About the Program
The LIFT2 program, now in its 15th year, places committed teachers into paid externships in companies in STEM fields so they can experience first-hand what careers might look like for their students. Through their job experiences, and a companion project-based learning course, these teachers develop the skills and insights to make their teaching come alive in order to inspire their students. Over the course of a year, each teacher in the LIFT2 program might influence 100 to 400 students, and over a career they may touch the lives of 5,000 to 10,000 future employees.
We are currently seeking sponsors for the summer 2018 program. Sponsors interested in hosting an Extern should contact Katie Clarke directly.
Why is this program important for your company?
Massachusetts, and the rest of the country, face a severe shortage of college graduates prepared to enter STEM fields. Middle and high school teachers are the most influential in encouraging students, in particular females and minorities, to pursue STEM careers. These teachers' influence depends on the degree to which they can engage their students in real world applications of their learning and raise their students' awareness about the exciting possibilities available in the scientific, technical and engineering fields. By exposing teachers to real world experiences through the LIFT2 program, your corporations will help inspire more students to pursue creative and rewarding STEM careers.
Thanks for a great opportunity. It really has helped to change my approach towards my instruction.
I felt that it was helpful for the technical staff to include the teacher into the engineering group. It helped them
reflect on work and see how the roots of the technology are shared with students and how that can be done most effectively.
My classroom has become much more interactive and I feel like students are taking ownership of their material instead of just copying notes and trying to do learning just for learning sake. The students enjoy learning to solve a problem that could be found in the world instead of just studying because that is what other people have done before in similar classes."
Drawing from this experience will help me in teaching perseverance in all subjects. Also, I learned a lot about how the technologies that 12 year olds frequently use are designed and how they work. This will make my material much more memorable for the students."
The real world connection was the most valuable aspect of the program as it provided me more insight into a career in the STEM industry. I look forward to sharing my experience with my students."