A Southeastern Massachusetts Public Higher Education Partnership

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


The Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network is a regional STEM network funded through the STEM Pipeline Fund of the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE). Begun in 2004, regional STEM networks serve as hubs for connecting educators, community leaders, and industry partners to further excite and energize students about opportunities in STEM areas. The networks are among the longest standing STEM networks in the country.

Grants from the DHE's Pipeline Fund have enabled the Southeastern Massachusetts STEM Network to sponsor successful programs in past years such as:

Annual STEM Expos and Resource Fairs; the Envision the Future Residential Program and replication programs; STE Practices Workshops; Business and Educator Alignment Meetings, and a Work-based Learning Seminar Series. Early programs included the STEM Teacher Connections Learning Communities (to support the professional development of practicing STEM middle-school teachers); STEM Connections to Teaching Success (to increase the number of STEM-certified teachers); and Summer Science Camps (including Forensics Camps at Durfee High School and Sustainability Camps at UMASS Dartmouth).

The Network is administered by the CONNECT Partnership, a collaboration of the six public higher education institutions in Southeastern Massachusetts—Bristol, Cape Cod, and Massasoit Community Colleges; Bridgewater State University; Massachusetts Maritime Academy; and University of Massachusetts Dartmouth.

Information about the activities of other Regional STEM Networks is available through these links:

Berkshire/Pioneer Valley Network

Boston/Metro North Network

Central/Metro West Network

Cape Cod/Southeast Network