The Boston University College of Engineering was recently named as a partner with 100Kin10, a multi-sector network addressing the national imperative to train 100,000 science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers by 2021.
The College joins nearly 200 100Kin10 partners unified to prepare students with the high-quality STEM knowledge and skills to equip them for success in college and the workplace. As a partner of 100Kin10, the College will have access to exclusive opportunities such as competitive research projects and grants to foster shared problem-solving in fulfilling their ambitious commitments to STEM education. To date, 100Kin10 funding partners have committed more than $57 million in support of the work of the partners. Over $31 million has already been distributed to partner organizations in 99 grants since the first fund launched in June 2011.
The College of Engineering has a comprehensive approach to closing the loop between secondary schools and colleges, and the STEM Educator-Engineer Program (STEEP) is an integral part of the solution. STEEP is a five-year program that adds a Master of Arts in Teaching degree to a Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline, enabling graduates to teach STEM subjects in middle schools and high schools across the country. STEEP aims to expand, improve and retain the best of the nation’s STEM teaching force, building the 100Kin10 movement.
“Inclusion in the 100Kin10 network is a testament to the unique design and high potential of our dual-degree program STEEP,” says Associate Dean for Outreach & Diversity Gretchen Fougere. “STEEP teachers start as engineers, working in outreach nationwide and using their love of math and science and sharing their passion for engineering design and innovation. Working with the leaders in the School of Education, they gain strong pedagogical skills. STEEP graduates will connect the dots between math and science and engineering and technology regularly and authentically for the next generation of engineers.”
A strategic goal of the College of Engineering is to strengthen and broaden the pipeline from K-12 into colleges and STEM careers. Other K-12 STEM outreach efforts at the College include the Technology Innovation Scholars Program (TISP), a corps of undergraduates who visit middle and high schools around the country to excite younger students with engineering lessons in clean energy, nanotechnology and app development; and mentoring eight FIRST® robotics teams around BU and then hosting the New England District FIRST® Robotics Competition. Also, Boston middle school students reached through TISP are encouraged to come to campus and learn programming in C, robotics and aeronautics design in the U-Design workshops.