Math Dual Enrollment Offerings Continue to Expand

The University of Baltimore’s Early College Initiatives (ECI), in partnership with BmoreSTEM’s Math Workgroup, has expanded its Dual Enrollment offerings in math to City Schools for the Fall 2020 semester. ECI is offering Introduction to Statistics, worth 3 college credits and 4th year high school math credit, to cohorts at Benjamin Franklin HS, Green St. Academy, Western HS, Baltimore Design School, Baltimore Leadership School for Young Women, and Digital Harbor HS. All courses are fully online. In total, over 150 students are enrolled in UB Dual Enrollment courses in either Math or Writing this semester.


Free Tech Support For Adults

 

BDEC TECH SUPPORT HOTLINE IS LIVE!

The Baltimore Digital Equity Coalition (BDEC) is working to close the digital divide in Baltimore City. In addition to working on initiatives to provide devices and connectivity to underserved residents, they are also providing technical support for residents who are new to getting online. This support is free.

The BDEC Tech Support Hotline is LIVE! Hours of operation are Monday through Friday, 10:00 am - 6:00 pm. The hotline is currently only available to adult learners (and staff) of Baltimore City-based workforce training and adult education programs.

Adult Learners, call the FREE Tech Support Hotline at: 410-834-4214

Adult learners, simply dial the number above and you will be directed to a technician to help troubleshoot computer-related issues you may be experiencing, including:

  • technology selection
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Comcast Internet Essentials
  • miscellaneous troubleshooting
  • video chat apps (ex. Zoom)
  • e-learning platforms
  • general navigation
  • privacy and security
  • instructor coaching
  • technology sourcing

QUESTIONS?

Please don’t hesitate to reach out to BDEC's Help Desk Coordinator, Jade at helpdesk1@digitalequitybaltimore.org, with any questions.

www.bdec.org


STEM Festival 2020

The Maryland STEM Festival is a month-long celebration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics that takes place every Fall. In 2020, we'll be bringing hundreds of virtual events focused on fun, interactive science learning opportunities. Students, families, friends, STEM professionals, teachers, volunteers will all enjoy events taking place throughout Maryland. Check out the calendar of events.


Maryland Mentor is Recruiting Virtual Mentors

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ACCEPT THE CHALLENGE!

SEPTEMBER 29 – DECEMBER 31, 2020

Apply to be a Virtual Mentor!

THE PREDICAMENT: This 2020-21 school year is not like most. COVID-19 has caused schools to teach virtually instead of in-person, which has led to various new challenges for school-aged youth. Recent research on the academic and social/emotional impacts of the pandemic reveals that a large portion of school-aged young people have experienced increased levels of disconnectedness and social isolation, anxiety and general demotivation. With negative impacts like these, the need for quality mentoring has exacerbated.

THE SOLUTION: With this reality in mind, Maryland MENTOR has initiated the “500 Virtual Mentor Recruitment Challenge” campaign with the support of Thread, Big Brother Big Sister of Central Maryland, Community Youth Advance, Best Kids, and close to 50+ Mentoring and Out of School Time programs within Maryland and Washington D.C. This campaign has been possible by the support of Walmart, Under Armor, and other partners across the state. This campaign will provide mentoring programs with the opportunity to promote their program and obtain quality mentors. The goals of this challenge are to:

  • Highlight the fact that the need for adult volunteer mentors to support our state’s young people as they navigate unprecedented challenges has increased 
  • Support our area’s mentoring and after school programs, who have all but completely transitioned to virtual formats 
  • Recruit and train a critical flow of volunteers to these programs, helping adolescents receive the quality mentoring they deserve.

If you have additional questions please reach out to Sara Haile at Shaile@marylandmentor.net


NEW VIRTUAL MENTOR INFO SESSIONS

Would you like more information before completing your virtual mentor application? Register below for an upcoming virtual mentor info session!

Tuesday, October 13, 2020 | 3P – 4P

Friday, October 30, 2020 | 10A – 11A

Tuesday, November 10, 2020 | 3P – 4P


BmoreSTEM Kicks off the Student Advisory Council (SAC)

BmoreSTEM Ecosystem has launched the Student Advisory Council on July 10, 2020. Baltimore City students from local middle schools, high school and colleges convened virtually to get to know each other, learn about BmoreSTEM’s vision and mission. The SAC will be the voice of students in the City, the sounding board for BmoreSTEM’s workgroup initiatives, and ambassadors and leaders in STEM in their schools, neighborhoods, and communities. The SAC will be meeting once a month during the school year to develop a plan and execute goals for the year. Check back here to learn more about each of our Student Advisory Council members and how you can get involved!


Laptops for qualifying students taking AP computer science

Code.org is working with Amazon and the College Board to help ensure students who need laptops at home can finish their AP computer science course and take the exam this year. Students can register at https://collegeboard.tfaforms.net/74. Availability is limited to a first-come, first-served basis. They can use it for the AP exam and keep it afterwards - it’s their laptop to inspire ongoing learning.

 

This gift to students is made possible through a generous donation from Amazon Future Engineer for students who need laptops at home.


How can you help Baltimore City Schools during the Pandemic?

We have heard from many of you, asking how you can help students in Baltimore get through this difficult time.  BmoreSTEM, in consultation with City Schools, would like to share the following opportunities to help City Schools students:

  • Donate Computers or Tablets:  If you have a used, but still serviceable, device you would like to donate, DigiBmore has committed to refurbish, wipe, clean and deliver devices to City Schools students.
  • Donate to the Baltimore City Public Schools Emergency School Closure Family Support Fund: The Family Support Fund was created at the request of Dr. Santelises to provide vital resources to Baltimore’s communities and schools through challenges associated with school closing and COVID-19. Donations are used to address priority needs for communities, including technology access and food insecurity. The Fund for Educational Excellence is administrating the funds in partnership with City Schools to identify needs, manage funds, and secure contributions. The difficulty and prolonged nature of this uncertain time requires bold, compassionate steps to support our neighbors and fellow Baltimore residents. Donate by clicking here.


Let’s Celebrate Students’ Achievements at the JHU Robotics Tournament

Robotics is a fun and engaging way for students to learn more about engineering and cultivate skills that are important in the workplace.  Baltimore City Public School students competed in a robotics tournament at Johns Hopkins University.

 

Delali's presenstation inspired students to consider a career in STEM. Watch the video of this presentation and browse the slide deck for this presentation.


Candace Givens Shares Why You Should Pursue the Career You Want

Listen to Candance Givens compelling story.  She shares her journey to become an Electrical Engineer and then to go on to become a Vice President for a leading defense contractor locally.  Candace encourages high school students attending a robotics tournament at the Historic Cherry Hill Elementary / Middle School in Baltimore City.


STEM Expanded Learning Database Workgroup Launched

We are happy to announce the formation of our next workgroup, the STEM Learning Database workgroup. Expanded learning refers to opportunities for students after-school, over the summer, and/or at STEM-rich institutions (e.g., museums, zoo, science center)

The new workgroup will support schools and community groups who need additional information when building STEM partnerships. The workgroup will consider criteria for high-quality STEM expanded learning programming and collaborate with existing initiatives to catalog and build matchmaking resources for school and community partnerships.

Please contact Ellie Mictchell or Dawn Shirley by email at BmoreSTEMnet@gmail.com if you are interested in playing a key role.