I am thrilled to announce that the MAS has received an award from the Community Foundation of Western MA to support our efforts in STEM education reform! The targeted program – Engage in STEM or E-STEM – involves the partnering of undergraduate students majoring in STEM subjects with middle and high school students engaged in independent research projects. The college students serve as mentors as they guide their mentees in generating hypotheses, designing experiments, analyzing data, and communicating their results – all key skills for entering the 21st century workforce. The first two years of E-STEM has proven to be so successful that the Community Foundation of Western MA awarded the MAS funds to expand the program into the Holyoke Public Schools. To learn more about the award, please follow this link: http://www.prlog.org/12144837-mass-academy-of-sciences-receives-grant-from-community-foundation-of-western-ma.html
One exciting outcome of the growth of E-STEM is that we must now expand our website to include a focus on STEM materials for middle and high school students, as well as their teachers. Our intent is to revise our website to target the following categories: Students, Teachers, Members and Fellows.
I write to you now to invite you to participate in this grand revision and expansion of our website. We have set for ourselves the goal of making the MAS website THE place to go for STEM information in the Commonwealth. To reach this grand vision, we require your help. Please consider contributing to our efforts through any of the following opportunities:
- Serve on our website development steering committee. This committee will work via email and teleconferences to determine how the MAS website can best meet the needs of our members and fellows. Participation on the committee will require approximately 2-4 hours per month over the next six months. We are particularly interested in ensuring that teachers are represented on this committee! Please contact me through the MAS website if you are interested in participating (http://massacademysciences.org/).
- Provide content for the website. We always welcome contributions to the website. If you have links to interesting sites, comments on a recent STEM news item, would like to contribute to our expanding blog series, have an announcement you want posted, please contact me through the MAS website (http://massacademysciences.org/)
- Take our website survey. The website development steering committee will create an online survey to help us understand what the new MAS website should offer our members. More on that later this summer.
- Make a website donation. The website expansion that we envision will require significant effort by a dedicated team of web designers. Please consider making a donation to help us create the central repository for all things STEM in the Commonwealth (http://massacademysciences.org/).
I look forward to hearing from you so that we can take our website to the next level – with the goal of becoming the Commonwealth’s number one source for STEM information. Our existing site has received great praise from many of our members and partnering organizations, but we can do so much more and we need your ideas to help make this happen!
Dr. Margaret (Peg) Riley
Founder and President
Massachusetts Academy of Sciences