STEAM Month highlights the work Rhode Island is currently doing to support STEAM education and economic development. Thanks to Governor Raimondo, Rhode Island has launched:
• CS4RI, which made Rhode Island the first state in the nation to offer computer science in every public school;
• PrepareRI, which offers advanced coursework and paid internships in STEAM fields to high school students, including the PrepareRI Youth Apprenticeship Program;
• Middle School Career Exploration Grants, which allow middle school students to explore STEAM curriculum;
• Wavemaker Fellowship, which provides loan forgiveness to recent college graduates in STEAM fields; and
• P-TECH, which allows students to get hands-on job training in high-growth fields, such as STEAM, and graduate with a high school diploma and an associate's degree.
This week, members of the Governor's Cabinet will embark on a series of visits that tout Rhode Island's educational programs, work-based learning opportunities, and workforce development efforts that will support STEAM's continued growth.
The schedule of public events is as follows:
TUESDAY, MARCH 5
Who: Ken Wagner, Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education
What: Classroom discussion with Cybersecurity P-TECH students from Newport Area Career and Technical Center
When: 8:30 a.m.
Where: Community College of Rhode Island
Newport Campus, Room 213
1 John H. Chafee Boulevard, Newport, RI
Who: Scott Jensen, Director, Department of Labor and Training
What: Visit with Woonsocket Youth Center students participating in a Real Jobs Rhode Island training program through the RI Marine Trades Association
When: 4:00 p.m.
Where: Herreshoff Marine Museum
1 Burnside Street, Bristol
Who: Stefan Pryor, Commerce Secretary
What: Meeting with Wavemaker fellows
When: 6:00 p.m.
Where: Apponaug Brewing Company
334 Knight Street, Warwick, RI
WEDNESDAY, MARCH 6
Who: Brenda Dann-Messier, Commissioner of Postsecondary Education
What: Classroom discussion with URI College of Engineering Capstone students. The Commissioner will be joined by Dr. Raymond Wright, URI Dean of Engineering
When: 12:00 p.m.
Where: Schneider Electric
132 Fairgrounds Road, West Kingston
Throughout the month, follow along with STEAM events, resources, and information on social media, using the hashtag, #RISTEAM.