Effective STEM Mentoring Opportunities Workgroup Status for October 2019

Unfortunately, we have been largely unsuccessful in attracting individuals interested in supporting the initiative to provide individual mentoring to the Middle School Robotics students.  We have decided to change direction and focus on recruiting speakers for ~30-minute talks to the students/parents/guardians at the 6 City Schools Robotics events that will take place this year. The list of Events we need to find speakers for is as follows:

Date Venue Target Audience
10/19 Forest Park HS Middle/High
11/09 Morgan State University All
12/14 Tench Tilghman EMS Middle/High
01/11 Calvin Rodwell EMS Elem/Middle
01/25 Johns Hopkins University All

 

Speakers will have ~30 minutes (at 9:00 AM) to speak to the students/parents/guardians about any of the following topics or another relevant topic.

  • STEM careers and opportunities (specific STEM careers or in general)
  • Workforce and Higher Education opportunities for Robotics participants
  • How students should be preparing now for careers in STEM fields?
  • What parents should know about STEM opportunities for their kids?
  • My life journey to a STEM career and how it can help you with your journey
  • Pitfalls to avoid on the way to your career in STEM

 

The speakers will NOT have access to a computer/projector, so they will need to be prepared to speak with just a microphone and whatever notes they wish to use.


The Transportation Fund for 2019-2020 is now live!

Announcement:

The transportation fund will provide transportation for Baltimore City Public School System (BCPSS) students to participate in Curriculum Embedded STEAM Experiences. Last year, nearly 4,000 students were able to benefit from the fund. This year, additional curriculum embedded experiences have been added to accommodate additional grade levels. https://baltimore.org/foundation/city-schools-transportation-fund  


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.


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 for active 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)