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New Technology Academy Involves 15 High Schools


LOWELL -- The University of Massachusetts Lowell is launching a new pilot program this semester that will bring students from 15 school districts to campus for an on-site Technology, Engineering and Math-Science Academy (TEAMS).

The Academy will allow academically accelerated high school sophomores to participate in a series of sessions on campus taught jointly by University and high school faculty. 

Working together with area superintendents, the University faculty is working with high school faculty in providing higher level courses than students would have access to at the high school level.   The program has been a collaborative effort led by the University’s deans of Education, Engineering and Sciences.  The idea has been in the planning stages since last October and got an infusion of funding this fiscal year from the State House.

“This pilot is the latest example of the University’s outreach to schools in the region in order to enhance the quality of education,” said Donald Pierson, UML’s dean of Education.

Beginning this October, 270 students participating in the pilot will come to campus for three different sessions.  The program will include workshops exploring alternative energy, crime scene investigation and robotics, among others.  Based on an evaluation of the pilot, the plan is to roll out the program next fall to high school juniors.

The legislature, led by Sen. Steven Panagiotakos, provided funding for the pilot program.

“The University has really stepped up to the plate with The TEAMS Academy.  By bringing University faculty together with high school faculty, UMass Lowell is addressing the high schools’ critical need for math and science teaching,” says Panagiotakos.  “The TEAMS Academy also provides an opportunity to challenge high achieving students with advanced high technology classes. 

“We know that we need to grow our talent in the Merrimack Valley to ensure our kids will capture the jobs of the future ߝ in engineering and nanotechnology and biotechnology.  This project starts our tenth graders on that path to success.  I was pleased the Legislature backed this project with start-up funds,” he says.

The pilot includes students from 15 area cities and towns: Andover, Bedford, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Methuen, North Reading, Reading, Tewksbury, Tyngsboro and Westford. 

UMass Lowell, a comprehensive university with a national reputation in science, engineering and technology, is committed to educating students for lifelong success in a diverse world and conducting research and outreach activities that sustain the economic, environmental and social health of the region. UML offers its 11,000 students more than 120 degree choices, internships, five-year combined bachelor’s to master’s programs and doctoral studies in the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Engineering and Management, the School of Health and Environment, and the Graduate School of Education. .

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