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STEM Key Goals
  1. Increase student interest in STEM
  2. Increase STEM achievement of PreK-12 students
  3. Increase percentage of students who demonstrate readiness for college-level study in STEM fields
  4. Increase number of students who graduate from a post-secondary institution with degree in
    STEM field
  5. Increase number/percentage of STEM classes led by effective educators, from PreK-16

southeastern massachusetts STEM News and Events

STEM Week Participants Celebrated at 12.5 Partnerships Event

A standing room only crowd recognized the more than 70 STEM Week events hosted throughout Southeastern Massachusetts during the Partnerships Advancing STEM Education event at Bridgewater State University on December 5. Lt. Governor Karyn Polito distributed citations recognizing event hosts from schools, colleges & universities, businesses, and community organizations. A panel, facilitated by STEM Pipeline Manager Keith Connors, shared the impact of STEM Week events and the value of business/education partnerships in preparing students for success in the workplace. Exhibitors displayed various STEM projects and programs and attendees connected with potential partners, acquired new resources, shared ideas and strategies, and discussed ideas for STEM Week 2019. At right, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito presents a citation to SE MA STEM Network Coordinator Katherine Honey.

STEM Week a Success! SE MA Hosted 70+ Events

Governor Charlie Baker and Lt. Governor Karyn Polito kicked off the inaugural statewide STEM Week at the Dearborn STEM Academy, highlighting the importance of education in science, technology, engineering, and math, and its impact on the Commonwealth's economy. (Read the complete story here).

The Governor's STEM Advisory Council is co-chaired by Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito, Congressman Joseph Kennedy III and Vertex Pharmaceuticals President and CEO Jeffrey Leiden. The three appeared alongside Gov. Baker on Tuesday afternoon to spotlight the week's events with the announcement of a $4.4 million grant from the National Science Foundation. The grant will fund scholarships for low-income and under-represented minority students who are in associate's and master's degree programs in biotechnology. (Read the complete story here).

Nearly 500 events were held statewide, with more than 70 events hosted in 29 communities throughout Southeastern Massachusetts. Among regional events, the Brockton branch of the NAACP hosted two events at the Brockton Public Library. Read the Boston Globe's coverage of the Brockton events here. Additional events were scheduled in Acushnet, Attleboro, Avon, Bridgewater, Brockton, Buzzards Bay, Canton, Carver, Duxbury, East Bridgewater, Easton, Fall River, Hingham, Kingston, Mansfield, Marion, Middleboro, New Bedford, Pembroke, Plymouth, North Dartmouth, Randolp, Rochester, Seekonk, Somerset, Taunton, Wareham, West Bridgewater, and Weymouth. View the complete listing of registered Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Week Events here.

NEW: Click here to view a New England Cable News STEM Week interview with Travis McCready, president & CEO of the Massachusetts Life Sciences Center.

SE MA STEM Network Represented on Governor's Council

Dr. Stacey A. Kaminski, executive director of CONNECT and administrator of the SE MA STEM Network, was recentlyappointed to serve as one of 29 members of the Governor’s STEM Advisory Council. The Council, created to expand access to high quality STEM education for students across the Commonwealth, serves as the central coordinating entity bringing together participants from state agencies, the legislature, and members of the public and private sectors involved with STEM planning and programming.

The Council has identified four areas on which to focus its work: expanding work-based learning opportunities in STEM fields; developing and implementing early college career pathways; broadening access to high quality computer science and engineering education, and; strengthening and aligning the work of the regional STEM networks.

Dr. Kaminski is grateful for the opportunity to serve on the Council, as a representative of all of the Commonwealth’s Networks.

The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network

A Resource for Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics Education

The Southeastern Massachusetts Regional PreK-16 STEM Network is a collaboration of schools, colleges and universities, other formal and informal educational organizations, and business and industry whose representatives are concerned with improving science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) education and increasing the number of students interested in and prepared for STEM-based careers.

This Network is one of seven regional STEM Networks in Massachusetts, all funded through the STEM Pipeline Fund of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education. For more information visit About the Network.

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