Maine Math & Science Alliance - NCTL Partnership Extended
May 28, 2010
The Maine Math & Science Alliance (MMSA) partnership with the Museum's NCTL through the Science Curricula Integrating Technology and Engineering Connections (SCITEC) Network was extended recently. The network is supported through the Maine Department of Education by U.S. Department of Education funds. Since Maine changed their standards to address technological literacy through technological design, MMSA is replicating the Gateway to Technology and Engineering Education model, originally designed by the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®) to help Massachusetts educational leaders implement state educational standards in technology and engineering at all levels K-12. Funding will continue to support expansion of Gateway activities throughout Maine.
To date, the Gateway project has reached 341,560 Mass. students and some 250 educational leaders, including lead teachers, science and technology coordinators, principals, and other administrators, representing 58 of the state's 200-plus school districts. Gateway has also reached districts in southern and Central Maine. The Gardiner public schools, for example, have implemented the NCTL's Engineering the Future curriculum for all 9th graders.
"We are excited to continue this partnership," says Yvonne Spicer, NCTL vice president, advocacy and educational partnerships. "Extending the SCITEC project will support further integration of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education in Maine, which is key to our students' and the nation's future." SCITEC helps high school students meet Maine's Learning Results related to technological design by bringing faculty and students from high schools, Career and Technical Education centers, and the University of Maine together with MMSA and NCTL staff.
SCITEC programs build teacher knowledge of the targeted science and technology standards and increase their understanding about connections between science and engineering. Partner schools work to integrate SCITEC's targeted technology and engineering content into the science curricula. SCITEC programs aim to increase opportunities for students to engage in designing projects in areas such as alternative energy solutions and to learn about educational and career opportunities in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.