STEM Mentors Needed for Baltimore City Middle School Robotics Students

The BmoreSTEM Ecosystem is initiating a pilot mentoring program for the Baltimore City Middle School Robotics program and we are in need of volunteer mentors to pair up with the students in the Middle School Robotics program. We are in search of local employees, retirees, college students and high school students to act as mentors to the middle school robotics participants. Our goal is capitalize on the youth’s interest in STEM (i.e. Robotics) and put them on an academic path to STEM careers and ultimately keep them on a STEM career path into and through High School.
Mentors will be able to engage in several activities with the students to include – assisting with coaching the robotics teams, attending Robotics events with the students, providing guidance on classes they should be taking to be prepared to enter high school and college ready to pursue STEM careers, and utilize on-line resources to guide them in career path selection. Our objective is to have 1 mentor per robotics student.
The time commitment for the mentors is expected to be about 1 hour per week. BmoreSTEM will provide the mentors with training materials to facilitate potential activities with the students and educate the mentors on the course sequences the students should be following to prepare for STEM careers (e.g. completion of Algebra I in Middle School and Calculus in High School).

If you are interested or have questions about this opportunity, please contact Gino Tagatay (email robotics@bcps.k12.md.us).


Effective Mentoring Workgroup Launched

Career Mentoring for Robotics Youth

We are happy to announce the formation of our first workforce development focused workgroup: Career Mentoring for Robotics Youth. The workgroup, co-chaired by Mike Hinkey and Gino Tagaytay, will focus on developing a pilot mentoring program for youth participating in City Schools’ robotics program. 

The goal is to move middle school students from showing an interest in STEM to putting them on, and keeping them on, a STEM career path into and through high school. The workgroup will develop partnerships with local employers and colleges/universities to identify mentors to both assist with a robotics team and provide career mentoring to students. On-line resources (such as Tallo, Gladeo, and Naviance) will be considered to facilitate initial career mentoring conversations, and existing infrastructure from established mentoring programs (such as THREAD and Maryland MENTOR) will be utilized where possible.

Please contact Mike Hinkey or email BmoreSTEMnet@gmail.com if you are interested in playing a key role.


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.


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.