Public Library and Bedtime Math!  Kids will take home sets of different colored post-it notes to create art in their windows for socially distanced friends to see. Participants will apply knowledge of area and perimeter. Ages 4+. Please add your name to the wait list and kits will be approved as they are made.

I am STEM, STEM I am:  Thanks to a grant from the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, the STEM Education Center developed a special challenge for PK-5 students. The STEM Week 2020 challenge focuses on solving problems in books.  The challenges are designed to empower students to become problem solvers. All lessons are aligned with grade-level standards. There is additional content specifically for educators to see STEM in action!

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STEM week with the Christa McAuliffe Center offers multiple programs for kids, tweens, teens and adults.  Become a solar system explorer (recommended for grades 1-3), learn about stars and question the secrets of the universe (grades 6+) or just geek out about Mars with the rest of us (all ages)!

Global STEM Education Center is partnering with NASA during STEM week for a three day series of events.  Attendees will learn how educators, students, and parents can participate in NASA GLOBE Earth Science/Environmental STEM programs online.  The Global Learning and Observations to Benefit the Environment (GLOBE) Program is an international science and education program that provides students and the public worldwide with the opportunity to participate in data collection and the scientific process, and contribute meaningfully to our understanding of the Earth system and global environment. (Grades 6+)

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Opportunities for Educators!

Girls Who Code:  Are you looking for easy ways to implement equity-focused STEM programs into your community -- Join Emily Ong, Senior Manager of Community Partnerships and Outreach at Girls Who Code, to learn best practices for building inclusive and holistic coding programs with adaptable options for the virtual learning landscape. Dive deeper into social and emotional learning best practices and curriculum design recommendations that will make it a breeze to combine coding and equity together. Take a walk through of the Girls Who Code Clubs model. You will gain tangible tips, activities you can implement right away, and learn how to unlock Girls Who Code's free virtual resources and curriculum for 3-12th graders of all skill-levels and genders.
Register here for 10/22 at 10:00AM
Register here for 10/22 at 5:00PM

Science & Engineering Education Development (SEED): support and enhance elementary science education through innovative partnerships with teachers that elicit systemic change. Our multifaceted approach focuses on building internal capacity by modeling NGSS-aligned, hands-on activities, coaching classroom teachers, and providing all tools and pedagogy needed for teachers to successfully and confidently teach their young scientists.
Check out the SEED youtube channel!