Pearce Kelley

Pearce KelleyMMSA Title: STEM Education Specialist

Hometown: Lexington, MA

Education: Mechanical Engineering – UMass Lowell

Something you’re proud of at MMSA: The projects we are working on are making an impact in STEM education both in Maine and across the country.

What is your teaching/learning philosophy: You learn best when you embrace the fact that it is ok to fail and view it as a moment for growth.

STEM passion area: I really enjoy outdoor science education. I think it’s a great space to learn hands-on and gives students so much opportunity for growth, creativity, and context. All subjects can benefit from outdoor learning.

What do you like most about your role at MMSA: I enjoy being the support for educators. It’s something I don’t think they get enough of.

Favorite STEM-related memory: Any time I’ve shown a kid something new, that they were hesitant to try, but embraced fully after having the chance to experience it in a setting outside the classroom walls.

What did you do before you worked at MMSA: I taught gardening science to students and adults for an urban agriculture company and I worked for an environmental science camp on their programming, curriculum, and staff training.

What do you like to do in your free time: I love almost any outdoor activity. Most of my time is spent playing ultimate, hiking and camping, gardening, or practicing photography.

What memory from your childhood would you like to share that exemplifies why you do the STEM education related work that you do: There’s so many but I remember distinctly playing outside in the rain as a kid. When the summer storms created a small river we’d build boats and race them down the street. We’d test out different designs and materials to see if we could come up with better models. It was so hands-on and different each time, and an impromptu style of play and learning. Working in STEM education means I get to intentionally work towards creating more moments like that for students.

Pearce’s Bio: Pearce joined MMSA in February of 2021 as a member of the STEMports project team. Originally educated as a mechanical engineer he changed paths to follow a passion for creating learning experiences out in nature. He enjoys enhancing students science experiences by relating problems to the local environment and encouraging students to learn hands-on. Before joining MMSA, Pearce taught gardening science classes to k-12 students in the greater Boston area, designed STEM curriculum for an environmental summer program, and led school groups on overnight educational trips. In his free time he enjoys practicing his photography, playing ultimate, gardening, and any opportunity to hike and camp.

Phone: (207) 626-3230 x141

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