Membership Drive Kickoff

With the assistance of a cadre of Computer Science majors from Towson University, BmoreSTEM has updated its website. The major new feature is the ability to join the ecosystem through a new registration capability. To join, users merely visit the Join BmoreSTEM tab and fill out a quick and easy form. New members can record their interest in volunteering on workgroup(s). All members will receive periodic updates.


Initial Workgroups Launched

The BmoreSTEM Ecosystem Launch on February 19, 2019 was a success. Thoughtful and enthusiastic input, demonstrated that all sectors are committed to contributing. Since then the planning committee and potential workgroup co-chairs have been working on determining what workgroups we can launch. Every workgroup had to address a significant need, have your support, and require cross-sector collaboration. BmoreSTEM is proud to announce our initial workgroups with the following objectives:

  • Create a registration, ticketing, and transportation system for curriculum-embedded STEM experiences that is user-friendly, centralized, and sustainable. Co-Chairs: Allison Burr-Livingstone & William Redmond
  • Create a program to increase the supply of secondary STEM teachers. Co-Chairs: Christian Anderson & Kia Boose
  • Develop BmoreSTEM 2.0 infrastructure and cultivate resources to make it sustainable. Co-Chairs: Rachel Duden (ex-oficio) & Myra Norton

Co-chairs will be forming workgroups and scheduling meetings. As the workgroups meet they will be narrowing and refining the objectives as they study possible strategies and metrics. These initial workgroups will demonstrate our ability to affect change as our ideas for additional, much-needed, workgroups continue to incubate. Additional workgroups will launch as ideas blossom and our capacity grows. Within the next 60 days we hope to announce an objective for a workforce development workgroup (co-chairs Mike Hinkey and Stan Wolfe). Please stay tuned to BmoreSTEM.net for updates on workgroups and feel free to reach out to co-chairs with suggestions, or to volunteer, as we all continue to figure out how we can best work together to develop STEM opportunities in Baltimore.


You Are Invited to the Ecosystem Launch & STEM Plan Release

February 19, 2019, 8:30 to 11:30 am

Audience:

Employers, Educators, Community Members (including parents, students, and interested citizens), and Philanthropists

Objectives:

  • Release City Schools’ STEM Plan for public comment
  • Launch the BmoreSTEM Ecosystem

Anticipated Agenda:

  1. Meet and Mingle (8:30 – 9:00 AM)
  2. Welcome (9:00-9:15 AM)
  3. Where Do We Want to Go?  (9:15-9:50 AM) 
    • Remarks by Dr. Sonja Santelises, City Schools 
    • Remarks by Delali Dzirasa, Fearless
  4. Where Are We Now? (10:00-10:30 AM)
  5. What’s Next? (10:30 – 11:30 AM)

Location:

Morgan State University, Hurt Gymnasium Rm. 212 (campus map, pdf)

Parking is $3.00 per day in the University Student Center/Morgan Commons garage (5 minute walk to the Hurt Gymnasium)


Learning Outside the Classroom

Curriculum-Embedded STEM Experiences

Learning is not limited to inside the classroom. City Schools has created opportunities for students to take field trips to Baltimore attractions that support their learning connected to the curriculum. We call these experiences curriculum-embedded field experiences. Just like traditional field trips, these opportunities are engaging for students. The difference is that these experiences are directly aligned to rigorous, existing, City Schools curriculum. So far, City Schools has designed the following curriculum-embedded field experiences for Science:

Gr Unit Venue
1 2: Can you see the light Baltimore Museum of Industry
2 3: What do plants need? Howard Peter Rawlings Conservatory
2 3: What do plants need? Great Kids Farm
3 4: Survival of the fittest Maryland Zoo in Baltimore
4 1: Its electric National Electronics Museum
5 5: Save the bay Chesapeake Bay Foundation
6 IQWST LS1: Where Have all the Creatures Gone? National Aquarium
7 IQWST LS3: Genetics – Constructing a Model of Inheritance BioEYES

Visit Baltimore, the official destination marketing organization (DMO) for Baltimore, is a strategic partner supporting this initiative. The Visit Baltimore Foundation is generously supporting transportation to several of the provider institutions, while several others provide their own transportation.


BmoreSTEM selected to join transformative national STEM learning initiative

BmoreSTEM in the map

This post originally appeared on U.S. News & World Report

BALTIMORE–Computer science education is more effective when programs coordinate on the best teaching and funding strategies, so the STEM Funders Network on Thursday added 10 new communities to its nationwide coalition aimed at integrating learning opportunities for millions of students.

The group’s national Community of Practice ecosystem is now in 37 communities and aims to build cross-collaborative learning platforms in 100 cities by 2020. The 10 new communities joining the collaboration between public and private sector groups are based in Baltimore; Schnecksville, Pennsylvania; Albuquerque, New Mexico; Oklahoma City; Washington; Jacksonville, Florida; Lancaster, Pennsylvania; Shreveport, Louisiana; Omaha, Nebraska; and Machias, Maine. Continue Reading.