Sunday, February 23, 2014

Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy

I attended the Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy meeting Thursday afternoon February 13, 2014 hosted by Cape Cod Community College. This meeting was organized by the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network. Although currently a part of the SE Mass STEM Network, the Cape and Islands is preparing to get their own STEM network. The purpose of this meeting was to discuss the Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy. We first got involved with the SEMASS STEM network in 2011 just after the Principal of a Plymouth, MA school attended our Cape Cod Science Cafe K-12 Healthy Kids event at the Sandwich Public Library. As a result of the press for the Healthy Kids Science Cafe we were contacted by the SE MASS STEM Coordinator, Katherine Honey to get involved in the SE Mass STEM Network. Since 2012, we have regularly attended regional meetings including the STEM Expo in 2012 and the STEM EXPO 2013 representing both PID Analyzers and the Northeastern Section of the American Chemical Society.

I sent a couple tweets during the Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy and used the hashtag #CCRSS

Katherine Honey provides the welcome and kicks off the meeting portion of the event.

Bob Cody, Dean of STEM and Workforce at , discussing the Cape Cod Regional Plan at meeting. Bob spoke about the commitment of "building the Regional STEM network that we want built".

L to R: Susan Quick, Asst Superintendent and Steven Lamarche, Superintendent, Bourne Public Schools at

Susan Quick: Bourne Public Schools were inspired to start looking at by a group of teachers.

We then broke into five groups. Katherine had arranged for group facilitators in advance of the event. I was happy to serve as a facilitator.

The next Cape Cod Regional STEM Strategy Meeting will be hosted again by Cape Cod Community College on Friday March 14, 2014 from 1pm-5pm. Educators, business people and other interested community partners are invited to attend and participate in this Regional STEM initiative.

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