Do you want a STEM Professional or Organization to help out with your STEM Week programming?
Below is a list of willing partners who offer to volunteer their time, resources, and expertise to help schools and out-of-school groups to organize events that highlight this year’s STEM Week theme “See Yourself in STEM”.
To get the most out of our Volunteers, follow these simple steps:
Step 1: Read through this list
Step 2: Contact the organizations or individuals who you think will fit the best your needs
Step 3: Once an event is scheduled, fill out our Event Form so we can share information about your event with the Executive Office of Education. Your event may receive a visit from one of the Co-Chairs or a member of the Massachusetts STEM Council, and other VIPs. You need to fill out the Event Form, though, so they know about your event.
Framingham Department of Public Works
Organization Name: Framingham Department of Public Works
What we have to offer for STEM Week: Did you know that our DPW staff includes professional engineers, certified arborists, Geographic Information System (GIS) specialists, and wetlands scientists? We love opportunities to interact with and help educate the community about the City’s infrastructure and operations. Examples of programs, activities, or support that we could provide include: tours of DPW facilities include our operations center, pump stations, and recycling center; workshops on clean water, recycling, or composting; mapping & GIS support; in-class demonstrations using watershed models and water quality sampling equipment; career days & mentorship programs.
Contact name and email: Kerry Reed, email@example.com
Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater
Organization Name: Central Massachusetts Regional Stormwater Coalition (CMRSWC)
What we have to offer for STEM Week: CMRSWC is a group of cities & towns working together to improve water quality from stormwater runoff. Our members in metrowest include: Ashland, Framingham, Hopkinton, Marlborough, Natick, Northborough, and Southborough. We can provide City/Town employees to provide in-class workshops about the water cycle, watersheds, stormwater runoff, and municipal water/wastewater/stormwater projects & operations. We have Enviroscape models that we can use to lead discussion or loan to teachers to use in their classrooms.
Contact name and email: Kerry Reed, firstname.lastname@example.org
New England Water Environment Association
Organization Name: New England Water Environment Association
What we have to offer for STEM Week: NEWEA is a professional organization for water, wastewater, & stormwater. NEWEA works to engage young people and students and to encourage them about rewarding careers in the water environment industry. For STEM week, our network of volunteers in the water industry can provide in-school presentations about water quality & conservation, lead students in the World Water Monitoring Challenge, and talk to students about careers in our industry. Outside of STEM Week, NEWEA hosts the Stockholm Jr Water Prize competition for high school students, provides water & wastewater treatment plant tours, and provides annual teacher training.
Contact name and email:
Leonard Young, email@example.com
Danielle Gallant, firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA)
Organization Name: Massachusetts Water Resources Authority (MWRA) What we have to offer for STEM Week: The MWRA provides clean drinking water and manages wastewater for the greater Boston area. MWRA has a school program for its members communities, which include the following towns/cities in metrowest: Ashland, Dedham, Framingham, Lexington, Marlborough, Natick, Needham, Newton, Northborough, Norwood, Southborough, Walpole, Waltham, Wellesley, Weston, & Westwood. MWRA provides classroom presentations with hands-on activities for a range of topics and grade levels. MWRA also supports free teacher workshops. Lastly, MWRA can provide tours of its water & wastewater treatment plants. MWRA also hosts an annual poster & writing contest for students.
Contact name and email:
Meg Tabacsko, email@example.com
Danielle DiRuzza, Danielle.DiRuzza@mwra.com
STEM Outreach Overview: Boston Scientific has an internal STEM Council made up of employee volunteers from all backgrounds. The objective of the STEM Council is to support STEM aspiration and accessibility for K-12 students who are underserved or underrepresented in STEM careers. Our team partners with schools, nonprofits and STEM organizations by providing mentors, volunteers, leading workshops, hosting student groups, etc.
What we have to offer for STEM Week: Boston Scientific hopes to support 2-3 STEM events or efforts happening during STEM week by providing resources, volunteers and helping to develop content and curriculum if needed.
Contact name and email: Caitlin Comer, Sr. Community Engagement Specialist, Caitlin.firstname.lastname@example.org
Olympus Scientific Solutions Americas
What we have to offer for STEM Week : Our STEM for Students Group is an outreach group made of a diverse group of employees from Olympus. We are located in Waltham, MA. Some of our backgrounds include: Product Development, Mechanical Engineering, Life Science, Manufacturing, Marketing, and Education. At our Waltham facility, we design and manufacture industrial non-destructive testing equipment & microscopes. Our Southborough office does medical equipment (i.e. scopes, etc.).
We can travel to your classroom/event (for free) and lead panel discussions on careers in STEM or describe what we do at Olympus. Or we can bring our Olympus microscopes and lead a lesson about microscopy with a hands-on activity where kids can analyze their own cheek swab cells vs onion skin cells, pond water, bugs, etc. under a microscope. Our focus is to promote STEM education (Grades K – High School).
We are a smaller group so we will only be able to do 1-2 events during STEM Week but we would love to do more events throughout the rest of the year! We are also interested in volunteering at other STEM-related events that other people/groups are leading, who are looking for extra volunteers to help out (throughout the entire year).
Contact name and email: Keira Gifford, email@example.com
TiE Boston's Young Entrepreneurs Program
Organization Name: TiE Boston's Young Entrepreneurs Program
What we have to offer for STEM Week: TiE Boston Young Entrepreneurs Program is an extra-curricular program dedicated to fostering the next generation of leaders through the transformative experience of building a startup. Our students have the opportunity to learn directly from industry experts and startup founders, create a real startup and compete for $5k in seed funding. TiE Boston would be happy to host Design Thinking Workshops at local community centers, high schools or middle schools to help students explore entrepreneurship during STEM Week. In addition, our program is currently accepting applications for the 2019-2020 program year which kicks off October 2019 and runs through April 2020. If you have any high school aged students interested in STEM, entrepreneurship, business or finance, please have them apply here. Early decision deadline is June 15th. Each year we have a significant waitlist for students so we encourage students to apply early.
Contact name and email: Katie Quigley Mellor, TYE Program Director- firstname.lastname@example.org
Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF)
Organization Name: Massachusetts Science & Engineering Fair (MSEF)
What we have to offer for STEM Week:
MSEF would like to provide your students a hands-on minds-on STEM activity that fits your October/November science and/or engineering curricula. MSEF’s goal is to connect the STEM Week activity to what is taking place in the classroom.
Contact name and email: Bill Rigney, email@example.com
Empow Studios: In-school & out of school time STEM programs at your school, or a field trip at our studios in Lexington or Newton
Talent Box: K-12 Web App for teaching STEM. We're offering free access during the month of October for STEM Week
Empow Labs:XR Digital Makerspace that hosts field trips in Augmented Reality, Virtual Reality, and more
Contact name and email: David Gutierrez, firstname.lastname@example.org
National Inventors Hall of Fame
Organization Name: National Inventors Hall of Fame
What we have to offer for STEM Week: We have been partnering with schools across the country for 29 years and serve the Pre-K – 9 education market with the greatest innovation, creative problem solving programs in the Nation. Our programs promote Innovation, STEM Concepts, Intellectual Literacy, Entrepreneurship and 21st Century Learning skills such as Critical Thinking, Collaboration and Creative Problem Solving.
Contact name and email: Art Benson - email@example.com
Boston University, College of Engineering, Technology Innovation Scholars Program (TISP)
What we have to offer for STEM Week: Our undergraduate engineering students visit schools and community events with two areas of focus – (1) present and engage students in hands-on engineering design challenges from a library of activities that we have prepared and trained students to present (including all the materials needed for the activity); and (2) undergraduate engineering student panels that represent the various engineering majors available at Boston University (Computer Engineering, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering, and Biomedical Engineering) to speak with students about the college experience, what it’s like to be an engineering student, what students can do now if they are interested in studying engineering in college.
Contact name and email: Ann Mahoney, K-12 STEM Outreach Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization Name: Sat-Drones
What we have to offer for STEM Week: Sat-Drones is an innovative software engineering company that develops tools that integrate satellite, drones and statistical data for comprehensive analysis. Sat-Drones combines engineering expertise in drones and satellites, with curriculum development experience, to teach new tools and skills to students and define innovative STEM programs. Sat-Drones can create programs to build drones and sensors, use assembled tools to collect data, as well as undertake a series of data analysis activities. Our goal is to mentor students on drone and satellite technology, and prepare them for careers within STEM. Sat-Drones plans to scale the program throughout Massachusetts building excitement on our STEM programs and their practical applications in cutting edge industries. Our expertise in curriculum development on the use of drones, satellites, geospatial data and analysis includes:
-Experience in Geospatial Analysis and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Design
-Curriculum Creation on Web GIS, Data Services Integration, Remote Sensing and related topics
-Algorithm Development on Data Interoperability within Satellite Systems and Drones
-Experience in Satellite System engineering supporting missions at different space agencies
Sat-Drones leadership team has undertaken innovative programming for various international initiatives.The use of drones and satellites is growing rapidly, and Sat-Drones has the skills to help educate the next generation of engineers, scientists and business professional
Contact name and email: Lucia Lovison-Golob, email@example.com
Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning
Organization Name: Christa McAuliffe Center for Integrated Science Learning
What we have to offer for STEM Week: We have 3 types of kits for in-school and out-of-school programs:
- Engaging, hands-on Earth and Space Science toolkits by the National Informal STEM Education Network (NISE). These kits are presented in English and Spanish, and are first-come, first-serve. You can request a kit by filling out this form .
- Planetary Science themed explorations presented by Challenger Learning Centers. Journey to Mars toolkits takes students through a number of phases in the Mars settlement process. The Next Giant Leap activities have students investigate what it takes to explore the lunar surface. You can request a kit by filling out this form .
- Resource kits for personalized exhibit creation on the Life and Death of Stars. All resources can be found online, and include digital templates for exhibit displays and a repository of resources. Contact Evan Pagliuca for access to this resource.
Contact name and email: Evan Pagliuca, firstname.lastname@example.org
The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity
Organization Name: The Reynolds Center for Teaching, Learning and Creativity
What we have to offer for STEM Week: FabMaker Studio is a researched-based online tool that provides a more practical, affordable onramp to digital design and fabrication for K8 learners and educators. FabMaker Studio features low-cost paper and cardstock, inexpensive digital cutters, and a range of easy-to-do activities that support STEM learning standards, and allows students to iterate multiple designs, and walk away with a finished project at the end of a session.
Contact name and email: Andrea Calvin, email@example.com
STEM Education Insights
Organization Name: STEM Education Insights
What we have to offer for STEM Week: We support STEM education through:
- grant writing and development
- curriculum development
- research & evaluation
- professional development
Contact name and email: Cathy P. Lachapelle, firstname.lastname@example.org
MassBay Community College STEM Starter Academy
What we have to offer for STEM Week: High School EV3 Robotics Workshop held at MassBay Community College, Wellesley, MA for Framingham High School students from 9:00 am – 1:00 pm on Tuesday, October 22, 2019. Includes: introduction to robotics challenges, introduction to programming with LEGO EV3 software, robot modification, robot and program testing and adjustments and awards and prizes! High schools interested in participating in a similar event in the future should contact us, as this year’s event is fully booked.
Contact name and email: Valerie Kapilow, email@example.com
MassBay Community College STEM Mentor Program
What we have to offer for STEM Week: The STEM Mentor Program (SMP) will host a Build-a-Bike team-building event for mentors and mentees in the SMP on Wednesday, October 23, 2019 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm at MassBay Community College in Wellesley, MA. This event will provide an engaging, hands-on STEM activity for mentor/mentee pairs that promotes critical thinking and problem solving and will result in a tangible achievement (an assembled bicycle) that will be presented to a local charitable foundation for their youth.
Professionals working in the fields of science, engineering and computer science are invited to be a mentor to a community college student pursuing an associate degree in these disciplines.
The STEM Mentor Program is seeking a charitable foundation serving local youth aged 7 – 10 years old to receive eight bicycles built during the Build-a-Bike event.
Contact name and email: Tracey Gustafson, firstname.lastname@example.org.
What we have to offer for STEM Week: MEDITECH, Inc., as a leading electronic health records vendor, shares the career possibilities at the intersection of healthcare and technology. Students learn how innovation and creativity leads to products and services that empower organizations all over the world to take on the challenges of healthcare’s ever-expanding landscape. From giving providers more satisfaction in their day to fostering a safe, comfortable patient experience, we understand that the best technology is the kind that improves people’s lives. Founded and headquartered in the Commonwealth, we're celebrating 50 years making a difference in healthcare!
Contact name and email: Rosalyn M. Pierce, email@example.com
Young Inventors’ Program, Academy of Applied Science
What you have to offer for STEM Week: TBA
Contact name and email: Tina White, Director, firstname.lastname@example.org
Organization Name: i2 Learning
What you have to offer for STEM Week: We offer free teacher training, materials, content and online support for immersive in-school STEM programming. Our schedule is already set for STEM Week 2019, as PD begins the summer before. But we are happy to discuss options with your school for STEM Week 2020.
Contact name and email: Ian Concannon, email@example.com
Snapology of Hopedale
Organization Name: Snapology of Hopedale
What you have to offer for STEM Week: Snapology of Hopedale offers fun programs for a wide variety of ages and interests. With an emphasis on play, children achieve academic enrichment and social development objectives. Our STEM / STEAM programs are focused on ages 3-13 and feature a combination of options across Science, Technology, Engineering and Robotics.
All Snapology programs are designed to ease the time and effort required from the hosting organization. Snapology staff comes to you, brings all of the required materials and expert teachers required for your students to learn and have fun. Our classes can be formatted as simple one-time workshops, recurring weekly classes, or intensive multi-hour “camp like” programs.
Contact name and email: Kevin Tahmoush, firstname.lastname@example.org
3D Educational Services, Inc
Organization Name: 3D Educational Services, Inc
What you have to offer for STEM Week: Robotics kits for Middle School and Robotics kits for high school, We provide kit and curriculum and Teacher training (if needed). We also train interested teachers, in basics of 3D design (using Tinkercad, OpenSCAD) and 3D printing.
Contact name and email: Nandu Vellal, email@example.com
DuPont STEM Ambassadors
What you have to offer for STEM Week: The DuPont STEM Ambassadors group is an employee network that focuses on STEM community outreach. We are located in Marlborough, MA and are part of the Electronics and Imaging business. We can organize hands-on experiments for K-12 students and participate in panel discussions.
Contact name and email: Anissa Zabriskie, firstname.lastname@example.org
Open Avenues Foundation
Organization Name: Open Avenues Foundation
What you have to offer for STEM Week: Open Avenues Foundation employs leading experts from across the globe to prepare the next generation of US workers with critical skills and experiences in STEM fields. Leveraging current foreign talent employed in STEM fields in Massachusetts, Open Avenues creates learning opportunities and skills development for university students. Open Avenues’ Experts-in-Residence work with university students on experiential learning projects that immerse students in business environments and challenge them to solve real business problems.
Contact name and email:Mariellen Jewers, email@example.com
Wade Institute for Science Education
Organization Name: Wade Institute for Science Education
What you have to offer for STEM Week: 2 hour workshop for teachers, either a T, W or Thurs evening (depending on region) from 6:30-8:30 or 7:00-9:00 (determining what might be best for teachers) and the location TBD. Content: Inquiry-based learning, phenomena, and a look at college and career-related resources.
Contact name and email: Michelle Kalaw, Assistant Director of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org
New England Sci-Tech, Inc
Organization Name: New England Sci-Tech, Inc
What you have to offer for STEM Week: A week of Amateur Radio and radio-electronics-themed workshops and outreach activities to coincide with the American Radio Relay League’s “School Club Roundup,” a national youth oriented amateur radio activity. The focus will be on teaching the fundamentals of wireless technology and wireless communications in homes, industry, and space exploration.
Contact name and email: Bob Phinney, email@example.com
Retirees School Volunteer Association, Inc (RSVA)
Organization Name: Retirees School Volunteer Association, Inc (RSVA)
What you have to offer for STEM Week: The Retirees School Volunteer Association (RSVA) is a group of retired Engineers and Scientists with a goal to enhance and enrich Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) education in Public Schools by assisting with Project Based Learning. Our members volunteer at public schools in their own or nearby communities. We can provide career speakers, in-school or after-school mentors for STEM subjects, and aides for robotics projects.
Contact name and email: Gerald Brody, firstname.lastname@example.org
Project Lead the Way STEM Week Challenge
Organization Name: Project Lead the Way STEM Week Challenge
What you have to offer for STEM Week:
Mass STEM Hub and Project Lead The Way have teamed up with the State to provide an engaging, deeper learning STEM Week opportunity open to all K-12 schools that allows students to see themselves in STEM by connecting their classroom experience to the real world. Training and curriculum is free to you through the support of One8 Foundation.
Participation in the PLTW STEM Week Challenge includes:
- 10 hours of engaging STEM curriculum to use during STEM Week
- Optional extensions to dive deeper
- Teacher training (3 hours, 3 location and date options week of 9/23)
- Content and resources tailored per grade span
- Student interaction with STEM professionals, virtually and in person
- Culminating project solving a real-world problem around Zero Waste
- Showcase event for students to present their work to leaders and industry professionals at an exciting location (morning of October 25)
Contact name and email: email@example.com
Creative Learning Systems
Organization Name: Creative Learning Systems
What you have to offer for STEM Week: Something’s different in a SmartLab. Kids rush into rather than out of this all-in-one STE(A)M environment by Creative Learning Systems Students’ eyes brim with so much wonder that they wind up standing and leaning in rather than sitting back and watching. Our secret to creating this dynamic environment is pairing technology and our fully-articulated curriculum with an on-site Facilitator who encourages students to think critically, become collaborators, and embrace curiosity without fear of failure. Here, we engage ever learner, every day. Here, learning is redefined.
Contact name and email: Nancy Avery, firstname.lastname@example.org
Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
Organization Name: Mass Audubon Drumlin Farm Wildlife Sanctuary
What you have to offer for STEM Week: Teachers Outside! Drumlin Farm Open House for K-6th Teachers on Thursday, October 24th, 4pm - 7pm.
Do you wish you felt more comfortable taking your students outside to enhance their learning experience? Are you curious about integrating engaging, standards-based science into your units? Join Drumlin Farm teacher naturalists and classroom teachers from across the MetroWest area for an evening of science outside our classroom doors! Through hands-on activities that align with Mass Curriculum Standards and informal discussions with Drumlin Farm curriculum specialists and peers, you’ll find and practice inspirational activities that take students outside to experience authentic interdisciplinary learning. You will leave with methods and resources for facilitating student learning outdoors as part of your existing curriculum. Come dressed to dig in and get dirty! Snacks will be provided. Pre-registration is required. Register here.
Contact name and email: Robin Stuart, School and Public Programs Director: 781-259-2217 or email@example.com