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Breakthrough Gathers Community for Engaging Conversation on STEAM Education with Congressman Kennedy

Published: 07-Dec-2015


On December 4, over 160 of Greater Boston's educators, elected and school officials, and Breakthrough supporters gathered at Google for the 8th Annual Breakthroughs in Education, featuring an expert panel discussion on STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) Education moderated by Congressman Joe Kennedy III.

Over the course of the event, Breakthrough's guests:

1. Engaged in a conversation about educational equity and STEAM learning.

Our four panelists shared their approaches for engaging young people in STEAM education, and their insights on scaling such strategies to all students.

2. Heard from Congressman Joe Kennedy III about his work in advocating for STEAM education for all students in Massachusetts. 

3. Celebrated excellence in teaching with the presentation of the Elizabeth D. Hodder Award.

Breakthrough presented the Hodder Award to Austin Young, a three-time Teaching Fellow and senior at Arizona State University. The audience witnessed a heartfelt tribute from two of Austin's past Breakthrough students, Ruth and Mohamed.

4. Raised over $90,000 to support educational equity in Greater Boston through Breakthrough's effective, research-based college access and teacher training programs.

We especially would like to thank our event sponsors, event hosts, and individual supporters for their shared commitment to Breakthrough's mission.

A glimpse of the 8th Annual Breakthroughs in Education:
Guests mingling at the Breakthroughs in Education reception, generously hosted by Google. 


At our reception, guests had the opportunity to experience for themselves the STEAM work our panelists use everyday with their students. Pictured here: Panelist Ed Moriarity from MIT and Breakthrough student Zoe engage guests with a project from the Edgerton Center's "The Saturday Thing." 


Breakthrough was honored to have Congressman Joe Kennedy III moderate our panel. Congressman Kennedy is the Honorary Co-Chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council for Massachusetts. Pictured left to right: Breakthrough Board Chair Lissa Hodder, Breakthrough Executive Director Elissa Spelman, Congressman Kennedy, Breakthrough 10th grade students Mohamed and Ruth. 


Congressman Kennedy takes a moment to catch up with Breakthrough students and learn about their experience. Breakthrough students 


Ruth and Mohamed presented the 4th Annual Elizabeth D. Hodder Award for Teacher Excellence to Austin Young, three-time Breakthrough Teaching Fellow and Arizona State University class of 2016. Here, they reflect on how Austin's teaching impacted their lives and excitement for learning. 


Breakthrough's 2015 Panelists shared their thoughts, experiences, and insights for inspiring all young people to get excited about STEAM learning. Pictured from left to right: Dr. Chris Rogers, Tufts University; Dr. Shaundra Daily, University of Florida; Dr. Amon Millner, Olin College; Ed Moriarty, MIT.







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