Pathways through the STEM Pipeline: Bringing Educators, Students, Out-of-school Providers Together
Presented by: Museum Institute for Teaching Science (MITS, Inc.)
Strand: K-12 Education
Informal institutions are well suited to provide support in science content and inquiry-based experiences to teachers and students. Ensuring teachers are skilled in teaching science and engineering content through activities that engage and excite students about STEM is the surest way to move students along the STEM Pipeline towards careers in STEM as well give them the ability to be successful in a technological society.
Through exhibits, programs, research projects and multi-media resources informal institutions can provide programs that enhance, support and expand STEM learning. MITS is a collaborative organization that brings together informal institutions, STEM related businesses, institutes of higher education, research institutions and formal educators to promote and enhance STEM education. We will show case how our partners are STEM resources for schools, students and formal educators. Our partners will share programs for school groups, professional learning opportunities for educators (including customized programs for school districts), out-of-school time programs (such as camps and summer courses), internships for students, and after-school programs that build upon student's exposure to the science and engineering practices. We will highlight how MITS provides professional learning opportunities for both informal and formal educators, enhancing their ability to provide effective STEM education, programs and resources. We will also share the Science By Connections website, an interactive web platform that links K-12 educators with easy access to standards-based STEM classroom programs, field trips, online resources, and professional development opportunities from organizations throughout Massachusetts. Staff from our partner organizations will share with you their STEM programs and resources.