The annual Massachusetts STEM Summit promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development from early childhood through adulthood. Now in its 13th year, the Summit convenes the state’s educators, business leaders, policymakers, parents, students, and others to share strategies, initiatives, collaborations, and ideas.
For the 2016 Summit, we will focus on “Building a Lifetime of Opportunity”. The stimulation and nurturing of curiosity and enthusiasm for STEM can begin in the earliest years of life and then be built upon and sustained over the course of a lifetime. Opportunities for this development abound in formal and informal education settings at all ages and levels, through the pursuit of personal interests, through educational and career choices, and in workplace activities. Our theme similarly refers to the wide variety of workforce and economic opportunities that arise not only from, but for, a strong STEM-inspired population. The discussion of these opportunities and sharing of successful programs and activities through presentations, exhibits, and networking will be the foundation of this year’s Summit. Attendees should bring their expertise and, just as importantly, their curiosity about STEM to Worcester in November.
In addition to a full slate of diverse and exciting breakout sessions and exhibits offered throughout the day, we are proud to announce an engaging roster of plenary speakers including in the morning: Kelli Wells, Executive Director for Education at the GE Foundation will share some exciting STEM plans GE has as it relocates its world headquarters to Boston; and Youth CITIES Founder and Executive Director Vicky Wu Davis along with several students will describe how this innovative program helps youth develop entrepreneurial skills and mindsets. At the Luncheon Plenary: This year's "The Hall at Patriot Place" 2016 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year will be introduced and then we'll hear all about the groundbreaking, Massachusetts-based, iRobot® Corporation from its co-founder and CEO, Colin Angle.
The Summit will be hosted once again by the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, and the UMass Donahue Institute and will be supported by generous contributions from a broad array of public and private organizations invested in the economic vitality of the state, including businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and non-profit entities.
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