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UMass Lowell’s TEAMS Academy Holds Graduation


* M E D I A   A D V I S O R Y *

High-Schoolers Complete Technology, Engineering, Math and Science Program

Wednesday, June 11, 2008

4 to 5:15 p.m.

WHAT:  Approximately 32 students from area high schools who have participated in the year-long TEAMS Academy will mark their successful completion of the program with a graduation celebration at UMass Lowell. Faculty, students and families are scheduled to participate. Participating school districts include Andover, Bedford, Billerica, Chelmsford, Dracut, Haverhill, Lawrence, Littleton, Lowell, Methuen, Reading Tewksbury and Tyngsboro.

Students who attended TEAMS Academy spent 90 minutes each morning in college-level technology, engineering, math and applied science courses before completing their regular school day. This was the first year for TEAMS, through which high-schoolers studied subjects including environmental biotechnology, interactive robotics, engineering design, and assistive technology and electronics. The hands-on courses were developed in collaboration with UMass Lowell professors and taught by high-school faculty. Designed to encourage students to pursue careers in technology, engineering, math and science, participants have the chance to explore subject areas in a depth they wouldn’t normally be able to until their junior or senior year of college.

Tomorrow’s graduation celebration will include students demonstrating their technology projects, the presentation of diplomas and speakers including Chancellor Marty Meehan, Sen. Steve Panagiotakos, Vice Provost for Graduate Education Donald Pierson, Interim Dean of the Graduate School of Education Anita Greenwood and TEAMS Coordinator Donald Rhine, a Tyngsboro High School physics teacher.

WHERE:  Smith Hall lawn, UML North, One University Ave., Lowell. Parking will be available for members of the media; contact the Office of Public Affairs for details.

For more information, contact or 978-934-3224