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What do 114 schools in eight school districts, seven institutions of higher education, several private companies, and the North Shore Workforce Investment Board all have in common? All are working together to improve math and science education.
Under the leadership of UMass Lowell's Education and Engineering colleges, this network will assess science, technology, engineering and mathematics activities in Northeastern Massachusetts schools, using a $10,000 "Pipeline Fund" grant from the Massachusetts Board of Higher Education. The goal of the fund, newly instituted this year, is to help increase the number of students interested in careers in math- and science-related fields. The funds represent Phase I - the planning phase - which will allow the partners to develop a full proposal for Phase II funding.
UMass Lowell and the partners will inventory existing math-science-technology activities through an online survey, evaluate each program and determine how to replicate the most promising programs.
- Bedford, Dracut, Hamilton-Wenham Regional, Lowell, Methuen, North Reading, Reading and Tyngsborough Public Schools;
- Avici Systems, CPMSIE, Raytheon Integrated Defense Systems, and Solar Now;
- North Shore Workforce Investment Board and the Northeast Regional Competitiveness Council; and
- UMass Lowell, Gordon College, North Shore Community College, Middlesex Community College, Northeaster University Project RE-SEED, Northern Essex Community College, Salem State College.
The funds for Phase I recently were awarded. Phase II grants - for $200,000 to $400,000 - will be awarded in August.