Sixth grade students in Mashpee and Sandwich met with professionals who work in science and technology through a program designed to inspire careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The classroom visits were made through the DIGITS program, a statewide program funded by MathWorks, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education’s STEM Pipeline Fund, Google Community Grant Fund of Tides Foundation and others.
DIGITS, which is available to all public schools in Massachusetts free of charge, wrapped up its fifth year in classrooms at the end of the school year and will be recruiting schools to participate again in the fall for the 2014 - 2015 academic year. Among the 40 STEM ambassadors visiting 6th grade classrooms are employees of the Northeast Fisheries Science Center, Waquoit Bay Research Reserve, and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution.
In addition to having STEM professionals visit classrooms, the program provides a set of online STEM resources that teachers can use to supplement classroom instruction over the course of the academic year.