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