Commissioner’s Update – May 30, 2013

From the Commissioner

Yesterday, Governor LePage and I celebrated our nationally competitive robotics teams and students who have received recognition at the national level for their accomplishments in science, technology, engineering and mathematics – known as STEM.

Maine should be proud of these innovative student leaders who received the Governor’s Promising STEM Awards. Robotics teams from schools in Auburn, Brewer, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth, Mount Desert Island and Oakland were honored, as were Maine’s delegates to the 2013 National Youth Science Camp (Ryanne Daily – John Bapst Memorial High School and Keylsey Burke – Dirigo High School); the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair (Mary Butler – Bangor High School,  and Meagan Currie and Harry Pershing – Greely High School); and the National Stockholm Junior Water Prize (Nathan Dee – Bangor High School).

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Governor LePage and Commissioner Bowen speak to school robotics teams.Governor LePage and Commissioner Bowen honor Maine’s robotics teams during a State House ceremony. | More

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Governor LePage, Education Commissioner Bowen and business leaders recognize Maine’s nationally competitive robotics teams, STEM students at State House ceremony

AUGUSTA – Maine’s nationally recognized robotics teams and STEM student leaders were honored by Governor Paul R. LePage and Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen this morning in a ceremony that reinforced the need for students to better develop the skills that will make them – and Maine – competitive in a global economy. | More

Mount Desert Elementary honored with Maine’s first top health excellence award

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School academies provide customized learning in Belfast

When I visited Troy Howard Middle School on Thursday as part of the tail end of my Promising Practices Tour, I was impressed by the school’s two-year academy system that puts students first by placing them in one of three academies based on their learning styles. By Stephen Bowen | More

New Center for Best Practice case study features RSU 20

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MLTI next generation transition updates

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State science fair winners compete for international STEM awards

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