Approximately 70 people — including middle school and high school teachers, school administrators, University of Maine faculty members and experts on science, technology, engineering and mathematics education, will meet at Point Lookout in Northport Friday, May 13 and Saturday May 14.

Organized by the Maine Physical Sciences Partnership, the summit runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday and 8:45 a.m. to 12 noon on Saturday. A schedule is online at

Maine PSP ( involves the University of Maine, 48 rural Maine schools, three Maine non-profit organizations and state officials working on initiatives aimed at enhancing the teaching and learning of physical sciences in grades 6-9, while also preparing science teachers at UMaine.

The summit will feature a Friday morning presentation by UMaine Professor Susan McKay, the director of the Maine Center for Research in STEM Education (RiSE Center), beginning at 9:15 a.m. A 9:45 to 10:30 a.m. panel discussion will focus on the links between STEM education and economic development in Maine.