MSSM Educators’ Camp free thanks to anonymous donor

17 March 2013

LIMESTONE – An anonymous donor at the Maine Community Foundation has pledged $60,000 to cover the full cost of the second annual STEM Collaborative Educators’ Camp, a professional development program for Maine teachers. Thanks to this generous gift, educators of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) who currently work with students in grades 6-12 can attend the week-long summer program free of charge.


MSSM Educators' Camp Course on Integrating Engineering into the Secondary Classroom

"We couldn't be more excited to offer the Educators' Camp again this year thanks to this generous donation,” said Lisa Smith, MSSM’s Outreach Director. “The innovation and insight teachers share with each other not only improves their practice in the classroom but also provides the inspiration needed to tackle a new school year with renewed spirit,” Smith said. 

MSSM’s STEM Collaborative Educators’ Camp began as a pilot program in 2012 and was well received by Maine’s public teaching community. Educators participate in three week-long, immersive courses and have the opportunity to collaborate with teachers from across the state. The goal is to form a network of educators committed to improving STEM teaching and learning for students in Maine schools.

Freeman Hrabowski III, president of the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, will be the keynote speaker. Time Magazine named Dr. Hrabowski one of “America’s 10 Best College Presidents” in 2009 and one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World” in 2012.

The Educators’ Camp will take place July 28-August 2, 2013. Spaces are limited. For more information and to register, please visit

For more information about the Maine Community Foundation, please visit

The Maine School of Science and Mathematics is a tuition-free, public, residential high school that enrolls students from across the state and serves over 500 students each year through its academic and summer offerings. Opened in 1995, the school provides high school students a rigorous, student-centered curriculum that emphasizes the connections between math, science, and humanities, and culminates in opportunities for authentic research. MSSM's summer camps inspire Maine middle school students to explore their passions for science, math, engineering, and technology. MSSM also provides professional development opportunities for teachers throughout the state.

In 2012, U.S. News and World Report ranked the Maine School of Science and Mathematics the 38th best high school out of nearly 22,000 public high schools nationwide, and the 9th best magnet school. 

For more information about MSSM, please visit the school’s website at or contact the Office of Admission at (207) 325-3303.