Welcome to the Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance (MMSA)
MMSA develops and applies research and best practices in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. MMSAs special strength is rooted in building relationships among schools, organizations, individuals, and communities to advance STEM education in Maine and the nation.
We support science and mathematics throughout Maine and across the country, in school and outside of school. Offerings include professional development for educators, a diverse portfolio of grant-funded projects in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education, and policy support.
As a leader in STEM education and policy, both in school and outside of school, MMSA is here to work with you to meet your professional development and STEM support needs and to facilitate connections with local, state, and national STEM resources. We have a long history of spearheading innovative initiatives in teacher professional development, creating STEM education programs, and engaging youth and their families in STEM opportunities. MMSA houses the Maine STEM Council and Maine STEM Collaborative, and we partner with many other outstanding organizations on cutting-edge projects to improve STEM education. Our exceptional staff is dedicated to increasing aspirations and improving performance in K-16 education in and out of school in the state of Maine and nationally.
Established in 1992, MMSA has a long history of spearheading innovative initiatives in teacher professional development, creating STEM education programs, and engaging students and their families in STEM opportunities. We partner with outstanding STEM organizations in Maine and across the country on cutting-edge projects to improve STEM education.
Our primary purpose is to enhance science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education for the purpose of raising student aspirations and achievement, so that all students will connect with and become proficient in these content areas.
We are a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Executive Director Ruth Kermish-Allen leads a team dedicated to excellence in STEM education. Our exceptional staff brings a broad and varied background of teaching, curriculum development, experience providing professional development, educational research, and educational policy work.
Key partner organizations and an exceptionally strong network of advisors, experts, and friends greatly expand this expertise and allow our staff to accomplish even more.
Finally, we are leaders in Maine in attracting national and foundation grants, including National Science Foundation, Noyce Foundation, and other key funders who support our work.
In addition to the wide range of professional development we provide, MMSA contributes to innovative research in the area of STEM education, and also provides informative resources online, including a STEM Resource Bank that connects youth and families with engaging experiences in STEM topics.
We invite you to learn more about us and our current projects on this website and to contact us to discuss how we can work together to improve STEM education.
In summary, MMSA stands for leadership in STEM education: Providing educational leadership, promoting educational excellence.