Your help could further MMSA’s vision of a brighter STEM future for the State of Maine and the nation. Today, I ask you to support MMSA and become a part of the movement to support exciting new ways for our youth to learn about science, technology, engineering, and math.
MMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist
Kate Cook is a STEM Education Specialist at Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance, where she supports formal and informal educators in effectively engaging learners in high quality STEM learning experiences. She is particularly passionate about supporting educators and educational leaders in developing the necessary skills and knowledge to engage students in three-dimensional science learning.
Prior to joining MMSA in April 2019, Kate taught high school life sciences at a STEM school in Ohio and undergraduate and graduate education courses as an Assistant Professor at Thomas College. Kate has also been involved in a number of STEM initiatives and projects including NGSX, NextGenStorylines, and OpenSciEd. She has served as a consultant for a variety of organizations including the Teaching Channel and the Dayton Regional STEM School Training Center.
Kate currently serves as a member on the board of the Maine Science Teachers Association (MSTA) and the Western Maine Play Museum.
Kate earned a B.A. in Neuroscience and Music History/Theory from Oberlin College, an M.S.Ed. in Secondary Science Education from Northwestern University, and an Ed.D. in Organizational Studies (Learning Organizations) from Wright State University.
In her free time, Kate likes to spend time with her family and dogs in the outdoors, particularly if it involves being on a mountain (hiking or skiing)!
Phone: (207) 626 3230
Email: all emails are first initial last name at mmsa.org
Wagh, A., Cook Whitt, K., & Wilensky, U. (2017). Bridging inquiry-based science and constructionism: Exploring the alignment between students tinkering with code of computational models and goals of inquiry. Journal of Research in Science Teaching, 54(5), 614-641. doi:10.1002/tea.21379
Todd, A., Romine, W. L., & Cook Whitt, K. (2017). Development and validation of the learning progression-based assessment of molecular genetics in a high school context. Science Education, 101(1), 32-65. doi:10.1002/sce.21252