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.
Daniel P. Cinicola
Executive Chair, LRIG-New England
Link to 2019 Teacher Grant Application: https://goo.gl/CFg7yp
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.
NASA 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.
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.
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.
The Laboratory Robotics Interest Group of New England is very pleased to announce five winners of our Education Grants! Each successful project will be funded in the amount of $2000.00. The competition was very strong this year and we want to thank all of the applicants for the high quality proposals!
- Dual Language & Arts Magnet Middle School
- Waterford, CT
- FIRST Lego League Teams
- Funding for one team
- Francis W. Parker Charter Essential School
- Devens, MA
- Developing Robotics Curriculum through LEGO EV3/NXT Teacher Training
- Funding for two teacher trainings at Carnegie Mellon University Robotics Academy
- Lyme-Old Lyme Public High School, Regional School District #18
- Lyme, CT
- An introduction to Programming with Robots for high school students
- Materials to expand VEX EDR program
- Winchester High School
- Winchester, MA
- Designing Versatile and Adaptable Robots
- Materials for expansion of robotics program
- WL Chenery Middle School
- Belmont, MA
- Introducing Protein Modeling Kits to Increase Project Based Learning in the 8th Grade Life Science Curriculum
- Funding for Edgerton Center’s protein modeling sets
The winners will be called upon to present a summary of their progress at upcoming LRIG meetings and on our web pages. Stay tuned!