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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III Addresses STEM Educators at Museum of Science

April 18, 2014

In March 2014, U.S. Representative Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) addressed teachers, superintendents, and other educational leaders from 15 Massachusetts and New Hampshire school districts during a Gateway Project Symposium at the Museum of Science, Boston.

Focusing on the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education, Kennedy said that STEM jobs have grown at a rate three times faster than non-STEM jobs. "Every child needs access to STEM" regardless of their "zip code, color or gender," he said, telling educators that "we need your knowledge and success to give as many kids as possible as many tools as possible." Kennedy is honorary chair of Governor Deval Patrick's STEM Advisory Council and member of the House Committee on Science and Technology and Congressional STEM Caucus.

The Congressman also congratulated Newton and Sharon teachers from the 4th Congressional District which he represents. They were recognized by the Museum for their school system's STEM efforts (including this greenhouse prototype created by Sharon students) (Photo right).

Sharon educator Varla Smith reported that the Museum's Gateway Project "gave us the structure and information to write a new K-5 curriculum that includes engineering design challenges." Newton educator Scott Rosenhahn credited Gateway with helping them develop a plan to integrate K-12 science with career and technical education. "Our students apply their learning to solve problems. Many kids are going on to careers in science and engineering."

The Museum also showcased Swampscott, Mass., and Gilford, NH, districts' best practices and the individual achievements of Manchester-Essex, Methuen, and Wareham, Mass., educators.

The Museum launched Gateway through its National Center for Technological Literacy®) to help school districts develop strategic plans to implement K-12 technology and engineering programs, while introducing educators to resources supporting standards-based curricula and assessments. Recognized by the Mass. STEM Advisory Council and replicated across the U.S. as a model, Gateway has reached 93 Mass. districts serving 48% of the state's students -- more than 450 K-12 educational leaders serving over 450,000 students. For more information, email: gateway@mos.org.

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