BOSTON - The Boston Bruins and the Boston Bruins Foundation announced today the various initiatives to support Massachusetts STEM week 2019, taking place October 19th - 27th, including a donation total of $50,000 towards STEM Lab upgrades at three New England schools.
Massachusetts STEM Week is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities. The week is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state's nine Regional STEM Networks.
The Boston Bruins Foundation's $50,000 donation will be awarded to schools who enter a contest to be announced via social and newsletter. The top 3 winners will receive a grant to put towards upgrades for their STEM Labs (1st place, $25,000, 2nd place, $15,000, 3rd place, $10,000). In addition, the Foundation will provide $25,000 worth of scholarships for students participating in a STEM @ Work Internship.
On Tuesday, October 22 from 12 - 2 p.m., the Boston Bruins will host STEM Day at Warrior Ice Arena. approximately 100 Bruins Boston Future Goals students will participate in Bruins STEM day at Warrior Ice Arena. Students will rotate between six stations, both on and off the ice, bringing the digital hockey lessons from the Bruins Future Goals - Hockey Scholar program to life!
The Boston Bruins Foundation is also committed to installing a STEM Lab in middle schools across New England each year in partnership with Red River. On Friday, October 25th at 8:30 a.m., the first STEM Lab will open at the Spark Academy in Lawrence, MA allowing the students to fully engage and use the new STEM Lab to conclude STEM Week.
The TD Garden is a challenge partner for the STEM Week Challenge, presented by Project Lead. The Way and Mass STEM Hub. The STEM Week Challenge will provide K-12 schools an engaging STEM Week opportunity by connecting classrooms to real world STEM experiences. The project-based learning opportunity challenges students to solve real world zero waste problems (Grades K-2: Food Waste, Grades 3-5: Energy Waste, Grades 6-8: Plastic Waste and Grades 9-12: E-Waste) using real world context from TD Garden.
Over 400 schools and an estimated 60,000 students will participate in the STEM Week Challenge. The participation includes 10 hours of engaging STEM curriculum to use during STEM Week, optional extensions to dive deeper, teacher training, content and resources tailored per grade span and student interaction with STEM professionals, a culminating project solving a real-world problem such as designing solar powered devices, creating ways to extend the life of food, and prototypes to extract microplastics from water- and finally, a showcase event for students to present their work to leaders and industry professionals including TD Garden employees at the Reggie Lewis Center (October 25, 9:30-12:30).