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Envision Yourself in STEM During Massachusetts’ STEM Week

September, 2020
  • The Commonwealth's 2020 STEM Week theme is "See Yourself in STEM."
    The Commonwealth's 2020 STEM Week theme is "See Yourself in STEM."

October brings autumn pleasures – crisp air, colorful leaves and pumpkin spiced treats. October is also when STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) becomes the focus for engagement throughout the Commonwealth. And October is also national Manufacturing Month – a great overlap with STEM Week, as Manufacturing is a STEM discipline. There are lots of activities to participate in for people of all ages and interests. Below are a few things to be on the lookout for this month. Students should check their Qmail, as well as social media posts for opportunities to participate in virtual events throughout October.

Mass. STEM Week: October 19 - 23

This year Governor Baker has designated October 19 – 23 as Massachusetts STEM Week, with this year's theme of “See Yourself in STEM." Colleges, school systems, community organizations, museums, libraries and others will be hosting events to engage people of all ages in STEM experiences. Activities include participating in design challenges, attending STEM career panels and accessing video company tours. Most events will be conducted virtually, with some being run real-time (where you can tune in live), while others will be recorded in advance. Many live sessions will also be recorded, with most recordings being made available for use on demand beyond STEM Week.  

QCC is working in partnership with the Central Mass. STEM Network to create STEM career panels in five different STEM career areas that will be widely available to students across Central Massachusetts. "See Yourself in STEM" career panels will highlight a diverse population of STEM professionals in different jobs that require differing levels of education (certificates, degrees, etc.). The panels will be run live via Zoom (one industry area each day during STEM Week) and will also be recorded for later use. The planned areas of focus are:

  • Health careers
  • Engineering/Construction/Environmental career
  • Biomedical/biotech careers
  • Computer Science / IT careers
  • Manufacturing Careers

For more information, visit STEM Week. Events from all over the state are housed on this website. Listings are updated frequently, so check back regularly. 

October is Manufacturing Month

While October 2 is officially National Manufacturing Day, so much activity is planned that the entire month has been designated as National Manufacturing Month. The goal is to raise awareness among students, parents, educators and the general public about modern manufacturing and the rewarding careers available. Since its inception, federal agencies and senior officials have enthusiastically supported Manufacturing Day in countless ways – including official proclamations, factory tours, presentations, and other outreach initiatives. Due to the current pandemic, Manufacturing Day 2020 activities and celebrations will largely take place virtually.

QCC faculty and staff are part of a Massachusetts team that is building a website explaining the many high tech aspects of today’s manufacturing including robotics, artificial intelligence, computer aided design – and highlighting several local manufacturing companies and the types of careers they offer. The website is scheduled to launch for STEM Week. Watch for announcements and a link to the site.

Visit Manufacturing to learn more about the many manufacturing programs available at QCC. 

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