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STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math)
& Massachusetts Advanced Pathways Program
 
Dan Riley, Director of STEM
& Supervisor of Mathematics 6-12


(508) 460-3500, ext. 7510 / driley@mps-edu.org
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BU Summer Pathways program announced
Boston University's Summer Pathways will take place July 10-17, 2015. Summer Pathways, now in its ninth year, is an exciting seven-day, residential program for high school girls entering their junior or senior year in September 2015. The program targets girls from area high schools who show promise and/or interest in science, math, or engineering. The program will include an overnight on the historic Roseway, a 137 schooner built in 1925.

Participants will live in a BU dormitory and will have the opportunity to engage in many hands-on science activities and gain firsthand knowledge of a wide range of careers in STEM disciplines. Participants also visit laboratories, listen to career panels, visit local companies, and learn about the college admissions process.  On the Roseway, they will learn about marine life, the physics of sailing, and be active participants alongside the crew.

Information about the program can be found at: http://www.bu.edu/lernet/spathways. Students who would like to participate in the program should complete and submit an online application via the website. In addition, each applicant is required to obtain two recommendations from past or present teachers. Teacher recommendations also should be submitted via the website. All applications and letters of reference must be received by May 1, 2015. If you have any questions, please send email to cab@bu.edu.
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The Feb. 24 STEM 8th Grade Parent Information Night presentation can be found here.
The Feb. 26 STEM 5th Grade Parent Information Night presentation can be found here.
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STEM 2015-16 Application and 8th Grade Parent STEM Commitment Letters (posted 1/30/15)
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MA Secretary of Education attends STEM Award presentation
On Thursday, September 18, PTC presented the STEM Early College High School program with its Academy Champion Award in honor of our long-standing relationship and our dedication to strengthening the STEM college- and career- readiness pipeline. In attendance was Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, a champion of STEM educational programs. To learn more and view a slideshow of the event, click here!
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Commissioner Mitchell visits MHS STEM Expo

A day of science and engineering exhibits, competitions and awards on June 10 at Marlborough High School was capped off by a special visit from a top state education official.

The annual MHS STEM Expo brought freshman and sophomore STEM Early College High School student teams together in the MHS fieldhouse, where they used exhibits and prototypes to showcase their projects. Ninth-graders focused on “Going Green,” with projects in the areas of renewable energy, alternative energy sources, and real-world energy-efficient solutions. The tenth-graders were tasked with colonizing Mars, and projects fell in the areas of energy solutions, biospheres and transporters.

Guest judges from the business community – including representatives from Raytheon, Boston Scientific, PTC and more – judged the projects on set criteria and encouraged students to continue to explore the world of science and engineering.

Awards were presented in various categories, then Massachusetts Commissioner for Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester dropped in to talk with students, teachers, administrators, and college and business partners about the importance of the STEM program and to glean insights about what makes Marlborough’s program exemplary.

Below is a slideshow of the day's events, and shortly after Chester's visit, the Pathways to Prosperity Network published a profile on his visit and the Marlborough STEM model. To read the profile, click here.

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Presentations:
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Marlborough High School included in $4.9 million Youth CareerConnect grant
A grant proposal submitted by Marlborough Public Schools in collaboration with Jobs for the Future and two other Massachusetts school districts has netted the team a $4.9 million federal Department of Labor grant – with Marlborough getting $1.8 million over four years. The grant will help create the Massachusetts Advanced Pathways Program (MAPP), where students can develop career skills needed by their communities’ employers, plus earn college credit while still in high school.

To learn more about the grant and its connection to the STEM program, click here.
To view the April 29 School Committee presentation, click here.

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STEM Olympics

On Jan. 15, freshman and sophomore STEMsters participated in the STEM Winter Expo Bobsled Bonanza Championship to help kick of the Sochi Winter Olympics in their own way. STEM teams were asked to building the fastest bobsled using a block of foam, weights, batteries, tape, wooden spindles and sticks, and hot glue. They had 15 minutes to make the bobsleds before competition began. Shown below are some highlights of the process.

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Research Documents Supporting
STEM and Early College
Making STEM Real
Early College High School - A Portrait in Numbers
Early College High School Initiative Core Principles
Perspective on STEM Support
 
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