Central Massachusetts STEM Network Ecosystem

Worcester County in the greater Central Massachusetts region (54 towns represented)

About

The Central Massachusetts STEM Network Ecosystem is a regional network dedicated to bringing our community together to cultivate science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning and engagement. We foster partnerships to integrate the strengths of our community to support deep and wide-scale impact, ensuring educators have the necessary resources to engage, teach, and develop STEM competency with all learners. These partnerships include PK-12 districts and educators, higher education, out-of-school time organizations, non-profits, businesses, government, family organizations, and philanthropies. Using a systems approach, our mission is to develop and deliver engaging STEM experiences that grow and nurture low-income and historically underrepresented youth in STEM to be college- and career-ready. The Ecosystem brings together our diverse members to work collaboratively with educational systems, support educators (both formal and informal) and build a robust STEM workforce. Engaging STEM experiences provide youth with a foundation for success and all should have these opportunities.

Key Programs

STEM Week in Central MA We coordinate over 100 different events in late October with the goal of introducing STEM to students in all areas of our region who may otherwise not have exposure to these opportunities. STEM Week is great kick-off to the many different STEM events throughout Central MA during the year. Central MA Science Festival The Central Mass Science Festival at the Boys & Girls Club in Leominster, presented in affiliation with the Cambridge Science Festival, is a celebration showcasing fun and the leading edge in science, technology, engineering, art, and/or math in our region. The festival seeks to highlight the impact of STEAM in our lives, ignite scientific curiosity in our community, and create opportunities for discovery. TouchTomorrow at WPI TouchTomorrow is a free festival that introduces children, K-12 to Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Robots! Held on the Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) campus each June, attendees are inspired through hands-on activities, stage shows, lab tours, demonstrations and more! The Cummings School of Vet Medicine at Tufts University Open House Thousands of people visit Cummings School’s beautiful North Grafton, MA campus each September to learn about the different aspects of veterinary medicine. This annual event is geared to people of all ages! “”Designing My Future”” STEM Career Expo for Families A community event inviting middle and high school students and their families to have fun, enjoy music and food, and learn about different careers in science, math, engineering, and technology (STEM) held at various community based organizations in the Central MA region.

Partners

Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) STEM Education Center
Katherine Chen, Executive Director Worcester Public Schools
Maureen Binienda, Superintendent EcoTarium Museum of Science and Nature Anna Crocker, School Programs Coordinator Boys & Girls Club, Fitchburg/Leominster/Gardner
Donata Martin, Executive Director MassHire Central Regional Workforce Board Ethan Brown, Resource Development Coordinator Quinsigamond Community College
Adrienne Linnell, Program Administrator, STEM Initiatives Quabbin Regional School District
Adam Couturier, Director of Teaching, Learning, and Support
Raytheon Don Jordon, Regional Communications Director, RAIN-NE Pre-collegiate Outreach Programs at WPI
Sue Sontgerath, Director Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Keith Connors, Senior Program Manager, STEM Pipeline Fund, and Director, Academic Affairs and Student Success Central MA Family Care Center Agency- Region 2 Diana Comer, STEM Ambassador Region 2
Abbvie Kelvin Lau, Senior Engineer Cummings School of Veterinary Medicine at Tufts University
Cynthia Leveille-Webster, Professor & Associate Chair of Research