Gloucester High School students CJ Mustone (right) and Brandon Henry (left) describe their engineering projects to Eric Mears ‘80. Photo: DUE

Gloucester High School students CJ Mustone (right) and Brandon Henry (left) describe their engineering projects to Eric Mears ‘80. Photo: DUE

For the last several months, a collaboration between the Gloucester Public School system, the Gloucester Education Foundation, and the MIT Edgerton Center has explored fresh ways to engage students in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) through new curriculum,  professional development, student programs, and interaction with MIT alumni volunteers.

According to a newsletter released by MIT’s Dean of Undergraduate Education (DUE) this spring, the collaboration has been a huge success.

“Imagine being a sixth grader with an MIT graduate at your side helping you build your very own rocket launcher, underwater robot, or  boat from scratch,” wrote Amanda Gruhl in the newsletter. “This fantasy is becoming a reality for many Gloucester students thanks to [the partnership].”

Indeed, during one reception to promote the program, Gloucester High physics teacher Kurt Lichtenwald reportedly told attendees how proud he was that several of his students who were previously uninterested in science had developed new fascinations with robotics since teaming up with the MIT alums.

The group is still looking for alums who would like to volunteer. For more information, send an email to Amanda Gruhl, Edgerton Center Alumni Coordinator.