Education Challenge Blog / Congressman Kennedy Visits Lawrence as part of STEM Tour 2013

Congressman Joe Kennedy recently launched a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Tour of Massachusetts where he has been visiting businesses, schools, and programs across the Commonwealth that highlight the state’s leadership in STEM education and workforce development.

On August 21st, Congressman Kennedy visited SPARK Academy in Lawrence to see the STEM innovation happening in the city. He heard from various Sandbox participants including teachers in our Sandbox Education Challenge such as Orlando Torres (fourth grade teacher at Guilmette Elementary School) and Jamie Maguire and Susan Casey, (third grade teachers at South Lawrence East Elementary School). They talked about the innovations they were creating for their students inside and outside the classroom.



Then Sandbox Accelerator Finalist Karen Mahon talked about her venture Balefire Labs and how it can have a positive impact on STEM education, speficially with apps. Mary Beth Burwood discussed Lowell Sprouts, her Sandbox Catalyst project, and how hands on experience can be a powerful tool in promoting STEM with students.






Also in attendance were key community stakeholders including Jeff Riley, the Superintendent of the Lawrence Public Schools and Desh & Jaishree Deshpande of the Deshpande Foundation.




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Click here to read the Eagle Tribune article!