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U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III Takes STEM Tour to Museum of Science

October 19, 2013

In August Representative Joe Kennedy III (D-MA) stopped at the Museum of Science, Boston on his Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Tour of Massachusetts, highlighting the state's leadership in STEM education and workforce development. Guided by Museum education vice president Paul Fontaine, Kennedy (photo right) learned about the Museum's approach to science and technology education through the National Center for Technological Literacy® (NCTL®). After a sneak peek at the Hall of Human Life opening November 16, the Congressman watched as young visitors tackled a Design Challenge, building model sailboats, and tested computer animation interactives for the upcoming Science of Pixar exhibit.

In his online newsletter later, he said that his Museum visit "drove home the importance of informal education in our STEM efforts" and "the importance of creativity and interactive experience in engaging kids." Surprised at "how active the museum is in formal, curricular development across the Commonwealth," he said that the Museum has "truly set the bar in its commitment to STEM." Kennedy plans to take the state's "nation-leading STEM practices and policies" back to Washington.

Kennedy serves as honorary chair of Governor Deval Patrick's STEM Advisory Council and is a member of the House Committee on Science and Technology and the Congressional STEM Caucus. With Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY), Kennedy introduced the Educating Tomorrow's Engineers Act in June. The legislation aims to strengthen STEM education in K-12 schools by increasing student involvement in engineering, giving instructors tools and support, enabling schools to direct more resources toward such a curriculum, and supporting federal research in K-12 engineering.

Kennedy will be a keynote speaker at the state's 10th STEM Summit for business, government, and education leaders November 13 in Foxboro, Mass. The NCTL will host sessions on three of its programs: Engineering is Elementary®, Engineering Adventures, and the Gateway Project, which has been endorsed by the STEM Advisory Council as a model of districtwide K-12 STEM reform.

The Museum of Science, Boston

  1 Science Park, Boston, MA 02114  phone: 617-723-2500