The 2016 STEM Summit will be held November 18 at Colby College.
“Building Bridges: Developing Partnerships to Build Capacity for STEM Education in Maine”
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The Maine STEM Summit provides an opportunity to foster discussion, engagement, and innovation across the education, workforce, and technology sectors of Maine. Join the conversation about how to increase the capacity and access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) for all students throughout Maine. This summit convenes K-12 in-school and out-of-school educators and administrators, business leaders, learning scientists, nonprofit organizations, STEM researcher scientists, policymakers, parents, and students to learn and share with each other to build capacity for STEM experiences across Maine.
The 2016 Maine STEM Summit will focus on the theme “Building Bridges: Developing Partnerships to Build Capacity for STEM Education in Maine”. This summit provides the opportunity to do more than just passively participate and listen to sessions. In addition to an outstanding learning experience, the 2016 Maine STEM Summit is designed to support attendees in adding their voices to define new collaborations, projects, and initiatives of many different forms. To address the theme of building bridges the conference welcomes session proposals in the following strands:
- Maine’s STEM Workforce: Challenges and Opportunities
- Professional Development: Share, Collaborate, Reform
- Looking Ahead: Defining and Advocating for Maine STEM in 2026
- What’s New and What’s Next for STEM Education Research in Maine
Each session coordinator is strongly encouraged to bring collaborators into the conversations and presentation. Successful proposals will tell the story of more than one organization’s experiences as well as provide interactive discussions and activities for participants.
Don’t forget, register here to attend the 2016 STEM Summit!
2016 STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition
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The Maine STEM Collaborative, with financial support from the Maine Space Grant Consortium, is pleased to announce the inaugural STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition. Our intention is to schedule a competition every other year in order to coincide with the Collaborative’s signature event, the bi-annual Maine STEM Summit. The goal of this competition is to provide K-12 educators the opportunity to try out highly innovative ideas in STEM teaching and learning. Although we hope all funded ideas will be successful, we are more interested in stimulating an innovation culture within Maine’s K-12 community that “does not think out of the box, but thinks there is no box”, and empowers educators to “try fast, learn quickly, fail small, and evolve rapidly.” In keeping with these principles, we also encourage ideas that combine the arts, humanities, and/or social sciences with STEM, as long as the outcomes focus on enhancing STEM teaching and learning.
The 2016 STEM Education Innovation Challenge Grant Competition culminates in a “Fast Pitch” presentation – a high energy, rapid-fire presentation event during which finalists share their vision and impact of their ideas with the audience and judges – in just eight minutes! – at the 2016 STEM Summit on Friday, November 18, 2016, at Colby College. After the presentations, we will announce grant awards ranging from $2,000 to $5,000 to the finalists to support the implementation of their ideas.
The complete announcement including guidelines and the application package can be viewed and download from the Competition’s web page, so visit to learn more about the STEM Innovation Challenge.
Download a PDF about the competition here.
Download a PDF flyer for the STEM Summit here.
Agenda for the 2016 STEM Summit
7:30 A.M. Registration & Continental Breakfast
8:15 A.M. Welcome STEM Collaborative & Colby College
8:45 A.M. Keynote Speaker Brooke Haycock, The Education Trust
9:45 A.M. Voices & Perspectives Map
10:00 A.M. Breakout Session #1
11:15 A.M. Voices & Perspectives Map
11:30 A.M. Breakout Session #2
12:45 P.M. Voices & Perspectives Map
1:00 P.M. LUNCH at Cotter Union
2:45 P.M. Innovation Challenge: Finalist Fast-Pitch
4:00 P.M. Wrap up
4:15 P.M. Gallery Walk & Social Hour
The Gallery walk and social hour are actually still in planning process. It will begin at the end of the Summit, about 4:15 pm – 5:15 pm. The gallery walk will be a visual mapping of the day’s discussions and of course the chance to meet others as well. Refreshments will be available.
Summit Attendee Packet