The Maine STEM Collaborative is a public-private partnership that was formed in 2007. It is overseen by a Steering Committee representing 19 organizations. Together their mission is to increase the quality of STEM education, aspirations and awareness in the state through the integration, coordination, and promotion of efforts.
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Organization: Colby College
Founded in 1813, Colby is the 12th-oldest private liberal arts college in the country. Located in central Maine, their 714-acre Mayflower Hill campus overlooks downtown Waterville and the Kennebec River Valley. Students come from all over for their renowned academic programs, a curriculum that encourages educational exploration, and collaborative learning experiences led by world-class professors.
Organization: Education Development Center
EDC’s mission is to create learning opportunities for people around the world, empowering them to pursue healthier, more productive lives. A global nonprofit organization, they work with public-sector and private partners, harnessing the power of people and systems to improve education, health promotion and care, workforce preparation, communications technologies, and civic engagement.
Organization: Institute for Broadening Participation
The mission of the Institute for Broadening Participation is to increase diversity in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) workforce. IBP designs and implements strategies to increase access to STEM education, funding, and careers, with special emphasis on diverse underrepresented groups. They believe that diversifying the STEM workforce is the best way to ensure our nation’s economic vitality and solve global challenges.
Organization: Maine EPSCoR
EPSCoR (Experimental Program to Stimulate Competitive Research) was initiated at the National Science Foundation in 1978, and now encompasses EPSCoR programs at several other Federal agencies. The first goal of EPSCoR is to provide strategic programs and opportunities that stimulate sustainable improvements in a jurisdiction’s R&D capacity and competitiveness. Their second goal is to advance science and engineering capabilities in eligible jurisdictions for discovery, innovation, and overall knowledge-based prosperity.
Organization: Gulf of Maine Research Institute
The Gulf of Maine Research Institute is a non-profit marine science center located along the working waterfront in Portland, Maine. GMRI’s education group collaborates with scientists, teachers, and other education professionals to develop and implement innovative learning environments including LabVenture! and Vital Signs. These programs engage middle school learners across the state in hands-on inquiry learning experiences and provide support for teachers through highly regarded professional development.
Organization: Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
MMSA leads the way in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and policy, both in school and outside of school. They have a long history of spearheading innovative initiatives in teacher professional development, creating STEM education programs, and engaging youth and their families in STEM opportunities. MMSA is the home of the Maine STEM Council and Maine STEM Collaborative, and we partner with many other outstanding organizations on cutting-edge projects to improve STEM education. MMSA’s exceptional staff is dedicated to increasing aspirations and improving performance in K-16 education in and out of school in the state of Maine and nationally.
Organization: Maine Department of Labor Center for Workforce Research and Information
Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) is a global professional association dedicated to advancing technological innovation and excellence. IEEE offers multiple publications, conferences, technology standards, and professional and educational activities for its members and the wider community. IEEE partners with MMSA on the Engineering Ambassadors program.
Organization: Maine Engineering Promotional Council
The Maine Engineering Promotional Council (MEPC) was founded to promote National Engineers Week in Maine, and the engineering profession and the contributions of engineers to their communities and to society as a whole. Held typically the last week in February, National Engineers Week was initiated to publicly promote the work and contributions of our nation’s engineers. During this week, engineering professionals have a unique opportunity to increase public awareness of the positive contributions engineers make to their communities, to this nation and to the world.
Organization: Maine International Center for Digital Learning
MICDL is a non-profit organization that helps educators use digital technologies to support individualized and community-connected student learning. MICDL works with individuals, programs, schools, school consortia, and other organizations to support the development and use of promising educator practices and student resources in the field of digital learning at the local, state, national and international levels.
Organization: Maine Department of Education
The Maine Department of Education (MDOE) works closely with private, public, and non-profit education agencies across the state, providing leadership and promoting student learning and achievement. They are also involved at various stages of Maine’s legislative process:
- The Department acts as a resource to state legislators, providing information about Department programs and Maine’s education system.
- The Department sometimes proposes bills and takes positions as appropriate on legislation that affects education in Maine.
- As a state agency, the Department is charged with adopting rules to implement laws passed by the Maine Legislature.
Organization: Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE)
The Maine RiSE Center provides an integrated approach to University-based research and professional development in science and mathematics education. The Center is a joint effort of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Education and Human Development and College of Natural Sciences, Forestry and Agriculture. The activities of the Center bring together faculty from the science and mathematics disciplines with faculty from education. With this combination of resources, the Center is reevaluating and reforming introductory level science and mathematics courses, establishing new practices for K-12 science teacher preparation, and building infrastructure with teachers, schools, and administrators through out the state.
Organization: Maine School of Science and Mathematics
The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is a public residential high school located in Limestone for people who are passionate about STEM. MSSM’s students hail from across the state of Maine and around the world. They come for inquiry, camaraderie, and a unique high school experience. there students, staff, and faculty engage in energetic intellectual sparring served up with encouragement and support. They also offer a variety of summer camps and other educational programs.
Organization: Maine Space Grant Consortium
Maine Space Grant Consortium (MSGC)is an affiliate-based non-profit and a member of the national network of Consortia in all 50 states plus Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia. The network, funded by NASA’s National Space Grant College and Fellowship Program, was established by Congress to contribute to the nation’s science and engineering enterprise. MSGC improves their affiliates research infrastructure in areas of mutual interest to NASA and the state of Maine. They also encourage more students to consider careers in fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
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Organization: Texas Instruments
A global company with facilities in southern Maine, Texas Instruments (TI) is a worldwide leader in semiconductor design and manufacturing. TI is committed to excellence in education, regularly supporting schools, colleges, and educational programs designed to produce gains in student achievement.
Organization: University of Southern Maine
Focused on connecting you with tomorrow, USM meets the challenges of change with innovation and creativity. Through partnerships with businesses and organizations, their faculty is engaged in applied research and scholarship, and their students are involved in experiential learning to help shape the future of the region.
Organization: STEM Council
The STEM Council was formed the Maine State Legislature in 2011. Its primary task is to “develop strategies for enhancing STEM education from prekindergarten through postsecondary education.” The Council is also directed to undertake research, recommend strategic direction to policy makers, plan for coordinated state leadership, develop initiatives, devise strategies for promoting career and technical education alignment, support early career planning, and propose methods for integrating out-of-school programs all in the service of increasing Maine’s support of STEM education and workforce development. MMSA Co-Director Tom Keller is currently serving as the Council’s Executive Director.
Organization: The University of Maine
The University of Maine, located in the town of Orono, is a research university that conducts cutting-edge research and development projects across STEM fields, UMaine is committed to improving STEM education for all Maine students. MMSA works in partnership with UMaine on its Physical Science Partnership Leadership Academy and its College of Engineering serves as a partner for the Math Science Partnership project, Teachers Integrating Engineering into Science.
Organization: University of Maine Augusta
The University of Maine Augusta, a regional sate university, provides baccalaureate and associate degrees and offers an array of programs in STEM fields, including computer science, architecture, and aviation. University professors partner with MMSA to provide the higher education component to the teacher professional development. MMSA’s Board chair is Allyson Hughes-Handley, Ed.D. the President of the University of Maine Augusta.
Organization: University of Maine Cooperative Extension
For 100 years, the Cooperative Extension has been putting university research to work in homes, businesses, farms, and communities—in every corner of Maine. Their educational efforts focus on the Maine Food System, Positive Youth Development, and Community and Economic Development.
They are part of the nationwide Cooperative Extension System, which works through the land-grant universities in each U.S. state. Maine’s land-grant university is in Orono at The University of Maine. In addition to their state offices in Orono, they have a network of county-based offices staffed by experts who provide practical, locally based solutions for farmers, small business owners, kids, parents, consumers, and others.
Organization: The U.S. Department of Energy
The U.S. Department of Energy is a federal agency dedicated to addressing America’s energy, environmental and nuclear challenges through transformative science and technology solutions. The U.S. Department of Energy provides numerous energy resources and programs and funds MMSA’s PowerHouse project.
Organization: The Jackson Laboratory
Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit organization focusing on mammalian genetics research to advance human health. Our mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health. Their work uses the mouse as a research tool. Because mice and humans share 95% of their genes, mice are an effective and efficient model for human diseases.
Along with research, Jackson Labs provide scientific resources, techniques, software and data to scientists around the world. They breed and manage colonies of mice to supply other research institutions and laboratories.