Annual Manufacturing Day: October 3, 2014
Each year in October, manufacturers from across the country open their doors to showcase the potential of modern manufacturing and foster interest in manufacturing careers. The many events held throughout the day are designed for anyone who is curious about modern manufacturing and who would like to know more about what happens in modern-day manufacturing facilities. Audiences include students, parents, educators, media, civic leaders, and local communities in general. For more information, visit: www.mfgday.com.
Governor Patrick signs into law House 4377 - An Act promoting economic growth across the Commonwealth
House 4377 is a comprehensive economic development package that contains important new provisions to support Gateway City revitalization, including the creation of a $16 million Transformative Development Fund. The Fund will seek to support Gateway Cities through "redevelopment on a scale and character capable of catalyzing significant follow-on private investment, leading over time to transformation of an entire downtown or urban neighborhood, and consistent with local plans." For more detailed information, please visit: https://malegislature.gov/Bills/188/House/H4377.
Raytheon and UMass Lowell Establish Institute to Inspire Technology Innovations and Knowledge Sharing
Raytheon Company and the University of Massachusetts Lowell have announced an agreement to establish a joint research facility focused on the advancement of innovative technologies in a collaborative, state-of-the-art institute. Raytheon is committing $3 million with options to $5 million throughout the next 10 years for establishment of this facility. The Raytheon-UMass Lowell Research Institute (RURI) will feature state-of-the-art laboratories and classrooms that will serve as a launchpad for collaboration and learning. Click here to learn more: http://www.uml.edu/News/news-articles/2014/Globe-Raytheon.aspx
Skilled Careers in Life Sciences Initative
The SCILS Initiative is a 4 year $5 million project led by the Boston Office of Jobs and Community Services (JCS) on behalf of the Metro Boston region. Funded in April 2012 by an H1B Technical Skills Training grant from the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, the SCILS Initiative will improve career opportunities for residents of the Greater Boston area and provide a more highly trained life science workforce for our healthcare and biotechnology sectors. The Initiative will target occupations such as Biological Technicians and Medical Lab Technicians and support occupational training, contextualized learning, customized training, program development and the recruitment, case management and placement of eligible participants.
Visit the SCILS website to find out more about the initiative and training opportunities to begin a career as a Biological Technician or Medical Lab Technician!
Metro North "Bridging the Workforce Gap" STEM event a great success (July, 2013)
Over eighty education, training, and workforce development professionals attended a unique event this past June, entitled "Bridging the Workforce Gap: In-Demand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations in the Metro North Region." Presented by the Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB), and held at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA, the event was designed for professionals who are interested in learning more about the viable local STEM opportunities that are available to their customers and students. The event focused on eight (8) occupations, all of which are both locally in-demand and offer opportunities for workers to develop skillsets that correspond to career pathways within a specific Metro North priority industry. Through a combination of videos and interactive discussion, the event highlighted the following careers:Computer Support Specialist and Software Developer (IT); Biomedical Technician and Quality Control Technician (Life Sciences); Clinical Lab Assistant and Medical Lab Technician (Healthcare); and CNC Operator and Mechanical Engineer (Advanced Manufacturing).
In addition, four brief videos were created specifically for the event are now available on the website www.drkit.com. Each video features professionals in one of four separate in-demand STEM occupations explaining various aspects of their jobs, including: a typical day, required qualifications, and the "best/worst" aspects of the job. To view these videos, please click on the following links:
Mechanical Design Draftsman (Adam)
Quality Control Bioassay Analyst (Jess)
Senior Software Engineer (Ben)
Medical Laboratory Technician (Bethany)
Speakers included: Reed Brockman, Chair of the Metro North Youth Council, Member of the Metro North REB, and Senior Structural Engineer/Coordinating Inspection Team Leader for AECOM; Joanna Dowling, Chair of the Metro North REB and Director of Operations, Custom Group, Inc.; Pat Hogan, Professor at Suffolk University and Member of the Metro North STEM Partnership; and Meelynn Wong, Associate Director, Metro North REB.
Click here to
download a presentation by Meelynn Wong, REB Associate Director, entitled "Labor
Market Information on STEM Occupations in the Metro North Region."
Next generation science standards released
(Originally published in U.S. News & World Report, April 15, 2013)
By Kelsey Sheehy -- Science education in the United States is not up to snuff. Most high schoolstudents can scratch the scientific surface – follow instructions, conduct experiments – but few succeed at analysis and explanation, two critical components of real-world inquiry, studies reveal. The Next Generation Science Standards aim to change all that. Released last week, the standards follow in the footsteps of the Common Core State Standards for math and reading by setting a uniform benchmark and encouraging depth over breadth in science curriculums. [Read more....]
White House seeks nominations for 2014 presidential award
The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation seek nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated at least five years of excellence in mentoring students, trainees, and/or early career scientists and engineers from groups that are underrepresented in STEM, including women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions (such as urban and rural regions). Awardees of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Metntoring (PAESMEM) will receive a $10,000 honorary Presidential award and are invited to participate in recognition events and meetings with STEM policy leaders in Washington, D.C. For more information visit: http://www.nsf.gov/publications/pub_summ.jsp?ods_key=nsf13044
U.S. Department of Energy has launched a new online feature, Women @ Energy
Women @ Energy, showcases a few of the talented and dedicated employees at the U.S. Department of Engergy who are helping change the world, ensuring America’s security and prosperity through transformative science and technology solutions. The feature enables you to view profiles of women across the country, read about what inspired them to work in STEM and what excites them about their work at the Energy Department, share ideas for getting more underrepresented groups engaged in STEM, offering tips, and more. For more information please visit: http://energy.gov/diversity/listings/women-energy
Massachusetts' "WOW" Initiative
As part of the 8th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced the launch of the “WOW Initiative”, a statewide public awareness campaign designed to engage, educate and “wow” Massachusetts students into realizing the opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. As part of the project, Massachusetts schools will receive a series of videos highting various opportunities, as well as individuals who are applying their STEM skills, such as Boston Red Sox statistician Bill James, Harmonix Music Systems video game designer Jim Toepel and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s ocean researcher Amy Kukulya. This video introduces the WOWsters. http://www.youtube.com/embed/s9zQ6-CYLq0?
Major report on manufacturing in Massachusetts released
“Staying Power II: A Report Card on
Manufacturing in Massachusetts 2012" is an update of a 2008 study that
onveys positive news about the resiliency of the state’s sector. Click
here to access the report.
Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair seeks judges, mentors, advocates, students
The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. (MSSEF) is a non-profit organization committed to increasing awareness of, exposure to, and participation in inquiry-based learning through the development of science and engineering projects by middle school and high school students. Through its Curious Minds Initiative, MSSEF offers graduate courses for teachers leading to the STEM Certificate in Inquiry at Framingham State University.
Ways to get involved:
1. Be a science fair judge. Opportunities exist at the middle and high school levels and for statewide, regional, and school district fairs.
2. Mentor science fair students and science teachers.
3. Help develop a science fair program in a school.
4. Become a STEM education advocate. Promote the need for students to choose STEM education and careers.
5. Enter your students in a fair! Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fairs are open to students in grades 6-12 from all public, private and parochial schools throughout the state.
For additional information please visit: www.massscifair.com, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.