STEM

Today’s highly competitive global workforce demands a skill set that includes science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education. The number of Maine’s graduates, however, rank 28th nationally and the lowest in New England in bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. Partnerships among community organizations, K-12 schools, and higher education institutions can help change this outcome.

An AmeriCorps STEM VISTA volunteer has been placed with Maine Campus Compact to help create such collaboration.  The STEM VISTA project leverages Maine Campus Compact’s expertise in facilitating campus community engagement. Maine Campus Compact STEM Program has been established to encourage and implement Maine initiatives that have the potential to link K-12 schools and higher education to strengthen STEM programs.

Maine STEM Landscape Analysis: Executive Summary

Maine STEM Landscape Analysis:  Higher Education

Maine STEM Landscape Analysis:  Secondary Schools

Specific projects from 2016 – 2017:

  • Provide technical assistance support and help facilitate collaborations between secondary schools and higher education institutions to strengthen the STEM pipeline
  • Maine Student Water Challenge

Specific projects from 2015 – 2016:

  • Conduct extensive outreach and disseminate STEM Landscape Analysis survey findings broadly
  • Provide technical assistance support and help facilitate collaborations between secondary schools and higher education institutions to strengthen the STEM pipeline

Specific projects from 2014 – 2015:

  • Develop collaborative initiatives and conduct state-wide outreach to link K-12 schools, higher education and the community
  • Implement and help facilitate collaborations between secondary schools and higher education institutions to strengthen the STEM pipeline

Specific projects from 2013 – 2014:

  • Conducted a statewide landscape analysis investigating barriers to and opportunities for STEM programs/partnerships by surveying secondary school educators, community organizations, and higher education faculty
  • Facilitated six focus groups to identify collaborative opportunities with secondary school educators, community organizations, and higher education faculty

2018 Maine Student Water Challenge

In partnership with Maine EPSCoR, Maine Campus Compact is pleased to announce that we are accepting graduate and undergraduate student applications for the 2nd Annual Maine Student Water Challenge. This Challenge will award $350 stipends each to 40 higher education students in Maine, organized in 2-4 person campus teams (or you can sign up as an individual participant), to participate in a challenge aimed at solving a water-related problem.  The registration deadline to register has been extended to November 2, 2018.

Each student team will develop an innovative Water Action Plan that addresses a water challenge in one of these topic areas:

1.  Develop a curriculum that can be taught to K-12 students addressing local water issues such as water quality or storm water runoff. Maine Campus Compact will collect these curricula with the goal of implementing the most robust ones in the future;

2.  Develop a plan to help educate and empower people in low-income communities about a local water quality issue. Identify a community partner who could work with you to implement this plan; or

3.  Send a description for pre-approval of your team’s own plan, curriculum, or project that addresses one of these following water-related topic areas:
a.       Water quality
b.      Ocean Acidification
c.       Aquaculture
d.      Aquaponics
e.      Ocean-Related Research
f.        Storm Water Runoff

Teams will be required to participate in a kick-off training webinar, submit their water action plans by November 26, 2018, and encouraged to attend the final Student Water Challenge Palooza on December 1st, 2018. Travel reimbursements of $50 to cover travels costs to the December 1st event are also available. 

Apply in three easy steps!

1. Read the Project Guidelines (Attached)
2. Register Here–one representative from the team registers the whole team 
3. All team members must sign this Commitment Agreement 

Please forward this onto to any students who you think might be interested or to faculty who could help disseminate to their students.
Please contact kayla@mainecompact.org or (207)-753-6573 with any questions.