National Science Foundation selects Worcester as “incubator” city

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Assumption education majors already enjoy the benefits of pursuing a teaching career in Worcester, Massachusetts, with a vibrant public school district that includes 44 schools and some 23,000 students. The second-largest city in New England also hosts a number of private schools, providing a number of opportunities for education majors to fulfill student-teaching requirements.

For those interested in teaching elementary or secondary science and/or the arts, you’ll be excited to learn that Worcester has been selected by the National Science Foundation as one of three incubator cities for a new initiative that seeks to integrate the arts into a national effort to encourage careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

The National Science Foundation project will be centered at Worcester’s Ecotarium, a private, non-profit institution founded in 1825 to “foster discovery in nature and science.”

Across the United States, funders, reformers and educators debate the value of adding an “A” for arts to STEM (i.e., science, technology, engineering, math) initiatives. An infographic titled “Why Half is Not Enough,” illustrates why right and left-brain strengths can work together to empower scientific inquiry.

This Worcester-wide project will seek to spark creativity in science education and address a civic challenge: making alternative transportation viable for the greater Worcester area.

Worcester was selected by the National Science Foundation over many larger competitive cities for its, “enormous energy, creativity, and commitment.” Once a predominately industrial area, today Worcester is building a cleaner economy, powered in part by its 13 colleges and some 30,000 resident college students.

That demographic, according to the National Science Foundation, makes Worcester particularly well-suited to a more design-driven approach to scientific discovery and solutions.

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