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Keverian Students Join
Statewide STEM Week Festivities

   The Keverian School in Everett this week is participating in Massachusetts STEM Week festivities, a comprehensive effort aimed at bringing new, immersive, hands-on STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) curriculum into classrooms. The courses are developed by i2 Learning, a non-profit organization based in New York City and Cambridge.
   “Students are challenged with an authentic problem and given the time and materials to design their own solution,” said EPS Science Director Ann Ritchie.  “That's what STEM Week is all about.  Even as young people, they have ideas that matter.  Experiences like these make them see they too can be engineers.
   During i2 Learning’s STEM Week program, all individual subject-based courses are replaced by a single immersive, interdisciplinary project that students complete during the week. Grade 5 students are investigating ecosystems, while Grade 7 students are learning about energy transfer through building kinetic sculptures.
   “One of the most important aspects of STEM Week is the exposure my students get to the engineering and design process,” said fifth-grade teacher Audrey Agnetta. “This week is about giving them an opportunity to explore STEM in a way they don't often get.”
   Almost 1,000 teachers from all disciplines including English, social studies and art, attended two-day workshops to be trained in the pedagogy of project-based learning as well as the specific course content involved in i2’s STEM courses. Nine Keverian School teachers were among the 40 educators who completed the professional development training that was hosted at Everett High this past August.
   The i2 Learning program seeks to reimagine teaching and learning and introduce and inspire students to the wonders of STEM and STEM related fields. Results of previous i2 Learning STEM Week programs show an increase in students’ interest in STEM as well as an increase in other important 21st century skills such as perseverance and creativity.
   Funding for the program has been generously provided by Vertex Pharmaceutical, MathWorks, The Shah Family Foundation, The Lynch Foundation, The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center, and Spectrum Equity.
   i2 Learning partners with schools and school districts to transform their classrooms into 21st century STEM learning labs. i2 works with a school’s existing teachers to inspire students with week-long and month-long STEM programs that replace regularly scheduled courses. Teachers are prepared with in-person professional development, and i2 provides all necessary materials and supplies.
   Everett students will share their findings and designs with the community at an open house on Friday, Oct. 25 from 9-11:30 a.m.