BmoreSTEM (version 1.0) is a volunteer-based organization. The tasks we accomplish are completed by groups of volunteers drawn from our membership. These groups are called workgroups. A BmoreSTEM workgroup is temporary, focused, and impact-driven. Workgroups are formed to address a significant need and meet a specific objective. Workgroups include representatives from multiple sectors. An ideal workgroup will have ten + or – participants. Other BmoreSTEM members can support a workgroup by request of that workgroup. Workgroups are led by two co-chairs. At least one co-chair represents the workgroup on the Working Board. The co-chair on the Working Board acts as a liaison between the workgroup and the Working Board. Both co-chairs provide leadership for the operation of the workgroup. Workgroups identify a strategy which permits the workgroup to achieve the objective within a practical timeline. Workgroups identify a metric so that their progress is measurable. Workgroups form when there is a specific task to be tackled and disband when their task is complete.
The following active workgroups demonstrate what cross-sector collaboration can accomplish. Ideas for additional workgroups continue to incubate and additional workgroups will be launched when approved by the Working Board.
- Need: Students should have equitable access to meaningful STEM learning experiences.
- Objective: Create a citywide registration, ticketing, and transportation system for curriculum-embedded STEM experiences that is user-friendly, centralized, and sustainable.
- Need: Alleviate the shortage of certified teachers in STEM content areas.
- Objective: Create and pilot a framework for increasing the supply of secondary STEM teachers that focuses on recruiting through non-traditional channels.
- Need: BmoreSTEM needs sustainable infrastructure to grow STEM in Baltimore.
- Objective: Develop BmoreSTEM infrastructure and cultivate resources to make it sustainable.
- Need: Students interested in STEM careers need guidance and support to take the next steps into STEM careers.
- Objective: Develop a program to build effective mentoring relationships between City Schools students and employer partners.
Fill-in the form on this page to volunteer for any of these workgroups.