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Tuesday, November 14 • 9:45am - 10:35am
How Can Local Businesses Engage and Drive STEM Education in Their Communities?

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STEM education is highly important to schools and educators, but it is also imperative to local businesses in the STEM fields to maintain and drive a pipeline of talent for their workforce. General Dynamics Mission Systems has been engaged with STEM education in the local Berkshire County community for many years. The company and its employees have cultivated an annual set of educational events and STEM activities to enhance the STEM education happening in the classroom. This presentation will cover ideas on how businesses can further engage with their local community relative to STEM activities. Events and ideas to be discussed are site or facility field trips and tours, employee/ student shadowing, home grown engineering competitions, in-class workshops, and introduction to engineering and STEM presentations. In addition to these events we will discuss the benefits of participation in local community events such as science fairs, STEM Pipeline Networks, and interaction with other educational venues like museums, zoos, and farms. STEM education and enrichment is a partnership between educators, the community, and local businesses. Come learn how you can enhance STEM in your community.


Speakers
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Elizabeth Bocchino

Engineering Leadership Program Supervisor, General Dynamics Mission Systems
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Beth Mitchell

Director of Engineering Maritime and Strategic Systems, General Dynamics Mission Systems


Tuesday November 14, 2017 9:45am - 10:35am
Meeting Room B