The New England Aquarium is proud to participate in Massachsuetts STEM Week 2019!

STEM, which stands for “Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math,” is all around us and integral to the work we do. We think it’s important to get students excited about STEM, which is why we’re thrilled to participate in the second annual Massachusetts STEM Week!

STEM Week, which takes place October 21-25, 2019, is a statewide effort to boost the interest, awareness, and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities. STEM thinking is important as we consider how to best help protect the blue planet.

At the Aquarium, our STEM professionals keep our exhibits and animals thriving. Our Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life researchers use their STEM skills to save species and habitats and strengthen the overall health of our oceans.

Anderson Cabot Center scientists tagging nurse shark
Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life scientists sampling a nurse shark in the Dry Tortugas.

The problems facing the Earth are too big to take on alone. Saving the planet is a team sport. We need engineers working along statisticians to figure out smart solutions to our planet’s challenges!

Therefore, we are encouraging all young folks to think outside the science you do in school and consider all the cool science happening in the world around you. At the Aquarium, STEM is not just in the research our scientists do in the field. STEM is also in the technology our IT team use to program our exhibit lights, the calculations our animal care staff perform to ensure our animals are fed the correct amount of food, and the massive engineering behind the scenes with our plumbing system getting clean water to all our tanks!

We invite you to “See Yourself in STEM” at the Aquarium by visiting and participating in some special STEM Week activities throughout the building.

kids learning about climate change
Talking climate change in our Blue Planet Action Center!

Educators will have themed pop-up activities occurring in our Blue Planet Action Center after school for students to continue having fun with STEM. This will also include visits from scientists working at the Anderson Cabot Center for Ocean Life and a special STEM Scavenger Hunt throughout the building all week long.

However you participate, we hope you take the chance to appreciate all the cool STEM happening around you… And the folks using it to make the world a better place.