WHAT'S IN A NYM?

PLEASE NOTE: This is the third time we’ve scheduled this event, and we hope it’s “the charm”.
Winter is officially over, and we hope that Ma Nature agrees!   

Thursday, April 16, 2015
11:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m.

Woodlands Country Club 
39 Woods Road Falmouth, ME 04105

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So okay - an ACRO nym. When you think about it, there's a whole lot in some acronyms. Think AM, PM, EST, DST, FBI, CIA... And MIT, among zillions of others. Our next luncheon will introduce a new acronym that could become ubiquitous in the near future. It's BATS (which stands for Baxter Academy for Technology and Science), and we'll be hosting two of the school's founding members, who'll update us on the philosophy, practices and progress of this dynamic new addition to Maine's roster of public high schools. 
 
The Academy is one of five charter schools currently operating in the state. It first opened its doors in September 2013 with a cohort of 130 freshmen and sophomores, hailing from 20+ Maine localities. By all accounts, it's been a very successful startup; the Portland Press Herald carried a highly complimentary article last summer:http://www.pressherald.com/2014/06/30/first-year-may-chart-course-baxter-academy/ and the school’s star has risen steadily since then, to wit: It has a growing wait list; it has extensive plans for plant expansion and for faculty recruitment to help sustain its enviable 16:1 student/teacher ratio;  its enrolment will soon span Grades 9 – 12; perhaps most telling, students, parents, faculty and administrators are all solidly enthusiastic about "their" school.

What should be of special interest to members of Maine's technical community (and MIT) is the fact that BATS is foremost a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) - centered high school that also fosters excellence in Arts and Humanities. All of these disciplines (and more) are visited in depth in the first four days of a typical school week, and then comes "Flex Friday", which is when the students work, usually in teams, on independent projects - which currently include designing and building aero- and hydro- research equipment, developing hybrid USB/Bluetooth mobile-device hardware, constructing watercraft, creating murals, writing poetry, producing plays, studying Mandarin, and a whole lot more. And at Baxter they start doing this as freshmen, rather than having to wait until junior or senior years to try their wings. TGIF indeed!
 
It all sounds reminiscent of another STEM – focused educational institution with an acronym for a name.... Which brings us full circle: BATS has the potential to be a significant contributor to Maine's pool of STEM - savvy kids. And as we all know, STEM is MIT's DNA. 

It’s - well – elementary! As further proof, please note the “elementary” visual pun that’s been gleefully woven-into into the school’s logo.

So please join us to visit with some of Baxter's resident gurus. The event will take place on April 16, 2015 at the Woodlands Country Club in Falmouth from 11:30 AM to 2:30 p.m. 

We hope you can be there! 

Cordially, 
Bill Bisson '60
President, MIT Club of Maine  

 P.S. As a further acronymic enticement, here's the URL for BATS. Be sure to watch the embedded TEDx talk by Jon Amory, who'll be one of our presenters on the 16th:http://baxter-academy.org/

Looking For Alums who were Tutoring Plus Volunteers 

Tutoring Plus of Cambridge, http://www.tutoringplus.org/home.html, will be celebrating the 50th anniversary of its founding in 2014. In preparation for this very special celebration with a Mardi Gras themed event on Friday February 28th, 2014, the organization is making an effort to contact former volunteer tutors. Tutoring Plus hopes to include as many comments and reminiscences as possible as part of the program for the event, and of course they would be thrilled if you could deliver them in person!

If you were a Tutoring Plus volunteer as an MIT student, please contact Ellen McLaughlin, Executive Director at: mclaughlin@tutoringplus.org, and let her know how she can best reach you to follow up, get your comments and reminiscences and send you an invitation to the event.


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