The annual Massachusetts STEM Summit promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development from early childhood through adulthood. The 13th annual Summit on November 1, 2016 was once again the meeting site for the state’s educators, business leaders, policymakers, parents, students, and others to share strategies, initiatives, collaborations, and ideas.
The 2016 Summit's focus was on “Building a Lifetime of Opportunity”. The theme revolved around the idea that 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. This theme similarly referred 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 were the foundation of this year’s Summit.
The Summit was hosted by the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council, and the UMass Donahue Institute and 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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