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Wednesday, November 14


Pathways to STEM Student Success and Workforce Development
There is a growing demand for science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) professionals, but the number of STEM graduates is not keeping pace. UMass Boston College of Science and Mathematics (CSM) had been no exception to the problem of low graduation rates, an issue made particularly urgent considering the opportunity we have, as a minority-majority college, to contribute to the diversity of the STEM pipeline and workforce. This urgent issue led to careful analysis of student data to identify the “leaks” in the pipeline and the utilization of a multidimensional approach incorporating data-driven strategies and interventions that strengthened our pipeline and improved success rates for students. The strategies and interventions work synergistically to enable our students to succeed and persist in STEM fields. CSM has successfully leveraged the community concept, which begins with the Freshman Success Community (FSC) Program.  The FSC serves as a platform to address the needs of first-year STEM students, provide an enriched academic experience, and increase motivation to pursue STEM. CSM has developed collaborative relationships with external corporate and institutional partners to support student research and internships. As students make progress through their STEM education (the pipeline), they participate in these high-impact practices and vertical learning communities to generate awareness of STEM careers, increase their confidence in their STEM capabilities, build their network through mentorship with faculty, peers, and industry professionals, and acquire the knowledge and technical and soft skills to be successful in college and pursue rewarding and productive careers in STEM.


Andrew Grosovsky

Dean, College of Science and Mathematics, University of Massachusetts, Boston


Marshall Milner

Executive Director Science Training Programs, University of Massachusetts, Boston

Wednesday November 14, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
Meeting Room C


Who’s Nurturing the Next Generation of Innovators? Effective STEM Programs to Build Workforce Talent
The future of STEM business growth depends on current and future STEM talent, that pipeline of scientists, technicians and engineers with the skills, creativity and perseverance to innovate, and a citizenry that understands fundamental STEM concepts. Business leaders from companies that place high value on STEM competencies in their workforce will discuss the STEM educational programs that they support to inspire and nurture the next generation of researchers and innovators.

Hear from panelists about Santander Bank’s investment of over $1.3 billion in higher-education STEM programs and Intel’s investment of millions in K-12 STEM education. Learn about the successful STEM program developed by the international law firm of Fish & Richardson, in which intellectual property experts guide young innovators through the patent application process, providing full legal services annually to the two most inventive projects by Massachusetts students statewide. Over the last 18 years, the results have been impressive—high school students whose research is helping to cure breast cancer, address the worldwide opioid crisis and aid people suffering from seizures. Together, these companies and programs have helped hundreds of thousands of students to pursue STEM learning and careers.

Learn how your organization or company can create its own business-school partnership that provides STEM-mentored research opportunities for young innovators. Discover funding that is focused on STEM for high-needs communities and disadvantaged students. Moderated by a co-founder of Boston-based Dock Square Equity, topics will include advancing and financing STEM talent in K-20 and beyond, to keep pace with the growing STEM sector.


Rishi Shukla

Co-Founder & Managing Partner, Dock Square Equity


Timothy A. French

Principal, Fish & Richardson, P.C.

Anne McGrath Linehan

Corporate Social Responsibility Project Manager, Santander Bank

Wednesday November 14, 2018 9:45am - 10:35am
Grand Ballroom Center


Energy House Design Challenge
Get comfortable with the engineering design process in your classroom while allowing students to take the rein with NEED’s “Energy House Challenge” activity. Come try your hand at building an energy house, from the purchasing aspect to installation and efficiency. You’ll be investigating the science behind keeping building occupants healthy and comfortable and our buildings energy efficient. Learn about efficiency, conservation and economic returns by using various materials to insulate a cardboard house and then test its efficiency. An excellent activity in applying engineering principals and problem-solving skills to energy efficiency, while incorporating math with a set budget and cost for materials. Students will be able to describe efficiency and conservation measures for the home and justify why these measures make sense economically. This challenge can be easily differentiated for grades 6-12.


Nancy Gifford

Science Educator/Science Education Consultant, Monomoy Middle School, WGBH/PBS Learning Media, WGBH Bringing the Universe to America's Classrooms

Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Grand Ballroom Center


Invention Education and STEM: Preparing Students from Diverse Backgrounds for the Innovation Economy
This joint presentation by the Academy of Applied Science and leading invention educators addresses the urgent need for greater diversity among the ranks of leading innovators in the U.S. and partnerships needed between K-12 educators, the higher education community and others to ensure that new learning opportunities are afforded to students in K12 all along the education continuum. Participants will examine invention education as a strategy for attracting more students from underrepresented backgrounds into STEM college/career pathways. The ways educators have structured invention education programs in both formal and informal settings and information about the alignment with state standards will also be shared. We will review a seven week asynchronous online project-based learning pedagogy course preparing educators to begin an invention program. Presenters will discuss strategies used to create partnerships within local communities and beyond to support students’ and teachers’ work. Examples of teachers’ journeys into invention education and what it has meant for students will be explored.


Nicole Bellabona

Director, Young Inventors’ Program/Invention of Northern New England, Academy of Applied Science

Diane Dabby

Professor of Electrical Engineering & Music, Olin College

Veronica Lewis

Student, Georgetown Middle High School

Mary Lyon

High School Creativity/STEM Educator, Georgetown High School

Frank Xydias

Engineering Faculty, Milford High School

Wednesday November 14, 2018 10:55am - 11:45am
Meeting Room C


Robots and Screen-Free Coding for Your Youngest Learners — Come Play With KIBO!
Come play with the KIBO robot! Get hands-on with this screen-free coding and robotics kit for children in K-2 classrooms, while you hear ideas for integrating these activities within existing curriculum. We’ll share how easy it is to integrate robotics within the classroom to engage young students to learn STEAM concepts. Using K-2 classroom examples, like our first-grade students using robotics to drive home science learning initiatives, such as wind and weather instruction. Barbara Tennyson, an experienced STEM teacher and technology integrator, will share examples of using robotics to support in-class curriculum as well as meet computer science and digital literacy standards. Learn how to incorporate robotics into your existing classroom instruction to emphasize lessons with hands-on play!


Jason Innes

Manager of Training and Curriculum Development, KinderLab Robotics, Inc.

Barbara Tennyson

Instructional Technology Specialist, Needham Public Schools

Wednesday November 14, 2018 2:55pm - 3:45pm
Gran Ballroom North