MassSTEMWeek


In order to promote the importance of STEM education and highlight Massachusetts’s world-leading STEM workforce, Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, in collaboration with the STEM Advisory Council, have announced a statewide “STEM Week” from October 21-25, 2019. In conjunction with the Governor’s Office, Science from Scientists is working to raise STEM awareness, inspire the next generation of STEM talent, and show young students the breadth of cool STEM-oriented careers. We are asking employees across multiple industries to take a photo in their STEM attire. There is no one “uniform” for STEM. Whether you wear a lab coat or a hard hat, STEM plays a key role across virtually every industry in Massachusetts. Help us showcase the STEM mosaic that makes up Massachusetts’s thriving economy.

Join Us

1. Take a picture (selfie or group photo) in your “STEM Gear”— (ie. scrubs, lab coat, hard hat, suit and tie, etc.)
2. Post your picture during STEM Week on Twitter, Facebook or Instagram and be sure to use the #STEMForAll and #MassSTEMWeek hashtags
3. Tag and challenge your STEM friends/coworkers to show off their gear and STEM pride!
4. Science from Scientists and Massachusetts Executive Office of Education will be retweeting and featuring your STEM-wear throughout the week, keep an eye out!

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Bored at home? Feeling fidgety? Our virtual volunteer opportunities are the perfect outlet for your spare time and energy! Sign up today to help us prepare individualized, sanitary, and pre-packaged activity kits for our STEM lessons! www.volunteermatch.org/search/opp3307038.jsp ... See MoreSee Less

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Did you miss us? Well, we're back with another #WildlifeWednesday featuring blue whales!

Common name: Blue whale
Scientific name: Balaenoptera musculus
Type: Mammal
Diet: Carnivore
Group name: Pod
Average life span in the wild: 80-90 years
Size: 82 to 105 feet
Weight: Up to 200 tons

Once the most important of the commercially hunted baleen whales, the blue whale was greatly reduced in numbers during the first half of the 20th century. In the 1930–31 season alone the worldwide kill of blue whales exceeded 29,000. The species has been protected from commercial whaling since the mid-1960s. Populations of blue whales appear to be recovering and are estimated worldwide at between 10,000 and 25,000 animals. However, the International Union for Conservation of Nature still lists the blue whale as an endangered species.

Info sourced from National Geographic, WWF, and Encyclopaedia Britannica

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It's the last day of #BackToSchoolMonth! Today, Evelyn is pushing through her Monday while testing out materials for our chemical identification lesson. With these at-home lesson kits, students will perform several experiments to determine the identities of six different household powders based on solubility and chemical reactivity. Students will learn how to distinguish between physical and chemical properties of substances and how these properties can be used for identification.

To ensure continued safety and cleanliness, all kit assemblers wear masks, stay six feet apart from each other, and sanitize their hands before handling any new materials.
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