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STEM Ambassadors Needed for 6th Grade Visits through DIGITS

Type:  Featured News  

 

Visit Sixth Grade Classes and Inspire Students to Consider a STEM Career!

 

About DIGITS and Sign Up to Volunteer:  www.digits.us.com

 

We're seeking volunteers for DIGITS!

 

Download DIGITS Volunteer Opportunity Notice

 

About DIGITS:  DIGITS is an innovative STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education program that connects sixth-grade classes with STEM professionals to increase student interest in STEM subjects and careers.  Volunteers visit classrooms, deliver messages about the importance of math and science, engage students in STEM related hands-on activities, and talk about their own career paths.  As a follow-up to the visit, DIGITS offers participating teachers access to an online portfolio of STEM activities and web resources that can be used to supplement classroom instruction.    Created by major Massachusetts science and technology associations, and endorsed by the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council, DIGITS is the only program in the state that brings STEM professionals into classrooms to promote STEM careers.   Last year, DIGITS volunteers visited 15,220 students or 21% of all the sixth graders in the state.  Over the last 5 years, 784 volunteers from 121 companies have interacted with 67,130 students!   

 

Volunteer Opportunity:  If you are currently in a (non-financial) STEM job and interested in sharing your career story with sixth graders, then please consider becoming a DIGITS volunteer. Volunteers are asked to participate in a training session (delivered via conference call) and prepare a 15-minute presentation on their careers – what they do and how they use math and science in their jobs. DIGITS matches volunteers to a school near where they live or work and connects them to a host teacher at the school. Volunteers contact the host teacher directly to schedule 2-4 class visits at a mutually convenient time. DIGITS also provides materials for volunteers to engage students in ‘hands-on’ STEM activities.  Volunteers inspire students to consider STEM careers.They make a big difference in the lives of students with a small commitment of time!

 

Register to become a DIGITS volunteer: More information about the criteria, responsibilities, and classroom experience:

 
To sign up as a DIGITS volunteer, register on the DIGITS website (www.digits.us.com) by using the Sign-Up Button for Company/Volunteers in the upper right hand corner of the homepage.  
 
Contact information:
Joyce Plotkin, Founder & CEO, The DIGITS Project – joyce@digits.us.com , 617-694-7309
Carol Greenfield, COO, The DIGITS Project – carol@digits.us.com , 617-872-8602
 
 *The DIGITS Project was created by six leading industry associations: The Engineering Center (host organization); Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council; Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation, affiliated with the Massachusetts Biotechnology Council; the Massachusetts Network Communications Council (now a part of the Mass Tech Leadership Council); Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council; and New England Clean Energy Council. 
 
The Project is being implemented in partnership with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, Massachusetts of Elementary School Principals Association, and the Massachusetts Secondary School Administrators’ Association.   Originally funded by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s STEM Pipeline Fund and the Mass Technology Leadership Council, the initiative is now underwritten by STEM companies including The MathWorks, Analog Devices, SolidWorks, Verizon, Cisco, Meditech, PTC, and IBM.
 
The Engineering Center Education Trust (TECET) serves as the DIGITS -Project’s host organization and fiscal agent

 

 

 

 

 

 

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