June 24, 2018
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Science, tech conference draws nearly 60 educators to MSSM

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

LIMESTONE, Maine — An inaugural education camp at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics brought together nearly 60 educators from across the state for a weeklong professional development opportunity.

The Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics Collaborative Educator’s Week took place July 22-28, school officials said on Tuesday. The event came on the heels of a series of popular camps at the school.

Nearly 60 educators and 20 presenters attended the conference, which Lisa Smith, summer outreach program director, said was created to provide opportunities for the attendees to network and collaborate in an effort to create stellar teaching and learning opportunities.

The program included keynote speaker Daniel Meyer, currently a doctoral candidate at Stanford in the field of math education. He has taught high school math for six years, and was named one of Tech & Learning magazine’s 30 Leaders of the Future. He has been featured on CNN, “Good Morning America,” TED.com and Every Day with Rachel Ray.

Meyer spoke to educators about making math and science relevant in today’s classroom. Other courses were offered in areas of molecular biology, using IPads in math classrooms and more. Participants did not spend all of their time in the classroom, however. One trip took them to Aroostook State Park in Presque Isle.

Andrew Njaa, a physics teacher from Falmouth High School, said he enjoyed being surrounded by people who were mutually invested in science and its teaching. The participants learned from each other and also fed off “each other’s ideas, energy and passion.”

Steve Knight, a physics and chemistry teacher at Winthrop High School, said that he had “picked up some new tricks” at the conference to use in the classroom.

Plans are already under way for the second annual STEM Collaborative Educator’s Week to be held next summer at MSSM, based on the success and popularity of this year’s camp.

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics, established 16 years ago, is Maine’s first and only statewide public residential high school. Its graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, nuclear engineers, medical doctors, teachers, professors and entrepreneurs. For three years in a row, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Maine School of Science and Mathematics among the 100 best public high schools in the nation.

For more information about MSSM, please visit the school’s website at www.mssm.org or call the Admissions Office at 207-325-3303.

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