NORTH ADAMS — The Berkshire STEM Network, a collaborative convened by the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts, has received $65,000 from the Massachusetts STEM Pipeline Fund to promote and continue science, technology, engineering and mathematics education in the region.
The funding, according to the college, is part of more than $250,000 in recent grant money awarded to support the commonwealth's regional STEM networks. This new award will support STEM education, community and business partnerships in the Berkshire County and Pioneer Valley region.
MCLA Dean of Academic Affairs Monica Joslin, who serves on the state STEM Advisory Council, said in a written statement that an investment in STEM is an investment in the innovation economy.
"The STEM Networks serve as an important resource for educators at all levels. It is important that we meet workforce needs as we connect educators, community agencies, businesses and industry partners," Joslin said. "Together, we provide opportunities for students, as we prepare them for future STEM fields."
Formed in 2004, the state's Regional STEM Networks continue to create opportunities in STEM fields to engage, educate and motivate students to make connections with STEM content.
The Berkshire STEM Pipeline, which MCLA leads, is responsible for community wide events such as the annual Region 1 middle and high school science and engineering fairs; the STEM Academy for career exploration; the collaborative of use and training on equipment made available to pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 classrooms through the Regional Science Resource Center, the STEM Scholarship program, and more.
Priorities for the regional networks in fiscal year 2017 include an expansion of work-based learning opportunities for high school students, particularly in the STEM fields; the development and implementation of STEM Early College Career Pathways models; and broadened access to computer science and engineering courses.
"I thank all of our STEM Network partners who are working to help meet the future needs of our rapidly changing economy and bolster skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics," said Gov. Charlie Baker in a statement announcing the new grant funding. "Our collective efforts continue to increase engagement in and raise awareness about the importance of STEM education both for our economy and the new opportunities it creates for our young people."
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Learn more at about the STEM networks at mcla.edu/About_MCLA/area/Community-Collaborations/stempipeline/