College of Engineering to Collaborate with Newton Public Schools on STEM Education

By Kathrin Havrilla

The College's Inspiration Ambassadors give interactive, engaging presentations that show engineering's impact on our quality of life.
The College's Inspiration Ambassadors give interactive, engaging presentations that show engineering's impact on our quality of life.

The College of Engineering is partnering with Newton Public Schools to engage middle- and high-school students with the excitement of engineering and reinforce professional development for Newton’s science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) teachers.

Gretchen Fougere, assistant dean for Outreach and Diversity, said, “We are very excited about this partnership because it will connect the dots for students between what they are learning and how it is applied to engineering design and technologies which enable our quality of life. Our goal is to raise awareness for the breadth and power of technology and make engineering accessible and exciting.”

Inspiration Ambassadors – select BU engineering undergraduates in the Technology Inspiration Scholars Program (TISP) who are professionally trained to engage and mentor young students across the country – will share their passion for engineering with Newton students.  Inspiration Ambassadors guide hands-on design challenges and host interactive presentations that introduce students to the excitement of engineering and technology.

The College will also collaborate with Newton’s teachers to develop complementary approaches to learning engineering and the design process to support the schools’ STEM initiatives, as well as workshops and professional development opportunities.

“One of our important system goals is to build partnerships with the many wonderful institutions in our region,” David Fleishman, Superintendent of Newton Public Schools said. “I am thrilled that Boston University’s College of Engineering has demonstrated a real commitment to K-12 education and I know both our students and faculty will benefit from learning more about this field.”

TISP has experienced exponential growth since its inception in January 2011. More than 820 students in the Boston area and more than 2,200 students in 12 states have participated in the program. Newton Public Schools is the latest strategic partner to join the initiative, which includes participants such as the Kern Family Foundation, FIRST® Robotics, Boston Public Schools STEM and MassTLC.

 

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