• MassBay's iCREAT STEM Program Selected for the National Science Foundation's STEM for All Video Show

    May 14, 2018

    WELLESLEY HILLS, MA (May 11, 2018) – MassBay Community College is proud to announce the iCREAT STEM program has been selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s (NSF) STEM for All Video Showcase to Highlight Innovation in STEM Education. The 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase will be held online May 14th – 21st and will feature over 200 innovative projects aimed at improving STEM learning and teaching. During the weeklong cyber event, members of the public are invited to view the short videos, chat online with the presenters and vote for their favorite video. 

    The theme for this year’s event is “Transforming the Educational Landscape.” Video presentations cover a wide range of topics including science, mathematics, computer science, engineering, cyber learning, citizen science, maker spaces, mentoring, informal learning, professional development, research and evaluation, NGSS and the Common Core. The videos highlight initiatives for students of all ages - kindergarten through graduate school, as well as those for adult learners. 

    In MassBay’s iCREAT video, “A Peek at iCREAT Project’s Multi-Disciplinary Courses”, the students invite us to view their work and explain in their own words about their learning experiences in the course. At the core of the iCREAT project are two 3-credit multi-disciplinary project-based college courses, where students learn to apply engineering and programming concepts to create an autonomous robot or a telepresence. Each course emphasizes design of a project that has social justice in mind. During the summer, these college courses are taught for high school juniors, seniors and just-graduated seniors and during the Fall/Spring semesters, MassBay college students can take these courses.  

    You can view and vote for the MassBay iCREAT video at http://stemforall2018.videohall.com/p/1267 

    “I am very proud of what the MassBay team has accomplished for this project, which introduces students to Coding, Robotics, Electronics, and Technology to motivate them to pursue STEM fields of study and career,” said MassBay Professor and the iCREAT Project Director Shamsi Moussavi. “Our goal has been to recruit high school students who are underrepresented in STEM professions: minorities, women, and the first in their family to go to college. iCREAT is also unique in that it integrates mentoring and career counseling into the program. Students can connect with a mentor working in a STEM field and receive career exploration and guidance from expert researchers as well as mentors.” 

    MassBay Faculty members Shamsi Moussavi, Tony Sena, Marina Bograd, and Susanne Steiger-Escobar will be participating in the online conversation with the voting public.  

    For more information on MassBay’s iCREAT program and to apply for the summer 2018 course; www.MassBay.edu/icreat 

    For more information on the 2018 STEM for All Video Showcase; http://stemforall2018.videohall.com 

    MassBay Community College was recently ranked by the Brookings Institution as one of the top schools for value added and earned salaries in the workforce. Ranked #1 for 2-year colleges in Massachusetts, #2 in New England and ranked #16 nationally. The College’s facilities in Wellesley Hills, Framingham and Ashland house day, evening and weekend classes that meet the needs of degree-seeking students and career minded life-long learners. Online options provide convenience and allow faculty to facilitate the learning process. Since its founding in 1961, MassBay has been accredited by several governing bodies and strives to meet the needs of the diverse local communities it serves.

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    Liz Cooper, Assistant Director of Marketing & Communications
    (781) 239-3123