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Governor's STEM Advisory Council

About the STEM Council

On October 14, 2009 Governor Deval Patrick signed an Executive Order creating the Governor's STEM Advisory Council Offsite link and appointed Lt. Governor Timothy P. Murray the Chairman. The Lt. Governor’s goal is to ensure that all students are educated in STEM fields, which will enable them to pursue post-secondary degrees or careers in these areas, as well as raise awareness of the benefits associated with an increased statewide focus on STEM.

The Council serves as a vehicle for STEM advocates from the public and private sectors, as well as legislators and educators, to engage in meaningful collaboration with the Governor and Lt. Governor’s Office, the Executive Office of Education and their agencies, the Department of Higher Education, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and the Department of Early Education and Care, the Executive Office of Housing and Economic Development, and the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.

STEM Council Mission

The Council serves as the central coordinating entity to bring together all of the participants and parties from state agencies, the legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved with STEM planning and programming. The Council took a multi-faceted approach in the beginning months starting at the first meeting on January 28, 2010 that began work on drafting a statewide STEM Plan with clearly defined goals and objectives for the next five years, assessing how best to bring to scale the most effective STEM programs in Massachusetts, facilitating the development of activities to fill unmet needs, and providing recommendations for a campaign to build public support across the Commonwealth for the STEM disciplines. The Council's first plan, "A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts' Plan for Excellence in STEM Education - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics" (1 MB PDF), was released on September 28, 2010 at the 7th Annual STEM Summit.

On November 13, 2013, Governor Deval Patrick announced the STEM Plan 2.0, entitled “A Foundation for the Future: Massachusetts’ Plan for Excellence in STEM Education: Expanding the Pipeline for All” (.PDF: 3MB) at the tenth annual Massachusetts STEM Summit at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough.

Working with educators, legislators, and business and community leaders, the Council seeks to promote a greater understanding about the importance of these essential disciplines to students' academic achievement and successful preparation for entry into the 21st Century workforce.

What's New

STEM Advisory Council Lecture Series

The Department of Higher Education and the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council are partnering with Dassault Systèmes to launch a new STEM Council Lecture series beginning Friday, May 2. The inaugural event, hosted by Congressman Joe Kennedy and Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeff Leiden will feature Gary Beach, author of The US Technology Skills Gap: What Every Technology Executive Must Know to Save America’s Future. Beach, publisher emeritus for CIO Magazine and founder of TechCorps, will give a talk on the history of the technology skills gap in America, lessons learned from other economic superpowers and recommendations for the U.S. market. Please see below for details:

When: Friday, May 2nd
3pm - 6pm

Where: Dassault Systèmes
175 Wyman St.
Waltham, MA 02451

This event is free and open to the public.


The next meeting of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council will take place Friday, June 13 at Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute - Quissett Campus in Falmouth from 12pm - 2pm.

The Governor's STEM Advisory Council met on Monday, March 3rd at Massachusetts Green High-Performance Computing Center in Holyoke. The meeting agenda and accompanying materials are available for download below.

>> STEM Council Meeting Agenda 3/3/14 (.PDF)
>> STEM Council Meeting Minutes 3/3/14 (.PDF)
>> Massachusetts STEM Teacher Corps (.PDF)
>> STEM Council Presentation (.PDF)
>> Subcommittee Interest Form (.DOC)
>> Girls Inc. Presentation (.PDF)


If you need more information about the Council and its activities, please contact:

Allison Scheff
Executive Director, STEM
One Ashburton Place, Room 1401
Boston, MA 02108
Phone (617) 994-6935



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