MMSA Publications

MMSA Publications – publications written by MMSA staff that MMSA has released to move the dialogue of STEM education forward. This includes, white papers, reports, etc.

Computer Science Education in Maine in 2017
Thomas E. Keller
Year: 2018
This paper reports the progress made in MMSA’s programs focused on computer science since the May 2017 Exploring Computer Science Education in Maine: 2014-2017 white paper (see Much background is discussed in that paper that will not be repeated here. This paper was prepared to record the great deal of activity in computer science education that has occurred recently.

The state of Maine K-12 science and mathematics preservice education 2010-2015
Thomas E. Keller
Year: 2018
This analysis focuses on teachers of science and mathematics such as general elementary teachers, secondary life science teachers, secondary physical science teachers, and secondary mathematics teachers.

Bringing Family Code Night to Maine
Stefany Burrell
Year: 2018
In the fall of 2017, The Reach Center, a program of Maine Mathematics & Science Alliance (MMSA), brought Family Code Night (FCN) to Maine. This paper discusses in great detail how MMSA involved 83 community organizations across the entire state in our Family Code Night effort during Computer Science Education Week, December 4-8.

Year: 2017
Publisher: Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Although there were scattered efforts around computer science education in K-12 schools in Maine, no systemic effort was undertaken until 2014. Prior to that time, courses were taught in computer programming, web design, computer repair, and similar topics, largely in a few high schools and Career and Technical Education Centers.

A Directory of Maine STEM Competitions and Challenges
Stefany Burrell
Year: 2015
Publisher: Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
The Reach Center at MMSA, in an effort to help teachers and parents be better informed on opportunities for youth, has created a directory of Maine STEM competitions and challenges. This particular document lists those challenges and competitions that are judged and have culminating events here in Maine. We hope to create a web-based system of these but at present the best sources of information are this directory and the Maine STEM Resource Bank (

Sue Allen and Rick Bonney
Year: 2012
Publisher: National Research Council
Recent work in the informal science education (ISE) field has begun to systematically categorize aspects of learning in a variety of ways. Most notable are the “Framework for Evaluating Impacts of Informal Science Education” and “Learning Science in Informal Environments.” This article compares and analyzes these.

Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
Year: 2011
Publisher: Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance
A collection of reflections of teachers involved in the Earth as a System Is Essential (EaSiE) project.

Seeing the Forest Through the Trees
Dr. Francis Eberle and Lynn Farrin
Year: 2005
Publisher: Maine Mathematics and Science Alliance

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