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Terms of Participation

By creating accounts on STEMnet users of the STEMnet website and participants in the programs hosted on the STEMnet agree to the following terms.

Volunteer policies and procedures

Volunteers should understand the core mission of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) : To bring the voice of business to support high standards, rigorous assessments, and strong accountability in K-12 education and to demonstrate the connection between achievement in school and success in the workplace, in college life and in life. Volunteers are encouraged to share their own education and workplace experiences with teachers and students they engage with in programs hosted on the STEMnet.

The purpose of these policies is to provide overall guidance to volunteers. These policies are intended to provide a clear description of volunteer responsibilities and ensure volunteers give information to students in an appropriate manner. The role of the volunteer is to help raise student awareness of the important connection between achievement in school and success in the workplace and in life. In addition, volunteers motivate students to take learning seriously and begin planning their futures.

Standards, responsibilities and student engagement

  • Follow through with the commitment to visit classrooms
  • Present information received in training to protect the integrity and mission of the MBRT.
  • Do not use foul language of make references to drugs or other illegal activities
  • Do not physically touch a student; (handshakes are acceptable)
  • Do not contact students directly in any way (via email, phone or in person)
  • Do not talk negatively about any race, religion or gender
  • Encourage the students with positive words at all times  
  • With everything you say or do remember your purpose is to better the students
  • Remember that students remember every word, phrase, statement and story you tell them
  • Arrive at each school 20 minutes before your scheduled presentation. Report to the school office first.
  • Being late is unacceptable and reflects upon your employer.
  • If you have an unavoidable conflict or an emergency. You must contact someone.
  • Do not accept payment of any kind 


  • Please arrive at the schools dressed as if you were attending a meeting at work. Once again you are representing yourself , your employer and MBRT.


  • Any violations reported about a volunteer will be documented and the volunteer will be notified as such. As an organization we really appreciate our volunteers and their dedication to students across the state of Maryland. 


  • All content users share on the STEMnet become available to other users within the STEMnet.  No claims of individual ownership are implied or protected.  Users of the STEMnet agree to post only content which they have expressed rights to do so. 



Responsibility for STEMnet website

This website is the responsibility and property of the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT), a not-for-profit charitable organization.

Founded in 1992, the Maryland Business Roundtable for Education (MBRT) is a coalition of more than 100 leading employers that have made a long-term commitment to support education reform and improve student achievement in Maryland. MBRT works to achieve meaningful, measurable and systemic improvement in schools and student achievement. We believe the keys to this improvement are high standards, rigorous assessments, and strong accountability. We have identified the most compelling issues that need to be addressed, and targeted our involvement where we can be most effective. Our objectives are ambitious, but we are convinced that their achievement will result in a brighter future for Maryland -- its business, its citizens, and its children.

The MBRT is a 501(c)(3) organization. Contributions are tax exempt. Current financial statements are available upon request. Information on the MBRT may be obtained from the Secretary of State for the cost of copies and postage.

Please contact us with any questions or concerns.