Springfield Museums and Make-It Springfield Celebrating STEM WEEK
Massachusetts STEM Week 2020 takes place from October 19 – 23 (inclusive of the weekend before and after), and is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s 9 Regional STEM Networks. It is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities, and compliment the formal instruction happening in the Commonwealth beyond STEM week.
The theme for the third annual statewide STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM,” with a particular focus on the power of mentoring. Women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same. We need more young people to see themselves in STEM.
This theme is aimed at encouraging and supporting underrepresented youth, especially Black and brown students, in STEM fields to pursue STEM careers as well as bolster their persistence through STEM education with a mentor that is engaged, supportive, and shares in the many unique parts of their identity. The STEM Council is excited to partner with the Mass Mentoring Partnership to build capacity and engagement in mentoring across the state during STEM Week and beyond.
The Springfield Museums, a member of the Pioneer Valley STEM Network, are excited to join in celebrating Massachusetts STEM Week, October 19-23. The free resources included on this page are available for use in any and all learning environments. From at-home family STEM adventures to virtual classwork for an entire grade level, we hope you find these activities and challenges to be engaging, educational and fun!
This Thursday, enjoy the Museums a la Carte on Zoom… Breaking Barriers: Gender Equity in STEM
Enjoy Astronomy videos, Seussian Science, Family Science Experiments, and more.
MAKE IT SPRINGFIELD
STEAM Halloween – Making Workshop with the Design Thinking Initiative
SPRINGFIELD SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA
The Springfield Symphony Orchestra joined the Springfield Museums Friday, October 16, 2020, to celebrate the family engagement program Into the Autumn Mist: Fairies and Fantasy. Masako Yanagita, Violin; Ronald Gorevic, Viola; and Aron Zelkowicz, Cello, play the Beethoven String Trio Op.
Watch the performance here: Springfield Symphony Orchestra at the Springfield Museums