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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
Stem logo
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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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Taking applications
Marlborough Public Schools is pleased to announce that the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics) Early College High School is now accepting applications for students entering grades 6, 7, 8, 9 & 10 in August 2014. Please be aware a commitment to STEM spans the entire school year. Students currently enrolled in STEM do not need to reapply. Please complete this application (English / Portuguese / Spanish) and submit in homeroom by April 14, 2014.
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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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Dear fifth-grade parents,

As we continue to evaluate our middle level curricular offerings, we are exploring ways to enhance our STEM learning experiences for all students.  Once we identify any changes toward that goal, we will provide more information to students and parents.

In the meantime, if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at driley@mps-edu.org or at (508) 460-3500, ext. 7510.

Sincerely,
Dan Riley, STEM Director

To view the April 10, 2014 presentation for fifth-grade parents, 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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STEM ECHS-Related Events & Family Resources  
 
Marlborough STEM ECHS & Youth CareerConnect in the media  
 
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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