High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.
The students that stand out for BCC's Dean of Academic Affairs Charles Kaminski are the ones who come in with bold dreams.
It is the women who come from a family of nurses and want to take that a step forward and become biochemists. Or the girl who starts out thinking about becoming a teacher and instead aims to become a data analyst.
More than 60 C.T. Plunkett School students in Grades 3-5 were scattered throughout the school last week participating in STEM enrichment sessions.
Teacher Laura Scholz said the children have been staying after school over the past month to partake in seven different hands-on activities using science, technology, engineering and math through the Explore program.
It starts with a question: what do baby Zebrafish look like?
Then observation, noting what adult Zebrafish look like and how they act Then a hypothesis, an educated guess on what the babies will look like. And finally, an experiment, breed the fish and see.
Based on his work as a principal investigator for the National Science Foundation-funded "Teaching to Learn" project and his role as a Massachusetts Science Ambassador, Stroud plans to continue to push for systemic change in science education, in grades pre-K through 16.
This regional award will support Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley. As the lead partner of the Berkshire STEM Network, Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts will continue to collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the region.
The program aims to provide students with the tools they need to be STEM ready in college and the workplace including: academic support, tutoring, special field trips, guest speakers and a STEM Academy Success Kit.
The 21 students who will participate – six from Berkshire Community College, seven from Greenfield Community College and eight from Holyoke Community College – intend to major in fields that include biochemistry, biology, biological science, biotechnology, computer science, environmental science, mathematics, nursing and wildlife ecology/conservation.
Learning went both ways at Williams College's Summer Science Lab this month.
"One of my interns said this morning, 'The kids were my teachers this week as well,' " lab director Stephen Bechtel said last week.
Instead enjoying some off time in July, some 300 pupils are spending the month eagerly learning science at the North Adams Public School Science Summer Camp.
This year's theme is "Kid Commotion to Save the Ocean."
Noella Carlow, the school system's 21st Century site coordinator, said the children spend seven hours a day at Brayton Elementary learning about the ocean and leadership skills during the four-week program
As Flying Cloud’s founder and first executive director, Burke has overseen the organization’s growth from an inventive experiment on a family farm in New Marlborough to a highly respected and effective educational force reaching more than 3,500 young people and hundreds of teachers through science and arts programs in schools and through other local partners throughout Berkshire County.
Over the next five years, the education team at Boston public media producer WGBH will receive approximately $10 million from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) to develop new STEM instructional models and digital media tools.