Greater Westfield Chamber of Commerce

Westfield State University to celebrate Massachusetts STEM Week October 18–22

Students from Westfield’s Franklin Avenue Elementary School will participate in campus STEM activities Oct. 20

WHAT:           Westfield State University will celebrate Massachusetts STEM week October 18–22 to boost STEM awareness and interest in education and employment opportunities. Westfield State serves as the lead institution of the Pioneer Valley STEM Network (PVSTEM NET).

WHEN:          The University will engage students from Westfield’s Franklin Avenue Elementary
School in STEM-related activities Oct. 20–22:

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 9:45 a.m.–11:30 a.m., Scanlon Banquet Hall, Westfield State
    - 75 third and fourth graders will use the engineering design process to create their own water filter
  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 9:30–10:30 a.m., Franklin Ave. School
    - 35 second graders will “see themselves in STEM” and will use the scientific process to test the strength of paper towels

  • Friday, Oct. 22, 10:30–11:30 a.m., Franklin Ave. School
    - 35 first graders will “see themselves in STEM” and will use the engineering design process to stop Olaf the snowman from melting

The 2021 Mass STEM Week DEI series: What’s your STEM story? will feature students and professionals sharing their STEM experiences. To register for any event, visit

  • Tuesday, Oct. 19, 3–4 p.m., “Collaboration in Engineering Education with a Focus on Equity and Identity” with Dr. Shakhnoza Kayamova, Chinmay Mahabal, and Eleanor Richard of UMass-Dartmouth

  • Wednesday, Oct. 20, 3–4 p.m., “What is your STEM Story? Paths to interdisciplinary STEM careers” with Dr. Diana Hannikainen, editor, Sky & Telescope magazine, and Dan Augustino, aquarist, Springfield Museums

  • Thursday, Oct. 21, 3–4 p.m., “What is your STEM Story? Student Experiences Navigating an Academic Pathway” Moderated by Jess Levy ’22. Biology, Westfield State University, with Wayne Barnaby, a Westfield State alumnus and doctoral neuroscience student at UMass-Amherst, and Gabriella Wilkerson, an undergraduate student at Wesleyan University

WHERE:        Westfield State Univ., 577 Western Ave., Westfield, Mass., Scanlon Hall (Oct. 20) 


WHO:             Westfield State University representatives and elementary school students from Franklin Ave. School (Oct. 20)


Founded in 1839 by Horace Mann, Westfield State University is an education leader committed to providing every generation of students with a learning experience built on its founding principle as the first public, co-educational college in America to offer an education without barrier to race, gender or economic status. This spirit of innovative thinking and social responsibility is forged in a curriculum of liberal arts and professional studies that creates a vital community of engaged learners who become confident, capable individuals prepared for leadership and service to society. For more information about Westfield State University, visit,, or

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