It’s Elementary: Inspiring STEM Students from PreK-6th Grade

Room: West Club: Lounge 2

As the old adage goes, teach STEM early and often.  Massachusetts is in the middle of a knowledge explosion. Our competitive advantage and the cornerstone of our economy rely heavily on a highly skilled workforce that supports high demand jobs in growing STEM fields, such as clean energy, life sciences, healthcare, advanced manufacturing, and information technology. It’s never too early to start thinking about how we can invent our future! We all have a role to play to inspire, engage, and educate our youth across the entire lifelong workforce continuum, from early education through post secondary. STEM is an important tool in a PreK – 6 tool kit that we can use to inspire our students early in their education through hands on learning, engage them in creative interests in science and math, and educate them about career options in order to adequately prepare them for college and career. During this panel, you will hear from three different practitioners who work with young students, from preschool programs to elementary and early middle schools ages. All have successfully integrated STEM in their teaching and community education.

  • Lisa Freed, M.L.A.  -  STEM Program Manager, iRobot
  • Richard Bransfield, M.A.  -  Principal, Linden STEAM Academy (Innovation School)
  • Dr. Erika Ebbel Angle, Ph.D.  -  Founder & Chairman of the Board, Science from Scientists