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Mar 15 STEM Special Interest Group Event – How to fund a STEM Lab in 100 easy steps

Mar 15 STEM Special Interest Group Event – How to fund a STEM Lab in 100 easy steps

Speaker: Lynne Bermudez, President, Masconomet Educational Foundation


Funding for science, technology, engineering and mathematics education (STEM) is one of the most active and growing fields of philanthropy. The U.S. Department of Commerce estimates that jobs in STEM will grow 17 percent by 2018 – nearly double the growth for non-STEM fields. By 2018, the U.S. will have more than 1.2 million unfilled STEM jobs because there will not be enough qualified worker to fill them.

As research shows that early moments of inspiration and engagement in hands-on science and technology play a huge role in moving students on the path to STEM careers, schools wrestle with how to adjust course to prepare their students. In a time of shrinking budgets and escalating costs, many schools do not have the resources necessary to modify their curriculum to provide students with the equipment, coursework, and learning environment that will prepare them for the rigors of a collegiate STEM major or to move directly into a STEM job.

Our guest speaker, Lynne Bermudez, will share how she and her organization stepped up and ramped up – to build the resources, excitement, and community commitment needed to raise $300,000 to construct and equip a STEM Lab for Masconomet in under two years.


NSTC Office – Suite 224-F
100 Cummings Center
Beverly MA 01915

Date and Time

Begins: 03/15/2016 06:00 PM
Ends: 03/15/2016 08:00 PM

Speaker: Lynne Bermudez

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Lynne Bermudez, President – Masconomet Educational Foundation

Lynne Bermudez is President of Masconomet Education Foundation, a non-profit 501(c)(3) education foundation dedicated to funding initiatives to promote educational excellence and innovation within the Masconomet Regional School District serving the Boxford, Middleton, and Topsfield communities. She took over the foundation in July, 2014 and to date, has increased revenues seven-fold, doubled the size of the volunteer team, created a major new annual fundraising event, and computerized organization records. In addition, she spearheaded a new fundraising initiative to construct and equip a new STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) Lab by the Fall of 2016 to support expansion of Masconomet’s Middle and High School STEM curriculum. To date, the Masconomet Education Foundation is just $20K shy of reaching their $300,000 goal. Construction of the Lab will begin this summer.

Lynne holds a Master in Business Administration (MBA) in Marketing from Bentley College, and a Bachelor of Applied Science from Boston College, Carroll School of Management. She has a successful career in marketing, operations, strategic planning, and systems development. Prior to her role as President of MEF, she was Director of Religious Education at St. Rose of Lima Parish, revamping the program for 600 students, and as the Executive Director of Product Development for Verizon Yellow Pages, a $1B division of Verizon.

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