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  • STEM Week 2018

    Baker-Polito Administration Announces Inaugral STEM Week for Students Across the Commonwealth

    Focus on STEM education during the week of October 22-26, 2018 aimed at sparking student interest and knowledge

    In an effort to boost students’ interest and raise awareness of STEM education, the Baker-Polito Administration will declare a statewide “STEM Week” from October 22-26, 2018, and is asking educators at all grade levels to participate by planning lessons, events, and activities focused on science, technology, engineering and math throughout the week.

    Students from pre-kindergarten through high school and postsecondary institutions will be encouraged to take part in hands-on learning that aligns topics across STEM subjects and connects to other curricula. While STEM Week will be directed toward all students, there will be a particular emphasis on middle and high school students, who are on the verge of thinking about college and careers. High school and middle school students could also take part in internships or informational tours at local companies.

    “While we know that STEM education happens all year long at schools across the Commonwealth, we look forward to the hands-on projects and lessons that will be on display during STEM week next fall,” said Governor Baker. “Creating opportunities for more students to pursue STEM fields after high school will continue to improve our education system, workforce and economy.”

    STEM Week is a collaborative effort with the STEM Advisory Council, which is working to generate interest from the business community for STEM Week activities around the Commonwealth, and foster partnerships with school districts. The state’s Regional STEM Networks are planning and coordinating activities for STEM Week in conjunction with the STEM Advisory Council. Regional STEM networks connect educators, community leaders, and industry partners in order to foster opportunities for students in STEM fields.

    During STEM Week, members of the Baker-Polito Administration and the STEM Advisory Council will visit classrooms and other school-related STEM activities, such as internships, in an effort to showcase successful programs and raise awareness about what is happening in STEM education around the Commonwealth.


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    2018 STEM Summit Call for Sessions and Exhibits

    Submit session and exhibit proposals on this year's theme, "Pipelines to Prosperity"

    The Massachussets STEM Summit will be held on November 14, 2018 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA.

    The theme for this year’s Summit, “Pipelines to Prosperity,” speaks to the multitude of diverse, innovative approaches that seek to nurture curiosity, motivation, and achievement in STEM throughout one’s lifetime. This STEM Pipeline extends from pre-kindergarten through elementary school, secondary school, and out-of-school time, paving the way to STEM pathways into higher education, and ultimately entry to, and advancement in, the STEM workforce. By meeting the growing needs of Massachusetts’ employers for a diverse, talented workforce, the STEM pipeline affords access to rewarding and productive careers and contributes to the promise of continued economic prosperity and growth across the Commonwealth.

    We welcome proposals for sessions and exhibits that explore creative ways in which you are addressing the challenges of engaging individuals in STEM and helping them succeed and progress through the “Pipeline.”

    Proposals for Breakout Sessions and Resource Exhibits may address any of the Summit's topical strands:

    • Early Education
    • Higher Education
    • K-12 Education
    • Workforce and Business

    Guidelines for the preparation and submission of proposals, as well as the proposal forms, can be downloaded from the Summit website.


  • Berkshire-Pioneer Science Engineering Fair 2018

    The Berkshire/Pioneer Valley Network hosted a Science and Engineering Fair at MCLA on March 9, 2018

    More than 60 students took part in the Region 1 High School Science & Engineering Fair held at MCLA and presented their findings to judges

    High school students from Berkshire, Franklin, Hampden and Hampshire counties gathered in the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts gymnasium Friday to vie for a spot in the state science fair and heard from keynote speaker Jeffrey Thomas, founder and executive director of Lever, a startup incubator.

    "STEM was something that you just had to do, and we had to go to science class we had to go to math class," he said. "But as I matured I started to discover the cool things and I realized I was really privileged to get to do STEM and I have had that privilege now my whole life."

    Thomas shared his humble beginnings with the students and said his first lab research job was in high school cleaning out the rat cages. He said sometimes if he was able to finish his work early he could run some experiments in the lab.

    He went on to share his first "dark room moment" in graduate school where he discovered a specific RNA that was both an informational and an activity RNA while developing X-ray film from his research with worms in the dark room.

    "It's a moment in time that I will never ever forget …when I got the clear answer to the question I have been trying to ask," he said. "In that moment … I thought about the fact that I was the only person in the world that knew this piece of that information … I hope you can all have your own darkroom moments at some point."

    Continute reading: Regional Science Fair Draws More Than 60 Budding Scientists– iBerkshires

    Learn more about Berkshire and Pioneer Valley STEM Education:
    Berkshire STEM Network
    Pioneer Valley STEM Network

  • Central MA Science Fest

    Central Massachusetts STEM Network helped sponsor the Central MA Science Festival on April 14, 2018

    Wonders on display delight all ages at the Central Mass. Science Festival

    Riley Foley looked up in amazement as a remote-controlled robot lifted a yellow box and launched it through the air.

    "Woah," the 4-year-old from Leominster yelled, with a big smile.

    The robot, created by Clinton High School students, was on display at the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster as part of 26 exhibits at the Central Massachusetts Science Festival.

    The Clinton students said they plan to bring the robot, which could reach almost to the gymnasium's basketball hoop, to a competition in Detroit.

    The robot is a three-bar linkage lift, but it also has another name.

    "Unofficially, (my teammate) calls it Shaquille O'Neal," said Smeet Patel, one of the creators who was using a remote control to move the machine around the room.

    Similar scenes were playing out all around the festival on Saturday.

    Continute reading: Wonders on display at Central Mass. Science Festival– Sentinel & Enterprise

    Learn more about Central Massachusetts STEM Education: Central Massachusetts STEM Network

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    Cape Cod Regional STEM Network selected to be part of the national STEM Ecosystem network

    The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative is a selective network of organizations dedicated to increasing equity, quality and STEM learning outcomes for all youth

    This year, the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network was honored by U.S. News STEM Solutions and selected to be part of the national STEM ecosystem network. The network will have the opportunity to learn from other networks, make partnerships across the country, and develop new ways of funding and supporting STEM teaching and learning.

    The STEM Learning Ecosystems Initiative is a selective network of organizations and of individuals, joined in regional partnerships with the objective of collaborating in new and creative ways to increase equity, quality and STEM learning outcomes for all youth. The Cape Cod Regional STEM Network joins this group with other well-established and influential networks, such as the New York City STEM Network and Washington State. It is one of 17 regional ecosystems added to the national initiative this year, which now encompasses 54 communities.

  • Group photo from the announcement of the New Skills Grant on January 11, 2017

    Massachusetts Awarded $2 Million to Improve Career Education

    Commonwealth among recipients of New Skills for Youth grant from JPMorgan Chase and CCSSO

    The Baker-Polito Administration announced today that the Council of Chief State School Officers (CCSSO) and JPMorgan Chase & Co. have selected Massachusetts as one of 10 states to receive a $1.95 million grant to strengthen and expand high-quality career-education pathways for students.

    The grant, which will be distributed over the next three years, is part of the $75 million, five-year New Skills for Youth initiative developed by JPMorgan Chase in collaboration with CCSSO and Advance CTE and aims to strengthen career-focused education starting in high school and ending with postsecondary degrees and/or industry-recognized credentials aligned with high-skill jobs.

    "Our administration has focused on aligning our K-12 schools and higher education system with the needs of our workforce so that our students, employers, and communities will share a stronger future," said Governor Charlie Baker. "Lieutenant Governor Polito and I are honored that Massachusetts and the potential of our students will be recognized through this grant." 

    "We thank JPMorgan, the Council of Chief State School Officers and other partners who have helped make this grant award possible," said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. "This New Skills for Youth grant complements our administration's prioritization of STEM-focused career education by developing more high-quality pathway programs and expanding the number of students who graduate from high school with college credits and real world experience."

    "This important grant opportunity comes at an optimal time for the Commonwealth and perfectly aligns with our administration's career and technical education priorities for Massachusetts in this and coming years," said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser. "Creating high-quality career pathways will not only offer our students and their families more opportunities to succeed in school and in their careers, but also help strengthen the Massachusetts economy."

    "Constant changes in technology and globalization make it imperative for the Commonwealth to increase opportunities for skill acquisition for all our students," Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, said. "This grant will help us continue the work of creating effective career on-ramps for younger workers through education pathways."

    "I am thrilled that Massachusetts students will be among the beneficiaries of this grant," said Massachusetts Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. "I look forward to continuing our collaboration with educators and industry to set students on a clear path toward their own career goals."

    "This grant will have enormous impact for some of our neediest students," said Higher Education Commissioner Carlos E. Santiago. "We owe it to them to make sure that career exposure and training is integrated into a robust curriculum that will give them what every employer demands – a full box of workplace-ready tools, including quantitative reasoning skills, critical thinking skills, and the ability to write well, to work as part of a team and to lead."

    Massachusetts has received the grant from CCSSO for the New Skills for Youth initiative after a rigorous review process, which included examination of the state's plan to transform the process of designing and developing career preparedness education programs.

    This includes:

    • Launching a major competitive grant program to fund the creation of high-quality career pathways that fully prepare students for high-skill, high-wage careers; 
    • Developing a comprehensive career advisement system in partnership with the Massachusetts School Counselors Association so that all students can make more informed college and career choices; and
    • Creating clear guidelines to help high schools develop and implement high-quality career pathways that will better prepare students for success after graduation.

    "Preparing our youth for high-quality and in-demand careers is critical to the future strength of our communities," said Rick MacDonald, head of commercial banking in New England for JPMorgan Chase. "This investment will help to open more career pathways and give more young people the chance to learn, compete, and succeed." 

    "Bunker Hill Community College is committed to creating clear pathways to fulfilling careers for our students," said Bunker Hill Community College President Pam Eddinger, whose institution participated on the state team applying for the grant"This grant will allow us to continue this important work through our partnerships with local businesses and corporations and well as high schools."

    "As an employer, I know how critical career-focused education is, and it has been exciting to be part of the team pursuing this grant," said Susan Coghlin Mailman, president of Coghlin Electric Contractors, Inc. "I appreciate the coordinated effort that our state is putting forth in order to strengthen opportunities for our youth which will ultimately create a stronger and more qualified work force."

    In March 2016, JPMorgan Chase and CCSSO awarded Massachusetts a $100,000 grant as part of the first phase of the New Skills for Youth initiative for planning and early implementation of long-term career readiness education programs that align with the needs of employers. Twenty-four states and the District of Columbia received Phase I grants.

    The grant awarded today represents the second phase of the New Skills for Youth initiative, which provides 10 of the original 24 recipients with funding to execute the career-readiness plans they developed during the first phase.

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    2017 STEM Summit Call for Sessions and Exhibits

    Submit session and exhibit proposals on this year's theme, "Progress Through Partnership"

    The organizers of the Massachusetts STEM Summit are pleased to announce the launch of the 2017 Call for Sessions and Exhibits.

    The theme for this year's Summit - Progress Through Partnership - celebrates the rich tradition of creative collaboration that has been the hallmark of the Commonwealth's powerful STEM movement since its earliest inception. Over the years, the Summit has presented countless examples of initiatives in which partners from diverse sectors have come together to leverage each others' complementary strengths, expertise, and resources. These cooperative efforts have yielded innovative, dynamic, and effective STEM programs for in-school and out-of-school education, and workforce development.

    Both sessions and exhibit proposals are encouraged to highlight these cooperative efforts. Whether large or small, statewide or local, public or private, partnerships of diverse stakeholders remain crucial to the state's continued STEM success. Throughout this year's Summit - through talks, presentations and exhibits - we look to showcase many more of these unique partnerships and their exciting, cutting-edge programs and collaborations.

    However, please note that this is not at all a requirement; proposals on topics not involving partnerships are equally encouraged.

    Proposals for Breakout Sessions and Resource Exhibits may address any of the Summit's topical strands:

    • Early Education
    • Higher Education
    • K-12 Education
    • Workforce and Business

    Guidelines for the preparation and submission of proposals, as well as the proposal forms, can be downloaded from the Summit website.


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    900 Students from 16 Schools Attend Cape Cod Regional STEM Network's 'Egghead Helmet Experiment'

    The egg-drop challenges are designed to encourage students to think like engineers while learning about the dangers of concussions

    February 3, 2017 – In recent days, STEM education on Cape Cod sounded like eggs breaking - hundreds of eggs.

    More than 900 students from 16 schools on the Cape - and one in the Dominican Republic - participated in egg-drop challenges that saw them pushing carefully wrapped raw eggs off platforms at intervals of 1, 2, 3 and 4 feet.

    Called the Egghead Helmet Experiment, the project was sponsored by the Cape Cod Regional STEM Network and designed to encourage students to think like engineers while learning about the dangers of concussions.

    Each student or student team received an egg-protection kit consisting of pipe cleaners, a straw, string, a tissue, a napkin and a bit of bubble wrap.

    It was up to them to figure how to best use the materials - contained in a plastic cup "helmet" - to protect the eggs from cracking and smashing.

    "It challenges students to think beyond their regular classes," said Fran Laporte, who teaches seventh- and eighth-grades classes in entrepreneurship, engineering and digital citizenship at Mashpee Middle-High School.

    Continute reading: Egg-drop troupe tests engineering skills – Cape Cod Times

    Learn more about Cape Cod STEM Education: Cape Cod Regional STEM Network

  • Shutterstock photo from Boston Globe

    Training the Next Generation in Science and Technology

    Read the Op-Ed by Karyn Polito, Joe Kennedy III and Jeffrey Leiden in the Boston Globe about the importance of exploring STEM careers in high school

    When Glady Baez came to her Vertex Pharmaceuticals internship as a high school junior, she was uncertain of her future. While she was interested in science and business, she didn’t know the range of career options possible.

    During Glady’s paid internship at Vertex, she and her class of 30 high school interns worked alongside scientists steeped in research on cystic fibrosis and other diseases. The experience sparked her imagination in science and propelled her down a track that, three years later, has her feet firmly planted as a biology major at UMass Boston. She is the first in her family to go to college.

    Glady’s internship at one of the nation’s most dynamic biotech companies opened doors too often closed to high school students, especially females and students of color. The dearth of similar opportunities not only prevents promising young people from excelling in deeply rewarding careers, it stymies our economic growth.

    Keeping Massachusetts competitive requires a workforce that excels in science, technology, engineering, and math, or STEM. More than 40 percent of the Commonwealth’s economy centers on jobs in STEM fields, including advanced manufacturing, information technology, and biotech.

    Massachusetts has more open positions in these fields than employees to fill them, a void that threatens our economic drivers. Industry analysts and CEOs repeatedly identify this gap as the single greatest challenge facing the Commonwealth’s STEM economy.

    Massachusetts isn’t alone. Across the country, states with strong technology, biotech, medical, and engineering economies struggle to provide employers with educated, work-ready employees. And STEM readiness has global implications: There is an international race to create a highly skilled workforce capable of driving an increasingly innovation-centered world.

    That is why it’s so important that students like Glady have opportunities to learn about STEM careers. And that is why we’re making a simple but powerful ask of Massachusetts businesses: Hire at least one high school student for a STEM internship.

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  • Students Participate in BU Inspiration Ambassadors program in partnership with AT&T

    New Report Highlights Business-Education Partnerships

    A new report released by the Massachusetts Business Roundtable, “Shaping the Future Workforce,” showcases partnerships businesses have created with public schools, community colleges and universities.

    The report features best practices and key drivers of success to engage and inspire the next generation of workers in three categories: 1) Engaging & Inspiring the Future Workforce; 2) Targeted Curriculum & Training Partnerships to produce workers with the skills they need most; and 3) Advancement Opportunities for Current Workers.

    Business leaders consistently cite five common drivers of success that apply to partnerships yielding the best outcomes. These themes offer a foundation for policy makers and educators to develop and scale future initiatives:

    • Adaptability. Adapting the goals of the program over time enables both businesses and educational institutions to evolve to meet changing needs, thus increasing the likelihood of the success;
    • Responsiveness. Acknowledging and being responsive to the different needs of students is necessary to ensure the maximum number of students are able to complete the program;
    • Accountability. Empirically measuring outcomes of these partnerships (i.e. completion rates, costs, attendance) allows for concrete analysis on the program’s impact;
    • Affordability. Emphasizing low cost is incredibly important to maximize the number of students able to participate thus increasing the impact of the program; and,
    • Leadership. Commitment by senior-level leadership is imperative and leads to a mutually beneficial partnership

    Photo: Students Participate in BU Inspiration Ambassadors program in partnership with AT&T. Credit Cydney Scott

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  • SSA Student shows Lieutenant Gov. Polito a project she's working on.

    Governor Baker and State Officials Visit Bunker Hill Community College STEM Starter Academy

    Governor Baker, Lieutenant Governor Polito, House Speaker DeLeo, Education Secretary Peyser and Higher Education Commissioner Santiago observed and engaged with two classrooms during their visit.

    Top state officials got a chance to visit the first day of the STEM Starter Academy at Bunker Hill Community College on Monday, August 22, 2016.

    Many enrolled in the STEM Starter Academy are Chelsea High School students from BHCC’s TRiO Chelsea program, which helps students complete college coursework while still in high school. With thirty-five percent of TRiO graduates intending to pursue careers in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) fields, the STEM Starter Academy is a great way to help jump-start students’ major-specific courses, allowing them to complete their degree programs on time or even early.

    Photo courtesy Bunker Hill Community College.

  • Three students gather around a microscope in a lab. Photo courtesy Bridgewater State University.

    Baker-Polito Administration Awards $260,000 to Promote STEM Education

    Grant awards will support the Commonwealth’s Regional STEM Networks.

    The Baker-Polito Administration today announced over $250,000 in grant awards to support the Commonwealth’s Regional STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Networks.

    Begun in 2004, the state’s Regional STEM Networks, often hosted by institutions of higher education, serve as hubs for connecting educators, community leaders and industry partners to further excite and energize students about opportunities in STEM subjects. These networks are among the longest standing STEM Networks in the country.

    “I thank all of our STEM Network partners who are working to help meet the future needs of our rapidly changing economy and bolster skills in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “Our collective efforts continue to increase engagement in and raise awareness about the importance of STEM education both for our economy and the new opportunities it creates for our young people.” 

    “Capturing students’ interest in learning about and working in STEM careers is critical for our economy,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, a co-chair of the STEM Advisory Council. “These Regional STEM Networks serve as the local centers for building excitement and energy for students about potential futures in STEM careers.”

    “We must connect local industry and community organizations with schools to ensure that students are able to see the exciting opportunities in STEM fields in their region,” said Secretary of Education Jim Peyser. “The Regional STEM Networks play an invaluable role in promoting and expanding STEM opportunities for students in collaboration with employer partners and local colleges and universities.”

    The fiscal year (FY) 2017 grant for the Regional STEM Networks included incentives for collaboration across regions as well as for aligning focus areas with STEM Advisory Council priorities.

    Those priorities include:

    • Expanding work-based learning opportunities for high school students, particularly in STEM fields;
    • Developing and implementing models of STEM Early College Career Pathways; and
    • Broadening access to computer science and engineering courses.

    The fiscal year (FY) 2017 funding from the Commonwealth’s STEM Pipeline Fund will support Regional STEM Networks across the state, including:

    • Berkshire County & Pioneer Valley: MA College of Liberal Arts will serve as the host of the Regional STEM Network, and will collaborate with education, community and industry partners across the Berkshire County and the Pioneer Valley, including Holyoke Community College.
    • Boston & Metro North: The Boston Private Industry Council (PIC) will join with the Metro North Regional Employment Board as the lead institutions to coordinate and promote STEM activities among education, community, and industry leaders in Boston and in the communities in Metro North, including Revere, Everett, Chelsea, and Lynn.
    • Central Massachusetts & Metrowest: Worcester Polytechnic Institute will serve as the lead institution to promote STEM education in Central Massachusetts while also collaborating with Framingham State University, community partners and employers in Metrowest to expand the reach of that Regional Network.
    • Southeast Massachusetts & Cape Cod: Bridgewater State University and Cape Cod Community College will collaborate to build a coordinated Regional STEM Network.

    Photo courtesy Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

  • campers in Engineering Professor Paul Chanley’s class give a thumb’s up at the end of their day at Technology Camp

    Students Get Taste of STEM Options During
    Northern Essex Community College Technology Camp

    Students ages 12-15 learn about science, technology, engineering and math in a three-week camp funded by the STEM Starter Academy grant

    On Thursday they cooked s’mores in solar ovens made from shoe boxes.

    Last  week, students in Northern Essex Community College’s first Technology Academy, measured their carbon footprint by cooking Pop Tarts – strawberry and brown sugar cinnamon.

    These are just two of the many science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) exercises that the 34 Haverhill, Lawrence, and North Andover students have participated in during the three-week technology camp funded by the STEM Starter Academy Grant.

    The intent of the camp is to familiarize students in grades seven through 10 to the principles of science, technology, engineering and math, as well introduce them to a college campus and its faculty. Divided into groups with catchy STEM names like the Algorithms, the Pixels, and the Microscopes, they have attended two, 90-minute sessions with a break in between, Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m..

    The grant, from the Massachusetts Department of Education’s STEM Starter Academy, which is an initiative of the 15 Massachusetts community colleges to inform, engage, recruit, retain, and graduate more students in science, technology, engineering, and math, through STEM Pathway programs leading to job placement or transfer to university STEM programs.

    The attention to STEM seems to be working.

    In Room 130 of the Hartleb Technology Center on the Haverhill campus, Engineering Professor Paul Chanley, wearing a straw fedora, was bent over a piece of graph paper. Campers Ryan, Ruben, and Esmerelda intently followed his red pencil as he reviewed the data they collected and plotted to find the slope to compare to Ohm’s Law.

    The students, ages 12 to 15, said Chanley, are attentive and interested. The very age group the initiative is trying to target.

    Ryan Brito, 13, of Lawrence, said he enjoys the camp because of the many activities.

    “It makes the day fun. If I wasn’t here, I would have nothing to do,” he said. “I’m thankful for the opportunity.”

    Zechariah Richardson, 15, also of Lawrence, echoed his sentiment.

    “It’s been really fun,” he said. “We can’t do this kind of thing at home or anywhere in Lawrence. If I wasn’t here I would probably be sleeping.”

    “This has been a great learning experience,” said Licinia Russo, 13 of Lawrence. “I’m doing things here that I would never be doing at school like using the 3D printer and processing crime scenes.”

    Next door in Room 136 Engineering Professor Mike Pelletier’s campers measured the speed of sound.

    “You have to be a certain kind of student to dedicate three weeks to a technology camp,” Pelletier said.

    “We were looking for an opportunity to connect with this age group of kids in our service area,” said Carolyn Knoepfler, assistant dean of science, technology, engineering and advanced manufacturing.  “The camp is twofold. The students are exposed to STEM ideas like 3D printing and forensic science with the opportunity to visit a real college campus and connect with faculty.”

    The students were recruited for the camp via flyers distributed to area charter schools, Boys and Girls’ clubs, and YMCAs. To keep the students engaged, Knoepfler said, she hopes to arrange additional visits during the school year and hold the technology academy in July next year.

    The entire camp experience including transportation by bus from the Dimitry Building in Lawrence, to supplies, and snacks is funded by the STEM Starter Academy Grant.

    Students were taught by some of Northern Essex’s most seasoned faculty including Jay Fallon, Jason DeCosta, Mike Pelletier, Mike Cross, Paul Cavan, and Mike Penta with assistance by NECC student mentors.

    The parents of the campers were just as excited about the Technology Camp.

    “Any time you get children on college campuses is time well spent,” said Knoepfler. “It’s good for them to know what college is about and that it’s a comfortable environment to be in. They can begin to imagine ‘who they can be’.”

    The camp culminates Thursday, August 18, with a magic show by Professor Mike Cross followed by a cookout.

    For more photos and information:
    Students Get Taste of STEM Options During Technology Camp - Northern Essex Community College Newsroom

  • Two students look at equipment in a science classroom

    MA Life Sciences Center Announces STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program for High Schools

    High Schools can apply for grants of up to $250,000 for equipment or $10,000 for teacher development.

    The Massachusetts Life Sciences Center (MLSC) is pleased to announce the launch of the fifth round of the STEM Equipment and Supplies Grant Program, which awards public high schools and middle schools grants that enable the purchase of equipment and supplies. The program also seeks to increase student achievement and student interest in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math), as well as support the implementation of state STEM standards. The program has previously awarded more than $12 million to high schools and middle schools throughout Massachusetts and leveraged more than $1 million in matching funds from the life sciences industry.

    Applicants must request funding to purchase equipment and/or supplies to support STEM education that prepares students with the skills needed for future employment in the life sciences. The “life sciences” are defined in the MLSC’s enabling legislation as “advanced and applied sciences that expand the understanding of human physiology and have the potential to lead to medical advances or therapeutic applications.” Requested equipment and/or supplies must be used to support science (e.g. biology, chemistry, physics), technology (e.g. robotics, computer science, etc.), engineering, and/or math education and training.

    High school applicants can request grant funding of up to $100,000; or up to $250,000 provided that any amount over $100,000 is matched one-for-one by an industry partner that supports the training program for which the equipment and supplies are needed. Middle school applicants can request grant funding of up to $50,000.

    New this year, the program offers additional funding of up to $10,000 for teacher professional development to ensure that all recipient schools have teachers that are trained to use the equipment and have access to relevant curricula that deploys the equipment in labs and activities that support learning goals throughout the academic year.

    Applications must be submitted by 12:00 p.m. on October 6, 2016. 

  • Three students gather around a microscope in a lab. Photo courtesy Bridgewater State University.

    State Announces Supports for Updated Science and Technology/Engineering Learning Standards

    The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education will be convening science educators in June to identify strategies and resources for transitioning to the 2016 STE standards.

    May 27, 2016– The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) is offering districts help in implementing the 2016 Massachusetts Science and Technology/Engineering Curriculum Framework that the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education adopted earlier this year.

    The updated, voluntary curriculum framework, also referred to as a set of learning standards, outlines what students should know and be able to do at different grade levels in the areas of science, technology and engineering. Educators at the local level determine what materials and curricula they will use to help students achieve the goals laid out in the framework.

    The 2016 framework includes both the learning standards and a variety of supporting materials. Each district is or will be developing its own plan for transitioning to the updated framework, and the plans will take into account local conditions, initiatives and resources. The Department is making several types of resources available to districts:

    • Online updated strand maps, cross walks and more;
    • Educators trained as science ambassadors who are available to help schools and districts become familiar with the standards and their implications for curriculum and instruction; and
    • Opportunities to engage in multi-district collaborations to share resources and strategies for transitioning to the 2016 standards.
      • Districts who would like to explore opportunities to collaborate can attend a science and technology/engineering District Collaboration Kickoff Event on June 14 or 15 organized in collaboration with the Museum of Science, Boston.
      • For multi-district collaborations already underway, ESE is supporting ongoing work to share resources and strategies.

    The 2016 science and technology/engineering standards are intended to drive engaging, relevant, rigorous and coherent instruction that emphasizes student mastery of core ideas and how to apply science and engineering practices. Ultimately, the standards support student readiness for citizenship, college and careers.

    "I would like to thank the many educators who helped us update the science and technology/engineering curriculum framework to meet the needs of today's learners," said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell D. Chester. "All students must be prepared to engage in public discussions on scientific and technical issues, be careful consumers of scientific and technological information and products, possess the scientific and technical knowledge and skills that many careers and college options now require, and have the opportunity to pursue a scientific or technical career if desired."

    The state and educators last updated the science and technology/engineering framework in 2006.

    The Department thanks all individuals and groups that provided input, reviewed comments, and suggested edits to the science and technology/engineering standards during their development. We are grateful for the dedication and expertise of all the educators, scientists, scholars, employers, and other participants who engaged in this important endeavor.

    Photo courtesy Bridgewater State University.

  • STEM Starter Academy Year 2 Evaluation Report Released

    Key findings include 70% of degrees and certificates completed by SSA participants were in STEM fields, compared to statewide 45%

    Executive Summary

    The Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE) awarded STEM Starter Academy (SSA) grants to each of the 15 community colleges in Massachusetts during FY14 and renewed those awards for FY15 and FY16. The SSA initiative is intended to support community colleges’ efforts to inform, engage, recruit, retain, and graduate significantly more students and enhance their success in STEM pathway programs leading to job placements or 4-year college transfer. SSA sites have worked to address support service and activity gaps through extension of current programs, capacity building, or collaboration across campuses and to articulate these practices with current systems of student support. The UMass Donahue Institute (UMDI) is working with DHE to evaluate the SSA initiative, and this report presents findings from Year 2.

    An important Year 2 development was the specification of a program model for SSA, developed by DHEin collaboration with SSA sites. UMDI and DHE have collaborated to align measurement activities with the key outcomes and metrics outlined in the model. The model’s goals and metrics were used to guide planning for Year 3 and also frame the reflections on Year 2 in this report.

    Year 2 of SSA saw substantial participation in SSA programs across sites and the emergence of promising practices related to recruitment, readiness, retention, and completion. This report presents preliminary indicators of SSA initiative impacts, promising practices at SSA sites, and key lessons learned during Year 2. At the time of this report, no cohort of SSA participants (who joined as first-time, full-time freshman) has had the opportunity to complete (at least) two full years of courses. Thus, we do not yet have the data needed to address many questions regarding the impact of the SSA initiative on student outcomes. The executive summary provides a synopsis of Year 2 participation, outcomes, SSA strategies, and strategic considerations.

  • a woman does a science experiment at her booth at the 2014 STEM Summit

    House Speaker DeLeo recognizes MassBay Community College's STEM Starter Academy and STEM Mentor Program

    Speaker DeLeo highlights partnership between MassBay and Sanofi Genzyme at Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce Breakfast on March 2

    In a speech to a crowd of over 300 people at the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce on Wednesday, Massachusetts House Speaker Robert DeLeo outlined house priorities for the next year. He announced new initiatives and praised successful programs like the community colleges' STEM Starter Academies. DeLeo applauded Massachusetts Bay Community College’s partnership with Sonofi Genzyme through the STEM Mentorship Program, in which 38 employees from Genzyme mentored MassBay students to provide academic guidance, job shadowing, and opportunities for bonding at networking and social events.

    Photo: (from left) Valerie Kapilow, Laura Garcia, Robert DeLeo, Chitra Javdekar and Cynthia Arbeeny

  • Movie poster for Code: Debugging the Gender Gap

    STEM Advisory Council Hosts Screening & Panel Discussion of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap at UMass Boston

    Lt. Governor Karen Polito, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and more attend screening of the documentary about the shortage of female and minority software engineers.

    The STEM Advisory Council joined with Lt. Governor Karen Polito, U.S. Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Vertex CEO Jeffrey Leiden and more for the showing of the film Code: Debugging the Gender Gap, a documentary that confronts the shortage of female and minority software engineers.A panel discussion following the film included Meenal Pant, Software Development Manager at Morpho Detection, LLC, Barbara McNamara, Deputy Director at the National Security Agency (NSA), Padmaja Bandar, co-President of MA Computer Science Teacher’s Association, Computer Science Faculty at Advanced Math and Science Academy in Marlborough.

  • a woman does a science experiment at her booth at the 2014 STEM Summit

    12th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit: Promising Practices, Proven Results

    Read a review of the 2015 STEM Summit and view pictures from the event

    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.

    2015 Summit in Review > 
    MA STEM Summit Website >

  • MWCC’s STEM Starter Summer Academy Gives Students Jump Start on College

    Mass. Department of Higher Education grant allows students to receive up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    GARDNER - Along with typical summertime activities, Adam Leyenaar of Ayer spent the better part of the season getting a jump start on his college degree.

    A 2015 graduate of the Parker Charter School, Leyenaar was one of 16 area students participating in Mount Wachusett Community College’s eight-week STEM Starter Summer Academy. Students received up to two free college courses, textbooks, a substantial stipend, academic support and tutoring.

    “I want to be an immunologist, so I need a good background,” said Leyenaar, who plans to earn an associate degree in medical laboratory technology so he can work in the field while pursuing his bachelor’s and master’s degrees.
    Funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education, the STEM Starter Sumer Academy is open to high school graduates or qualifying MWCC students who place into college-level English and math courses and are enrolling in one of MWCC’s STEM majors in the fall.

    Qualifying MWCC STEM majors include allied health, biology, biotechnology, chemistry, computer information systems, fitness leadership and exercise science, medical laboratory technology, natural resources, physics and pre-engineering.

    Courses offered during the summer academy included intermediate algebra, introduction to functions and modeling, life science for allied health, anatomy and physiology I, general chemistry II and introduction to psychology. In addition to the coursework, students helped run experiments at Rapoport Lab at Harvard Medical School, visited AbbVie medical labs in Worcester, and toured the construction site of MWCC’s new STEM building, which will open in 2016. The students also participated in MWCC’s Summer Leadership Academy.

    “Our students have had an outstanding summer and are ready to continue their studies this fall with two courses already under their belt,” said Christine Davis, MWCC’s STEM Starter Academy recruiter. Students from more than 10 area towns enrolled in the rigorous program, and tackled classes in an accelerated format that will prepare them for their careers, she said.

    Many of the academy students are also recipients of STEM SET scholarships. These awards of up to $3,500 per year are available to qualifying STEM majors through a grant the college received from the National Science Foundation.
    Gardner resident Ifra Hassan, enrolled in MWCC’s liberal arts biological studies program with the goal of continuing her studies in medicine and become a doctor. Hassan said she chose the college for its supportive environment.

    “I wanted to start my career where I will receive teachers’ support.”

    Next year, up to 30 students will be accepted into the Stem Starter Summer Academy. For more information, contact MWCC’s admission’s office at 978-630-9110 or

  • Photo Courtesy Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

    413 STEM Ready Academy

    MCLA program aims to inspire community college students

    NORTH ADAMS — Adrienne Wootters says when she meets community college students who transfer into her department at MCLA, they seem to know where they're going with their studies.

    "They're always really well-prepared and interested," said Wootters, a physics professor at Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

    For the second consecutive summer, the college is hosting an immersion program in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics to enrich the STEM experiences of students from three of the region's community colleges.

    The week-long 413 STEM Ready Academy, which concluded on Friday, included 25 students: nine from Berkshire Community College, and eight each from Holyoke and Greenfield community colleges.

    The program is offered at no cost; it is funded through a $239,334 grant awarded in 2013 to MCLA through the state Department of Higher Education's Performance Initiative Fund.

    "By immersing them in STEM coursework, our hope is that this will encourage them to go into a four-year program or beyond in exploring this field," said Mary Nash.

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    Photo Courtesy Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts

  • Photo Courtesy Bristol Community College

    STEM Panel inspires confidence, creativity

    Bristol Community College hosted the Women in STEM Panel before a packed auditorium of 100 high school students at the Siegel Health & Technology Building

    Keep trying until you’ve found your passion and don’t feel limited by your gender.

    Those were two of the main messages on Friday, June 12, when Bristol Community College hosted the Women in STEM Panel before a packed auditorium of 100 high school students at the Siegel Health & Technology Building.

    STEM is an acronym for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, and a panel of six accomplished women imparted their experiences and insights in both the academic and employment worlds. The majority of the audience was female. Schools represented included Durfee, Apponequet, Bristol-Plymouth and Global Charter of New Bedford.

    “Based on what I saw today I feel empowered,” says Jandlyn Bentley, a BCC graduate who will be studying Aerospace Engineering this fall in Florida. “It was nice to see these women with different backgrounds achieving success.”

    Jessica Scrimger, a junior at Apponequet Regional High School, attended the forum.

    “Now I know that I can take a STEM path,” she said afterwards. “Hearing these women who’ve been in the real world with their different career paths gives me motivation. These women weren’t all super stars, but they made something of themselves. It opened my eyes.”

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    Photo Courtesy Bristol Community College

  • State Treasurer Visits Natick, Talks STEM Education

    Treasurer Deborah Goldberg stops in Natick to kick off her state-wide economic empowerment tour, visiting MathWorks and Natick High School to highlight her focus on STEM education

    NATICK - April 6, 2015 - Treasurer Deborah Goldberg stopped in Natick this morning to kick off her state-wide economic empowerment tour, visiting MathWorks and Natick High School to highlight her focus on STEM education.

    Goldberg’s recently founded Office of Economic Empowerment will work at strengthening STEM education for all students to help close the state’s skills gap. Training students in science and math jobs, Goldberg said, will lead to economic growth.

    “In the 21st century, closing the skills gap is critical, not only for our students, but also for the economic health and well-being of our state,” Goldberg said in a statement. “When we invest in our students and our workforce, we empower people to invest in themselves.”

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  • STEM Summit Call for Sessions and Exhibits

    2015 STEM Summit organizers are soliciting proposals for breakout sessions and resource exhibits to be showcased in the Exhibit Hall throughout the day

    The next STEM Summit will be Tuesday, November 10, 2015 at the DCU Center in Worcester, MA. Based on the great response and success of last year’s pilot, organizers have decided to expand this year’s public call for sessions, which will result in a program of breakout sessions built primarily with content proposed by summit attendees and selected by strand review committees. In addition, they will be soliciting proposals for resource exhibits to be showcased in the exhibit hall throughout the day.

  • Massachusetts Department of Higher Education Announces 2015 STEM @Scale Awards

    $643,000 Awarded to Expand 11 Projects Proven to Boost Student Interest, Ability in Science, Technology, Engineering & Math

    BOSTON – Friday, February 13, 2015 – Eleven college and school-based programs proven to spark student interest and prowess in science, technology, engineering and math - the so-called STEM fields - have been awarded more than $643,000 through the Commonwealth’s @Scale program, the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education announced today.

    Among the projects chosen for support, based in part on their ability to be scaled up in other regions of the state and secure private funds to match investment by taxpayers, are Quinsigamond Community College’s Advanced Robotics Initiative (ARI), which engages Worcester Public School students in after-school robotics engineering challenges; Science from Scientists, which sends trained scientists into classrooms to conduct hands-on lab activity; and the STEM Pathways to Prosperity Project, which will give students at all nine of the Commonwealth’s state universities clear routes into STEM careers. Projects selected for @Scale endorsement are designed for easy replication and scale-up while also demonstrating success in achieving student performance outcomes.

    “By replicating successful models across our Commonwealth, the @Scale program creates opportunities for students of all ages, backgrounds and interests to pursue careers in STEM fields,” said Congressman Joseph Kennedy III, Honorary Co-Chair of the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. “Each of these projects has developed an innovative approach to STEM education, and the funds provided by @Scale will help guide their efforts as they train their students for the jobs of today and tomorrow.”

    Photo courtesy Quinsigamond Community College's Advanced Robotics Initiative

  • Photo Courtesy Science from Scientists

    Eye On Education: Local Students Learn Science From Scientists

    WBZ-TV features @Scale project "Science from Scientists"

    PLAINVILLE (CBS) – At first glance it looks like your typical 5th grade science class and then the experiments start. At the Wood Elementary School in Plainville the class is being taught by Dr. Audra Kennedy. She has a PhD in neuroscience and works for the non-profit “Science From Scientists.”

    The students are instantly engaged, “It’s very entertaining to do. Very interesting, hands-on experiments,” says one eager student.

    “Kids need to learn science. Science really is going to be at the forefront of what these students are going to grow up and do for their jobs in life,” explains. Dr. Kennedy. And kids can use some help. Just 42% of 8th grade students in Massachusetts scored proficient or higher last year on the science MCAS well behind the math and English exams.

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    Photo Courtesy Science from Scientists

  • Photo Courtesy UMass Amherst

    The Vocational Revolution

    Boston Globe columnist Dante Ramos writes about the success of vocational high schools with their focus on practical skills.

    The vocational revolution
    By Dante Ramos, Globe Columnist

    January 18- In the topsy-turvy world of American education in 2015, it’s remarkable when a teenager from an affluent suburb finishes high school with practical skills.

    Eighteen-year-old Jack Gallagher comes from Needham, the kind of town that families seek out for its public education system, and he grew up on a block abundant with high-powered professionals. But by his account, he was always the odd kid out. So after middle school, he enrolled at Minuteman High, a regional public vocational school in Lexington, and chose the horticulture and landscaping track.

    Gallagher was among a small focus group of students (selected, I should note, by school staff) whom I met at Minuteman last week. His ambitions now include sustainable farming, and he hopes to get a degree from the agriculture school at UMass. But he and his classmates also have training that could prove useful immediately upon graduation, or in finding lucrative side jobs in college.

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    Photo courtesy Stockbridge School of Agriculture at UMass Amherst

  • 2014 Stem Summit

    Massachusetts STEM Summit 2014

    Massachusetts held its 11th annual STEM Summit on Wednesday, October 22, 2014, at the DCU Center in Worcester.

    The 2014 STEM Summit drew the largest attendance yet with over 1200 participants comprised of educators, business leaders, government officials, administrators, and students.  The focus of this year’s Summit was looking towards and preparing for the future with over 45 sessions throughout the day devoted to this theme.  Attendees were also engaged by fantastic keynote speeches delivered by the 2014 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair winner and Boston Latin School student, Nathan Han, by the Massachusetts 2014 STEM Teacher of Year, Doug Scott, and by the 2014 National High School Principal of the Year, Sheila Harrity, principal at Worcester Technical High School.  The STEM Summit is hosted by the Massachusetts’ STEM Advisory Council, the University of Massachusetts and by the Massachusetts Business Roundtable. 

    >> STEM Summit Official Website

  • Lydia Kenton Walsh and Lance Hartford

    BioTeach Initiative Receives $20,000 from Corning

    Corning Incorporated Foundation provides new funding for the MassBioEd Foundation that will enable growth of biotech programming for students and teachers

    October 7— Corning Incorporated Foundation has provided new funding for the MassBioEd Foundation that will enable growth of biotech programming for students and teachers, the MassBioEd Foundation announced today.

    The Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation (MassBioEd Foundation) is a nonprofit charitable organization founded in 2001 to bring biotechnology education to students with a goal of inspiring scientific curiosity and cultivating the next generation of life sciences professionals.

    The BioTeach initiative brings lab equipment grants to schools, biotechnology curricula and professional development and mentoring for teachers, and college and career exploration experiences for high school students. The BioTeach program currently reaches 201 schools and has been recognized by the Massachusetts State STEM Council as a premier @Scale initiative.

    >> Read the press release

  • Governor Patrick jokes with Congressman’s Joe Kennedy III at a conference discusses his Administration’s efforts to increase access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education at a STEM Roundtable chaired by Congressman Kennedy in the McCormack Building in Boston.

    It’s Not Magic, it’s Science!

    Siobhan Sullivan and her assistant Dr. Payal Patel visited Cummings Elementary School in Winthrop for a "Science from Scientists" lesson

    Allison Scheff and Keith Connors visited Cummings Elementary School in Winthrop today to sit in on a Science from Scientists lesson from Siobhan Sullivan and her assistant Dr. Payal Patel.  The students learned about phase changes and states of matter through hands on learning (see photo).  At the end of the lesson, students were amazed when Scientists were able to observe evidence the sublimation of dry ice (a solid) changing phases to a gas by seeing a bubble grow in size!

    >> More about Science from Scientists

  • Governor Patrick jokes with Congressman’s Joe Kennedy III at a conference discusses his Administration’s efforts to increase access to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education at a STEM Roundtable chaired by Congressman Kennedy in the McCormack Building in Boston.

    MA STEM Business Engagement Roundtable

    Government and industry leaders come together to discuss state initiatives aimed at strengthening the pipeline of STEM skilled workers

    October 6— Governor Patrick, Administration Officials, Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council honorary co-chair Rep. Joseph Kennedy and co-chair CEO Jeffrey Leiden of Vertex Pharmaceuticals, and CEO’s of Massachusetts based STEM Companies came together to discuss state STEM initiatives aimed at strengthening the pipeline of STEM skilled workers to meet industry needs.  The roundtable discussion, that included voices from a variety of STEM companies such as Baystate Health, iRobot, Northeast Utilities and Math Works, to name just a few of the over 30 industry participants, also considered ways that industry could advance the state STEM goals. Photo: Eric Haynes / Governor’s Office

  • Filmmaker Mary Mazzio, iRobot CEO Colin Angle, Higher Education Associate Commissioner David Cedrone, Congressman Joe Kennedy, STEM Advisory Council Director Allison Scheff and NBC-Telemundo's Rocky Egusquiza pose around the Underwater Dreams poster at the premiere

    STEM Council Lecture Series: “Underwater Dreams”

    Documentary Film Premiere Rallies Science/Tech Community to Enhance State’s Economic and Educational Future in STEM Education

    August 7— Patrick Administration officials joined with nearly 300 business, policy and educational leaders for the Massachusetts premiere of “Underwater Dreams,” the true-life story of how a group of Hispanic high school students from a high-poverty school district in Arizona beat MIT and other world-class competitors in a NASA-sponsored underwater robotics competition.

    The premiere, held at Boston’s Museum of Science, was sponsored by the Governor Patrick’s STEM Advisory Council, which is co-chaired by Congressman Joseph Kennedy and Vertex Pharmaceuticals CEO Jeff Leiden, in association with the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. The screening was part of the STEM Advisory Council’s ongoing public event series to create community discussions about the importance of science, technology, engineering and math education and workforce opportunities.

    In the photo (from left): Filmmaker Mary Mazzio, iRobot CEO Colin Angle, Higher Education Associate Commissioner David Cedrone, Congressman Joe Kennedy, STEM Advisory Council Director Allison Scheff and NBC/Telemundo's Rocky Egusquiza at the Underwater Dreams premiere. Photo credit: Derek Kouyoumjian

    >> Read the press release
    >> More photos on Flickr

  • Doug Scott with several of his students

    Natick High School Teacher Named 2014 Massachusetts STEM Teacher of the Year

    Doug Scott will be honored at the 2014 Massachusetts STEM Summit on October 22 at Worcester’s DCU Center

    July 30—Natick High School science teacher Doug Scott has been named The Hall at Patriot Place, presented by Raytheon Massachusetts, STEM Teacher of the Year. He will be honored at the 2014 Massachusetts STEM Summit on October 22 at Worcester’s DCU Center, and his school will receive $5,000 to be used for STEM education.

    “I am honored to be selected for this award,” Scott said. “I know there were many worthy candidates, and I want to thank the committee for their dedication to STEM education. As teachers, I think we all try to have a positive impact on our students and that is certainly what I have tried to do with students of all levels and ability.”

    “Doug Scott is an excellent example of a teacher who has gone above and beyond to get students – especially young women – interested in technology, engineering and robotics,” said Allison Scheff, executive director of the Massachusetts STEM Advisory Council. “It is our hope that the STEM Teacher of the Year will be able to connect with as many teachers and members of the STEM community across the Commonwealth to share some of his best practices that have had results inside and outside the classroom.”

    >> Read the press release

  • Governor Patrick shakes hands with Jeffrey Leiden after swearing-in

    Governor Patrick Swears in Dr. Jeffrey Leiden as Co-Chair of STEM Advisory Council

    Vertex Pharmaceuticals’ Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer will co-chair with Congressman Joe Kennedy

    May 21—Governor Deval Patrick today swore in Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Vertex Pharmaceuticals Dr. Jeffrey Leiden as the new Co-Chair of the Governor’s Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Advisory Council. Together with the Council’s Honorary Chair Congressman Joe Kennedy, this leadership model will enhance STEM-related efforts in the Commonwealth. Dr. Leiden brings more than 20 years of scientific, commercial and financial experience in the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industries and clinical experience in academia as a practicing cardiologist and molecular biologist. As Co-Chair of the STEM Council, Dr. Leiden will play a leading role to strengthen industry partnerships in promoting STEM opportunities across Massachusetts. Photo: Sam Sarkisian / Governor's Office

    >> Read the Governor's press release

  • Next Meeting of Governor's STEM Advisory Council

    Monday, September 15, 3 p.m., Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Boston

    The next meeting of the Governor's STEM Advisory Council will be held on Monday, September 15, from 3 to 5 p.m., at Vertex Pharmaceuticals.

  • STEM Plan 2.0: Expanding the Pipeline for All

    Our roadmap to providing increased focus on STEM education as the engine for creating growth and opportunity across the Commonwealth
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