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180 Days in Springfield

180 Days in Springfield, now in its second decade, is a program for beginning teachers interested in teaching in urban settings. It consists of graduate coursework combined with a yearlong teaching assignment in Springfield Public Schools. As a part of their coursework, master’s students create service-learning projects that provide opportunities for middle and high school students to participate in programs ranging from school tutoring to sports clubs, school and community beautification projects and arts-related activities.

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4-coach Mathematics Active Learning Intelligent Tutoring System

4mality is a web-based tutoring system, designed to teach mathematical problem solving and test-taking to third, fourth and fifth grade public school students. Housed on the University server, 4mality is available free of charge to schools and families. 4mality contains mathematical word problems, annotated with hints and feedback to teach a wide range of problem solving strategies to students of various levels of knowledge. 4mality's grade level content is aligned to the Massachusetts Common Core State Standards for Mathematics.

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ABLE4STEM

ABLE4STEM is a dynamic program designed to double the number of Massachusetts students who earn Associate’s and Bachelor’s degrees in STEM fields. This collaboration among the University of Massachusetts, the 15 State Community Colleges, Mass Competitive Partnership and the Governors STEM Advisory Council draws on educators, policy makers, higher education administrators and industry leaders to recruit and prepare students for STEM careers. ABLE4STEM establishes pathways for associate’s degree graduates from community colleges to enter STEM majors at UMass campuses.

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An Exercise Intervention to Prevent Recurrent Gestational Diabetes

The project entitled “An Exercise Intervention to Prevent Recurrent Gestational Diabetes” has the primary goals to investigate the effects of a motivationally-tailored, individually targeted 12-wk physical activity intervention on 1) risk of recurrent Gestational Diabetes Mellitus, 2) serum biomarkers associated with insulin resistance, 3) and the adoption and maintenance of exercise during pregnancy is funded by the National Institutes of Health and being conducted in Springfield.

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Architecture + Design: Design 6 (Design Engagement Studio)

This capstone design studio is offered each Spring as part of the Architecture + Design curriculum. Working with a different community based organization each semester student teams engage in reflective research on sustainability, social engagement and innovative design practices as they respond to a design need defined by the local organization. The projects and proposals that emerge from this studio promote social transformation through innovative design.

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Athletes as Mentors

In this service learning course, UMass athletes mentor youth from the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Holyoke and Girls Inc. The athletes help the boys and girls with their homework, play games and sports with them, and talk to them about the importance of higher education. The youth also come to UMass for campus tours.

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Bay Path College: Microbiology Outreach

John Lopes, Department Head and Professor of Microbiology, regularly does outreach at Bay Path College. On April 17, he was an invited speaker a panel discussion at Bay Path College. The panel discussion was geared towards juniors and seniors from Bay Path College’s life sciences programs (biology, forensics, biochemistry, biotechnology, and neuroscience) and focused on their future in the life sciences with their degree. Representatives from medicine, biotech, grad school, and forensics served on the panel.

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