Summit History


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. Since then, the event has annually 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. With stimulating plenary speakers, diverse topical interest panel sessions, and opportunities for networking, the Massachusetts STEM Summit has become 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.

After a challenging 2020 brought on by the pandemic, the STEM Summit was back with “Inspire A STEM Start”. The event focused on how the STEM workforce has led us through those challenges as well as the pivotal role STEM plays in the future of the workforce in Massachusetts. In the fall of 2020, Massachusetts held its 3rd annual STEM Week, with regional events across the Commonwealth showcasing hundreds of diverse and creative STEM education and workforce development programs.

Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council

The STEM Advisory Council is established by M.G.L. Chapter 6, Section 218 in order to expand access to high-quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth. Members of the Council include individuals from academia, business, government and non-profits who believe in the necessity of a STEM-literate and skilled citizenry ready to meet the needs of a 21st Century workforce. The Council serves as the central coordinating entity to bring together all of the participants from state agencies, the legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved with STEM planning and programming. Learn more about the Council:

In order to sustain economic prosperity and growth, the STEM Advisory Council seeks to build a deeper, more diverse human capital pipeline to fill the growing demand for talent by MA employers, while creating new opportunities for young people and adults to pursue rewarding and productive careers requiring STEM expertise.  Consistent with this purpose, the Council will work with the Administration to align and leverage public programs and resources, while engaging private-sector partners, in order to accelerate progress and achieve maximum impact.

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