We are thrilled to support Massachusetts STEM Week again this year and invite you to join our design challenge workshops in-person or online to bring engineering to students everywhere! Massachusetts STEM Week 2021 takes place from October 18-22 and is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s nine Regional STEM Networks.
This year’s theme is “See Yourself in STEM” with a focus on the power of mentoring. Women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce. Mass STEM Week is aimed at encouraging and supporting underrepresented youth, especially Black and brown students, to pursue careers in STEM.
The Museum of Science has developed three engineering design challenges for educators and students in grades PreK-2, 3-5, and 6-8. Each of the challenges are age-appropriate and allow for flexibility in implementation. Create a free account to access all of the information and get started today.
More about our design challenges:
The Museum will be running the design challenges on-site in our new Engineering Design Workshop exhibit during Mass STEM Week on:
- Tuesday 10/19 from 10:00am - 12:00pm (Grades 3 - 5);
- Wednesday 10/20 from 10:00am - 12:00pm (Grades PreK - 2); and
- Thursday 10/21 from 10:00am - 12:00pm (Grades 6 - 8)
If you are an educator and are interested in running the design challenge in your classroom during Mass STEM Week, please go to learn.eie.org where you will find:
- a sign up form;
- a professional development video to assist you in preparing to run the design challenge in your classroom;
- detailed information about each design challenge including specific instructions and materials needed;
- details about sharing your classroom’s work with the Museum and other colleagues via our STEM Choice Board.
Since its inception, Mass STEM Week has brought together schools, non-profit organizations, colleges, museums, and employers across the Commonwealth and the country, all working together to expose students to STEM and excite them about their own potential futures in STEM fields. We’re excited to continue the tradition this year!
Follow the Museum of Science and EiE on social media and share photos or videos. Use hashtags #MassSTEMWeek and #SeeYourselfinSTEM during MA STEM Week for a chance to be featured on our social media accounts.