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Square's Code Camp - computer science education for girlsThere's a terrific new program called Code Camp being offered by Square, the innovative company which has made taking credit cards easy and accessible for everyone from crafters and musicians at shows to major chains like Starbucks. According to Techcrunch, Square's CFO, Sarah Friar, who has a masters in engineering, noted dramatic numbers reflecting the number of girls in the field. High schools offering AP computer science programs number in the single digit percentages. Girls taking those classes comprise fewer than 20% of students enrolled in them. But, those girls who are able to start in high school are also significantly more likely to major in... Read More

Twenty two of this year's finest science fair competitors from across Massachusetts have spent the past week in Los Angeles at the International Science and Engineering Fair (ISEF), sponsored by Intel. They have been part of a field of over 1700 students competing at the highest level from 70 nations and regions around the world, and we could not be prouder or more impressed by their accomplishments. 
Their week has been packed with opportunities to display their projects for judging, but also to meet... Read More

 We are wishing the best of luck to the delegation of students from Massachusetts who are competing this week at the 2014 International Science and Engineering Fair taking place in Los Angeles. This photo is of our group dressed in their finest for the Opening Ceremonies. They are a great looking bunch! We will be sure to report on awards that they win, so please check back.

We are proud of all of these students for reaching this level of competition!

Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle speaks at the 2014 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair at MIT. Photo by Lydia A. Harris.On Friday, May 2, 2014, Physics Nobel Laureate Wolfgang Ketterle spoke to students and educators in several panels at the 2014 Massachusetts State Science and Engineering Fair. Ketterle addressed Fair judges at Kresge Auditorium, STEM educators in a round table discussion, and competing students before the Fair opened. He emphasized to the students how many exciting opportunities there are in science today, encouraging them to stick with their work, to always keep... Read More

This year's Massachusetts STEM Summit will move to the DCU Center in Worcester, taking place on October 22. The one day event will have the theme of "Gateway to the Future". Looking to continue to address the concerns of business looking to grow in STEM industries which also need qualified workers to fill those jobs.

The conference is organized jointly between the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, and the UMass Donahue Institute. The purpose is to promote STEM education with the intention of growing the workforce able to work in related fields.

Registration details, agendas, and more can be found at the Massachusetts Stem Summit website.

More details: DCU Center in Worcester to host statewide STEM conference

Boston recently hosted the National Science Teachers Association annual meeting, which drew nearly 10,000 attendees. Dominating themes of the event included Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) becoming curricula, elementary-level science education, and developing and maintaining student interest in STEM topics.

Eleven states and the District of Columbia have officially adopted the new NGSS standards. Overall, 26 states have been involved in the creation of the new standards, with support from NSTA, The National Research Council and Achieve Inc. The intention of the coalition is to develop new standards to help improve the strength of students' STEM foundations by the time they graduate from high school. To assist school districts and states access to information and details, NSTA has a new website which is meant to serve as a central point: the ... Read More

On April 17 at the Boston Museum of Science, 22 teachers from around Massachusetts were recognized in the second annual Mass Insight Education awards for excellence.

The awards are supported in part by Partners in Excellence, a collective of individuals and organizations committed to supporting STEM education. The educators recognized represent AP programs in math, science, and English around the state.

To see the full list of winners and learn more about the awards, please visit:
Mass Insight Education Announces Partners in Excellence Teacher Award Winners

Congratulations to all of these fine educators!


According to many, the advent of the No Child Left Behind Act created an atmosphere across education of "teaching to the test." The impact of this has often meant significantly less flexibility for teachers in the classroom. This is being especially felt in science classrooms.

Increasingly, science education has been evolving toward argumentation, the practice of utilizing hands-on, practical experiments and critical thinking to arrive at results and comprehension. This is becoming a preferred standard in science curricula.

A recent survey conduced by researchers at Boston College's Lynch School of Education has revealed that teachers are encountering several barriers to the new standards. First, teaching to the test is limiting their ability to include instruction and practice in argumentation. Second, teachers in lower income... Read More


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