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STEM Events and Announcements


MA STEM Summit

The upcoming MA STEM Summit will be held on Tuesday, November 10, 2015, from 7:30am - 4pm, at the DCU Center, in Worcester, MA. This annual event promotes Science, Technology, Engineering and Math education and workforce development, from early childhood through adulthood.  Now in its second decade, the Summit convenes the state's educators, business leaders, policymakers, parents, students, and others to share strategies, initiatives, and ideas. For more information, please visit:

Future City Competition

Future City is an annual, team-based transformative education program designed for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students in which students imagine and design cities of the future and explain the underlying technologies and design principles that would make their city possible.  For more information, please visit: register, visit:

Skilled Careers in Life Sciences Initative

The SCILS Initiative is a 4 year $5 million project led by the Boston Office of Jobs and Community Services (JCS) on behalf of the Metro Boston region. Funded in April 2012 by an H1B Technical Skills Training grant from the Employment and Training Administration of the U.S. Department of Labor, the SCILS Initiative will improve career opportunities for residents of the Greater Boston area and provide a more highly trained life science workforce for our healthcare and biotechnology sectors. The Initiative will target occupations such as Biological Technicians and Medical Lab Technicians and support occupational training, contextualized learning, customized training, program development and the recruitment, case management and placement of eligible participants. Visit the SCILS website to find out more about the initiative and training opportunities to begin a career as a Biological Technician or Medical Lab Technician!

Metro North "Bridging the Workforce Gap" STEM event a great success (July, 2013)

Over eighty education, training, and workforce development professionals attended a unique event this past June, entitled "Bridging the Workforce Gap: In-Demand Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Occupations in the Metro North Region."  Presented by the Metro North Regional Employment Board (REB), and held at the Microsoft New England Research and Development Center in Cambridge, MA, the event was designed for professionals who are interested in learning more about the viable local STEM opportunities that are available to their customers and students. The event focused on eight (8) occupations, all of which are both locally in-demand and offer opportunities for workers to develop skillsets that correspond to career pathways within a specific Metro North priority industry. Through a combination of videos and interactive discussion, the event highlighted the following careers:Computer Support Specialist and Software Developer (IT); Biomedical Technician and Quality Control Technician (Life Sciences); Clinical Lab Assistant and Medical Lab Technician (Healthcare); and CNC Operator and Mechanical Engineer (Advanced Manufacturing).

In addition, four brief videos were created specifically for the event are now available on the website  Each video features professionals in one of four separate in-demand STEM occupations explaining various aspects of their jobs, including: a typical day, required qualifications, and the "best/worst" aspects of the job.  To view these videos, please click on the following links:

Mechanical Design Draftsman (Adam)

Quality Control Bioassay Analyst (Jess)

Senior Software Engineer (Ben)

Medical Laboratory Technician (Bethany)

Speakers included: Reed Brockman, Chair of the Metro North Youth Council, Member of the Metro North REB, and Senior Structural Engineer/Coordinating Inspection Team Leader for AECOM; Joanna Dowling, Chair of the Metro North REB and Director of Operations, Custom Group, Inc.; Pat Hogan, Professor at Suffolk University and Member of the Metro North STEM Partnership; and Meelynn Wong, Associate Director, Metro North REB.

Click here to download a presentation by Meelynn Wong, REB Associate Director, entitled "Labor Market Information on STEM Occupations in the Metro North Region."

Next generation science standards released

(Originally published in U.S. News & World Report, April 15, 2013)

By Kelsey Sheehy -- Science education in the United States is not up to snuff.  Most high schoolstudents can scratch the scientific surface – follow instructions, conduct experiments – but few succeed at analysis and explanation, two critical components of real-world inquiry, studies reveal. The Next Generation Science Standards aim to change all that. Released last week, the standards follow in the footsteps of the Common Core State Standards for math and reading by setting a uniform benchmark and encouraging depth over breadth in science curriculums. [Read more....]

White House seeks nominations for 2014 presidential award

The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy and the National Science Foundation seek nominations of individuals and organizations that have demonstrated at least five years of excellence in mentoring students, trainees, and/or early career scientists and engineers from groups that are underrepresented in STEM, including women, people with disabilities, underrepresented racial and ethnic minorities, as well as individuals from low socio-economic backgrounds and some geographic regions (such as urban and rural regions). Awardees of the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Metntoring (PAESMEM) will receive a $10,000 honorary Presidential award and are invited to participate in recognition events and meetings with STEM policy leaders in Washington, D.C. For more information visit:

U.S. Department of Energy has launched a new online feature, Women @ Energy

 Women @ Energy, showcases a few of the talented and dedicated employees at the U.S. Department of Engergy who are helping change the world, ensuring America’s security and prosperity through transformative science and technology solutions. The feature enables you to view profiles of women across the country, read about what inspired them to work in STEM and what excites them about their work at the Energy Department, share ideas for getting more underrepresented groups engaged in STEM, offering tips, and more. For more information please visit:

Massachusetts' "WOW" Initiative

As part of the 8th Annual Massachusetts STEM Summit, Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray announced the launch of the “WOW Initiative”, a statewide public awareness campaign designed to engage, educate and “wow” Massachusetts students into realizing the opportunities in STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) careers. As part of the project, Massachusetts schools will receive a series of videos highting various opportunities, as well as individuals who are applying their STEM skills, such as Boston Red Sox statistician Bill James, Harmonix Music Systems video game designer Jim Toepel and Woods Hole Oceanographic Institute’s ocean researcher Amy Kukulya. This video introduces the WOWsters.


Major report on manufacturing in Massachusetts released

“Staying Power II: A Report Card on Manufacturing in Massachusetts 2012" is an update of a 2008 study that onveys positive news about the resiliency of the state’s sector. Click here to access the report.

Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair seeks judges, mentors, advocates, students

The Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fair, Inc. (MSSEF) is a non-profit organization committed to increasing awareness of, exposure to, and participation in inquiry-based learning through the development of science and engineering projects by middle school and high school students.  Through its Curious Minds Initiative, MSSEF offers graduate courses for teachers leading to the STEM Certificate in Inquiry at Framingham State University.


Ways to get involved:


1. Be a science fair judge. Opportunities exist at the middle and high school levels and for statewide,  regional, and school district fairs.

2. Mentor science fair students and science teachers.

3. Help develop a science fair program in a school.

4. Become a STEM education advocate. Promote the need for students to choose STEM education and careers.

5. Enter your students in a fair! Massachusetts State Science & Engineering Fairs are open to students in grades 6-12 from all public, private and parochial schools throughout the state.

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