What is STEM?

STEM is the acronym for science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

Why is STEM important in Massachusetts?

STEM jobs and industries are vital to the Massachusetts economy, creating good jobs and a growing number of opportunities statewide as Massachusetts invests strongly in STEM industries.

  • 600,000 Massachusetts residents (17% of total MA workforce) work in STEM.

  • STEM jobs are expected to account for 25% of the total employment growth in the Commonwealth over the next ten years.

Massachusetts is building stronger pipelines to increase the number of high school students, community college students, and out-of-school youth entering high-quality careers, including STEM careers. Please join us in promoting “See Yourself in STEM” during Massachusetts STEM Week 2019.

What is STEM Week?

The STEM Advisory Council has three priorities for STEM education in MA:

  • STEM skills for all through applied learning.

  • Guided pathways to college, careers, and lifelong learning.

  • Alignment to economic & workforce development through employer partnerships.

Massachusetts STEM Week is an effort to boost the interest, awareness, and ability for all learners to envision themselves in STEM education and employment opportunities, and compliment the formal instruction happening in the Commonwealth beyond STEM Week. Women, people of color, first-generation students, low-income individuals, English language learners, and people with disabilities are underrepresented in STEM industries and make up an increasing portion of the overall workforce, but the demographics of STEM fields have remained largely the same. We need more young people to see themselves in STEM. The theme for the second annual statewide STEM Week is “See Yourself in STEM” and will take place from October 21st to 25th, 2019 (plus the weekends before and after), and is organized by the Executive Office of Education and the STEM Advisory Council in partnership with the state’s 9 Regional STEM Networks. Last October, the inaugural Statewide STEM Week was a huge success with more than 500 events that impacted over 10,000 learners in every corner of the Commonwealth. Schools, non-profit organizations, colleges, museums, and business partners all participated in hosting and organizing STEM Week events for students ranging from preschool to college to adult.