Head Start on Engineering Team

Head Start on Engineering is an ongoing partnership between TERC, Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Head Start, University of Notre Dame Center for STEM Education, and Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI).

Current Project Leadership Team

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Scott Pattison, TERC
Smirla Ramos-Montanez Headshot
Smirla Ramos Montañez, TERC
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Verónika Núñez, OMSI
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Annie Douglass, OMSI
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Julie Allen, MHCC Head Start
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Cynthia Smith, MHCC Head Start
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Gina Svarovsky, University of Notre Dame

About TERC

TERC is a nonprofit made up of teams of math and science education and research experts dedicated to innovation and creative problem solving. At the frontier of theory and practice, TERC’s work encompasses research, content and curriculum development, technology innovation, professional development, and program evaluation. TERC has a passion for social justice and strives to create level playing fields for all learners, reaching more than three million students every year. To learn more, please visit www.terc.edu.

About Mt. Hood Community College Head Start

Head Start is a national program designed to help low-income families with children 0 through 5-years-old foster healthy development and school readiness. Families are eligible to participate if their household income is below the federal poverty line, they receive state or federal income-based public assistance, or they are classified as homeless. Mt. Hood Community College (MHCC) Head Start serves over 1300 families across 24 locations in the Portland, Oregon metro region. Their services include comprehensive preschool and childcare programs, home visits, parent and child activities, health screenings, meals, transportation, and volunteer and parent involvement opportunities.

About the Notre Dame Center for STEM Education

The Notre Dame Center for STEM Education was founded in 2013 with the vision of being a premier, transformative center that engages in scholarly research and professional formation in order to advance the teaching and learning of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. The Center believes that all young people deserve a high-quality STEM education in order to shape their own futures and those of the communities in which they live.

About the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry

Founded in 1944, the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry (OMSI) is one of the nation’s leading science museums with an international reputation in science education. The organization’s mission is to inspire curiosity by creating engaging science learning experiences for students of all ages and backgrounds. They are dedicated to helping people build the confidence and skills they need for whatever the future holds through hands-on, high-quality learning experiences in the museum, resident camps, and the statewide science education program.


My daughter has started asking how everyday things operate, which she wasn’t doing before we started the program. Now she’s into trying to figure out how everything works and why things are built certain ways.”

– Head Start parent