History

Background

In 2004, following the U.S. Department of Education’s National Summits on Mathematics and Science, Massachusetts launched the nation’s first statewide STEM Summit. The event convened leaders and practitioners from the state’s education, business, and government sectors, all dedicated to promoting a STEM literate workforce and citizenry across the Commonwealth. Through stimulating plenary speakers, diverse topical interest panel sessions, and opportunities for networking the Massachusetts STEM Summit has grown into an annual opportunity for sharing innovative ideas, discussing groundbreaking policies and strategies, and celebrating the tremendous ongoing work taking place at all levels of education and workforce development throughout the state.

At the 2010 Massachusetts STEM Summit, the Governor's STEM Advisory Council unveiled the Commonwealth’s first Statewide STEM Plan. This plan was grounded in a synthesis of research conducted by subcommittees to the STEM Council, and represented a new stage in the advancement of the Commonwealth’s STEM agenda. In 2013, the Summit celebrated its 10th anniversary, with over 1,300 educators, business leaders and policymakers in attendance. Congressman Joseph Kennedy, Honorary Co-chair of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council, helped present an update to the Massachusetts STEM Plan.Building off another successful 2014 event in it's first year in Worcester, the 2015 Summit returned to the DCU Center and saw a record number of over 1,400 attendees. It included a dynamic exhibit hall featuring 90 displays highlighting diverse STEM projects from across the Commonwealth, alongside exhibits of our generous sponsors. The 2015 theme was “Promising Practices, Proven Results” and the day focused on the “how” of STEM. Whereas previous Summits focused on defining STEM (the “what”) and making the case for its critical importance (the “why”), many professionals from all aspects of the STEM pipeline attended the 2015 Summit primarily to learn about successful approaches, models, tools, curricula and other products. 

The 2016 Summit's focus was on “Building a Lifetime of Opportunity”. The theme revolved around 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.

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Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council

The Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council is led by co-chairs Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III and Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, Chief Executive Officer of Vertex. The STEM Advisory Council serves as a vehicle for STEM advocates from the public and private sectors to inform and advance the state’s agenda relative to STEM education and the connection to the workforce.

The STEM Advisory Council commenced its work in 2010 focused on expanding the understanding of the importance of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics education. In 2015, the STEM Advisory Council refined its work. The Council has named expanding access to work-based learning opportunities in STEM fields; developing strong models of STEM Early College Career Pathways; and broadening access to computer science and engineering programs as key priority areas. In addition the STEM Advisory Council outlined key principles for its work, including focusing on communities with high concentrations of low-income students, particularly students in middle grades, and ensuring high-quality instruction.

Working with educators, legislators, and business and community leaders, the Council seeks to promote the importance of these essential disciplines while also incentivizing the development and spread of best practices that enhance students’ successful preparation for entry into the 21st Century workforce.

For more information visit: www.mass.edu/stem

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