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The STEM Education Center will host its 8th annual celebration of PreK-12 educators, AweSTEM! 2019 on Wednesday, March 27, 2019 from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm in Alden Memorial Hall. This year’s theme will be “Growing STEM in Our Communities.”

Presentation information will be added immediately after the program. 

1. Take-Home Science Challenges
    Jenna Erickson (
    Waltham Public Schools 

2. Growing Your Program with 4-H
Kim Pond (
    UMass Extension 4-H Youth Development Program
    IMPACT Program Brochure:
    Computer Science 4-H & Google 2017 Press Release:
    Sample Curriculum 
    4-H National Youth Science Day Since 2008

3. Problem of the Month
Nicole Kontulis & Sheri Dumas (
    St. Peter Central Catholic
    Project Overview

4. An Industrial Past for Innovation
    Betsy Wermuth & Lisa Gogolinski (
    Northbridge Public Schools  

5. First Grade Blooms
Elisabeth Powers, Rina Federico, & Sue O'Malley (
    St. Joseph Elementary School

6. City Science: The Science You Live
    Anna Crocker & Christina Chappell (
    EcoTarium Programs and Education Link:
    City Science and other Featured Exhibits Link:

7. STREAM Around the Globe
Nana Abdelkader (
    Alhuda Academy
    STREAM Event Overview
    STREAM Standards ELA and SS
    Middle School Science Standards 2019 for STREAM

8. Pre-Collegiate Outreach Programs
    Sue Sontgerath (

9. Project Lead The Way
    Mary Laturnau (program implementation, curriculum content, PLTW agreement and policies, budgeting, equipment/supply
    requirements, student scheduling),
    Martha Cyr (core training at WPI, college credit from WPI, MA specific issues),
    PLTW Solution Center, or 877-335-7589

10. STEM Education Center Professional Development 
     Mia Dubosarsky (

11. Seeds of STEM PreK Curriculum
Suchira Channoi & Colleen Bostwick
     Head Start Worcester

12. ICED Epic Challenge Program
James Gorman & Christine Cote (
     Mendon-Upton Regional School District & Northbridge Public Schools
     ICED Epic Challenge Program Overview

13. Graspable Math
     Erin Ottmar (

14. ASSISTments
     Cindy Starks & Emma Berman (

15. MHS STEM Fair Sponsored by Women in STEM Club
Shanley Heller & Kristy Macedo (
     Medway Public Schools
     Template of Master Planning WiSTEM Fair:

16. Preparing for Careers
Ethan Brown (
     MassHire Central Regional Workforce Board

17. Mass Academy
     Mike Barney (

18. Master's Degrees for Educators: Math & Physics
     Math: John Goulet (,
     Physics: Doug Petkie (,

19. Integration of Citizen Science, Computer Programming, Modeling of Ecological Systems,
      and the Study of Ecosystem Dynamics
Johanna vanderSpek, Jennifer Hardy, & Jennifer Field (
     Worcester Public Schools & Mendon-Upton Regional School District

20. Opportunities to Partner with WPI Faculty