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Northeastern Maryland STEM Summit Forum
An Overview of this Unique, Innovative Initiative Increasing the Student Pipeline
for the STEM Based Economy in Northeastern Maryland
  • STEM Summit Forum InitiativeNational security (military, defense industry) require qualified, security cleared STEM professionals
    • Aberdeen Proving Ground (APG) and the NMTC (Northeastern Maryland Technology Council) hosted the first STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) Summit meeting on 2 Feb’11.
    • The summit has produced an unprecedented collaborative partnership with regional leaders of K-12 education, higher education, government, and industry.
    • Key leadership and the immediate support of then Superintendents Dr. Robert Tomback (Harford County Public Schools) and Dr. D’Ette Devine (Cecil County Public Schools), Gary Martin Deputy to the Commanding General APG and John Casner Executive Director NMTC representing industry partners, encouraged others to participate.
    • Mission created: “Provide a Ready Workforce for the STEM Based Economy”. From this initial summit emerged four distinct yet interconnected goals:
      • Excite Students to pursue STEM,
      • Enhance Teacher Professional Development,
      • Expand STEM Curriculum,
      • Engage Strategic Communications.
  • The End GameOur region, and our country, needs more STEM-prepared professionals. Our intent is to help increase the quantity and quality of STEM-education students in Northeastern Maryland. Regional employers demand STEM qualified employees
    • The region is under increased pressure to ensure there is a “pipeline” of students prepared for STEM-related careers and a trained and able workforce to fulfill their missions.
    • Aberdeen Proving Ground, the Army’s newest and most technical “megabase” and the expanding technology community supporting have increased demand for STEM professionals.
  • Strategic Focus
    • Grades Pre-K – 5, focus on exciting students about STEM and lighting a spark of interest.
    • Grades 6-8, focus on expanding that student’s interest in STEM and experiences.
    • Grades 9-12, focus students in areas of study to garner more in-depth knowledge
    • Years 13-20 the goals of “Finish”, getting additional education, and “Employ”,
  • Next Steps
    In 2013, the STEM Summit Forum will be focused on four projects:
  • STEM SUMMER TEACHER “CAMP”
    • Identify opportunities for STEM teachers to see STEM in action in the real world.
    • Introduce professional educators to new ideas and content that they can infuse into their lessons.
    • Provide a STEM Summer Teacher Camp as an opportunity for teachers to interact with many practicing scientists and engineers, and to see the tools and applications of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, in the “real world.”
  • STEM Nights
    • STEM and Beyond Night, the signature program of this collaborative effort, creates awareness and excitement about STEM careers for students in grades 4-6 for students from 20 different elementary and middle schools in Harford and Cecil Counties each year.
    • Five communities are targeted each year on a three-year rotation so that every community is included in the program.
    • In 2013, STEM Summit Forum is offering STEM Nights at Perryville and Cherry Hill Middles Schools in Cecil County, and at Bel Air, Havre de Grace, and Magnolia Middle Schools in Harford County.
  • STEM AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS/CLUBS
    • Kids are in school less than 20% of their waking hours
    • Offer organized hands-on STEM activities in primetime after school hours
    • Develop a STEM Club and put other afterschool programs in place in the four STEM Night & Beyond middle schools each year for three years.
    • Help other organizations, like the YMCA and Boys and Girls Clubs to expand their afterschool STEM programming to serve more students.
  • INTERNSHIPS
    • Internships and apprenticeships are effective ways to excite high school students about STEM careers and develop a greater awareness of his or her aptitudes and interests.
    • The Maryland STEM Task Force calls for increasing the percentage of high school students who participate in STEM internships, co-ops or research experiences from 5% to 20% by 2015.
    • Bring together leaders from industry, education, academia, and government to discuss issues related to STEM education and to find ways to collaborate as a community at the STEM Summits planned for December 7, 2012, and March 8 and November 8, 2013 Novemeber 8 will begin our semi-annual summit sequence.

By STEM Summit Forum Co-Chair & STEM Summit Forum Facilitator, John Casner & Joan Michel, 11 October 2012. Contact John Casner, or Joan Michel,