We’ve all seen the news stories in recent years about the extent to which young people with strong backgrounds in science, engineering, technology, and mathematics - - - the STEM subjects - - - will be critical in building the economy of the future. But colleges and universities around the country have been reporting for years that enrollments in STEM majors have been on the decline. And certain other countries who are our strong economic competitors . . . China, India, and Russia among them . . . are turning out scientists and engineers in far greater numbers than is the U.S. The college years are too late to instill in our young people an interest in STEM subjects as college majors. If the interest hasn’t developed earlier in their education, it isn’t going to happen in college.
The Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA) was founded 23 years ago as a nonprofit corporation dedicated to promoting effective STEM education in Maine’s school system, and encouraging strong interest in STEM subjects among our young people. Since its founding under a National Science Foundation grant, MSMA has built a strong reputation for bringing together schools, organizations, individuals, and communities, and launching innovative programs to carry out its mission. In the last ten years, it has brought more than $20 million in grant funds into the State.
Ruth Kermish-Allen is the Executive Director of MMSA. And she is also a former math and science teacher, with extensive experience in developing environmental STEM education programs using innovative teaching models. She is pursuing a doctorate in Environmental Studies at Antioch College of New England, where her research interests include defining the essential design elements for online learning communities.
Please join us for lunch on Tuesday, October 20, to hear how MMSA is facilitating effective STEM education in Maine and beyond. Our event will be held at the Seasons Grille in Portland, just off of Rt 95. We will start gathering at 11:30 A.M. Cash bar service will be available at that time. A buffet lunch will be served at 12:00, and Ruth Kermish-Allen’s talk will begin at 1:00 P.M.
To reserve a place for yourself and your guests, please use the "REGISTRATION" button on top, or send a check for $22 per person to our Club Treasurer, Ervin Davis, with this Mail-In Form here, to arrive by the restaurant’s deadline of Friday October 16th. Cancellations received by that time will be fully refunded.
Please call Ervin Davis (207- 282-8096) or Bill Bisson (207-797-6356) if you have any questions.
Hope to see you there!
Bill Bisson, ’60
President, MIT Club of Maine