The LRIG-New England is pleased to announce the winners of our 2016 Education Grants! The grants of up to $2,000 were awarded to those science and technology teachers in secondary schools throughout New England that proposed the best project-based activities in laboratory education settings.
Dudley Middle School
Dudley, MA - Julie St. Francis
Use of Vernier Force Plates to Plan, Execute and Predict Results of Experiments Involving the Laws of Motion
Grafton Middle School
Grafton, MA - Roseanne Kurposka
Applications of 3D Printing Towards Development of a Curriculum for Digital Manufacturing
Horace Mann School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing
Allston, MA - Charlotte Corbett
Learning to Design, Program and Test Robots as a Template for Developing Prototype Devices for Deaf and Hard of Hearing Populations
Italian Home for Children
Jamaica Plain, MA – Andrea Wakefield
Success of Personalized Education via Public Demonstrations of iRobot and Lego Mindstorm Capabilities
McCann Technical School
North Adams, MA - Perry Burdick & Erin Mucci
Programming and Controlling Wireless Robots with Java Code
Each winner has agreed to present their progress at an upcoming LRIG-NE meeting. Stay linked to our web site for the presentation schedule and release of details for the 2017 competition!
The LRIG-New England Sponsorship Program
The LRIG-New England, in keeping with our desire to support and foster education in our community, continued our sponsorship of the Massachusetts STEM Summit (mass-stem-summit.org). We had sponsored this program in the past and planned on using it as a means to directly reach out to teachers who might be interested in applying for our 2016 Teacher Grant program. This annual meeting of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math education brings educators, business leaders, policymakers, parents, and students together to share strategies and ideas.
We are also sponsoring a First Robotics team this year. We met the TJ2 First Robotics Team (tj2.org), which operates at Bridgewater-Raynham Regional High School, and decided to sponsor their team this year as well. The TJ2 team has been working with students for the past 22 years and participates in a number of First Robotics competitions.
Plans for 2017
The LRIG-New England plans to continue to sponsor the programs and events that help drive the STEM education and interest forward. We plan to sponsor Touch Tomorrow this summer. This is a family-friendly festival of hands-on technology and exhibits that is occurring June 10, 2017 on the campus of Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Additional details will be posted when they become available.
Stay tuned for more information and news on how the LRIG-New England is reaching out to our community to help drive interest in science and technology. If you are aware of events in your area please feel free to forward information regarding the program or event to firstname.lastname@example.org.