UMDPrimes Program

UMass Dartmouth Pre-Introduction
to Math, Engineering and Science
AIA/NDIA Joint STEM Workforce Committee Meeting
June 15, 2010 – Boston College
Donna Edwards
Program Manager, Lockheed Martin. Marion, MA
Renee Lopes-Pocknett
Associate Director, Frederick Douglass Unity House
UMass Dartmouth, North Dartmouth, MA
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Outreach Philosophy
• Education is a major focus of Lockheed Martin’s
community outreach
• Fifty percent of contributions and activities are
geared toward strengthening students’ capabilities
in math and science.
• Corporate focus programs include
– Space Day
– Mathcounts®
– K-12 Mentoring
– National Engineers Week
– Engineers in the Classroom
• Site-specific outreach efforts focus on local needs
Program History
• Started as Pre-NUPRIMES with
Northeastern University in
• Originally developed to help
local minority high school
students explore careers in
engineering, math and science
• Collaboration with UMass
Dartmouth began in 1997
• Over 500 students have
Program Details
• Students must have an interest in engineering, math or
science as a career and must have already completed
or be currently enrolled in Algebra I
• Classes held on Monday evenings throughout school
year at Lockheed Martin for math tutoring by local
teachers and Lockheed Martin engineers
• SAT, MCAS prep also offered
• Additional activities include tutoring by UMass
Dartmouth engineering students, field trips, meetings
with engineers, parent club support group
UMDPrimes is a valuable resource for students who are
considering a career in engineering, math or science
Program Management
• Annual charter signed by Lockheed Martin VP and
GM, UMASS Dartmouth Chancellor
• $25,000 budget provided by Lockheed Martin,
company also provides facilities for classes
• Lockheed Martin provides $500 renewable
scholarship based on grades for students attending
UMass Dartmouth majoring in engineering
• Program run by UMass Dartmouth, Renee LopesPocknett coordinates program activities
• UMass provides end of year student awards:
sweatshirts for all participants, scientific
calculators for graduating seniors
Year-End Stats 2009 – 2010
• 31 students
successfully completed
program this year
• Five seniors graduated,
all will attend college
• Four of the seniors are
pursuing degrees in
Future Plans
• Pursue further collaboration within UMASS
Dartmouth to engage recently established STEM
center; possible collaboration with local
community colleges
• Build a pipeline through other educational
outreach efforts to create awareness with younger
• Stronger outreach/engagement with past students
• Strengthen relationships with local high schools
• Engage other local companies