The Massachusetts STEM Summit is an annual statewide event that attracts leaders and practitioners from the state’s education, business and government sectors, all dedicated to promoting a STEM-literate workforce and citizenry. With stimulating plenary speakers, diverse topical interest panel sessions, and opportunities for networking, the 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. Massachusetts has held an annual statewide STEM Summit since 2004.
The 2015 Summit's theme was “Promising Practices, Proven Results”. Whereas previous Summits focused on defining STEM (the “what”) and making the case for its critical importance (the “why”), we found that many professionals from all aspects of the STEM pipeline attend the Summit primarily to learn about successful approaches, models, tools, curricula and other products (the “how”). Thus, we presented the 2015 Summit as a venue for peers to interact and share innovations and ideas.