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LRIG New England Sponsors Touch Tomorrow 2019

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Please join us at Touch Tomorrow – June 8, 2019 from 10AM to 4PM.  The TouchTomorrow event is a fun and free event hosted by Worcester Polytechnic Institute. and is designed for families. This year BattleCry@WPI will be a feature to further inspire a love for robotics.  More than 50 high school FIRST teams will compete.  There are also many additional exhibits and actives for children of all ages.

Please see the TouchTomorrow website for additional information and to register to attend this event.

TouchTomorrow was originally launched in celebration of WPI’s designation as host of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge. The Sample Return Robot Challenge was designed by WPI in 2012 and marked the very first time a college campus hosted a NASA Centennial Challenge. Like all Centennial Challenges, it promotes technological innovations that could aid in NASA’s mission and work—in this case the development of a new generation of autonomous planetary rovers to explore diverse landscapes.

Apply now for our 2020 LRIG New England Marsha Paul Education Grant

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We are pleased to announce that are now being accepted for our 2020 LRIG New England Marsha Paul Education Grant

We would like to request member assistance as we do our part to support STEM education in New England.  Last year, the LRIG-New England awarded 5 Teacher Grants of up to $2,000 each.  This year we are looking forward to awarding another 5 Teacher Grants and would like to solicit the help of our LRIG members in the New England area to help us reach an even larger audience of educators.  If you are interested in helping us, we ask that you forward the link to our application, provided below, to your local 8th through 12th grade STEM educators.  We feel strongly about supporting our local educators through STEM-related projects that often fall outside of the normal curriculum but are often times essential to keeping students on a path of discovery.

Thank you for your time and efforts in support of the LRIG-New England.

Sincerely,

Daniel P. Cinicola

Executive Chair, LRIG-New England

Link to 2020 LRIG New England Marsha Paul Education Grant Application

Congratulations to the 2019 LRIG-New England Teacher Grant Winners

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We would like to announce the winners of our 2019 LRIG-New England Teacher Grant.  We received a number of excellent proposals this year and each of the winning proposals will receive the amount of $2000 to fund their projects.  We would like to thank the LRIG membership for their assistance in getting the word out to local STEM based teachers and look forward to your continued support when we begin accepting applicants for our 2020 program.

The winners of the 2019 LRIG-New England Teacher Grant are:

Nashoba Valley Technical High School
Automated Programmable Aquaponics
– Incorporate programming into sustainable living through an Internet of Things fish tank vegetable garden

Hopedale Junior Senior High School
Print Around the School in 180 Days
– Learning programming and design skill to create 3D objects with practical applications

Winthrop High School
Robotics Unit in STEAM High School Elective
– Integration of robotics into an existing Science & Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics curriculum

Italian Home for Children
Wonder Workshop
– Introduction to robot programming with systems of increasing challenge

Hopedale Junior Senior High School
Using a Spectrophotometer to Increase Inquiry Based Learning
– Incorporate instrument into the curriculum of 8 Science courses

Sincerely,

Daniel P. Cinicola

Executive Chair, LRIG-New England

Apply now for our 2019 LRIG-New England Teacher Grant

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Dear LRIG-New England Member,

We would like to request member assistance as we do our part to support STEM education in New England.  In 2018, the LRIG-New England awarded 5 Teacher Grants of up to $2,000 each. 

This year we are looking forward to awarding another 5 Teacher Grants and would like to solicit the help of our LRIG members in the New England area to help us reach an even larger audience of educators.  If you are interested in helping us, we ask that you forward the link to our application, provided below, to your local 8th through 12th grade STEM educators.  We feel strongly about supporting our local educators through STEM-related projects that often fall outside of the normal curriculum but are often times essential to keeping students on a path of discovery.

Thank you for your time and efforts in support of the LRIG-New England.

Sincerely,

Daniel P. Cinicola

Executive Chair, LRIG-New England

Link to 2019 Teacher Grant Application: https://goo.gl/CFg7yp

LRIG New England Sponsors Touch Tomorrow 2018

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Please join us at Touch Tomorrow – June 9, 2018 from 10AM to 4PM.  TouchTomorrow was originally launched in celebration of WPI’s designation as host of NASA’s Sample Return Robot Challenge. The Sample Return Robot Challenge was designed by WPI in 2012 and marked the very first time a college campus hosted a NASA Centennial Challenge. Like all Centennial Challenges, it promotes technological innovations that could aid in NASA’s mission and work—in this case the development of a new generation of autonomous planetary rovers to explore diverse landscapes.

challenge-2NASA Centennial Challenges encourage innovations in automatic navigation and robotic manipulator technologies that may improve NASA’s capability to explore a variety of destinations in space, as well as enhance the nation’s robotic technology for use in industries and applications here on Earth. Although the Sample Return Robot Challenge is no longer part of the annual festivities, its spirit lives on through the TouchTomorrow annual festival.

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A leader in robotics research and education at all levels, NASA chose WPI in 2012 as the first and only college to host a NASA Centennial Challenge. WPI not only created the first bachelor’s degree in robotics in the nation but also regularly manages robotics competitions, is on the cutting-edge of robotics research and technology, and sponsors a wide variety of programs that foster the use of robots to solve societal problems.

Massachusetts STEM Stummit 2018

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LRIG New England is proud to support the 2018 Massachusetts STEM Summit.  The STEM movement, both nationally and in Massachusetts, often uses the image of a “pipeline” to describe a lifelong continuum of developmental milestones. Along the pipeline, efforts focus on exposing diverse students to innovative approaches designed to nurture curiosity, motivation and achievement in STEM areas. Mastery of foundational skills beginning in pre-kindergarten and continuing through high school pave the way to STEM pathways into higher education, and ultimately entry to and advancement in the STEM workforce. By meeting the growing needs of Massachusetts’ employers for a diverse, talented workforce, the STEM pipeline affords access to rewarding and productive careers and contributes to the promise of continued economic prosperity and growth across the Commonwealth.

In its 15th year, Massachusetts STEM Summit 2018’s theme is Pipelines to Prosperity. Through panel presentations, exhibits, and networking, attendees will share stories and models of measurable success along the various stages of the pipeline. In this way, the November 14 Summit will once again provide a venue for learning and collaboration among educators, workforce professionals, business leaders, policymakers, and other active participants in the STEM movement.