A CASE for STEM
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The campus hosted the CASE Conference for Advancing STEM education, shining a light on green technology, classroom teaching strategies, microbial ecology, climate change, astronomy and much more.
Dr. Arthur Goldstein, dean of the Bartlett College of Science and Mathematics, delivered welcoming remarks to the participants in the conference, which was sponsored by CASE, BSU’s Center for the Advancement of STEM Education.
"As a dean, I spend a good deal of time trying to solve problems, but every now and I you get a chance to do something that is really enjoyable and thrilling, and watching over the creation and evolution of the Center for the Advancement of STEM Education is one of those things for me,” he said.
The dean recalled how when he came to Bridgewater he was quite surprised to find all of the various K-12 outreach projects as vigorous and as successful as they were, but operating independently from each other. This led to the establishment of CASE, a center focused on the teaching of science, technology, engineering and math.
"We care a lot about this and I’m sure that’s obvious,” Dr. Goldstein said. “We care so much because we’re really passionate about science and mathematics and we want to see the next generation of students come through the public school system and into higher education and become scientists and mathematicians and engineers.
He continued: “We believe that is what our country needs and it’s what humanity needs. If we help you do your jobs better, and give you some of the tools that you need to be even more effective than you already are, we know you will touch hundreds of students over the course of your careers.”
The conference included keynote addresses by Allison Scheff, executive director of STEM and the governor’s STEM advisory council for the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education; and Dr. Julie Huber, associate scientist and associate director of the Josephine Bay Paul Center at the Marine Biological Laboratory.
The event also included workshops on a host of topics related to science, technology, engineering and mathematics. (Story and photos by David K. Wilson, ’71, University News)