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Nov.
16

Event: Maine STEM Summit
Time: 7:30am-4:15pm
Location: Kirk Hall at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine

REGISTRATION IS NOW OPEN

2018 Maine STEM Summit

November 16, 2018
Central Maine Community College

The Maine STEM Collaborative is pleased to announce that registration for the 2018 Maine STEM Summit is now OPEN.   We also welcome groups interested in exhibiting to sign up today.   

The 2018 Maine STEM Summit will be held in Kirk Hall at Central Maine Community College in Auburn, Maine from 7:30 am to 4:15 pm.  Click here for directions to the College. There will be plenty of parking spaces near Kirk Hall.

The Maine STEM Summit is a biennial event that provides an opportunity to foster discussion, engagement, and innovation across the education, workforce, and technology sectors of Maine.  Join the conversation about how to increase the capacity and access to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) to all students throughout Maine.  The summit convenes K-12 in-school and out-of-school educators and administrators, business leaders, learning scientists, non-profit organizations, STEM researcher scientists, policy makers, parents, and students to learn and share with each other to build capacity for STEM experiences across Maine.

This year we will focus on the theme of “Looking Ahead: Defining and Advocating for STEM”. This Summit provides the opportunity to not just passively participate and listen to sessions. In addition to an outstanding learning experience the 2018 Maine STEM Summit is designed to support attendees in adding their voices to defining new collaborations, projects, and initiatives of many different forms. The agenda includes plenty of networking opportunities and discussion sessions in the following strands:

  1. STEM Career Pathways
  2. Equity in STEM
  3. Innovative Partnerships: Added Value or Added Headache?
  4. Pre-Service and In-Service for In and Out of School Learning

Descriptions of the strands are available here.

We are also very pleased to announce that Dr. Joan Ferrini-Mundy, the new President of the University of Maine, will be the Summit’s keynote speaker.  Dr. Ferrini-Mundy is a national leader in STEM education research and policy, co-leading the development of a government-wide strategic plan for science, technology and engineering education across 14 science agencies that has achieved improved coherence and impact in the federal government’s $3 billion STEM education investment. Her message will reinforce the need for strong STEM education at all educational levels as a strategy to address workforce shortage and to be prepared for jobs of the future jobs which will require strong STEM background.

Please register for the Summit by clicking here and joint us for a very informative discussion and sharing of knowledge.

The Maine STEM Collaborative is a statewide unincorporated partnership of  education, research, business, government, and nonprofit sectors that was formed by the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance in 2007 to help increase the quality of STEM education, student aspirations, and public awareness of STEM education.  We work closely with the Maine STEM Council on outreach to promote STEM educational initiatives, and particularly, the Collaborative’s signature statewide event – the Maine STEM Summit - to bring together those involved in these efforts.

Register HERE

Nov.
30

Event: Thomas Cup
Time: 6:00pm
Location: Thomas College, 180 W River Road, Waterville

Thomas Cup:

Open to high school and home-school students, the Thomas Cup will feature up to 30 teams competing for the top bragging rights in a number of technology competitions including cyber defense, gaming, computer science, and crime scene investigation (CSI) .

The Thomas Cup will begin on at 6 PM on November 30th and continue throughout the night until approximately 10 AM.

Throughout the event, teams of 5 students will test their skills in challenges including:

~ League of Legends gaming competition
~ Nerf wars with robots
~ A cyber security version of capture the flag
~ A crime scene investigation (CSI) competition

While the Thomas Cup is centered on technology, competitors will need more than just technical skills to succeed. The best teams will combine a mix of project management, innovation, creativity, teamwork, leadership, and more in order to overcome the challenges and defeat their opponents.

No matter what interests and skills competitors bring to the table, they’ll enjoy a unique night of exciting challenges on the Thomas College campus, all at no cost.

You can sign up a team of 5 here: https://www.thomas.edu/thomas-cup/

Register teams of 5 here

Dec.
3-8

Event: CS Education Week

We will post the links to local Hour of Code activities here so stay tuned!

Hour of Code activities in your classroom

Dec.
7

Event: Educate Maine's Annual Education Symposium and Leadership Luncheon
Time: 8:00am-4:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn by the Bay, Spring St., Portland, ME

The Educate Maine Symposium is a convening of over 350 business, policy, and education leaders who gather to hear from education experts, to learn from one another, and to honor talented Maine educators. The agenda includes an exciting plenary on adult ed, made possible by the Maine Community Foundation, as well as interactive workshops on a range of education topics spanning early childhood through adult workforce development. The event includes the annual Leadership Luncheon, where we honor the accomplishments of educators from across Maine and where the Weston L. Bonney Leadership Award is presented to an individual or organization championing student achievement in Maine.


This year there will be breakout session regarding Computer Science education. Specifically, the following session on CS policy may be of interest: 

Computer Science Education: Expanding Access Across New England Through Policy Initiatives
presented by New Hampshire DOE, NH Legislature, UNH 11:00-11:50 am

Fewer than 30% of Maine schools offer computer science education. Despite 58% of the new STEM jobs being in computing, Maine students still have little access. Momentum is growing in Maine to address this challenge. Participants in this session will hear from a variety of panelists who have led policy efforts to expand computer science education in New
Hampshire. This session will have plenty of time for dialogue about how we can apply these policy successes to our work in Maine.

Register now before we close the link!

Dec.
8

Event: Maine Digital Festival
Time: 10:00am-1:00pm
Location: Augusta Civic Center, Community Dr, Augusta

Event Details: The event will be held at the Augusta Civic Center on December 8th 2018 from 10am-1pm. 

Check out our 2018 Presenters! 

  • Scratch (Pre-registered Workshop): Love games? What to learn how to make your own? Join Maine State Library’s Chris Dorman as we design and create our own guessing game using the SCRATCH coding language.
  • Painting with Python (Pre-registered Workshop): Learn to create your own animated works of art using the Python programming language! Participants will learn and apply the basics of variables, loops, and functions to write computer programs that generate dynamic drawings. No prior programming experience is required, but a basic knowledge of variables, angles, and the X-Y coordinate system is helpful. This session is recommended for students in middle school or older
  • Hour of Code (Activity Room)
  • Code-a-Pillars (Activity Room)
  • Code Your World with 4-H (Activity Room)
  • Dot & Dash (Activity Room)

This event is a Maine Science Festival Pop-Up Event!

Register for FREE

Jan.
12

Event: CS Fundamentals (Intro) Workshop
Time: 8:30am-4:30pm
Location: Bucksport Middle School Library 100 Miles Lane, Bucksport, ME 04416

Register for a CS Fundamentals workshop

Taught by Code.org facilitators who are experienced computer science educators, our workshops will prepare you to teach the Code.org curriculum.

Workshop Details

Date:
2019-01-12, 8:30am-4:30pm
Location:
Bucksport Middle School Library
100 Miles Lane, Bucksport, ME 04416, USA
Course:
Regional Partner:
Educate Maine and the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Organizer Name:
Jason Judd
Organizer Email:
jason@educatemaine.org

Please bring a writing utensil, laptop, and charging cord. We will provide both breakfast and lunch as part of the workshop.

Facilitators

Renee Charette

Register Today

Mar.
16

Event: Tech Night
Time: 4:30pm-7:00pm
Location: Maine Discovery Museum, Main St., Bangor

Project>Login is hosting Tech Night on Friday, March 15th, 2019, from 4:30pm-7:00pm, and is building a program of workshops and hands-on activities for a middle school audience. Final programming will be based on

– type of STEM technology (CS, coding, IT, robotics, 3D printing, etc.);
– type of event;
– innovative approaches happening in Maine;
– revealing hidden secrets;
– diversity of programming from past years; and
– balance of programming.

If you have any questions about this, please contact angela@educatemaine.org.

Audience, additional information: Tech Night is a MSF Showcase event, and is open to middle school students (grades 5-8) from across the state of Maine, and will take place on Friday, March 15th, 2019, from 4:30pm-7:00pm, at the Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor.

The 5th Annual Maine Science Festival is March 13-17th, 2019.

Questions about Tech Night? Please contact angela@educatemaine.org.

Submit your proposal to present a workshop

Mar.
16

Event: hackME (Hackathon event for Maine High Schools)
Time: 8:00am-8:00pm
Location: Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105

Summer Camps in Digital and Computing Tech

Maine School of Science and Math: Summer Camps — In Limestone. “The MSSM Summer Camp program provides an opportunity for campers to exchange ideas and experiences with like-minded peers and an enthusiastic and dedicated staff who share their passion for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.”

Maine Robotics: Build Your Own Computer Camp — In Portland, Falmouth, Augusta, and Bangor. Have you ever wondered what all the parts of a desktop computer do? How a computer is put together, configured, and setup to run? This camp is for youth, ages 12 to 16 who want to build and test their own computer.

The Maine Game Summer Camp — In Bangor. “We make video games, let us show you how. We make games like Hearthstone, Crossy Road, Angry Birds and Kerbal Space Program using the Unity game engine and through C# code and 3DS Max.”

Maine Media Workshops — In Rockport. Participants will get an introduction into making a real-time “level design” in the game software Unreal Engine®. This high-end game-making software allow students to create a first person world from their own imagination and build playable games in the game engine.

Computing & IT Groups

Maine Technology Users Group MTUG brings together interested individuals in the Maine computer networking and telecommunications industries for education, information, and networking. 

Tech Maine TechMaine’s goal is to provide a platform to highlight the exchange of news, events, and information for Maine technology professionals, technology oriented businesses, and those reliant on technology.

Computing & Digital Meetups

Code for Maine — Meets every week on Tuesdays.Code for Maine is the local affiliate of Code for America. Code for America enlists the talent of the web industry into public service to use their skills to solve core problems facing our communities.”

Hack Portland — Meets in Portland every week on Tuesdays. “What’s a hacker? Someone who likes to know how stuff works — someone who likes to take stuff apart, someone who likes to tweak, fiddle and mess around.”

Maine Hacker Club — Meets in Bangor every 2 weeks on Tuesdays and Thursdays. “The goal of the group is to establish a cross generational technical community in central and northern Maine.” 

Maine WordPress Meetup  Meets in Westbrook on the third Wednesday every 2 months. “This is a group for people interested in WordPress. If you’re interested in WordPress, let’s get together and meet each other, talk, teach things to each other, and explore the community!”

Portland iOS Developer Network — “We’ll be meeting to share discoveries, opportunities, quandaries, and solutions relating to development for Apple iPhone and iPad.”