The Hutchinson Center is developing opportunities to engage middle and high school students in learning by inquiry in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology.  Our goal is to encourage students’ aspirations in STEM, build inquiry and data literacy skills, and familiarize young students with the wonder and thrill of undertaking guided open-ended investigations.  One group of homeschoolers is currently investigating the local water quality and storm water management, working with the SMART (Stormwater Management And Research Team) Program, sponsored by the UMaine School of Engineering, and mentored by  Susan Therio, Adjunct Chemistry Instructor. Hutchinson Center science staff offer professional development workshops in Data Literacy for middle and high school science teachers, in partial collaboration with the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. During 2017 we are partnering with the UMaine Climate Change Institute in an exhibit of artwork and photographs by UMaine climate researchers, June 16 to Sept. 29.The Hutchinson Center’s vision is to inspire students in STEM learning and acquaint them with local University faculty and campus facilities early and often.

CHY Class
Hutchinson Center Chemistry Lab