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The Museum of Science is proud to participate in Mass STEM Week 2023. Together we will create a generation of problem solvers and inspire a lifelong love of science in everyone, serving as a critical entry point to the science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) pipelines that will create a more diverse workforce.
Organized by the Massachusetts Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the Commonwealth’s nine Regional STEM Networks, Mass STEM Week encourages everyone to “See Yourself in STEM.”
Women, BIPOC communities, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same. This creates a society with critical systems and processes that are not reflective or serving our community holistically. Through public awareness and education, the Museum of Science strives to change that, to make STEM fields as diverse as the public they serve.
Since its inception, Mass STEM Week has brought together schools, nonprofit organizations, colleges, museums, and employers across the Commonwealth, all working together to expose all students to STEM fields and foster student interest in their own potential futures in STEM careers.
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The Museum of Science will host several events throughout the week including:
For Massachusetts STEM Week 2023, the Museum of Science’s PreK – 12 STEM Education Division will offer an Engineering Design Challenge for the 3 – 5 grade band that is a modified version of the EiE Unit: Designing Plant Packages.
Goal: Students will apply their knowledge of the basic needs of plants as they engineer a package to help keep a plant safe and healthy during transport.
In this three-day challenge, students will consider the basic needs of plants (sunlight, air, water, and nutrients) and ways to protect the plant. Students will explore materials to determine what could be used in their design before they create, test, and improve their plant packages.
The unit connects to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (UN SDG) 12 (ensure sustainable consumption and production patterns), as students consider how edible plants to grocery stores and how packaging design can reduce food waste.
Find resources and other information on learn.eie.org.
Previous STEM Week Design Challenge units and extension materials will be available for free to teachers at learn.eie.org.