Did you know that one key component of our work at MMSA is to leverage the findings of research to inform and educate policy makers? Today I am happy to share news on two advocacy fronts that the MMSA team has been focusing on.
Second, I am very excited to share a “hot off the presses” collaborative policy recommendation created by MMSA, the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, and Science is US. These recommendations are intended to help bolster the state’s STEM education and workforce, as well as encourage policymakers to reprioritize science and engineering. The policies complement and support the Maine Economic Development Strategy and its focus on talent and innovation as a pathway to the state’s economic development and growth. Check out the full report and recommendations here.
As always, please reach out to learn more.
4th-grade Teachers: Implement a Brand New Earth Science Unit with PeBLES2
PeBLES2 (Place-Based Learning for Elementary Science at Scale), a project of MMSA and BSCS & funded by the National Science Foundation, would like to invite 4th-grade teachers from across the country to join us in testing a brand new earth science unit (~6 weeks in length), designed for teachers to localize to their classroom.
Participating teachers will receive:
professional learning in a cohort of teachers from across the country
a generous stipend to work deeply with us for two years
The 2022 Census is a follow up to the 2019 groundbreaking statewide census, which established baseline data about environmental learning in Maine. In the last three years, data from the 2019 Census have been used to:
garner more funding for Maine youth programming;
provide targeted professional development and other supports for Maine educators and practitioners;
and impact local and regional decision making on the direction of outdoor and environmental learning in Maine.
Register for the MEEA Conference and learn more about Teach ME Outside and other exciting initiatives happening across Maine! Read on...
Teams Competed in the Destination Imagination Maine State Tournament
This year, the Reach Project at MMSA held the Destination Imagination Maine State Tournament for the first time. Destination Imagination (DI) is a creative, team-focused STEAM competition for K-12 and university students.
Each year teams choose between seven different Team Challenges, and spend months working together to design, build, and create solutions that they present to appraisers in eight-minute performances.
The 2022 Maine State Tournament was held at the Hutchinson Center in Belfast on March 12. Dedicated volunteers gathered from all across the state to give students the chance to compete in person for the first time since 2019. Learn more...
MMSA Title: Finance Director Something you’re proud of at MMSA: To help support teachers and give students around the world access to a well rounded education. Read more...
MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist - Computer Science What is your STEM passion area: Computer Science. Creating something that could potentially reach thousands of people is an amazing feeling. Read more...
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