Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC), was the keynote speaker at the Maine School of Science and Mathematics’ (MSSM’s) second annual STEM—also known as science, technology, engineering and mathematics—Collaborative Educators’ Camp. As the keynote speaker, Hrabowski discussed his journey toward becoming a leader in STEM education in the United States and his insights on effective and innovative STEM teaching and learning.
The annual camp is a week-long professional development program for STEM teachers and administrators currently working with grades six through 12 students. Thanks to an anonymous donation through the Maine Community Foundation, the STEM Collaborative Educators’ Camp is free for all Maine participants.
Educators participate in three week-long, immersive courses and have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers from across the state. The goal is to form a network of educators vested in improving STEM teaching and learning for students in Maine’s schools.
Hrabowski has served as president of UMBC since 1992. In 2008, he was named one of “America’s Best Leaders” by U.S. News and World Report. Time Magazine also named Hrabowski one of “America’s 10 Best College Presidents” in 2009, and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.
In his remarks to Maine STEM leaders, Hrabowski stressed the need for educators to create an environment that encourages collaboration and communication among students so they can best leverage their creativity. His entire address is available above or here on YouTube.