Tuesday, November 14 • 9:45am - 10:35am
Growing Community Partnerships through Art to Engineering: STEM, STEAM, & Beyond

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How do we inspire more girls and youth from groups underrepresented in the sciences to pursue STEM career pathways? This session will highlight two case-study partnerships between the Timothy Smith Network (TSN) of community technology centers in Roxbury, MA, and two local powerhouses of science and engineering— the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics (CfA) and Northeastern University. Each partnership was focused around the adoption and implementation by TSN of an innovative technology-based curriculum for youth in out-of-school-time programs. The first is an astrophotography program, Youth Capture the Colorful Cosmos, which empowers participants to control real telescopes over the Internet to take images of space. Using the tools and techniques of professional astronomers, youth learn to enhance, analyze, and interpret their images by producing astrophotography exhibits for their peers, family, and the public. In the second partnership, TSN worked with the Northeastern College of Engineering to plan and launch a LEGO Robotics program. Under the mentorship of Northeastern students, youth gained important experience in the engineering design process.

The panelists will share the details of these successful STEM engagement programs, along with specific partnership strategies that have led to successful outcomes for participating middle-school aged youth. The discussion will highlight examples of how these programs were adapted, improved, and expanded via the sustained partnership with TSN and how the partnerships accomplished more than any of the individual organizations could do on their own.


Adreenne Law

Program Coordinator, Timothy Smith Network


Mary Dussault

Science Education Program Manager, Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics

Susan Freeman

Director and Teaching Professor, First Year Engineering Program, Northeastern University College of Engineering

Tuesday November 14, 2017 9:45am - 10:35am
Junior Ballroom