Educators Discover How to Implement Technology/Engineering Standards
October 03, 2010
From August 10 - 12 at the NCTL's Gateway District Institute at the Museum of Science, Boston, 38 educators representing nine districts across Massachusetts worked together to find innovative ways to implement K-12 Science and Technology/Engineering standards. The Gateway Project invited superintendents to appoint leadership teams of educators to attend the institute. Introduced to tools, curriculum, and resources they can use to develop a strategic plan of action for their district, this year's participants also heard guest presenters from iRobot and WGBH's Design Squad, and sat in on a "Women in STEM" panel featuring five young women in STEM disciplines that include engineering, biology, and mathematics.
The team members represented Arlington, Canton, Danvers, Hopedale, Lynn, Natick, Randolph, Triton Regional, and Wachusett Regional. These districts serve 44,430 students, bringing the total number of students affected by the Gateway Project to 379,900 (40% of the student population in Massachusetts.)
Over the past five years, the Gateway Project has assisted 66 school districts with strategic alignment of their curriculum and assessments with the Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework. The project has been the catalyst for many districts to implement rigorous and engaging STEM programs and, more specifically, technology and engineering in their core curriculum. The Gateway Project is being replicated in Maine and Texas.